Retina MacBook Pro 15″ that I did not keep

Remember I mentioned I tried and returned 2 Retina MacBook Pro 15″? Here is one of them.  I didn’t keep the hardware, I only have the photos of deboxing it in my photo library to share.  I still think it is a pretty damn good piece of hardware considering it cost the same as my current Retina MacBook Pro 13″.  However, moving from a MacBook Air, the 15″ MacBook Pro is too big of a difference in size and weight for me to be happy with it.  So here I can only share photos of the machine I didn’t keep with you.


As always, the minimalistic packaging.


Under the MacBook Pro lies the power adapter and some documentation.


The power extension is standard.  I also found the power adapter very bulky compared to that of the MacBook Air.  But I guess to power a quad core CPU, you need a lot more power!?


Before unwrapping the clear plastic sheet.


Here it is, looks very thin :)


Great port options on the left-hand edge (it is the same on the 13″ version).  I don’t have a thunderbolt device to test out the functionality and speed.


Back of the computer is just as sleek.


The right edge of the computer has even fewer ports.


An SD card reader, HDMI and USB 3.0 are all welcome features.



The display is very fine and at 15″, it is almost comfortable to use 1920 x 1200 resolution.


What do you think this picture is?  This is actually the icon inside the About screen.  This is how good the retina screen actually is.


And the little circle buttons are exceptionally clear.


If it weren’t for the weight and some screen defects I experienced, I really would have kept it.



8 replies
  1. coffeebugg
    coffeebugg says:

    While I do like the productivity a 15″ screen brings to laptops, they do kind of defeat the purpose of laptops being portable. I’ve had a Vaio and a Toshiba, both 15″. While the Toshiba I had was much lighter, I still find bringing it out to be quite cumbersome. 13″ is still a good compromise of viewing area and portability much like how it has been since the late 90’s

    • Kam
      Kam says:

      For sure I would not be able to carry my work laptop and the 15″ rMBP with me at the same time. The 13″ rMBP is a bit easier but still makes a big difference comparing to the 13″MBA. If only Apple had released the 13″ MBA with retina display….

  2. howie221
    howie221 says:

    I do think this size and thickness is the perfect size to be productive and still be able to carry around. Still not sold on the retina resolution yet.

    • Kam
      Kam says:

      I really like the 15″ model as well. But it was a shock when I realized I cannot pick it up with one hand. I think the 27″ iMac would be a great addition as a serious work machine especially if one ends up paying for the SSD drive.


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