I have reviewed several different MacBook Pros throughout the years and have always been pleased with these computers. The 15-inch MacBook Pro MJLQ2LL/A has the super fast speed, sharp display, and sleek design that you’ve come to expect from Apple laptops. It’s large and heavy duty, yet remains slim and portable enough for the occasional trip to and from the office.
The MacBook Pro MJLQ2LLA has the 2.2GHz Intel i7 quad core processor, with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz. It runs on the Mac OS X Yosemite operating system and has 16GB of memory. This model has 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, which can be used up easily. However, there is a 512GB version available.
This laptop has about nine hours of battery life, and stereo speakers with dual microphones. There are two 3.0 USB ports, two Thunderbolt video ports, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port. The usual bells and whistles are there as well, such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and a combination headphone/microphone jack.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro now has the dedicated AMD Radeon graphics card, which works 40 percent faster than the NVIDIA card installed on the previous version. Intel Pro Graphics also comes installed, which gives you amazing video and multimedia editing capabilities.
Flash SSD – Improvements to the flash SSD memory give you unbelievable boot and load times. You’re able to open documents and photos or restart your computer almost instantly.
Feature Force Touch – The new Force Touch trackpad feature was designed to give you more control of the cursor. The redesigned trackpad now has four sensors placed at each corner and makes it appear as though you are clicking on two different levels. This may take some getting used to; using it the first time was definitely weird for me.
Retina Display – The 15.4-inch (diagonally) LED-Backlit Retina display has marvelous picture quality with a maximum pixel resolution of 2880x1800. There are four million pixels in the retina screen, which provides ultra-sharp colors and less glare.
No Optical Drive – Apple has done away with optical drives on all of its laptops, the MacBook Pro included. This means you’ll need to purchase a separate device if you want to play or burn files to CDs and/or DVDs.
CPU Not Upgraded – This model of the MacBook Pro still uses fourth generation Intel Core i-series chips and has not been upgraded with the fifth generation “Broadwell” chips, unlike the MacBook Air and the 13-inch Pro.
No Major Changes – All in all, there are only three real changes or improvements from the 2013 and 2014 versions of the MacBook Pro, with the SSD upgrades being, in my opinion, the most significant.
Overall, the MacBook Pro MJLQ2LLA is a powerful, fast, and premium laptop computer. The price is hefty, but you definitely get what you pay for. However, if you have an older MacBook Pro, I wouldn’t suggest upgrading to this model. The changes are good, but not great enough to justify the purchase.