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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz

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    The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinement in this update is a new graphics system powered by...

At a Glance

The MacBook Pro gets a new chipset, which means processor bumps, a faster frontside bus, and more RAM capacity. However, the more significant refinement in this update is a new graphics system powered by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT. Unlike the 15-inch models, the 17-inch MacBook Pro does not sport a new LED-backlit display for better battery life; however, a build-to-order option lets you select a higher-resolution display with 1,920-by-1,200 native resolution.

Price when rated: 2799

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Huge screen, with new ultra-high-resolution option
  • Much improved graphics performance
  • 2GB of RAM, which is expandable to 4GB
  • Excellent overall performance

Cons

  • Some software needs tuning for new graphics chip
  • No PCMCIA slot or eSATA port
  • Large screen inevitably increases size, weight, and price
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