Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (mid 2012)

89
Engadget
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Model
256GB

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
Array

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (95 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
256GB (early 2013)

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
Array

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (95 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
512GB

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.6 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.6 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
Array

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (95 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
512GB (early 2013)

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
16 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
Array

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (95 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
768GB

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
16 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
Array

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (95 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no