Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch: 10 Reasons to buy

Introducing the biggest member of the MacBook Pro family

The entire MacBook Pro range has been spruced up, adding better processors, a trackpad that mimics the iPhone’s controls and improved battery life across the board.

If you’re a creative professional the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch should be top of your wish list. Here’s a ten-point presentation to take to your IT department detailing exactly why you need one immediately…

See below for reasons to buy the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch

1/ Processor

Its 3.06GHz Intel Core i5 processor runs up to 50 per cent faster than the previous 17-inch Pro’s.

2/ Memory and storage

You can upgrade the 4GB of built-in RAM to 8GB. Storage options include 5,400 or 7,200rpm, 500GB hard drives or solid state drives up to 512GB.

3/ Wireless

You get 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

4/ Operating system

Comes loaded with Snow Leopard and the iLife suite, including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband and iWeb.

5/ Webcam

An iSight camera sits above the screen, for chatting online using iChat or Skype.

6/ Screen

The 17-inch screen has a 1920x1200 resolution. An anti-glare option is available as a £40 upgrade.

7/ Graphics

The new Nvidia GeForce GT 330M uses up to 512MB of dedicated video memory.

8/ Connections

You get three USB ports, one FireWire, ethernet, and a Mini DisplayPort to plug in an external monitor.

9/ Battery

With more efficient graphic processing, the life of the non-removable battery is stretched to nine hours.

10/ Trackpad

Now features inertial scrolling, as on the iPhone. Flick down a page and it’ll keep scrolling until you prod the screen to arrest it.

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