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.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MA611LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Maximum Battery Run Time 5.50 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 Resolution 1680 x 1050
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon X1600
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
UPC Code 885909119486
Manufacturer Part Number MA611LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name MacBook Pro Notebook
Marketing Information

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.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line MacBook Pro
Memory
Standard Memory 2 GB
Maximum Memory 2 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
  • 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 802.11b/g
    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 T7600
    Processor Speed 2.33 GHz
    Cache 4 MB
    Bus Speed 667 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
    iMovie 6.0.2 0:50
    Photoshop CS2 1:12
    iTunes 6.0.4 0:58
    Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 0:57
    Speedmark 4.5 Score 211
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.8, with 2GB of RAM
    Unreal Tournament 2004 72.6fps
    Compressor 2:02