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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)


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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
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Release Date
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2015
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
12 inches, Widescreen, 2304 x 1440
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 3840 x 2160
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
1.128 TB, HDD, SSD
256 GB, SSD
512 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
16 GB
8 GB
16 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Mac OS X
Windows 8.1
Processor
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
2.9 GHz, Intel Core i5-4210H
1.1 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y31
2.6 GHz, Intel Core i7-4720HQ
Laptop Type
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet
Gaming
General Purpose, Ultraportable, Business, Ultrabook
Desktop Replacement

It might not be of huge interest to you if you're using a 2012 or newer model, but if you're hanging on to that older MacBook Pro with an optical drive, it's a worthy upgrade.

While the Tablet mode is top-notch, you'll likely spend most of the time using the Surface Book as a laptop.

The Alienware 15 delivers great performance and long battery life, and that's enough for it earn our Editors' Choice nod for entry-level gaming laptops.

The new MacBook is brilliant.

Above the screen is a 1MP webcam, and while Asus calls it HD, the photos it took of me were splotchy at best, with little detail and poor color balance.

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