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17" MacBook Pro  (Source: Apple Insider)
Apple introduces a new 17" MacBook Pro during its final Macworld

During the opening keynote of the Apple Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Apple unveiled several new hardware and software technologies.  Despite Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepping aside to give keynote duties to Senior V.P. of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller, there was a certain level of anxiety as attendees were still unsure what to expect.

Apple kicked off the event by announcing a new 17" MacBook Pro, which was promoted as the "world's thinnest 17" notebook," as it's just 0.98 inches thick and weighs only 6.6 pounds.  The notebook promises 1920 x 1200 resolution and a new battery technology that is able to increase battery life to about eight hours during a single battery charge.  

The new MacBook Pro will have a Core 2 Duo processor -- 2.66 GHz -- 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and NVIDIA GPUs, using a 9400M and 9600M GT.  In addition, it offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, express card, glass trackpad, and a mini display port.  

Apple believes the eight-hour battery is the most innovative new feature of the laptop, as it's the longest battery life ever for an Apple product, with the company able to increase battery life while keeping the size of the laptop small.

Pricing for the latest Apple laptop will start at $2,799.  Apple expects to begin shipping the laptop later this month.


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RE: Small Size
By diego10arg on 1/6/2009 5:27:40 PM , Rating: 2
Even though, they need to say that it is still small. (?)

By the way, a 17" LCD should be power hungry, that should be why they say that 8-hour battery is still some kind of achievement.


RE: Small Size
By cheetah2k on 1/6/2009 8:46:03 PM , Rating: 1
The 17" LCD is LED backlit. This should cut down a considerable amount of power usage, hence adding to the "claimed" 8hrs battery time

I often wonder how they work out battery life sometimes. I always imagine they base it on "stand-by hours" not actual "real time working" hours...


RE: Small Size
By kelmon on 1/7/2009 5:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
The odd thing is that Apple tends to exaggerate the battery life claims for its notebooks but under-estimates them for the iPod. However, I am more hopeful about the battery claims for the 17" MBP because it explicitly states that this is based on using the integrated graphics and wireless networking. Turning off the wireless networking is usually one of the easiest ways to boost battery life. Perhaps they perform their tests using the screen at its minimum brightness...


RE: Small Size
By andreschmidt on 1/7/2009 7:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
It's really not that hard to find out how they made the battery test.

"Testing conducted by Apple in December 2008 using preproduction 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based MacBook Pro (17-inch) units with a Better Battery Life setting. Battery life depends on configuration and use. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information. The wireless productivity test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing various websites and editing text in a word processing document with display brightness set to 50%."


RE: Small Size
By kelmon on 1/7/2009 7:13:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well, that's good but your own mileage will vary depending on the sites that you visit. Specifically, I am certain that visiting sites running Flash animations will definitely consume more battery life than ones that do not. Still, if the work done was "standard" operations that the user will be doing during use then that's fine with me. Bring on the reviews...


RE: Small Size
By callmeroy on 1/7/2009 4:22:08 PM , Rating: 2
funny I think they exaggerate the hell out of IPOD battery life spans as well, as that as been my experience.


RE: Small Size
By TheSpaniard on 1/6/2009 9:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
check the 8730 which is one of the 2 laptops that HP claims has 24hr life (the other being the 8530)

btw they have quadro 3700 gfx built in as well


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