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New 17-inch MacBook Pro unveiled with integrated battery

Robert Palmer
In Phil Schiller's keynote speech this morning, Apple announced a new version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro that features a long-life, non-removable battery, thinner profile, and an optional anti-glare screen.

The laptop is less than an inch thick, and weighs 6.6 pounds. It features a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo process, 6 MB of L2 cache, GeForce 9600M GT video card, and supports up to 8GB of memory. The default configuration with 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard disk ships for the same price as before: $2,799.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro now features a non-removable battery with an estimated eight-hour life. The battery will also last for 1,000 cycles, according to the presentation. The battery is 40 percent larger than its predecessor, which allows for a greater charge and better life. The trade off, of course, is the fact that it's not user-replaceable.

Apple is touting the new MacBook Pro as among its greenest line of laptops ever. The new battery for this model has three times the life of older MacBooks, lasting up to five years, which for many may be the life of the computer. It also earns an EPEAT Gold rating, and it contains no arsenic, BFR, mercury, and less PVC.

The new MacBook Pro also offers an anti-glare option for an additional $50. Many users complained that other MacBooks with glossy screens were difficult to use in bright sunlight: This sounds like a good option for them, as another $50 for a MacBook Pro is a pittance for many.

The MacBook Pro 17" was last updated on October 14th, 2008, when it received a 2.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. At the time, it sported the same body as previous the model.

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