Apple launches 17" MacBook Pro

— 11:49 AM on April 24, 2006

Apple has just introduced a new 17" MacBook Pro, the company's latest addition to its growing line of Intel-based machines. The 17" MacBook Pro starts at $2,799 and features a 17" wide-screen 1680x1050 display, as well as a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, and a 120GB 5400RPM hard drive. Apple also tosses in FireWire 800 support and an 8x dual-layer DVD burner, and conserves the current 15.4" MacBook Pro's look and feature set. Despite its meaty hardware Apple says the new MacBook's battery will last up to 5.5 hours, and that the machine is just 1" thick and weighs 6.8lbs—quite a bit slimmer than the competition, including Dell's 7.94lbs/1.6" Inspiron 9400. The 17" MacBook is available today from the Apple Store, although early adopters will have to wait 7-10 days for delivery.

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