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It is one of two MacBook Pro options (Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch) released in April 2010.

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Pros

large multi-touch trackpad

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upgraded Nvidia video card with customized Optimus-like technology (automatically selects which graphics card to use for best performance or power savings) - actually better than standard Optiumus due to the fact that it is based on the technologies used *not* fallible profiles, can disable both display adapters (not just the more powerful discrete card)

3 agree

upgraded with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors - much faster than the previous generation offering based on Core 2 Duo

3 agree

configurable directly from the manufacturer

3 agree

full 1080p display (1900 x 1200px)

3 agree

amazing battery life for such a large and powerful device - 8 to 9 hours standard

3 agree

stunning unibody design - made from a single piece of aluminum

2 agree

digital video output (mini DisplayPort)

2 agree

relatively lightweight for a 17" device with powerful components (6.6 pounds compared to the Envy 17 at 7.6 pounds)

2 agree

16:10 display aspect ratio for improved vertical resolution (1920 x 1200 vs 1920 x 1080) - much better than most manufacturers who have gone with the inferior / cheaper 16:9 aspect ratio

2 agree

full size backlit keyboard

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

system upgrades from the manufacturer are very expensive, complete ripoff

3 agree

very expensive

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unibody construction makes it difficult to upgrade individual components such as RAM and the hard disk

2 agree

no eSATA (FireWire 800 only)

2 agree

no Blu-ray drive option

2 agree

single internal storage bay

2 agree

just a minor bump over the previous generation

1 agrees

late to the party - most manufacturers have released their Core i3 / i5 / i7 based notebooks a long time ago

1 agrees

DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA connections require adapters sold separately

1 agrees

heavy and large - poor for mobility despite the great battery life

1 agrees

Keyboard lacks dedicated Home, End, PgUp, PageDn, Insert, Delete keys

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch is one of two MacBook Pro options (Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch) released in April 2010. They are both carved from a single block of aluminum (unibody) and host a 'new' energy-efficient architecture that delivers up to 10 hours of battery life per a single charge. In particular, the MC024LL/A hosts an Intel Core i5 processor, but an optional i7 CPU is available. Additional core features include up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB SATA HDD. Like the 15-inch, the Pro 17-inch hosts both Intel HD graphics and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics card. Users can conveniently switch the GC off to save battery life. Plus the included Mini DisplayPort can supports VGA, DVI, and HDMI displays, although optional adapters are required. Additional features include a multi-touch trackpad, curved keyboard keys that better fit the fingers and an LED-backlit display with wide-angle viewing.

Features
  • MacBook Pro (April 2010)
  • Unibody Frame
  • Energy-Efficient
  • Intel Core i5/i7 CPU
  • DDR3 RAM
  • SATA HDD
  • Nvidia Graphics w/Switch
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • VGA/DVI/HDMI Compatibility
  • Multi-Touch Trackpad
  • Ergonomic Keyboard
  • LED Backlit Display
Universal Specifications
  • OS: OSX
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (2.53GHz) or Core i7 (2.66GHz)
  • Memory: 4GB Integrated, Up to 8GB
  • HDD: 500GB, 5400rpm SATA
  • Optical: DVD SuperDrive
  • Graphics: Intel HD + Nvidia GeForce GT 330M w/Switch (512MB)
  • Video: iSight Camera; Mini DisplayPort w/Support for DVI, VGA, HDMI
  • Display: 17” LED-backlit (1900x1200)
  • Expansion: FireWire 800; USB 2.0; ExpressCard
  • Audio: Stereo Speakers; Microphone; Audio In/Out
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless: 802.11n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
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