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Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer

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Product Highlights
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1GB Graphics
  • 17" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  • 1920 x 1200 Native Resolution
  • Slot-Loading SuperDrive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Built-in Microphone
  • May Ship with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion

The 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer from Apple is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated battery, which work together to provide up to 7 hours of wireless web browsing.

You may notice an unfamiliar logo next to one of the ports on the left side of the system. This is Thunderbolt, a high-speed interface that can move data at an amazing 10Gbps, which is double that of USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt port also doubles as a display output because it shares the same physical form factor as a Mini DisplayPort. You can daisy-chain up to six devices, so you'll be able to connect high-speed external storage and an external Apple LED Cinema display via the same port!

The computer's 17" display features LED backlight technology and a glossy finish. Its 1920 x 1200 native resolution gives you ample screen space to work with. You'll be able to output to an external display at up to 2560 x 1600 via Thunderbolt. Any Mini DisplayPort-compatible display will plug in without the need of an adapter. If you have a display with DVI, VGA or HDMI input, you'll only need to purchase an adapter cable (i.e., HDMI-to-Mini DisplayPort) for connection.

You'll be able to communicate with friends and family thanks to built-in support for FaceTime chat. The computer's FaceTime HD camera supports 720p HD video chat via the included app. You can make video calls to other Mac users with FaceTime as well as to anyone with an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or an iPod touch model with a built-in camera.

The system is powered by a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor. The computer is loaded with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB 5400rpm hard drive and a SuperDrive DVD burner. You'll be able to connect to the Internet with ease via 802.11n Wi-Fi or wired Gigabit Ethernet. The MacBook Pro also features built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, which allows you to connect wireless headphones, keyboard, mice and other compatible peripherals without a hassle.

Graphics are handled by integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics, which gives you the best of both worlds in regards of battery life and performance. The MacBook Pro uses integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics for everyday use, such as web browsing and word processing. It is also capable of HD video playback.

The computer features a comfortable backlit chiclet-style keyboard, which features space between each key for improved accuracy and comfort when typing. It also sports a glass Multi-Touch trackpad with a clickable design. Rather than having a separate button for mouse clicks, the entire surface of the pad is clickable. This increases the active surface area and allows you to quickly click without having to maneuver to the bottom of the trackpad.

The trackpad also fully supports Multi-touch gestures. You can tap the trackpad with one finger to click, tap with two fingers to right click, scroll through documents using two fingers, pinch to zoom, navigate through Safari or iPhoto with three-finger left and right swipes or use two fingers to rotate a photo or PDF.

iLife '11 has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife '11 will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos and compose original music. iLife '11 includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

The 64-bit Mac OS X features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool and Quick Look document preview. You'll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, if needed.

Design

Strength. Lightness. Beauty. Seamlessly Integrated
The MacBook Pro is machined from a single piece of aluminum, an engineering breakthrough that replaced many parts with just one. It's called the unibody and the first time you pick up a MacBook Pro, you'll notice the difference it makes. The entire enclosure is thinner and lighter than other notebooks. It looks polished and refined yet feels strong and durable, which makes it perfect for life inside (and outside) your briefcase or backpack
A Display Full of Bright Ideas
Everything Apple designers and engineers do, they do for a reason. They chose LED backlight technology for the MacBook Pro because it makes the display instantly bright and allows it to be incredibly thin. They use edge-to-edge glass not just because it looks beautiful, but because it lends structure to the display. At the top of the screen, they hid the built-in FaceTime HD Camera so you can see your friends and family in beautiful widescreen and as little of the camera as possible. The camera is even thinner than the one found inside the iPhone 4
Multi-Touch Trackpad -- It Just Feels Right
The Multi-Touch trackpad has no button because it is the button. That means there's more room to track and more room to click left, right, center and everywhere in between. Apple designers and engineers spent countless hours considering things like sensitivity (how much pressure triggers a click?), audio feedback (what does the click sound like?) and friction over the smooth glass surface (what does it feel like?). The result is a trackpad that just makes sense to you...and your fingers
Magnetic Latch
Because the magnetic latch has no moving parts to snag, jam, or break, even opening and closing your MacBook Pro is a pleasure
Easy Access to Connections and Ports
The connections and ports on the MacBook Pro, such as the MagSafe power, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB, SDXC card reader and audio in/out, are all smartly integrated on the same side of the notebook. So your cables stay neatly organized while connecting and disconnecting your devices is easy and convenient
MagSafe Power Adapter
The power cord is held in place magnetically, so if someone should happen to trip over it, the cord disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook Pro stays put safely
ThunderBolt Port
Thunderbolt lets you connect high-performance devices and high-resolution displays to a single, compact port. It even supports Mini DisplayPort devices, such as your Apple LED Cinema Display or an HDMI adapter for your television
Designed to Make an Impact -- Just Not on the Environment
Complete control over how the MacBook Pro is designed, how it's manufactured and how it's packaged gives Apple an environmental edge. LED backlight technology preserves energy. Glass and aluminum are highly recyclable. The MacBook Pro is free of most harmful toxins and it is shipped in packaging smaller than its predecessor. That means fewer trees used for boxes and fewer planes, trains and trucks used for transport

