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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)


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Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Jul 2015
Processor Speed
2.2 GHz
2.7 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.16 GHz
Installed RAM
16384.0 MB
8192.0 MB
8192.0 MB
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
Display
15.4 inches, Widescreen, 2880 x 1800
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
12.3 inches, Standard, 2736 x 1824
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
Hard Drive
256 GB, SSD, Flash storage
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
16 GB
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
4 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X Yosemite
Apple OS X El Capitan
Windows 10
Google Chrome OS
Processor
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i7-4770HQ
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core m3
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
Laptop Type
Media, Business, Small Business, Desktop Replacement, SSD, Flash storage
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet
Value

The latest Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display is still an excellent laptop with a high-resolution screen and enough power for content-creation tasks.

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.

It's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version.

the Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch is ideal for any grade-school classroom or for use as an affordable, everyday laptop.