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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz

    Macworld Rating

    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
  • Macworld Rating

    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.

    MSRP: 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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