Features

Next-Generation Quad-Core Intel Processor
The 17" MacBook Pro now features a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor. With 3.6GHz Turbo Boost support and 6MB of cache, this CPU allows the computer to perform up to twice as fast as the previous generation
The Graphics Performance You Need, When You Need It
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor is now included across the MacBook Pro lineup and handles the things you do every day. It encodes video quickly and makes HD video calls with FaceTime possible. It also decodes efficiently so you get long playback time for DVDs and iTunes movies

For graphics-intensive applications, the MacBook Pro automatically switches to the high-performance AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics card with 1GB of discrete memory. With up to 2x the performance of the previous generation, it lets you see more frames per second in 3D games and allows you to work on HD video projects with more speed and responsiveness
Introducing Thunderbolt
Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video from your notebook at speeds that let you edit an HD feature film in real time. That's how Thunderbolt technology will connect the next generation of high-performance peripherals to the next generation of computers...and it all starts with the MacBook Pro. Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt pipeline is up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers unprecedented expansion capabilities. It changes what you can do on a notebook.

The Thunderbolt port will give you plug-and-play performance with a whole new world of Thunderbolt peripherals as well as with the Apple LED Cinema Display and other Mini DisplayPort peripherals. You can daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display. And with support for video and eight-channel audio, it's easy to connect HDMI-compatible devices, such as your TV and home stereo, using the HDMI adapter you already have. Current VGA, DVI and DisplayPort adapters are also supported
FaceTime HD Camera -- The Difference is Clear
Get more of your friends in the picture with crisp, widescreen HD video. The new FaceTime HD camera gives you three times the resolution of the previous camera, which is perfect for the brilliant LED-backlit display, along with improved low-light performance. You can make 720p HD calls from your MacBook Pro to any Mac with a FaceTime HD camera. You can also make video calls to iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch and other Intel-based Mac computers
Multi-Touch Trackpad -- Be More Hands-On
The Multi-Touch trackpad is the most natural way to interact with what's on your screen and the smooth glass surface gives you plenty of room for gestures. Pinch to zoom in and out, swipe to flip through photos, rotate to adjust an image, and much more. The buttonless design lets you click anywhere. And if you're coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more you'll wonder how you ever did without it
A Long-Lasting Battery -- Charge Less, Do More
The MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life even with more powerful processors and faster graphics. An energy-efficient processor architecture with an integrated video encoder help improve battery life. So you can expect to surf the web wirelessly for up to 7 hours on a single charge. Take your entire creative studio on the road for live performances or a location shoot. Advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging give you up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles, which is nearly three times the lifespan of typical notebook batteries. And because the MacBook Pro battery lasts up to five years, MacBook Pro uses just one battery in the same time a typical notebook uses three. That's better for you and for the environment.

