This morning, Apple released the 17″ Macbook Pro with no word on the 12″ version. For those of us who own the 15″ Macbook Pro, there’s little to be concerned about. Take a look at the specifications:
17-inch widescreen display
1680 x 1050 resolution
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo(1)
1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
8x double-layer SuperDrive
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, and three USB 2.0 ports
The first thing you’ll notice is that the only advantage the 17″ has over the 15″ is the bigger screen resolution (1680 x 1050), an 8x Dual-Layer DVD burner, and the return of the Firewire 800 port. I only wished I had that FW800 port on my 15″ since I have a 800GB RAID enclosure with that particular port.
My Mac buddy iCheerful notes that it’s also cheaper to buy the 17″ if you intend to Build to Order (BTO) a 15″ with 2.16Ghz Core Duo and a 120GB hard drive (no BTO option for the dual-layer DVD burner). Where the factory-built 17″ would cost $2799, the BTO 15″ would cost $2899. Don’t forget that you also get a better optical drive and a bigger LCD with the 17″ MacBook Pro.
Finally, Digg reader Greyarea gives us the quote of the day when he said that any laptop that can double as a riot shield is stretching the limits of what I call portable! 😛