17" MacBook Pro Unibody First Hands On

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The new 17" MacBook Pro with a unibody construction and an integrated battery feels thinner than the previous version and really looks beautiful. Check out our gallery to see for yourself.

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The 17" MacBook Pro is basically a supersized 15" with an Air no battery bottom, which is at the least aesthetically pleasing. But with no battery compartment there is now no way to easily change Ram or Hard drive. So have your #00 Phillips ready.

The unibody construction makes the machine feel much more compact when picking up and overall condenses the already thin casing. It does indeed feel heavier than any other MacBook model but that's to be expected from a 17" casing. The trackpad has also been updated to the same no physical button pad found in the other MacBook models and even though the 17" MacBook Pro is bigger the trackpad has not grown.

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The 17" Glossy LCD looks crisp as it did on the previous version but the new black plastic border makes colors pop just as it does on the 15" Pro and 13" MacBook. For some reason apple is only showing the regular glossy LCD model today so we can't yet report on the new anti-glare model.

Overall the new 17" MacBook Pro with unibody construction is nothing we haven't seen from the other models in the MacBook line. With the 15" MacBook Pro look and the Air's no battery bottom the new 17" MacBook pro can now stand proudly inline with its smaller siblings.

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RedBackFur
RedBackFur

So again Apple says, "Fuck the Corporate User". Yea, our computers never break. Uh....until they do.

I can't get On-Sight AppleCare Service.

I can't pull a Hard Drive out and swap it into a loaner computer.

I can't pull CD/DVD Drive out and swap it with a working one.

I can't pull out a fucking BATTERY and swap in a working one.

I can't replace a Keyboard when someone spills some of their fucking StarBucks® Latté into it.

We can do that with our Windows Laptops, and we have on-sight service as well.

So my traveling users with MacBookPro 17" laptops have to wait a week while they send the computers off to Texas, or have to make an appointment with the Mac Gurus at the Apple Store and wait around till their name gets called, while paying a fortune to park in San Francisco (usually) just to have them say they might have time to try to fix it.

Wake the fuck up, Apple!