People who love the big screen will be amazed by the 17-inch MacBook Pro which is the best and greatest MacBook Pro improvement. The 17″ new model has a starting price of about $2,799. However, you can get it at a cheaper price once you obtain discount coupons which will reduce the actual price considerably. Apple offers discounts for this computer and other products and it is a great idea to obtain them before buying.
The new 17″ model has integrated graphics which are improved and it also has an Nvidia-chipset. It has Nvidia GeForce graphics card (9600M GT) which can be switched on and off. This is to boost performance and to improve battery life. The new 17″ is ideal for graphic designers, photo artists and video making or editing because it has one of the best screen resolutions. The 17″ MacBook Pro is 0.98 inches, has a processor of 2.99GHz, memory of 4GB with 1066HMz DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive and the operating system is Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
Constructed of carved-down Aluminum, this computer is thin and strong, yet light and solid. There is a glass trackpad in the 17″ MacBook which offers a bigger surface area. The separate mouse-button has been eliminated in this new model. The model has a flat-key keyboard which is wide spaced (Standard Apple Keyboard). The keys are backlit and the wide-screen display (LED) offers a native resolution of 1,920*1,200.
The 17″ MacBook does not have the Blu-ray option which would be very useful especially with the big-screen display which is eye-catching. Besides the devoted GeForce 9600M, Apple has included the same 9400 GPU GeForce found in most of the lighter and smaller MacBooks Pro. The menu setting has options for power: longer battery life or high performance. When a user turns on the high performance option, the 9600 chip is turned on. When the same user chooses the longer battery life, he or she turns off the 9600 chip and is left with the 9400 chip which is integrated.
Switching between the two GPUs does not force you to reboot. However one is required to log out then log back in. This process closes all apps. One disadvantage of this new MacBook model is that the battery compartment is tightly sealed. This means that a user cannot replace a worn out battery or carry back-up battery when on a long trip.