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

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

What makes MacBook Pro Notebook so mobile? Performance in a portable package.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MA897LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 6 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
DVI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.00 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WSXGA+
Screen Resolution 1680 x 1050
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 8600M GT
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR3 SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 160 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number MA897LL/A
UPC Code 885909166329
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

What makes MacBook Pro Notebook so mobile? Performance in a portable package.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Standard Memory 2 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-667/PC2-5300
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • MacBook Pro Notebook
  • Apple Remote
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Power Cord
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adaptor
  • Install/Restore DVDs
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • DVI to VGA Adaptor
  • Additional Information

    Built-in Devices:

  • iSight Camera
  • Omnidirectional Microphone
  • 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 2.0
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 15.4"
    Depth 10.4"
    Weight (Approximate) 108.8 oz
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Model T7700
    Processor Speed 2.40 GHz
    Cache 4 MB
    Bus Speed 800 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type Track Pad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    Photoshop CS3 1:20   min
    Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:55   min
    Speedmark 5 Score 204
    iMovie HD6 0:50
    Compressor 2:07
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
    iTunes 7.5 1:03
    Unreal Tournament 2004 76.6fps