07 January 2009

Closing time to 17" MacBook Pro

New Apple 17 inch MAcBook ProApple gives us a truly mouthwatering recipe of their new 17 inch MacBook Pro coming soon. As soon as the end of January actually. From an invasion of cutting prices and adding features netbooks, we are now given a notebook with a long list of features, big screen and a price tag that is even bigger. In some way the new MacBook Pro smacks of an upmarket business class sedan – knows its job, but is overpriced as a rule. However we get enough specs for the MSRP which is 2799 USD for American market. Nevertheless 17" MacBook Pro is not quite a bargain I should say.

For 2799 USD 17" MacBook Pro offers more than only technical implementation. It is also a stylish gadget – it is thinner than an inch and I thing good looking. But style is not what you want from a notebook. So, in standard, upcoming MacBook Pro will carry an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6 MB shared L2 cache and 2.66 GHz but 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo will also be available. Clearly a 17 inch 1920 x 1200 LED display. It supposed to have 60 percent greater color gamut and 700:1 contrast ratio, but I am not the only one who though of an OLED display for that kind of money. Anyway, for 50 extra USD you can get an anti-glare display. Graphic cards, yes there are two of them, one – integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and the other one – discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB GDDR3.

New Apple 17 inch MAcBook ProThere is a lot more stacked in MacBook Pro like different ports and slots and 4GB SDRAM, 320 GB HDD or optional SDDs, Multi-Touch trackpad, etc. but Apple wants end users to know a lot about MacBook's battery. They say it is a new one, offers 8 hours of work between recharges and toughs out 1000 recharging cycles, which is really a lot. There is an issue however. The thing is that you can't replace it by yourself once it arrives to its dead point. The owner of 17 inch MacBook Pro has to be responsible enough to understand that Apple has to recycle used batteries and install you another one for 179 USD (includes recycling). That is a disappointment I recon. I mean – yes, new rules for consumers can be taken in order to prevent further pollution. But from the user's point of view, who had to pay almost 3000 USD for MacBook Pro and then he appears to take it to service as a car once again? I am afraid that this move can cut Mac's sales a little bit.

One more thing about MacBook's price and environmental care. 2799 USD needed for the notebook include spends on ripping some detrimental materials. This is especially important for Apple because earlier, at the beginning of October '08, they had problems with some malicious substances in Mac Pro. Now Apple confirms that the upcoming 17" MacBook Pro has no mercury and arsenic in different parts of its display. Together with battery care MacBook Pro is a "green" gadget then.

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