ZDNet First Take: Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo

“With a solid array of components, a terrific set of features, and the lightest weight of any laptop its size, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is a power user’s dream; its base price is also much higher than the 17-inch PC competition’s,” Justin Jaffe writes for ZDNet. “With roughly the same specs as the 15.4-inch model, we can already predict much about how the 17-inch MacBook Pro will perform. The Intel Core Duo processor should deliver performance that’s on a par with the fastest PC laptops, and we can expect the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU to handle graphics better than the PowerBooks’ ever did.”

“The base configuration of the 17-inch MacBook Pro costs AU$4,599 (US$2799) — the same as the 15.4-inch model when configured with a 2.16GHz processor. We still think that’s a tad expensive, but it’s definitely a better deal than the 17-inch PowerBook G4 was,” Jaffe writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Please name the “17-inch PC competition” that can run Mac OS X and Windows and tell us how much that’s worth. [crickets chirping contentedly] Hello? Failing that, please regale us with the similarly-equipped “17-inch PC competition” which is priced much lower than Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Macintosh. You get what you pay for (and more).

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42 Comments

  1. TAKE A LOOK AT APPLE.COM’S PRICES FOR 2GB RAM, ITS $600!!! WHO THE HELL PAYS THAT KINDA MONEY FOR 2GB RAM???

    APPLE IS SIMPLY FOLLOWING COMCAST’S FOOTSTEPS, COMCAST’S CABLE INTERNET COSTS $50/MONTH NOONE WANTS IT. EVERYONE GETS SBC DSL INSTEAD FOR $14.95/MONTH.

  2. Bill: “Steve Monkey boy. I always hate to hear Apple always come out thing before us.”

    Steve: “huh?”

    Bill: “Even origami. They said ithe size resembles Apple Newton”

    Steve: “Huh?”

    Bill: They came out with the 1st 30″LCD. 17″ Notebook. It’s time for us to fight back!”

    Steve: “huh?”

    Bill: “Stop saying huh. Suggest something!”

    Steve: ” I have a brillian idea. Guarantee the 1st. Not Apple.”

    Bill: ” Great. Tell me.”

    Steve: ” A 23″ intel notebook, or 30″ notebook. What say u?”

    Bill: “………”

  3. I wish MDN would stop touting BootCamp as a feature. Its still a Beta and Apple refuse to support it. Also … whats so special about being able to run Windows? Even Dells do that!

    Mac’s are fine with OS X thank you very much.

  4. Hey, CAPS LOCK BOY:

    Assuming the three “shouting” posts above are from the same insipid sot, a quick observation is merited, I believe.

    “People who are to [sic] stupid . . .”

    Actually, people who are TOO stupid to learn basic grammatical principals in elementary school use PCs.

    And that’s a fact.

    One more thing: There is no such word as “noone.” Try “no one” next time, loud moronic a**hole!

  5. Don’t buy RAM from Apple – it has ALWAYS been overpriced.

    Look up the meaning of TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP and you will find that a Mac is SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAPER than a PC in the long term.

    Learn how to turn your Caps Lock off, people listen when you don’t shout.

    PCs are for mechanics, Macs are for people who like to drive.

    UNIX underpinnings mean OS X is a POWERHOUSE and wipes Windows off the face of the earth regarding power computing.

    Have a nice day.

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