Apple is using a new, more rigorous battery test that measures the results you can expect in the real world, such as surfing your favorite sites in a coffee shop or catching up on the latest web videos. Even using this new test, MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life...for your real life
It's Very Well Connected
When you're out and about, the latest 802.11n wireless technology in the MacBook Pro makes it easy to get connected just about anywhere. The MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them with a click. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in so you can use your favorite wireless accessories right out of the box
Ports With Possibility
With the new Thunderbolt port, you can daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display, to create a full-fledged workstation. 3 USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port let you connect your iPad, iPod, iPhone, digital cameras and external hard drives. The ExpressCard/34 slot on the MacBook Pro is perfect for an eSATA adapter or even a 3G wireless card for times when no Wi-Fi network is available
Burn DVDs Superfast
After using iMovie and iDVD to edit and apply the finishing touches to your home movie, use the 8x SuperDrive on the MacBook Pro to burn it to DVD in no time. Since the SuperDrive writes to double-layer discs (DVDs with nearly 9GB of space), it's a great way to back up data as well

Performance

Quad-Core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 CPU
The MacBook Pro uses an Intel refined chipset. It performs up to twice as fast as the previous generation. It can breeze through demanding tasks like editing HD video, compiling audio or rendering a multilayered image file. And since Mac OS X is designed to take advantage of every processor core, it captures every last bit of performance from the processor
Faster Single-Chip Microarchitecture
Whether you're watching a movie, updating your blog or editing photos, data has to travel from place to place to be processed. The latest Intel Core architecture puts the processor, cache, memory controller and graphics engine on a single chip. Since data doesn't have as far to travel, you get faster performance and greater efficiency
Turbo Boost 2.0
Say you're using a processor-intensive application like Aperture 3 or Final Cut Pro that benefits from extra power. Turbo Boost is a dynamic performance technology that automatically increases the speed of the active cores. Turbo Boost 2.0 is even more dynamic and efficient. By shifting core frequency in smaller increments than before, it allows the processor to manage performance without sacrificing efficiency. All this takes place behind the scenes, so your work just goes smoother and faster
Hyper-Threading
Hyper-Threading is now standard on every MacBook Pro. This technology allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core, so OS X recognizes eight virtual cores on a quad-core processor and four on a dual-core processor. When you're running multiple applications at once, the processor spreads tasks more evenly across a greater number of cores
Integrated Memory Controller
With faster access to memory, each core can get right to work on your data, rather than waiting for it to arrive. That's why the new Intel Core architecture uses an integrated memory controller to connect fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor. Together with up to 6MB of shared L3 cache, the integrated memory controller helps your applications run at peak performance
Energy-Efficient Graphics
Thanks to the new microarchitecture, the graphics processor is on the same chip as the central processor and has direct access to L3 cache. That proximity translates into performance. The graphics processor also automatically increases clock speeds for higher workloads. An integrated video encoder enables HD video calls with FaceTime, while an efficient decoder gives you long battery life when you're watching DVDs or iTunes movies
Thunderbolt - Lightning Fast Data Transfer
Thunderbolt technology has arrived and the MacBook Pro is the first notebook to have it. Now one connection carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express. With two 10Gbps data channels, you can transfer data more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. And don't worry about a single drive or peripheral tying up the Thunderbolt port since you can daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display. So with one tiny, streamlined port, you get lightning-fast transfer speeds and huge expansion capabilities

An In-Depth Look at Thunderbolt

Powerful Technology from a Powerful Collaboration.
Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept: create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its first appearance in MacBook Pro.

Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer
One Small Port -- One Giant Leap in Possibilities
The MacBook Pro gives you access to a world of high-resolution displays and high-speed peripherals with one compact port. That's because Thunderbolt is based on two fundamental technologies: PCI Express and DisplayPort.

PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it's built into Thunderbolt. Which means you can connect external devices like RAID arrays and video capture solutions directly to MacBook Pro -- and get PCI Express performance. That's a first for notebooks. Thunderbolt also provides 10 watts of power to peripherals, so you can tackle workstation-class projects on the go. With PCI Express technology, you can use existing USB and FireWire peripherals as well as connect to Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks using simple adapters.

