Three months down the line from the launch of the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes the 17-inch MacBook Pro – effectively the Intel-powered MacBook slightly enlarged in both screen size and features.
The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, running up to five times faster than the 17-inch PowerBook G4 and with an all new system architecture including a 667 MHz front-side bus that is four times as fast as the old Powerbook and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB. There’s also a 120GB hard drive, a bigger and 36 per cent brighter display and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express graphics with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory.
You get all the features of the smaller MacBook Pro, including a built-in iSight video camera, iLife ’06 and Photo Booth, which lets you take quick snapshots and share image via the iSight video camera. However, with the 17-inch model, you also get Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter, which makes charging the notebook’s battery easier than ever by magnetically coupling the power cord to the MacBook Pro – making it harder to accidentally drag the MacBook off a desk. But if you do knock it Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor is designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall.
You can order the 17-inch MacBook Pro now. It’s priced at £1,999 (including VAT).