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17-inch High Res Macbook Pro Reviewed By a Real Geek

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The Ars ladies and gents are zero fluff geeks. Which is why I'm recommending you take a look at Eric Bangeman's review of the new 1920 x 1200 17-inch Macbook Pro.

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Mainly, they say the battery life is a little better, but the performance is definitely better. And they wish it had an LED backlight. But you'll want to be privy to the extra detail in the full review if you're thinking of buying.

Pros

* Significantly faster than its predecessor
* Build quality and design
* Built-in 802.11n support
* Surprisingly svelte for a 17" laptop
* High-quality 1920x1200 display great for those who need the resolution
* Faster boot times
* Very beefy default configuration: 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive
* Modestly better battery life

Cons

* No LED backlighting
* Both SO-DIMM slots occupied in default configuration
* Relatively poor OpenGL performance versus its predecessor
* Meager software bundle
* Laptop uncomfortably hot to the touch at times

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DISCUSSION

I'd love to see another review. I'd really like the screen real estate of the 1910x1200 display, but it is hard to know from one review and without seeing one if the 133 pixels per inch resolution will make the screen too hard too read until Leopard's scaleable user interface comes out in October.

Currently, you can't even scale the font size for the user interface, so a higher resolution means that everything is tinier. Although you can change the screen resolution in Display Preferences, LCDs scale like crap—unlike multi-sync CRT monitors.