Purchasing Recommendation - Desktop Replacement Apple Laptop

Article Purpose

The following computer purchasing recommendation is for those individuals looking to have full capabilities of a traditional desktop computer in a mobile form factor. These systems are often larger and bulkier than most laptops; however, this increase size typically allows for more powerful components, and larger display sizes than generally used in laptops. The tradeoff is usually a shorter battery life.


  • MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display (Standard)


  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 0.71"h x 14.13"w x 9.73"d
  • Weight: 4.46 lb.


  • Intel Quad-core Core i7 2.8 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz w/6MB shared L3 cache (Standard)


  • 16.0GB Non-ECC 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory (Standard)

Graphics Card

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M w/2.0GB GDDR5 and Intel Iris Pro Graphics (Standard)


  • 15.4" LED-backlit Hi-Resolution, Glossy widescreen display, 2880x1800 native resolution (Standard)


  • Built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera (Standard)
  • One (1) Thunderbolt port with support for mini-DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, Dual-link DVI and HDMI (requires adapter) (Standard)
  • One (1) HDMI port (Standard)

Hard Drive

  • 512 GB, PCIe-based Flash Storage (Standard)
  • 1.0 TB, PCIe-based Flash Storage (Option)

Optical Drives:

  • None (Standard)
  • Apple USB SuperDrive, 8x DVD±RW/CD-RW w/Dual Layer capability (Option)


  • Integrated Sound Card (Standard)
  • Stereo Speakers (Standard)​
  • Dual microphones (Standard)
  • Headphone port (Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone; Support for audio line out (digital/analog)) (Standard)​

Expansion Slots

  • One SDXC card slot (Standard)

Standard I/O Ports

  • Two (2) USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbp/s)
  • Two (2) Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbp/s)
  • One (1) HDMI port


  • Built-in stereo speakers (Standard)

Network Adapter

  • Built-in 802.11ac WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n compatible) (Standard)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)

Operating System

  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Standard)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit (Option)


  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys; Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness (Standard)


  • Solid-state trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support; supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities (Standard)

Power Supply

  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter; 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (Standard)
  • Up to 8 hours battery life


  • AppleCare Protection Plan (3 year warranty) (Standard)

Environmental and Regulatory Standards

  • ENERGY STAR 6.0 (Standard)
  • EPEAT Gold (Standard)