And because Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, the video standard for high-resolution displays, any Mini DisplayPort display plugs right into the Thunderbolt port. To connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI or VGA display, just use an existing adapter
Performance and Expansion Never Before Seen on a Notebook
With 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. Two 10Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices and a display, without using a hub and without reducing performance
High Performance on Display
Thunderbolt I/O technology provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. It also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays through the use of existing adapters. So you can connect your Apple LED Cinema Display or other existing display, along with multiple high-speed devices, all from a single port
No Project Is Too Massive
With Thunderbolt, you're just as likely to build a professional video setup around your MacBook Pro. If you're a video editor, imagine using a single port to connect high-performance storage, a high-resolution display and high-bit-rate video capture devices to handle all the post-production for a feature film. Thunderbolt I/O technology allows you to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including an Apple Thunderbolt Display and the Promise Pegasus RAID or LaCie Little Big Disk. You can even add an Apple LED Cinema Display to the end of the chain.

And that's just the beginning. With Thunderbolt technology, peripheral manufacturers finally have what they need to take high-performance devices from workstations and top-of-the-line desktops to just about any computer

Software

Mac OS X
At the heart of every MacBook Pro, as well as every Mac, is Mac OS X. This operating system is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. It's built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and engineered to take full advantage of the technologies in every Mac. So everything works together perfectly and features like Multi-Touch Control, Mission Control, Launchpad and Full-Screen Apps, let you interact with your computer in amazing and intuitive ways
Wireless Networking -- Without the Work
See a network, join a network. With a MacBook Pro, getting online via Wi-Fi is just that easy. One click of the AirPort icon in the menu bar gives you a list of available networks. Select the one you want to join, enter the password if necessary, and you're up and running
Automatic Backup with Time Machine
Backing up important data is essential. Yet you probably don't do it as often as you should. That's why your MacBook Pro bears the burden of backing up for you. Time Machine, an application that comes on every Mac, automatically backs up your entire system to your external hard drive or Time Capsule. Time Machine keeps a spare copy of every file and it also remembers how your system looked on a given day. So you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past
Even the Everyday Stuff Is Amazing
Unlike a lot of PC notebooks, the MacBook Pro comes with everything you need to send email, manage your calendar, organize your contacts and more. And it's ready to do all these things minutes after you take it out of the box. That's because every Mac comes with Mail for sending and receiving email, iCal for managing appointments and important events, Address Book for organizing your contacts, iTunes for all things entertainment and other fun and useful applications you'll find yourself using every day
The Mac App Store -- A Thousand More Reasons to Love a Mac
Thousands of Mac apps are a click away at the Mac App Store. Find the ones you want and simply click to download and install. No more boxes. No more disks. No more hassle. You can browse apps by category or search for something specific. And you can easily keep your apps up to date because your Mac will let you know when updates are available
FaceTime -- Now Making HD Video Calls
The MacBook Pro comes with a FaceTime HD camera and easy-to-use FaceTime for Mac software. Just click to make HD video calls from MacBook Pro to any Mac with a FaceTime HD camera. You can also make video calls to iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch, and other Intel-based Mac computers.2 Your calls will start in portrait view, but you can easily rotate to the widescreen format. FaceTime automatically displays your contacts from Address Book, so you don't have to build a buddy list. And calls ring through to your Mac even when you don't have the FaceTime app open
iPhoto -- The Best Way to Organize, Edit, and Share Your Photos
iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organize and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by who's in them as well as when and where you took them - all in an immersive full-screen view. Use quick and simple editing tools to make so-so shots picture perfect with just a few clicks. iPhoto even lets you share your photos with the world with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook and Flickr
iMovie -- Turn Your Home Movies into Home Blockbusters
Don't settle for boring home movies. With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own indie flicks. Create a Hollywood-style trailer that'll make your audience laugh, cry and cheer for more. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose one and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customize your screen gem further with your own words and audio
GarageBand -- Creating Great-Sounding Songs Is Easy
Whether you're musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Just because you didn't grow up learning your A, B, and C sharp doesn't mean you can't. Basic Lessons teach you just that: the basics. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano, and more. Or get a private lesson from one of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons. GarageBand even tells you how well you're playing in real time with a feature called "How Did I Play?"

