Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014)

The Good The 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent performance and a better-than-HD screen, plus a boost to its specs for the same price as last year's model.

The Bad There's very little new here beyond minor component upgrades, and the entry-level 15-inch Pro is the same price as before, even while several other MacBooks have seen $100 cuts. Higher-resolution screens are no longer a unique feature.

The Bottom Line While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Battery 9.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Still the best higher-res laptop, but the competition is catching up

Editors' note (June 27, 2017): At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple gave its laptop line a modest makeover. The $1,299 12-inch MacBook and $999 13-inch MacBook Air have been updated with faster, more powerful Intel processors. The new MacBook Pros -- the $1,299 13-inch, $1,799 13-inch with Touch Bar, and $2,399 15-inch with Touch Bar -- have those new chips, too, along with upgraded graphics hardware. 

Otherwise, aside from a RAM bump here and a slight price drop there, the 2017 batch is very similar to the one from 2016, with the same enclosures, ports, trackpads and screens. But be forewarned: Buying a new MacBook Pro may require you to invest in a variety of adapters for your legacy devices. Also note that the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 has been discontinued though the $1,999 15-inch model from that year -- an update of the 2014 edition, reviewed below -- remains available for those who want all the ports and fewer dongles.

For anyone complaining that Apple has not released any new products in the first eight months of 2014, we point you toward a series of underplayed but important updates to the Mac line of laptops and desktops.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,999
  • Brand Apple
  • Type Core i7
  • Installed Size 16 GB
  • Edition OS X 10.12 Sierra
  • Capacity 256 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.4 in
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model 15-inch, 2014, 256GB

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