OK, according to Apple’s own figures, here’s what the MacBook Pro 17 inch has got that the 15 inch model hasn’t:
- Faster processor
- More RAM
- One extra USB port
- A Firewire 800 port
- One (1) additional hour of battery life (estimated)
- More oomph in the graphics card (well, more than the lower-end 15-inchers anyway)
- Faster hard disk, but only if you sacrifice 20GB of storage: “120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive. Optional 100GB 7200-rpm drive.” (??!!)
- 1680 by 1050 pixels
- Additional pound or so of weight
Here’s what’s the same in each of them:
- 667MHz frontside bus
- Airport, Bluetooth, 10/100
- Optical digital in
- Optical digital out
- Speakers, mic, iSight, Photo Booth (yay!), Apple Remote
- DVI, VGA adapter
So, is that a compelling package? Are the extra dollars worth all those additional pixels and another USB port?
Personally, I’m not persuaded, but then I’m not a video/photo professional for whom those extra pixels may well be worth spending the money on. But I’d expected to see a few more extras in this very top-of-the-line machine, things to make purchasers feel like they were getting something insanely special.
So, raise your hands. Are you planning on buying one?
Update: Macintouch has rounded up some good comments on the pricing, especially compared to recent purchases of 15 inch models. In and of itself, the 17 inch price tag looks more appealing, unless of course you’ve recently spent money on a 15 inch.