15-inch MacBook Pro, 2.5GHz, mid-2014
A top Retina Pro, now under £2,000!
£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
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.