The MacBook Pro sees Apple successfully square the circle of portability and performance. While its 13-inch models with Retina display step things up from the less capable MacBook, cast your glance at the recently refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display if you want the power of a desktop on the move; its quad-core processor may be an older generation (Haswell), but it still delivers comparable performance to the 5K iMac.
The MacBook Pro’s flash storage is exceptionally quick, and graphics performance is also decent, with the top-end model sporting an AMD Radeon R9 M370X chip with 2GB discrete memory.
Apple’s even managed to eke more life from the battery at the same time as boosting performance – in our real-life tests, the 15-inch model lasted for over six hours, which isn’t far short of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And while it’s twice the weight of the entry-level MacBook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is still svelte enough that you’ll be able to carry it around.