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?
|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|
|Wireless:||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.