2015 15.4″ Apple MacBook Pro Retina via Amazon
Mid-2015 model 15.4 inch Apple MacBook Pro MJLT2LL/A (or MJLQ2LL/2) is slim, sleek, modern, lightweight, fast, powerful and durable with up to 9 hours of battery life. Quarter 3 2014 release Intel i7-4780HQ has a TDP of 47 watts and a Passmark benchmark score of 9092 as a very high end processor and mid range Radeon R9 graphics along with the integrated Intel Iris Pro 5200 are included. The MJLTQ2LL/A model has the Intel i7-4770HQ processor with a Passmark score of 9044, 256 GB Solid State Drive, no dedicated graphics and only the Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. Apple MacBook Pro has the quad core 4th generation Crystalwell Intel i7-4870HQ (6MB cache) at 2.5 GHz up to 3.7 GHz with turbo boost and hyper threading for smart eight way processing (or i7-4770HQ at 2.2 GHz up to 3.4 Ghz with turbo and hyper threading), 16GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz memory for superior multitasking and 512GB PCIe-based flash SSD storage as ample space and twice faster than before and OS X Yosemite operating system which is the latest by Apple and is known to be the best operating system in the world.
15.4 inch LED-Backlit IPS Retina display with 2880 x 1800 pixel max resolution- 220 pixels per inch, 16:10 image aspect ratio and up to 178 degree viewing angles offers amazing picture quality (and 15.4 inch screen is nice to have if you want larger display than the most common 13.3 inch available on Macbook’s). It has the dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory that is up to 40 percent faster than NVIDIA GT 750M and can carry an external 5K display at 60Hz and Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 both of which are great for advanced multimedia editing and some level of gaming but just like other Apple machines this is not a gaming laptop and a higher end graphics card would not be good for the heat and power requirements of this computer. It supports up to two external displays as well as video mirroring and has full-sounding stereo speakers for decent quality audio as well as a 720p FaceTime HD camera with dual microphones on the left.
Unibody aluminium chassis solid Macbook Pro with great finish and build quality and quality design weighs 4.49 pounds and has the measurements of 0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73- very slim and lightweight for an aluminium 15.4 inch laptop but robust and dense and up to 9 hours battery life from its lithium polymer battery, has a full-size backlit keyboard with 78 keys that include 4 arrow keys and 12 function keys and force touch trackpad for more accurate cursor control and that supports multiple gestures. In terms of connectivity options, there is no optical drive but 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45 connector, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x Audio-out port, SDXC card slot, 2 x Thunderbolt 2 digital video outputs which also work as mini DisplayPorts, an HDMI output, MagSafe 2 power port, 3.5mm combo audio and a Headphone port. In the box you will find the MacBook Pro, MagSafe 2 Power Adapter, AC wall plug and power cord.
Conclusion: Apple MacBook Pro MJLT2LL/A (and MJLQ2LL/A) is not cheap but this is an Apple MacBook so you’re getting what you pay for: Very powerful and fast with the i7 processor (both versions of i7 have above 9000 Passmark benchmark scores meaning they are really good!) and the latest flash SSD drive so you’ll be able to restart the computer in 6-7 seconds and open your documents and photos instantly, very nice trackpad with the pressure sensitive touch that is different than on previous MacBook’s. If you get the 256GB SSD version MJLQ2LL/A you won’t have a very large storage space and you’ll need to use an external drive or Cloud based storage if u have a lot of files but 512GB on the MJLT2LL/A should be sufficient for most computer users. Screen is really beautiful, up to 9 hours of battery life is great on something this powerful with high multimedia capabilities and great display and up to 30 days of standby time. You can comfortably run professional apps like Photoshop and Final Cut and play games like Battlefield 4 with no problems, even without the Radeon R9, Intel Iris Pro is a highly capable card for professional video and photo editing and mid range gaming. There is no doubt the 15.4 inch Macbook Pro is one of the top laptops on the market today- most powerful, the fastest, best build quality and all the rest so despite its high price tag it represents quite a solid choice.