85

conclusion:We like it

85

Despite the release of the gdgt Must-have MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the 15-inch MacBook Pro remains a compelling option, given its lower price, strong performance, and more affordable storage options. However, optional upgrades can bring its price up to Retina-level, so choose your configuration based on your actual needs, and be prepared to consider the Retina model instead. It's not like you'll be disappointed.

Critic reviews

8.3
3 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Display
    7.2
  • Durability
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.5

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User reviews

8.9
12 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Aug 8, 2012

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012) is still one of the best laptops around, with solid performance and a superb user experience, but after five-years with no change, the overall design is getting old.

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8.0
T3 Jul 30, 2012

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is ideal for those that need more power than a MacBook Air or 13-inch Pro, and prefer an optical drive, hard drive and full range of connection options to the better screen and lighter weight offered by the more expensive MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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9.0
SmithLaw SmithLaw

POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL MACHINE! The 2012 15 inch MacBook Pro without Retina Display is in my opinion, Apple's best laptop yet. While I know Tim Cook stated that the Retina model was, I disagree, and here is why: The 2012 15 inch MacBook Pro without Retina Display (hereinafter "MBP") is a beast....

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9.0
eawortman eawortman

This laptop marked my return to the OS X platform. I used OS X as my day to day OS for 5 years. About 3 years ago I switched to Windows 7 exclusively because I was doing a lot of gaming and could not afford a MacBook Pro at the time. It never quite sat well with me. I decided that IVY Bridge...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

the 15inch non Retina MacBook Pro is arguably one of the best if not the best mac out there right now. unlike the Retina version of the Pro it has Firewire, DVD ROM and network Jack. the Display is good, crisp and clear and it also has some expandability. The Retina and the non Retina both have...

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8.0
dees dees

This is overall the nicest machine I've ever had, but it still certainly has flaws and compromises. Brief background: I used an old handed-down Powerbook G4 for several years after my primary home-built desktop gaming machine reached its age limit and I needed to switch to something portable as...

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10
obihann obihann

If you don't "need" retina, this is your best option. Very powerful, very portable, and all around a great laptop for work and play.

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9.0
racer951y racer951y

Having had a PowerBook G4 and a Acer Ferrari 3200 as my to main laptop I love this Macbook now that I can run Windows and OSX from the same platform. The battery life on this device is Amazing I have had it last me over 8 hours one day.

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9.0
troyjnoonan troyjnoonan

Love this laptop. It's obviously pricy but it easily outperforms almost all other laptops and never lets me down. I've had it for a year and a half and it still feels brand new.

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