The Environment

Efficient Power Supply
The MacBook Pro includes a highly efficient power supply that reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from the wall to your computer. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
Advanced Power Management
Unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, MacBook Pro uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. Mac OS X activates sleep mode on already energy-efficient LED-backlit displays. And it balances tasks across both central processors and graphics processors. OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That's just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings
ENERGY STAR Qualification
The MacBook Pro meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA in their ENERGY STAR 5.2 qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.2 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption
Fewer Toxins
The greatest environmental challenge facing the computer industry today is the presence of arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), mercury, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products. Apple engineers have worked hard to eliminate BFRs and PVC from MacBook Pro circuit boards, internal and external cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more.1 And they've eliminated many other toxins that are a common part of notebook computer manufacturing - choosing, for example, mercury-free backlighting and arsenic-free glass for the MacBook Pro display
Smaller Boxes, Fewer Planes
Every MacBook Pro comes in a smaller package than it used to with the original. And smaller boxes are much better for the planet. Because smaller boxes mean we can fit more boxes on each shipping pallet. Which means more products will fit on each boat and plane. Which means fewer boats and planes are used, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions. It's one seemingly minor change. But it has a major positive impact on our environment
Recyclable Materials
Apple has minimized the waste when the MacBook Pro reaches end of life through its ultraefficient design and the use of aluminum, which recyclers can reuse for other products
EPEAT Gold Rating
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it's designed and manufactured. Through its innovative and environmentally friendly design, the MacBook Pro has earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold
Life Cycle Impact
Apple's life cycle analysis accounts for all emissions associated with their products. That includes raw material extraction, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, a three- or four-year period of use, and recycling. In the course of this analysis, Apple determined that more than 95 percent of their total greenhouse gas emissions come from the products they make

Support

Tech Support
Have a problem with your Mac? Get support and advice at the Genius Bar, located at every Apple Retail Store. Apple also provides online tutorials, troubleshooting forums, and 90 days of phone support for users who aren't able to make it to an Apple retail store
Optional AppleCare
Apple provides 90 days of free phone support and a 1-year limited hardware warranty on the computer. You can opt to add an AppleCare Protection Plan, at additional cost, which covers support and repairs for 3 years from the date of purchase. AppleCare can be purchased at any time within the first year of ownership of the computer
Performance
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge
Cache L3: 6MB
System Bus None
Memory Slots: 2
Type: 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
Capacity: 8GB
Graphics Card Type: Hybrid Graphics System
Installed: AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM Dedicated; Intel Graphics System HD 3000 with up to 384MB DDR3 SDRAM Shared
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 17"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Finish Glossy
Native Resolution 1920 x 1200
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 750GB 5400rpm
Optical Drive 8x-Speed Slot-Load SuperDrive
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x Thunderbolt
3x USB 2.0 (A)
1x FireWire-800 (9-Pin)
Display 1x Mini DisplayPort via Thunderbolt port
Audio 1x Integrated Stereo Speakers
1x Integrated Omnidirectional Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Expansion Slots 1x ExpressCard/34 Slot
Flash Media Slot None
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Webcam Yes
General
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Keyboard Type: Full-Size
Features: Backlight
Pointing Device TouchPad with Double-Tap, Drag, Four-Finger Swipe, Inertial Scrolling, Multi-Touch Control, Pinch, Rotate, Tap, Three-Finger Swipe, Two-Finger Scrolling
Battery Built-In Lithium-Polymer  Providing up to 7 Hours per Charge (95Wh)
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.5 x 1.0 x 10.5" / 39.3 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
Weight 6.6 lb / 2.99 kg
Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer
  • Mac OS X (includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, Full-Screen Apps and more)
  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand)
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Power Cord
  • Display Cleaning Cloth
  • Printed & Electronic Documentation
  • 90-Day Free Telephone Support
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Apple17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer
     
