Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3 15″ (Retina 2012)

A solid system with a truly elegant design

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display models combine an impressive high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen 2880×1800 (220 ppi — over 4 million pixels) Retina display with an elegant, light case design (4.5 lbs/2.02 kg).

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been called a “sealed” design. The RAM is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase and the “integrated” battery is impossible to safely remove. In effect, this means that most damages sustained by one of these systems will require replacement of the logic board. 

With a blazing fast processor, more RAM than the average user will ever need, and the increasingly popular solid-state drive (SSD) included in even the stock configurations, the MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Retina Display is the perfect mobile platform for professionals and casual users alike.

15 MACBOOK PRO RETINA_7Most savvy users will agree that the MacBook Pro is an absolutely fantastic system for designers, and the new Retina Display models uphold that consensus. The high-resolution displays provide unrivaled clarity down to the smallest detail. 

It doesn’t stop there! The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also employed heavily by video editors, photographers, developers, and even gamers.

A solid system with a truly elegant design, one would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile laptop.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3 15-Inch (Mid-2012 with Retina Display) features a 22 nm “Ivy Bridge” 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (3615QM), with four independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (cannot be upgraded), 256 GB of flash storage, dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, as well as a 720p FaceTime HD webcam. This does not have an internal optical drive.

Connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports, 3-stream AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, two Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, an audio in/out port, and an SDXC card slot. This does not have Gigabit Ethernet or Firewire 800.

Also, this model has a MagSafe 2 power adapter, a backlit keyboard, a “no button” glass inertial multi-touch trackpad, and a sealed battery that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.

2.3 GHz Core i7 (I7-3615QM)
8 GB, 16 GB 16 GB
GeForce GT 650M GDDR5
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
1 GB 1 GB
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system.
15.4″ Widescreen 2880×1800
Details: This model has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2880 by 1800 native resolution at 220 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600 (x2)
Details: This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560×1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920×1200 via HDMI. Although it can theoretically power all three external displays, as confirmed by a helpful reader, it runs too hot with three displays connected.
256 GB SSD Proprietary(6 Gb/s)
None None
None None
Details: This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream) 4.0
2 (3.0) None
SDXC Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Retina)
MC975LL/A Retina Mid-2012
A1398 (EMC 2512) MacBookPro10,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. Also see: All Macs with the A1398 Model Number, the 2512 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier.
95 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.7.4 (11E2068) Current
Original Price (US): $2199

Rating overview

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Total score
Excellent 4.8

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