APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15 RETINA REVIEW


The Apple company, whose products can amaze and spur interest from other manufacturers, and has remained at this time itself is correct. Thus, at the developer conference WWDC 2012 it introduced a brand new laptop. It turned out to MacBook Pro 15 Retina-display. Undoubtedly, a model with a unique Retina-display not only the real present, but also good for the future. The cost of such a device is quite large, so you should see how it will be justified. Could not resist this portable laptop before demanding users? Is a high-tech Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina deemed worthy of a flagship?

Technical

Processor: Intel Core i7-3615QM 2300 MHz
Memory: 8 GB DDR3L
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Display: 15.4 “2880h1800 Retina LED IPS, glossy
Video: Intel HD 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB GDDR5
Drive: No
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.
Audio: 2 speakers
Interfaces: 2hThunderbolt, 2hUSB 3.0, HDMI, card reader, combo audio jack
In addition: HD webcam
Battery: lithium polymer 95 Wh
Dimensions and Weight: 359h247h18 mm 2 kg
Operating system: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Scope of delivery

Completion of this laptop only includes all the essentials. In the package except the laptop is documentation Charger with MagSafe2, wires and a small microfiber cloth. Other accessories, such as the case, bag, mouse, you can purchase separately. In any case, their choice is quite varied.

Design

Housing 15.4-inch new items made from a single, fairly thin sheet of aluminum. The length and width of the body are 359 mm and 247 mm, respectively, and the thickness of the notebook does not exceed 18 mm, 6 mm thinner than the Apple MacBook Pro 15 2011. Again, by weight of the MacBook Pro 15 Retina lighter than its predecessor by about half a kilo (that he now weighs 2 kg). We add that the laptop is really thin, but the chassis is not skewed, they are equal, both front and rear.

Despite this design, the notebook is quite rigid and do not lend themselves to distortion or twisting. If we pay attention to the joints, they are tightly hold the display laptop and do not give him extra time to swing. This is useful especially if you are not running the table, and, for example, in the car.

On the cover of the notebook can be seen bitten apple – the logo of Apple. At the time of the laptop it is highlighted, respectively, can not but attract attention. It looks simple appearance is still aesthetically pleasing. As for the bottom of the laptop, there are only four feet, and the panel is fastened with screws. Ventilation grille are not at the bottom, and between the bevel on the lower surface and side edges. Due to this movement of air there are no obstacles.

Display, audio, webcam

The highlight of this notebook is the Retina display with a diagonal measurement of 15.4 inches and a resolution 2880h1800 points. Previously, he could be seen in devices such as the iPhone 4, the new iPad, iPod Touch. In addition to the native resolution of the screen and other support: 1920×1200 pixels, 1680×1050, 1280×800, 1024h640 points. feature of this display is not only high resolution, but also the density of 220 pixels per inch dpi, which is four times higher than on a conventional screen. This allows you to see the display ultra fine image. By the way, the brightness of the screen is also high – about 300 nits, and the backlight is more even (87%) than on the screen predecessor MacBook Pro 15 2011. This level of brightness is more than enough to work with artificial or natural light.

It should be noted outstanding color and high contrast ratio 913:1. Even in the high-end multimedia notebooks contrast does not exceed the ratio of 600:1. In general, what to say, movies and photos will look great. Even professionals, such as those associated with the engineering design or video editing will appreciate the Retina display on merit. viewing angles, built on technology IPS, are not inferior to his other qualities. They are very broad, not only horizontally but also vertically. When you angle the screen you will see a small change in brightness except closer to the corners. And so, wide viewing angles will enjoy watching videos is not just one person, but surrounded by friends.

It remains to add that the Retina-display has an aspect ratio of 16:10, and the surface of the screen itself is glossy.But even so, you will be able to work comfortably no matter where you are – at home or on the street. Avoid glare and reflections will be extremely difficult, but they will not be too much, so the text on the display to remain legible anyway. Also note that the notebook provides a light sensor so the brightness of the screen is adjusted automatically.