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    Pros

    • Quality display (17)
    • Fast (16)
    • Good power output (16)
    • Comfortable keyboard (13)
    • Quiet (12)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Graphics (16)
    • Video (15)
    • Business use (13)
    • Music (12)
    • Web browsing (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Multimedia professional (13), Tech savvy (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (13), Personal (8)

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    5.0

    So Glad I Converted from Windows

    By Jag

    from Camp Hill, PA

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Music
    • Video
    • Web Browsing
    • Word Processing

    Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

    I've been a windows user and decided to convert to Mac. I'm so glad I did. The Mac is so easy to use, fast, great display and feature packed. I bought it for personal use and I love the portability. I chose the 17" model so I didn't have to sacrifice screen size when switching from a desktop to a laptop. B&H made the purchase fast & easy. Shipping only took one day and the items were well packed. I'll be a repeat customer. Thanks!

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    4.0

    AWESOME LAPTOP

    By JT

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Powerful
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Business Use
    • Graphics
    • Music
    • Video
    • Web Browsing
    • Word Processing

    Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

    As a professional video editor, I need something fast & reliable, which is why I chose the new MBP 17" (late 2011). I replaced the stock 5400rpm HD with an intel SSD and maxed out the RAM and this machine is blazing fast. The only things I don't really like are the weight, it's noticably heavier than my 2007 15.5" MBP, but that's to be expected, and it's well worth it anyhow. And the change in available ports, there are several USB ports, 1 FW800, and 1 Thunderbolt bolt (which can convert to ESATA port with additional purchases). Also not too crazy about the glossy screen, but again, it was a well worth it investment, if your machine needs to be powerful.

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    • Business

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    5.0

    Great product.....great service from B&H

    By Jerry

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Graphics
      • Video

      Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

      Product as expected....arrived on time and at a great price. We like doing business with B&H

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      5.0

      Great computer for work and freelancing.

      By Bike Diva

      from Greenacres, FL

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Backlit Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Quality Display

      Cons

      • Too Hot

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Copywriting
      • Sem
      • Seo
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

      I use my 17" Mac Book Pro 80% for work and 20% for personal use. I am a freelance writer and work for a media firm as their Director of Content Management. At work I use the Mac Book with a dual screen 26 inch display with wireless Mac keyboard and wireless Mac mouse.

      I ordered the 17 inch Mac Book Pro because Apple no longer offers it for sale. As a writer I wanted a large screen display. The 17 inch Mac Book also has an optical drive - I have tons of DVD's and CD's so having an optical drive was very important.

      I am 48 years old and until I ordered the Mac Book, I was a Windows PC user. As a writer I LOVE the Mac Book - will never go back to Windows PC.

      My previous laptop was a very old Toshiba Satellite running Windows XP. I ordered additional memory along with the Mac Book.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      good

      By joann

      from san diego ca 92117

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Music
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

        home and ease to work

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        MacBook Pro

        By Twister

        from Bowie, Maryland

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Music

          Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          The laptop arrived as promised and was packaged very securely. I use it for processing photos and it performs editing very quickly.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Excellent screen size

          By Gary

          from Hendersonville, TN

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Overall size

          Cons

          • Glossy glare and dust

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          I love the look of Retina on my wife's iPad, but resolution or no, my eyes need the overall SIZE improvement of 17 inches. There has been much commentary on this. I know the distinctions of resolution versus size.

          I don't (and can't) normally read much print in 6 point type. For a reason. Extra sharp 6 point type doesn't help. Congratulations for those who still have excellent eyesight.

          If not at the end of product cycle I might have wished for faster cpu and non-glare screen.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Apple wins...hands down!

          By Fabulous in Texas

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            I use the MacBook Pro for just about everything I used my PC for. This laptop is fast and beautiful to boot! The display is so crisp and exciting that I am literally in awe...I have a Dell laptop that was slow and boring, now I feel like I'm accomplishing all my tasks quicker and more efficiently. Thanks Apple!! Another great product. I was trying to think of some cons to mention, but can't find any.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            I love this Macbook Pro!

