Pros

  • Double the video RAM of previous models
  • Supports trackpad hand gestures
  • Better battery life

Cons

  • Hardware remote no longer free
  • Trackpad a bit narrow for hand gestures

At A Glance

Like the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro line gets the latest generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. That boosts the amount of L2 cache to 6MB on the 2.5GHz models; this model also sports more video RAM for its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor, as well as a third USB 2.0 port. he MacBook Pro adds the MultiTouch trackpad first introduced in the MacBook Air.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer from Apple gives you all the power of a Macintosh computer in an easily portable and attractive form. The laptop is housed in an aluminum alloy enclosure, which is designed to resist stains and scratches. It is designed to meet the needs of video editors, graphics designers, educators and businesspeople.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MB166LL/A
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed 2500.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Bus speed 800.0 MHz
Display
Display size 17.0 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Video Bus PCI Express x16
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 250.0 GB
Drive Controllers Serial ATA
Other storage Express Card 34
General Information
UPC Code 885909179039
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 5.0 hours
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Slots Express Card 34
Memory
Memory type DDR2 SDRAM
Memory max 4.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 15.4 inches
Depth 10.4 inches
Height 1.0 inches
Weight 6.8 pounds
Warranty
Warranty information 1 Year Limited Warranty
Optical Drive
CD-ROM Read Speed 24.0
DL DVD+R Write Speed 4.0
Single-Layer DVD-R Write Speed 8.0
DVD-ROM Pressed Disc Read Speed 8.0
DL DVD-R Write Speed 4.0
Included Drives DVD+-RW DL
Included Software
Operating System Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad

Warranty Information

1 Year Limited Warranty

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:52   min
Photoshop CS3 1:00   min
iTunes 7.5 1:02
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 81.6fps
Speedmark 5 Score 219
iMovie HD6 0:45
Compressor 0:52

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