However, there is a problem in the support of such a display of third party software. For example, programs such as Word, Excel at high resolution has not yet been optimized, so you can observe the different artifacts, such as the lack of anti-aliasing text, the disproportionate size of the font, making them less legible. Also, do not adapt the Adobe etc. In general, now known vendors have work to do. undoubtedly pleased and acoustics.

To begin with, the stereo speakers are located on the sides of the laptop keyboard. They are hidden behind perforated grilles. Sound coming from the speakers, balanced and clean. It is great to hear a medium-sized. By the way, even at maximum volume can not worry about the distortion. While listening to music, you can enjoy not only high-quality high frequencies, but decent bass.

Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina laptop equipped with an integrated web FaceTime HD camera with support for recording 720p. It will be the best option for video calls. Besides web cameras, there are two built-in microphone with noise reduction.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Island keyboard for a long time is not something special, but its presence is always pleases us. It is a full-size and very comfortable. On the light of the working surface of the keys stand out due to black. Buttons themselves are relatively large, while the keyboard is not the entire width of the platform.

The bottom row is more elongated, the top row of function keys are slightly flattened, and the dial button unit is reduced, [Enter] takes two rows in height. All the buttons are pressed with a small impact, so working with this keyboard is comfortable. However, the keyboard is still able to surprise. It has a LED backlight with 16 levels of brightness, which will work in any light.

Above the keyboard buttons do not. Laptop power button is part of the keyboard unit, so that it can be seen in the upper right-hand corner.

Laptop touchpad is spacious enough. Its surface has a size 105h76 mm, so the space to move the fingers will be enough. If we add a pleasant smooth surface made of glass, the positioning will be no problems. Touchpad supports multi-touch gestures, so the owner will be able to scale the image, rotate or flip through them three or four fingers, while web surfing – it is easy to use vertical and horizontal scrolling.

In general, with such a convenient touchpad can be dispensed from the mouse. By the way, the whole touchpad is a big area for depression. Dedicated buttons here.

Performance

Laptop Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina runs on the operating system Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. In this operating system has a full screen mode programs, each full-screen application is a complete desktop. It is interesting that in the control Mission Control can be viewed at the same time all the desktops and switch among them. Of course, this is only a small part of the features of this operating system. proceed to the hardware. On board the laptop is a quad-processor Intel Core i7-3615QM processor with a clock frequency of 2.3 GHz and a cache in the third level in the amount of 6 MB. Of course, with the help of Turbo Boost Technology frequency can be increased to a maximum of 3.3 GHz when using a single core and up to 3.1 GHz – at four. Note that the simple frequency is lowered to 800 MHz.

This processor is built on 22-nanometer technology and belongs to the third generation Ivy Bridge. Intel Core i7-3615QM has high performance and at the same time can be expected to process eight threads, thanks to technology Hyper-Threading. The coefficient of heat the CPU is about 45 watts. With this processor you can shamelessly perform complex tasks, run resource-intensive applications. Note that there is also more expensive equipment, which includes a processor or Core i7-3720QM with a frequency of 2.6 GHz or Core i7-3820QMprocessor with a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz. In particular, the latter will cost you an additional $350.

Certainly, there are no less important hardware components that affect the level of performance of the laptop. In particular, in the base MacBook Pro 15 Retina provides SSD-drive capacity of 256 GB Interface (SATA III) and 8 GB of RAM.RAM is standard DDR3L, memory modules are soldered to the motherboard. If this number you will not be enough, you can choose a complete set with lots of memory, namely, a standard 16 GB DDR3L-1600 MHz. At that you will pay about $ 200.

Regarding SSD, then 256GB enough to store your files but lacking volume may be felt despite the fact that the data rate will be higher and faster loading than the HDD. In this case, you can order a complete set of solid-state drive greater volume – 512 GB or 768 GB. For example, SSD capacity of 768 GB will cost the owner of $ 1,000. As they say: every whim for your money. By the way, memory deficits can be compensated by connecting an external drive to a port, for example, Thunderbolt.

