Excerpt: Apple’s most expensive notebook, this 17-inch MacBook Pro, offers similar specs to the high-end 15-inch model. but bigger screen (obviously), three USB ports instead of two and an ExpressCard/34 slot instead of an SDXC reader, but the two notebooks are otherwise identical. Both benefit from a huge leap in performance over the equivalent model from the last generation of MacBook Pros.
Summary: The MacBook Pro delivers unparalleled style and a solid set of features and software, but a few transitional performance issues keep it from rivalling the most powerful PC laptops
Pros: Beautiful, sleek design, Robust software package, including Mac OS X Tiger, Illuminated keyboard and big, scrollable touch pad, Multimedia features include DVD burner, built-in Webcam and remote control
Cons: Non-native software runs slowly, Few firm dates on when the software transition will be complete, Subpar battery life, Lacks media card reader and some other ports, Higher-end configurations are much more expensive than their PC equivalents