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

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).

Manufacturer’s Description

Introducing the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. A battery that lasts up to 8 hours. A stunning high-resolution display. Just as thin, just as light. Enjoy the ultimate mobile creative studio with up to 8 hours of battery life and a high-resolution LED-backlit display with a 60 percent greater colour gamut.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MB604LL/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 Memory Capacity Up to 512 MB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR3 SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 320 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 885909241613
Manufacturer Part Number MB604LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

Introducing the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. A battery that lasts up to 8 hours. A stunning high-resolution display. Just as thin, just as light. Enjoy the ultimate mobile creative studio with up to 8 hours of battery life and a high-resolution LED-backlit display with a 60 percent greater colour gamut.

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
  • AC Adapter
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Display Cleaning Cloth
  • 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"
    Weight (Approximate) 105.44 oz
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 2.66 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad, Track Pad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    Quake 4 72.4fps   fps
    Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:48   min
    Photoshop CS3 0:56   min
    iTunes 7.7 0:59
    Tested Configuration OS X 10.5.6 with 4GB of RAM
    Speedmark 5 Score 224
    iMovie HD6 0:46
    Compressor 1:42