Apple just confirmed the totally expected yet eagerly anticipated unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro. They're calling it the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop. It features a 1900 x 1200 LED backlit display, with a 700:1 contrast ratio, wider color gamut and a glorious $50 matte option. Most of the specs are otherwise quite similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but unfortunately Apple went with a MBA-style non-removable battery, claiming that the lack of removable mechanism allowed for more battery -- they're speccing it at 8 hours of lithium polymer juice on integrated graphics, 7 hours on discrete, and it's rated at 1000 recharges. There will also be an exchange program, like with the iPod. The base model hits at $2799, spec breakdown and more shots after the break.

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MacBook Pro 17-inch first hands-on

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$2799:
  • 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit display
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / 6MB L2 cache
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 memory
  • Nvidia GeForce 9400M
  • Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT / 512MB
  • 320GB hard drive
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive









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Apple unveils all-new 17-inch MacBook Pro