            By Hamilton Carvalho

            from New York, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            I'm glad BH Photo still had the late 2011 17" Macbook Pro available at a great price. This machine is great, beautiful and fast. I love it!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Best Macbook Pro!!!!

            By brendoz

            from New Orleans, Louisiana

            About Me Avid Gamer, Mechanical Engineer, Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Long Battery Life
            • Massive screen
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Quad core processor loud

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            Originally i wanted a desktop computer, but since i am a student i needed something i could still transport. tho my main school computer is a macbook air 11 in, i now use the 17 as a desktop and occasionally on my lap. its awesome having the portability in such a large screen! everything about this computer is perfect, to bad Apple discounted it...

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            17" Macbook Pro

            By windwardbound

            from Palm Beach, FL

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Mobile PhotoVideoediting

            Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            In terms of the item selection, this was for the most part a no brainer. I am a photographer 1st but I do a great deal of work editing medium format high resolution stuff for scientific/educational books, journals and magazines. An absolute deviation from the glamor and/or fashion where realism rules and controlling perspective is high priority. The 17" Macbook Pro is the weapon of choice for the highly mobile, serious photoshop professional in need of the perfect compromises to be had in such a machine. The highlights being well suited for upgrades to SSD's and 16gb RAM, accurate display when using Adobe 1998, perfect physical size for long hours working and impressive enough display for client interactions, works great with WACOMS small Intous 5 tablet and good overall ergonomic design elements. Problems ? Basically (2) as I see it. (1) WEIGHT (a necessary evil, Apple did a stellar job., (2) When this one will no longer work, what in the world will I do? Apple has cut the 17" from the production list and is there anything other than a Mac for doing what I do! Simply put, no. Guess I'll have to build one!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Great desktop replacement

            By M JET

            from LA,CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Producer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • Pop music production

              Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

              I'm a music producer and this is the only computer for me to run ProTools. many of my friends in LA use the same. We all hope Apple refreshes the 17" because to run Pro tools on a 15" is truly painful.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              MacBook Pro 17, the best!

              By Mailguelito

              from São Paulo, Brasil

              About Me Multimedia Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Video

                Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                - Fast
                - Cool

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                I love my Mac! Thanks B&H

                By Matty Matt

                from Corpus Christi, TX

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Long Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Video

                  Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  After years of wanting to make the switch from a pc, I finally did, and wow! The difference is amazing. There are a few things to get used to in the beginning, but overall the simplicity and ease of use with the mac is awesome. I opted for the 17" as I do a lot of video and photo editing and so far, the screen is amazing. Super clear, really big, and great to use anywhere. I had to place my order over the phone to be able to use two credit cards and the staff at B&H were all very great. Everyone was courteous and very helpful. Thanks apple and thanks B&H for great prices and awesome service!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  macbook pro #6

                  By Skip

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Display
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  Yes this is my 6th mac book. this is the basic 17 inch model. I just needed to get running with a new macbook at the time. should have gone with the faster hard drive or even the solid state drive. oh well next time. all in all pretty happy with it.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Superior Apple product as expected

                  By Chas

                  from Houston, Texas

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Video

                  Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  I use my MacBook / Thunderbolt display combo to primarily process and edit photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. Ideal combination for that. Fast processor and an operating system (Lion) that provides stability and security.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  It's like Christmas

                  By Knarly Bob

                  from Waipahu

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  It's so light weight I love it.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  My first mac

                  By B. Fonseca

                  from Brazil

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  Fast and powerfull. The kind of machine I need to work with multimedia. The new mac os touch commands makes the operation more intuitive than it never was.

                  I recommend.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Marcus

                  from Miami

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                      Edit video

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      outstanding notebook for power user

                      By Trajan 24

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Multimedia Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful
                      • Quality Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Music

                        Comments about Apple 17" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                        Extremely fast. upgraded with 240 gb SSD and 16 gb of RAM for Pro Tools system. Light, fast, great screen. SSD is a must for power users. More than 100% faster than last Core Duo 17" MBP.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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