Thursday, 15 May 2014

First impressions of the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro

Here it is a small review of my first days with MacBook Pro. This is a small unboxing and size comparison with my 11 inch MacBook Air.

I selected the basic 15 inch retina model as I did not need much power. My main use for it is basic home usage (process pictures, digitalized my HD tape videos, writing, etc.)
  • 2GHz quad core Inter Core i7
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB flash storage
  • Intel Iris Pro graphics
  • 8hr battery life
  • 2880 x 1800 pixel retina display

Nowadays I do not carry my laptop while traveling, but I take with me my iPad Air, so I rather have a big screen at home than a light computer. And if needed, it can always be carried although it is a big heavy.

I have to say that this is not my first MacBook Pro. I owned the first generation intel MacBook Pro 15 inch that came to the market around 8 years ago (it is the picture in the header of my blog :-) ). At that time the laptop was heavier (I think it was around 3kg) and thicker. I really liked it but after I started to travel often for work, it was quite heavy to carry it around as my personal laptop, so I ended up buying the first generation MacBook Air 13 inch and selling the 15 inch one.

As you can see the Retina MacBook Pro is considerably bigger than the Air. The Pro weights also double than the Air (2.02kg).

From hardware point of view, another nice thing is the illuminated keyboard, which my MacBook Air did not have. Speakers are located in both sides of the front, so sound is also very good for a laptop. The trackpad is excellent and precise with multi touch. It is curious to see that the shape of the trackpad is proportional to the screen dimensions, so in the MacBook Air, with a wider screen, touchpad was wider as well while in the Pro is more squarish.

Battery life is really good for such a big screen laptop. Although I have not run any test with it, it goes on the whole evening at home for a couple of days without having to charge it.

The best of all is the retina display. After having used iPhone 5 and iPad retina for a couple of years, I could not stand seeing all the pixels in a "normal" display. I needed a retina display in my laptop! It feels so easy on the eyes. All text is smooth and pixels disappear from the screen. Maybe the only complaint is that the screen is very glossy, and sometimes it reflects too much and becomes almost a mirror.

About the speed there is not much I can say: it feels really fast and almost no lag when opening apps.

If you are looking for a laptop with a big screen I would not look further and go for a retina 15inch MacBook Pro!


  1. A great post as always. Coincidently, Mr Gadgetero made me aware of the same device/offer, and I too upgraded from my late 2010 MacBook Air to this MacBook Pro. I share the same views and sentiments as those in the review - a great piece of kit and a noticeable upgrade/difference from the MBA.

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