Purchasing Recommendation - Mobile Apple Laptop

Article Purpose

The following computer purchasing recommendation is for those individuals looking to have well rounded mobile computer. These systems typically balance features such as display size, expansion ports, weight, and other features with regards to portability. These systems usually have average battery life.


  • MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display (Standard)


  • Precision aluminum unibody
  • Dimensions: 0.71"h x 14.13"w x 9.73"d
  • Weight: 4.46 lb.


  • Intel Quad-Core Core i7 2.20 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.40 GHz, w/6MB L3 cache (Standard)
  • Intel Quad-Core Core i7 2.50 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.70 GHz, w/6MB L3 cache (Option)
  • Intel Quad-Core Core i7 2.80 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.00 GHz, w/8MB L3 cache (Option)


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

Graphics Card

  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics (all configurations)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (15-inch 2.5 GHz and 2.8 GHz configurations)
  • Automatic graphics switching (All configurations with NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics)


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


  • Built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera (Standard)
  • Two (2) Thunderbolt 2 port with support for mini-DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, Dual-link DVI and HDMI (requires adapter) (Standard)
  • One (1) HDMI port (Standard)

Hard Drive

  • 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage (Standard)
  • 512 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage (Option; Standard option for 2.5 GHz and 2.8 GHz configurations with NVIDIA GeForece GT 750M discrete graphics.)
  • 1.0 TB PCIe-based Flash Storage (Option)

Optical Drives:

  • None (Standard)
  • Apple USB SuperDrive (Option)‚Äč


  • 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 ports (up to 20 Gbp/s)


  • Built-in stereo speakers (Standard)

Network Adapter

  • Built-in 802.11ac WiFi (802.11a/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 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)