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17-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

At a Glance

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  • Apple MacBook Pro Notebook
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    Apple filled in the last piece of the unibody puzzle, introducing this new MacBook Pro at the January 2009 Macworld Expo. It sports the same enclosure as the 15-inch laptops introduced in the fall of...

At a Glance

Apple filled in the last piece of the unibody puzzle, introducing this new MacBook Pro at the January 2009 Macworld Expo. It sports the same enclosure as the 15-inch laptops introduced in the fall of 2008. The chief feature in this new 17-inch system is a new battery that uses custom-shaped cells. That should give the machine a battery of eight hours using integrated graphics, according to Apple. The downside? The battery is not removable. Other changes include a faster processor (2.66GHz) and the removal of the FireWire 400 port (though FireWire 800 remains).

Price when rated: $2,799
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Pros

  • Thin, rounded design
  • Great new keyboard
  • Only Apple laptop with anti-glare option
  • Large trackpad with numerous multi-touch gesture choices
  • Longer battery life than predecessor

Cons

  • Trackpad button can be hard to press
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote in the box
  • Battery is no longer user-replaceable
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