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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 715 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and design. The usability and screen also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the keyboard and price.

performance, screen, usability, design, durability

price, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the sound and usability are overall positive. The durability and screen also get good reviews. Views are divided on the reliability, while some have doubts about the size.

performance, screen, durability, usability, sound

size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple ME294B/A 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Quad Core i7 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Iris Pro Graphics, GeForce GT 750M 2GB, Mac OSApple ME294B/A 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Quad Core i7 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Iris Pro Graphics, GeForce GT 750M 2GB, Mac OS

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013 (ME293, ME294, Z0PT, Z0PU) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and price. The image quality and screen are also appreciated, whereas the size and usability get less positive views.

portability, screen, image quality, price, performance

reliability, durability, usability, size

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro ME294LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro ME294LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (NEWEST VERSION)

Jan, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2016)

 

The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro is now slimmer and more capable, and comes equipped with Apple's new Touch Bar. It's a laptop with the speed, storage, and size that traveling power users crave. Just get ready to buy some dongles.

Innovative Touch Bar. Slim and sturdy chassis. Four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Bright display with wide (DCI-P3) color gamut. Long battery life. Touch ID security.

Pricey. No USB 3.0 ports. Requires adapters for legacy peripherals. Shallow key travel. Competitors have 4K screens. Glossy display. Not upgradable.

It feels like we've been waiting a long time for Apple to update its high-end laptop line, and the company breaks new ground with this 15-inch MacBook Pro. It has many of the features that power users want and need, like a powerful Core i7 processor, a...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Review (late 2013)

 

Back in June 2012 we described the original 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as “the gold standard” for high-end notebooks; now, Apple is back with its refreshed version, swapping in Intel's latest Haswell processors and graphics, but keeping...

What you sacrifice in battery life compared to the Air, you make up for in raw processing grunt and that glorious display. The 15-inch Pro may not quite be as portable as its 13-inch brethren, but it’s still sufficiently slim and light to drop into a...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2013)

 

With an updated Intel processor and speedier Flash Storage, the MacBook Pro 15-inch (2013) leapfrogs over the competition with workstation-class performance and a nine-hour battery life. It's our new Editors' Choice for high-end desktop replacement...

Brilliant Retina Display. Almost nine hours of battery life. Comes with iLife and iWork software suites. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports. HDMI. Higher than 1080p HD screen. Intel Iris Pro graphics performs like discrete GPUs

Glossy screen. Ethernet requires adapter

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2013) ($1,999 list) is the Retina Display-equipped system that power users have been waiting for. Take last year's excellent Retina Display upgrade and thinner chassis, then add a powerful Intel Core i7 processor with...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2013, 15-inch screen

 

The high-end, high-price Retina Display versions of the previous MacBook Pro were stuck in an unusual position. While other systems, from budget laptops to premium hybrids, had all moved onto Intel's latest CPU platform, known as either the...

The second generation of Apple's Retina-screen MacBook Pro adds internal upgrades to its Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, SSD, graphics card and CPU. The result is a faster laptop with better battery life and a lower starting price.

The changes are internal-only, and not significant enough to upgrade if you have last year's version. At $1,999 to start, this is still a very expensive laptop. Both the 13-inch MacBook Air and Pro have much better battery life.

The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

MacBook Pro with Retina display review (15-inch, 2013)

 

New York City mornings never change, at least not for me. I wake up, I get a bagel and a cup of coffee, and I get on the subway to head to work. I cross my fingers hoping to get a seat so I can...

Beautiful display ; Fantastic, consistent performance ; Great keyboard and touchpad

Expensive ; Some apps and websites still aren't ready for a Retina world

The most impressive laptop on the market, but not the right one for everyone

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina (2013)

 

The new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the ultimate notebook for power users, combining a best-in-class display with blazing performance and long battery life.

Excellent overall performance and graphics power; Blazing fast flash storage; Very long battery life; Fantastic Retina Display; iLife and iWork included for free; Compact and light design for 15-inch notebook

Fan can get noisy; Display suffers from glare outdoors; Bottom towards back runs warm

At $2,599 for our configuration ($1,999 to start), the 15-inch MacBook Pro represents a serious investment, but it also delivers a serious dose of power and endurance in a portable design.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch)

 

The Intel-based MacBook Pro (15-inch) is a big deal for most consumer Mac users, with improved performance and beefed-up multimedia capabilities, but professionals should hold off until essential software packages are updated to work with its Intel...

Intel components improve speed. Added FrontRow multimedia interface and remote. Integrated iSight Webcam. Excellent software bundle in the iLife '06 suite.

No improvement in battery life. Some multimedia applications that aren't universal binary will run more slowly on Intel-based Macs. System runs hot. One-button mouse. Only two USB ports. Dual-layer DVD support is gone.

my one complaint about the design is that it still has a one-button mouse. sure, you can hold down the ctrl key and the mouse button to get right-click effects, but if the usb mighty mouse has added left and right click buttons, i expect something...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody)

 

From the new "Unibody" design to the non-removable 95-Wh battery, the Apple MacBook 17-inch (Unibody) is a major overhaul for the better.

40 percent bigger battery. Unibody enclosure a sight to behold. Lightest in its class. Glass screen is a cinematic wonder. Antiglare option for photographers. Dual graphics chipsets. DDR3 memory. Multi-Touch touchpad. Rugged-like chassis.

Trails the competition in certain features: lacks the bigger hard drive, memory card reader, Blu-ray drive found in other systems.

My benchmark tests were performed with Apple's Boot Camp, using a separate partition made up of 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium. Since MobileMark 2007, a Windows-based battery test, failed to run, I performed a DVD movie rundown in the Mac operating...

Expert review by: Neil Hughes (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's late-2013 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

 

The late-2013 version of Apple's high-end professional notebook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, is a computer in a class of its own, offering a near-perfect blend of style and performance in a more affordable package than before.

Great design and great performance ; More affordable than last year ; Offers more value and upgrade options than 13-inch MacBook Pro

Spending nearly $2,000 on a notebook is no small investment, but we're happy to report that the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is worthy of its price tag. Including a beautiful Retina display, a premium Core i7 processor, 256 gigabytes of...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Thomas Tamblyn (t3.com)

MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review

 

Is the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display worth your cash?

Retina display ; Rational pricing ; Powerful specs

Overheating ; Battery life ; Web looks shoddy

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:95 / 99.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):95 / 99.5
Battery life (max):720 / 8 / 9
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:No / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:No / Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:15.4
Display Resolution:2880 x 1800
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:85 / 95
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R9 M370X / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Hot-swap second graphics adapter: No
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Dutch / English / French / German / Russian / Swedish / Swiss
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Number of hot keys:12
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:12 / 16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No / Y
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):450
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4 / 0 - 179921.3 / 0 - 393700.8 / 0 - 420000
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 120078.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Display Technology:IPS

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite): No
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt ports quantity:2
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:85 / 95
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:151
Processing die size:90
Processor:U2400
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.8 / 4
Processor cache:2 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Yonah
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core Duo / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:1.06 / 2 / 2.3 / 2.6 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:533
Processor lithography:65
Processor model:U2400
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core Duo U2000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2 / 8
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):9
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: No
Intel 64: No
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32
Processor ARK ID:27239
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center / AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, Dashboard, Mission Control, Safari Power Saver, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Mac App Store / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview,\nNotes, Mac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / Pages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nFotos\niMovie\nGarageBand
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Storage media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.72
Height:0.709
Weight:4.45 / 4.5
Width:14.1