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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

  • Although the fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Force Touch trackpad are minor updates, this year's 13-inch Retina Apple MacBook Pro is still an easy top pick for high-end ultraportables.


  • Blazing speed, an innovative new touchpad and super-long battery life put the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro in a class of its own.


  • The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard. This time around, though, Apple also traded in its already-best-in-class trackpad for a new, pressure-sensitive one. While it's almost as comfortable to use as its predecessor, we're not convinced these new touchpad tricks were worth making the switch.


  • The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics, a big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life, and the power to make short work of everyday and multimedia tasks. It's the first premium detachable-hybrid tablet to earn our Editors' Choice.


  • An impressive display, superb battery life and 2-in-1 versatility make the Surface Book one of the most exciting laptops yet, but its high price narrows the appeal.


  • While it's not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft's Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first.


  • The latest Alienware 15 is hefty, but it delivers everything you want in a gaming laptop, with excellent performance, long battery life, and all sorts of customizable features.


  • While it's bigger and heavier than gaming notebooks of similar size, the Alienware 15 offers solid graphics performance for less than the competition.


  • If you’re in the market for a premium 15-inch gaming laptop, and you aren’t too concerned about portability, then you’ll be hard pushed to find a better system than the Alienware 15.


  • The 12-inch Apple MacBook is the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, combining the power of OS X with extreme portability and more than 14 hours of battery life.


  • The new MacBook is a fantastically light and compact laptop that delivers a rich display, long battery life and surprisingly strong ergonomics, but it needs more ports.


  • The new MacBook is a brilliant laptop provided you can live with the compromises. It’s definitely a sign of things to come.


  • The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501J-DS71T is a premium desktop-replacement laptop that not only offers category-leading performance in most tests, but does so for a very affordable price.


  • The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J offers a 4K display, great performance and excellent audio in an attractive package.

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    You want a laptop that looks nice. Asus understands that. That’s why the company has tried so hard to build a better MacBook. The ZenBook line has given birth to many beautiful, powerful, desirable machines that offer PC people a chance to preen—even when they’re surrounded by MacBooks at their local cafe.