PC Magazine: Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro: ‘offers virtually everything a user needs’

“The MacBook Pro 17-inch, the second Apple branded notebook to receive Intel’s powerful Dual Core architecture, offers virtually everything a user needs. It shares many of the same pleasing features found in the smaller MacBook Pro 15-inch model, including Front Row, the MagSafe adapter, the iSight camera, and the iLife ’06 suite. And best of all, despite this MacBook’s larger 17-inch screen, it’s not too difficult to tote,” Cisco Cheng writes for PC Magazine. “The MacBook Pro 17-inch keeps its weight down to an astounding 6.8 pounds—truly impressive for a desktop replacement—and sports an attractive, thin, 1-inch frame… Typing on the MacBook is comfortable; it has the same responsive touchpad as the Apple PowerBook 17-inch, You can scroll up, down, left, and right by applying two fingers to the touchpad.”

MacDailyNews Note: The 17-inch also offers secondary click (right click) without resorting to physically chopping the click button into two: just place two fingers anywhere on the trackpad and click the button to secondary click. Users can turn this option on in the Keyboard & Mouse Trackpad section of System Preferences. A typically elegant solution from Apple, it works very well.

Cheng continues, “As with all the Intel Macs, Apple bundles this one with its powerful iLife ’06 software suite. iLife includes iPhoto, a very good photo editor; iMovie HD for video editing; GarageBand to take care of audio editing; and iWeb for simple web publishing…. I was able to load Apple’s Boot Camp without a hitch. Since this system is using the same ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 as the 15-inch version, all of the gaming test results I ran (with Windows) were just as good… The bottom line is that if you’re a creative professional who always works on Macs and is heavily into graphic design or movie editing, the move to the MacBook Pro 17-inch is a no-brainer, even at $3,099 (fully loaded). However, if you’re simply looking for a cool multimedia laptop with good screen real estate and some oomph under the hood, there are plenty of Windows-only widescreens available that will give you better bang for your buck.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “DigitalDame” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: As inexplicable ending lines go, this one pretty much takes the cake. It feels tacked on as an afterthought – almost as if by someone else; the advertising sales manager would be our guess. Let’s look at the facts: other “multimedia laptops” are OS-limited, stuck running Windows only. The MacBook Pro can run both Mac OS X and WIndows (just like any Intel-based Mac), which means that it can run Apple iLife ’06 multimedia suite of applications which Cheng praises in the review. So, what’s “cool” about being OS-limited to Windows and not being able to run Mac OS X and iLife? Is it cool to lug around an ugly, thick, heavy Windows laptop? Is being insecure online and depending on slimy Anti-Virus software companies to rob your processor cycles for flawed “protection” supposed to be “cool?”

And, by the way, if “you’re a creative professional who always works on Macs and is heavily into graphic design,” you’re probably waiting for Adobe to make Photoshop Universal (even though we’ve found it surprisingly fast running under Rosetta), so Cheng is wrong there, too. With all that said, Cheng’s final sentence does end up making sense: there are plenty of other laptops with big screens and fast processors for a bit less money, but you’ll be getting much less in the process. Macintosh. You get what you pay for.

Why would anyone waste their money on any Windows PC when a Mac can run both Mac OS X and Windows? Why would anyone willingly segregate themselves into the Windows ghetto to supposedly save a few bucks upfront? Over time, Apple Macs pay their users back, and then some, by making them more productive, sparing them from security problems and general frustration, and offering a system that actually feels like someone spent serious time (decades, in fact) thinking about usability and the end user. Just because those who have no Mac experience don’t understand those benefits (or their value) doesn’t make them any less true (or less valuable).

The real bottom line, from a site that is wholly independent of Windows PC box assemblers’ ad buys, is that Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro is the best and most versatile large screen notebook personal computer in the world. No other portable computer from any other company on earth even comes close. Our sole con: do not get one for use in public if people staring and asking questions about your computer makes you uncomfortable.

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29 Comments

  1. I have to agree with MDN’s objection. But then realize that when Apple starts to peel away Windows users to OS X, PC Magazine will start its swirl towards the outlet in the bottom of the porcelain bowl. The writers for this PC — aka Windows — rag have two choices; 1) Continue to bad mouth Apple, Linux and any competitor to Windows. 2) Maneuver themselves into writing columns about the new winners of the computer platform wars.

  2. Reason #1,234,567 why MacDailyNews is king:

    Over time, Apple Macs pay their users back, and then some, by making them more productive, sparing them from security problems and general frustration, and offering a system that actually feels like someone spent serious time (decades, in fact) thinking about usability and the end user. Just because those who have no Mac experience don’t understand those benefits (or their value) doesn’t make them any less true (or less valuable).

  3. Stamp of approval:

    “Over time, Apple Macs pay their users back, and then some, by making them more productive, sparing them from security problems and general frustration, and offering a system that actually feels like someone spent serious time (decades, in fact) thinking about usability and the end user. Just because those who have no Mac experience don’t understand those benefits (or their value) doesn’t make them any less true (or less valuable).”

  4. “Plus people are satisfied with windows and waiting for Vista.”

    What? Dude, I hope you are being sarcastic, because that has to be the most laughable statement ever posted here.

  5. I am unable to find a dual core Dell of equal size and processor speed for less or equal price of the mac line up. Forget the added features (built in camera, iLife, bluetooth and syncing capabilities).
    Any computer will get email and search the web as long as you don’t mind keeping your security and virus protection up to date. When you compare computers Dell is more expensive than Apple.
    Post a web page that shows me different.

  6. Linux Guy wrote:
    The writers for this PC — aka Windows — rag have two choices; 1) Continue to bad mouth Apple, Linux and any competitor to Windows. 2) Maneuver themselves into writing columns about the new winners of the computer platform wars.

    Untill Apple advertises in PC Mags, that won’t happen. They would be putting themselves out of business. This article is a message to Apple to sign an ad contract.

  7. wonderboy,
    Cut back on the Kool Aide, man. I don’t doubt for a minute that Mac sales will soar ahead of the general market for the next year and likely longer. But you are talking 20X growth in a year. Where do you think those systems will be built? Who will build them? Sell them? A 40% to 100% growth in systems sales would rate as a huge success, but that wouldn’t bring the Mac market share to 7%, never mind 17%.

  8. DLMeyer: Where did you learn your math?

    A few months ago Mac market share was supposedly (depending on who you talk to) approximately 4.4%. That was even when many folks were waiting for Intel Macs to come out. Now we have reinvigorated buying, bootcamp and Parallels. Is 4.5% to 5.0% an unreasonable assumption for current market share? I don’t think so — but let’s assume 4.5%.

    When (not “if”) we hit 17%, that’s only 3.8X — where did you get 10X?
    When we hit 23%, that’s only 5.1X.

    BTW, this came to me in a flash of prescience — I didn’t try to calculate what might be possible. Wait and see — you’ll see!

    MW: (interestingly enough) finally

    Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend — dreaming about what’s actually possible!

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