Pros

  • Available with an anti-glare, matte screen
  • Impressive performance and battery life
  • Huge screen

Cons

  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • Huge
  • Large screen makes glossy glare more noticeable than on smaller laptops

At A Glance

The latest 17-inch MacBook Pro is by all measures a minor hardware upgrade over its predecessor, offering only slightly faster processor options and a bump in hard-drive capacity. The more significant change is the value you get for your money: Apple has dropped the price of the computer by $300 and similarly reduced the price of build-to-order upgrades.

Manufacturer’s Description

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MC226LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 8 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
DisplayPort Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.00 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WUXGA
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB, Up to 512 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM, GDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
UPC Code 885909330386
Manufacturer Part Number MC226LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It's a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it's exactly how the new MacBook Pro was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features and environmentally sound design, it's a revolution in the way notebooks are made.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • MacBook Pro Notebook
  • Power Cord
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Display Cleaning Cloth
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 15.5"
    Depth 10.5"
    Color Aluminum
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 2.80 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    Quake 4 76.3fps   fps
    Photoshop CS3 0:48   min
    Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:45   min
    Speedmark 5 Score 256
    iMovie HD6 0:40
    Speedmark 6 Score 140
    iTunes 7.7 0:54
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM
    Compressor 1:42