Apple has now, after som persistent rumors, finally launched its new MacBook Pro with a 17″ LCD display and except from the beefier display you can use Intel’s mobile flagship Core Duo 2.16GHz together with ATI’s Mobility Radeon X1600 256MB graphics circuit, still underclocked we assume. The some of the rest of the components are 1GB DDR2-667 memory, 120GB 5400 RPM SATA harddrive, AirPort Extreme wireless network (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Dual-Link DVI and several USB and Firewire ports. The new 17″ display offers a resolution at 1680x1050px and is suppose to be 67% brighter than previous models according to Apple. The 17″ model measures 2.59cm x 39.2cm x 26.5cm and weighs 3.1kg (6.8 lbs), about 0.5kg (1.1 lbs) more than the 15.4″ model.
”The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor that delivers dual-core performance in a breakthrough power-efficient design, making it ideal for use in MacBook Pro’s thin and lightweight design. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro is up to five times faster than the 17-inch PowerBook G4, running industry standard benchmarks* and offers an all new system architecture including a 667 MHz front-side bus that is four times as fast as the PowerBook G4 and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB that is twice as fast as the PowerBook G4.”
It is pretty clear that Apple is continuing to broaden its assortment of Intel-based systems and those who are eager to invest in the latest system from Apple has to pay $2,799 for MacBook Pro 17″. A neat sum that should result in one of the most powerful laptops on the markets though.