17-inch Apple MacBook Pro Custom Version Review September 27, 2010
•17-inch Apple MacBook Pro matte screen
17-inch Apple MacBook Pro, compared with 13 and 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro, the overall design has not changed much, but size is larger and weight, thickness are more well-controlled. 17-inch MacBook Pro is still in all-metal body design; seamless alloy shell design looks neater. As we all know, Apple’s product design has a unique charm, which is currently unmatched by other manufacturers.
The biggest difference between 17-inch MacBook Pro customized version laptop and previous Toshiba laptops is the outlook, especially the screen. The retail version of the MacBook Pro features a glossy glass LED backlit LCD screen, while the customized version 17-inch MacBook Pro removes the glass, and replaced it by matte screen that can effectively reduce the problem of reflection, and large wide-screen display features a fine 1,680x 1,050 native resolution, the screen supports the maximum resolution of the 1920 × 1200 pixels.
Apple MacBook Pro with 17-inch screen is not used in the current mainstream aspect ratio, but to many consumers, they prefer the 16:10 ratio.
MacBook Pro weight
17-inch Apple MacBook Pro weighs 2.846kg (including battery), but with the power adapter, its travel weight with adapter is 3.133kg. As a model with such large screen, its outstanding performance is not portability; the more is the video entertainment experience. So a 17-inch laptop of 6 kg weight is still desirable.
• Backlit keyboard, scrollable glass trackpad
Apple’s product detail design is outstanding. 17-inch MacBook Pro still has not let us down, first of all, we can see a large area of the touchpad; the biggest feature is supporting multi-touch, can achieve more operations than the previous generation laptops: The touch pad lets you scroll through long documents, Web pages, and spreadsheets by dragging two fingers down or across the pad, a terrific feature that’s unique to Apple laptops.
Apple MacBook Pro keyboard design is also carried on its good design. Though 17-inch MacBook Pro keyboard keys are a bit shallow, they’re comfortable to type on, and we love the keyboard’s backlighting feature, which adjusts to changes in ambient light levels. We don’t like that the keyboard is located 5.4 inches back from the laptop’s front edge; we wish it were centered to encourage a more ergonomic typing position.
17-inch MacBook Pro round power switch on the top right of the keypad
• Exquisite craftsmanship，Humanity design
Sleep indicator light design can be seen Apple’s powerful industrial capability, when the user closed screen when laptop was running, MacBook Pro will automatically go into a state of sleep, then sleep indicator light will turn on the white light, It is worth mentioning that the indicator is tiny thanks to the laser drilling technology, but when light is not turned on, the user is difficult to find the presence of light.
17-inch MacBook Pro custom version laptop is equipped with offers a decent selection of ports and connections. That said, the MacBook Pro features three USB 2.0 ports; Mini DispalyPort; FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports; an ExpressCard slot; and a DVI port (VGA with included adapter) for connecting to an external monitor. It’s also equipped with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (enhanced data rate), and you can access the Internet via 802.11g Wi-Fi radio, and Gigabit Ethernet. As with the PowerBook, the MacBook Pro features a slot-loading SuperDrive that plays and burns DVDs and CDs. One new extra is the Apple remote that controls the included Front Row multimedia player; we wish, though, that the MacBook had a storage slot for it. Unlike most PC laptops, the MacBook Pro lacks a built-in media reader for flash memory cards, and there’s no S-Video output or built-in modem–both of which the PowerBook had.
From the power adapter, we can see that Apple’s intentions for human design; the plug can be retractable and also can in universe use according to different countries.
17-inch Apple MacBook Pro we got is equipped with 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-620M dual processor, 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM, 500GB SATA hard drive, with nVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512MB discrete graphics card, pre-installed Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.3 operating system.
Accompanied applications to meet the daily application
Apple MacBook Pro has pre-installed various applications to meet the everyday needs such as iTunes, QuickTime and other video playback and management software. And some office software can also be found in the Mac system, the user can choose the paid version of Apple’s own launch of iWork, or choose Microsoft for the Mac system development Office.
Pros: Beautiful, sleek design; big, bright display; dual-core CPU; robust software package, including Mac OS X Tiger; illuminated keyboard and scrollable touch pad; DVD burner; built-in Webcam; remote control; can run Windows XP using Apple’s free Boot Camp utility.
Cons: Lacks media card reader and some other ports; only 90 days of toll-free technical support.
The bottom line: With a solid array of components, a terrific set of features, and the lightest weight of any laptop its size, Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro is a power user’s dream, but it doesn’t come cheap.