15-inch MacBook Pro, 2.5GHz, mid-2014

A top Retina Pro, now un­der £2,000!

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£1,999 Man­u­fac­turer Ap­ple, ap­ple.co.uk CPU 2.5GHz quad-core In­tel Core i7 Graph­ics In­tel Iris Pro Graph­ics, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Mem­ory 16GB 1600MHz RAM Like the other note­books in Ap­ple’s MacBook Pro range, the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina dis­play of­fers a mi­nor leap in per­for­mance. It’s only 0.2GHz faster than its pre­de­ces­sor (it’s gone up from 2.3GHz to 2.5GHz), and re­tains the quad core In­tel Core i7 chip. The graph­ics re­main the same too, with an in­te­grated In­tel Iris Pro chipset be­ing aug­mented by a dis­crete NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU with 2GB GDDR5 mem­ory at times of high graph­i­cal needs. It still has 16GB of 1600MHz mem­ory, a 512GB SSD and a built-in bat­tery that’s good for eight hours of wire­less web surf­ing on a sin­gle charge.

The key ad­van­tage the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro mid-2014 up­date of­fers is the price drop. The pre­vi­ous top-of-the-range model (Oc­to­ber 2013) cost £2,199, which was ex­pen­sive even for a note­book of this qual­ity. This Au­gust 2014 re­lease costs £1,999. That’s still a lot of money, of course, but the most pow­er­ful ma­chine in the MacBook Pro range now costs less than £2,000. Bear in mind that when it launched in mid-2012, the high-end 15-inch model cost £2,299, and came with a weaker graph­ics card and half the RAM of this year’s re­lease, so it’s come a long way in two years. Ian Os­borne

A £200 price drop A 0.2GHz speed bump The best MacBook Pro in range Not a mas­sive up­grade

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina dis­play now owns the ‘largest note­book’ crown in Ap­ple’s range.

Not a mas­sive up­grade, but a wel­come price drop for Ap­ple’s most pow­er­ful note­book.

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