Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina (2015): Unboxing & Review

  • 🎬 Video
  • ℹ️ Published 7 years ago

Detailed look at the upgraded 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display featuring the Force Touch Trackpad, the new AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU, improved battery life, and much faster SSDs.

Specs As Tested

CPU: Haswell 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache

RAM: 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L

Storage: 512GB PCIe-based flash storage

Display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch

Graphics: Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching

Battery: Built-in 99.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

Display Output: Support for up to 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz on a single external display (model with AMD Radeon R9 M370X only)

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💬 Comments

to this day in 2020, this still remains one of the best MacBooks ever!

Author — Mystic


The best laptop ever! I'm still using it with no problems. The screen image is stunning. I also bought a Superdrive from Apple with USB adapter to watch DVDs. Most of all I like that it has all the necessary ports.

Author — Vincent Maloney


Hey Mike! Great video yet again! I just ordered the new 13" Retina MacBook Pro yesterday, and was debating over this 15" model but ultimately decided the portability of the 13" was more valuable to me. Was anticipating this video :) Great comparison too, I was happy to see the GeekBench scores side-by-side there between the 15" and 13".

Author — iTouchAppReviewers


I like how good quality this review is. I like how it's not someone recording on their phone, vertical and with a bunch of visual and audio noise in background. Nice editing, I might buy it.

Author — Kawaii Amber


*_Great review Mike!_*
*_All and all I think MacBooks are ok for the user who just wants something that works and is reliable; and isn't too tech savvy about the specs_*
*_Sure, it's expensive and what not, but to be honest; older versions of the MacBook Pro are just as good at this one in this video. I have a slightly old mid 2014 MacBook pro which runs absolutely fine. I got it last year for $1, 200 second hand; apparently unused and in it's original state as it was shipped- So I got a great bargain for it!_*

*_Your reviews are great Mike! I find them very informative and helpful for choosing the right device for the right task! Keep it up man!_*

Author — Siri


Hi Mike! Over the weekend I discovered your channel & I just have to say that you are THE best reviewer I've ever watched. The first thing I noticed about you is that you are unbiased. That's so important to a consumer, because consumers want the most accurate information on the product/service they are inquiring about.

Many reviewers that review, say Samsung VS Apple ... Immediately go in favoring one product over the other. In my opinion that's not the best way to inform a consumer about a product. Consumers should always come up with their own decision after watching or reading a review.

Thank you for being so tactile and providing us all with the most informative and honest reviews!

Author — TheSimsBoi


Awesome review Mike! I know this isn't very different from the last one but I was still excited to see you post this. I waited on buying a 15 inch Pro because I knew this refresh was coming. Glad I did considering I wanted Force Touch and those read/write speeds are awesome! I'll only cry for about an hour after shelling out $2500 for it. :'D

Author — Mess It Up Mike


This video was great. I'm sure most of us are very familiar with the MacBook Pros at this stage and the update was minor but that was fantastically comprehensive. Great job!

Author — Rudyyy


I really love how Mike never forgets to mention Apple branding on the cleaning cloth.

Author — Vivek Vaidya


I love how I watch these unboxing and reviews even though I have a 2014 Macbook Pro, nice to see them all nice and clean

Author — Aeronx


I just got this for school, and I love it. I upgraded from a non retina 13 inch MBP. I basically went from 4GB to 16GB the speed difference is ridiculous everything you click on just pops up no wait whatsoever. The display is also amazing. Now I only want to watch stuff on this instead of my tv. Also people Macs are not overpriced they just don't sell low end priced laptops. They don't bother to produce $300 dollar machines. You maybe pay slightly for the design, but that's it.

Author — El McCall


Another great review! I love how detailed your reviews are!

Author — Bobby T.


13 always seems too small for me but for some reason the 13 just seems better for MacBooks to me. am I the only one that thinks the 15 looks kind of dis proportional? the 13 looks more proportional for some reason. that's why it just seems better to me

Author — squigga


I love you're videos...its always well explained and very detailed!

Author — Mark Borromeo


I have the base configuration of the late 2013 model. I'm disappointed to see such minor gains for this update. I've been wanting to upgrade to a model with discreet graphics, but I'll probably end up waiting until a more impressive update. Informative video as always.

Author — Kyle H


that was stunning, really love your work, keep up the good stuff like this :)

Author — iBoolGuy


Awesome video, Thanks a lot for this.

If I may, I'd like to point out that when comparing the trackpads and the speakers of the different MacBooks, a simple text to indicate the current version being tested or previewed would help a lot to understand (or witness) the purpose of the comparison (or preview).

Other than that, Video: 10/10, Sound: 10/10. Review: 10/10.

Again, thanks, and very much appreciated.

Author — Ofeenee


It's amazing how the Macbook (the new one... 12in) sounds almost as good as the best in the family despite its size.

Author — Linus Lee


Great video Mike! I really cant wait for mine haha surprised that the disk speeds were the only drastic differences from the 2013 15"

Author — etti


Very well done Mike, also the shots & editing just get better and better each time!

Author — Dave Dirckx