Pros

  • Classic design
  • Lovely screen
  • Ample RAM and hard drive capacity
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • No internal modem option
  • No eSATA port
  • Performance glitch slows some tasks
  • Few cards available for ExpressCard/34 slot
  • No PC Card slot

At A Glance

Like its 15-inch counterparts, the 17-inch MacBook Pro gets a processor bump (up to 2.33GHz from 2.16GHz) as well as a new processor entirely. The Intel Core Duo makes way for the Intel Core 2 Duo, a next-generation chip promising better performance with the same battery life. The amount of shared L2 cache has doubled, as has the installed memory -- the 17-inch MacBook Pro ships with 2GB of RAM. (You can install up to 3GB.) Hard drive capacity has increased to 160GB from 120GB.

Manufacturer’s Description

MacBook Pro Notebook delivers the Front Row media experience, making it easy (and rather spectacular) to showcase your latest creations. Whether you're at the client's office, on location, or back at your hotel room, you just use the Apple Remote to control your videos, music, movies and more. Front Row lets you quickly navigate through your work and play from anywhere in the room. You can even use the Apple Remote to navigate through Keynote presentations.