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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

At a Glance

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  • Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

    The widest MacBook Pro retains a few PowerBook options missing from the 15-inch MacBook configurations -- namely, a FireWire 800 port and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. The 17-inch MacBook Pro runs on a...

At a Glance

The widest MacBook Pro retains a few PowerBook options missing from the 15-inch MacBook configurations -- namely, a FireWire 800 port and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. The 17-inch MacBook Pro runs on a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo chip -- the same processor available as a $300 build-to-order option on the 15-inch MacBook. While slightly wider and deeper than the 15-inch model, the 17-inch configuration retains the 1-inch height of Apple's pro laptop line.

Price when rated: 2799

Pros

  • Excellent performance with Universal software
  • MagSafe power connector
  • 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • Much improved AirPort reception
  • Virtually silent operation
  • 1GB of RAM now standard
  • Adds a third USB 2.0 port
  • Includes FireWire 800
  • Big, bright, beautiful widescreen display
  • Built-in iSight

Cons

  • No internal modem option
  • No PCMCIA or ExpressCard/54 slots
  • Mediocre performance with non-native applications
  • Disappointing battery life
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