Apple Macbook Pro 17 Inch Review

Posted on May 2 2009 - 8:50pm by Richard Sharp

Notebooks have become the in thing to have at the moment. Low cost and low cost they provide the bread and butter computing that we tend to use the most. If you want a machine to handle specific tasks for design and editing for instance you may well need something with a higher specification. For the person on the go, however who needs to use the machine as a work tool, then the Notebook is perfect. This is especially true with the Apple MacBook Pro 17.

The biggest step forward for the MacBook is the change to its battery technology. This allows the MacBook Pro 17 to be charged once and then supply you with eight hours battery life. The battery can be charged up to a thousand times which means that it should last you the best part of five years before it needs to be replaced. Compare this to the standard battery life, and you will see that it provides almost three times the life of a standard battery. Apple achieved this by producing a battery which is non removable. It does mean that you are likely to have to get the battery changed by a professional, but if you only have to have this done every five years, it may well be worth it in the long run. The battery is cased in the brilliantly designed Unibody casing. This is made from one solid block of aluminium, which gives the body lightness and strength. The whole unit has been designed with ease of use and portability. It is less than one inch thick and weighs an amazing 6.6 pounds which the manufacturers say is the thinnest and lightest seventeen inch notebook on the market.

Performance is excellent also, and again Apple claim that it is the most powerful Mac note book so far. The graphics processor is a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT which is surprisingly fast.

One noticeable feature is the actual quality of the MacBook. It has a 1920×1200 display which gives it seventy eight per cent more pixels and a sixty per cent increase in colour pallet over the fifteen inch version. The screen has an instantaneous back light which manages to achieve a thirty per cent eduction in power compared to other back light systems.

The screen colours are rich and even, although not perfect at the edges, however, it did handle grey and even black and white colouring particularly well.

When you open up the MacBook, there is still very much emphasis on minimalist design. There is a power button, a large keyboard, which has stereo speakers either side and an iSight camera which is housed above the display. The keyboard is easy to use and has the added feature of lighting up in low illumination. Also easy to use is the mouse pad as it employs a similar type of system to the iPhone meaning that it responds to multiple finger touches. This makes navigating documents so much easier. Another particularly clever feature is the magnetic power cable lead. As is the nature of things with such a small unit; it is easy when the phone rings or you get called out to leap up and drag the laptop off your knee when it is till plugged in. The magnetic cable allows the cable to detach, so that even in a worse case scenario, if you happen to fall, you will not drag the computer. Mind you it does mean that you will have to protect the computer yourself. If you are not well versed in the art of falling over, at least you know the cable will still be fine!

Programs on the Apple MacBook Pro 17 work speedily, and the machine is powerful enough for you to carry out as many tasks as you wish without any signs of slowing down.

The MacBook has a reasonable number of ports, three USB ports, a DVI port which allows you to connect to an external monitor, and comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR and accessible ports for the Internet. It does not have an optional Blu-ray drive. It does, however, arrive with a slot loading SuperDrive which allows you to burn DVDs and CDs.

The Apple MacBook Pro 17 is not cheap, coming in at almost £2000. This is a lot of money, however, in terms of quality, it is worth the selling price. It is a laptop which is great in performance, and which has been designed and put together with great quality and care. It has great features and the added advantage of its lightness of weight. There are certainly cheaper options on the market, but if money is not the main consideration, then this is certainly the machine to beat.

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