Pros

  • Excellent performance with Universal software
  • MagSafe power connector
  • 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • Much improved AirPort reception
  • Virtually silent operation
  • 1GB of RAM now standard
  • Adds a third USB 2.0 port
  • Includes FireWire 800
  • Big, bright, beautiful widescreen display
  • Built-in iSight

Cons

  • No internal modem option
  • No PCMCIA or ExpressCard/54 slots
  • Mediocre performance with non-native applications
  • Disappointing battery life

At A Glance

The widest MacBook Pro retains a few PowerBook options missing from the 15-inch MacBook configurations -- namely, a FireWire 800 port and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. The 17-inch MacBook Pro runs on a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo chip -- the same processor available as a $300 build-to-order option on the 15-inch MacBook. While slightly wider and deeper than the 15-inch model, the 17-inch configuration retains the 1-inch height of Apple's pro laptop line.

Manufacturer’s Description

You've seen improvements in notebook performance before - but never on this scale. The Intel Core Duo powering MacBook Pro is actually two processors built into a single chip. This, combined with myriad other engineering leaps, boosts performance up to four times higher than the PowerBook G4. With this awesome power, it's a breeze to render complex 3D models, enjoy smooth playback of HD video, or host a four-way video conference. Intel Core Duo is built using Intel's 65-nanometer process - resulting in transistors so small, you could fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With smaller distances for electrons to travel, and two processors designed to share resources and conserve power, Intel Core Duo achieves higher levels of performance as it uses fewer watts. Which is what makes it possible to design a super-powerful MacBook Pro that's only one inch thin. When Mac technology makes something easy, it's hardly news. So here's more non-news for MacBook Pro owners: software just works. If you see the Universal logo on a application, that means it will run on Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. For most existing applications, you simply do what you've always done: double-click them. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MA092LL/A
Processor
Processor type Intel Core Duo
Processor speed 2160.0 MHz
Cache size 2.0 KB
Bus speed 667.0 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 ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1600
Video Bus PCI Express x16
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 120.0 GB
Drive Controllers Serial ATA
Other storage Express Card 34
General Information
UPC Code 885909115433
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 68.0 hours
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Slots Express Card 34
Memory
Memory type DDR2 SDRAM
Memory max 2.0 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
DL DVD+R Write Speed 6.0
Single-Layer DVD-R Write Speed 8.0
DL DVD-R Write Speed 6.0
CD-ROM Read Speed 24.0
DVD-RAM Write Speed 6.0
DVD-ROM Pressed Disc Read Speed 6.0
Included Drives
  • DVD+-RW Dual Layer Combination Drive
  • Hard Drive
Included Software
Operating System Mac OS X
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Remote Control
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad

Warranty Information

1 Year Limited Warranty

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 6.0.4 1:28
Speedmark 4.5 Score 193
iMovie 6.0.1 1:01
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.6 with 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2 2:26
Compressor 3:59
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 1:06
Unreal Tournament 2004 63.1fps