I am a proud owner of one of the first MacBook Pro 17-inch machines that made their debut two years ago — yes, I have a dreaded “A Revision” box — but that machine still sits next to me today and it has served me well through the writing of five books and it has never given me a moment of discontent… except for a bulging battery… but I never lost use of the machine in the battery swap with Apple.
Today, I am the prouder owner of what will likely be the last revision of the current MacBook Pro line before all the new Apple machines begin to look and feel like the MacBook Air. I couldn’t be happier with my new “old style” MacBook Pro.
I also have an original MacBook in white and my main machine over the last year has been a MacBook Pro 15-inch with an LCD screen. I bought a new MacBook Pro 17-incher because I missed the giant screen landscape of my original 17-inch machine.
The new 17-inch MacBook Pros now have the LCD screens that my 15-inch MacBook Pro has had for a year — and getting so much more screen real estate in which to work was worth the price of buying a new machine as you can see below.
First is my 17-inch LCD desktop with the Finder open and FireFox 3.0 showing a web page. I’m running a screen resolution of 1920×1200. Next, take a look at my MacBook Pro 15-inch LCD screen running at 1440×900 with the same Finder open and FireFox 3.0 displaying the same web page. The difference between how much more you can fit on the screen with the 17-inch MacBook Pro is astonishing!
I also missed the extra USB port in the move from my original 17-inch MacBook Pro down to my 15-inch MacBook Pro — but the brighter LCD screen on the 15-incher made that move necessary for the propagation of long and tiring work days.
The “ExpressCard/34” slot on the left side of both machines is right where my new 3G Option Ultra Express modem plugs in to provide internet access. That 3G modem works fine with all three of my MacBook Pros.
The LCD screen makes the “lid” much lighter to carry and tremendously brighter to use.
It’s relief for my eyes to have a 17-inch LCD screen. The larger overall size of the MacBook Pro 17-incher makes my 18-hour workdays much more tolerable and delightful. It is really impossible to have a “too fast” machine or “too much” display to look at — and once you get an LCD screen — you’ll never go back to the dark days of murky fonts and fuzzy backgrounds.