Separately touch graphics. The notebook is not only built, but also a discrete graphics card. And if Intel HD 4000 is not particularly suitable for complex tasks, then for processing graphics in professional applications with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M can not survive. It is based on the Kepler architecture to 28-nm process technology, has 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory own and operates at a frequency of 850 MHz. In addition, the discrete graphics supports DirectX 11.1.

Of course, the switch automatically from one controller to another is easy, thanks to the application to control the graphics gfxCardStatus. Also, this card can easily cope with many games, including a demanding. For example, the game Diablo III will go with a frequency of 106 frames per second on high settings with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, and Mafia 2 – to 60 fps. Also you can play these toys and Full HD resolution – in Mafia 2 with 35-38 fps, but in Diablo III to 50 frames per second.

Ports and Communications

All ports notebook MacBook Pro 15 Retina located on the left and right edges. Among them is the firm Thunderbolt with a capacity of up to 10 Gbit / s. Besides him there are also traditional connectors. So, on the right you can see one interface USB 3.0 port and a digital HDMI. With them on the right side there is a built-in card reader. He reads the memory card formats, SD, SDXC.

On the opposite side, as already mentioned, there are two ports Thunderbolt. Through them you can not only transfer data at high speed, but also to connect a variety of equipment, since this interface to fully replace HDMI, DVI, FireWire, USB. By the way, you can through the Thunderbolt to charge mobile devices. The only thing you should pay attention that the connection via Ethernet and FireWire will be available only through a special adapter.It will cost the owner an extra $ 29.

It should be noted that in contrast to the model Apple MacBook Pro 15, released earlier in the MacBook Pro 15 Retina no optical drive. However, apart from these ports on the left side there is another standard USB 3.0, audio jack for headphones and microphone and proprietary connector for charging MagSafe 2. Note that MagSafe 2 unlike MagSafe has not T-shaped connector and T-shaped. Most likely, this is due to the decrease in the thickness of the notebook. It is worth noting that the connector is held by magnets, so if the cord is accidentally hooked, it is easy to disconnect.

The back panel, and front, from the ports free. The whole area is a loop back, fixing the screen and on the front end of a special hollow, allowing comfortable opening the laptop.

Working on a laptop, you can use the wireless connection – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, as well as fast and efficient Bluetooth 4.0.

Heat and Noise

Measurement of notebook heat revealed that Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina, performing standard office tasks can be heated to a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius. Thus remain pleasantly warm area that enable safe work for a long time. But under load was significantly increased temperature of 10-12 degrees. And if in the area of the keyboard that was not so noticeable, then with a hot head for a long time hold a laptop on your lap will not succeed. Note that a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro laptop cooling system is used, based on the work of two asymmetric fans. Actually they are the source of noise. As a result, the noise level in a simple laptop not exceeded 30 dB and under load, increased to 48 dB. Laptop will definitely not be called quiet, but at the same time and not annoying.

Battery

In MacBook Pro 15 Retina installed lithium-polymer battery with 95 Wh. It is not removable, so its replacement – it is very troublesome and expensive – about $ 200.

It is worth noting that according to the manufacturers with the laptop battery may be in standby mode for a month. If we talk about working offline when web surfing, the battery Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina enough for six or seven hours. Conversely, when the load – not more than half an hour. So if you do the standard office work, you can hold out without recharging.

Conclusion

Of course, the model of Apple MacBook Pro 15 2012 with Retina display is of great interest. As in previous models of Apple, we have the opportunity to enjoy a thin aluminum casing, by the operating system Mac OS X, fast laptop, and interface Thunderbolt. However, for the perfect functioning of the laptop adapter will be needed, and to improve performance – buying (very cheap) of more powerful hardware. What really impresses, it’s unique corporate display Retina, with superb clarity, color and contrast. Yes, this laptop can without exaggeration be called the flagship. This is a sample of what should seek other manufacturers. It remains a pressing issue price.

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