Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Apr 2006 14:05 UTC, submitted by CrimsonScythe
Apple The 17" MacBook Pro has just been released. The 17" model has Firewire 800 and 8x dual layer Superdrive, both of which the 15.4" version lacks. The new MacBook Pro was presented during the NAB2006. The machine will cost $2799,- in the US, or round and about EUR 2879,- (differs per country) in the EU, or GBP 1999,- if you live in the UK.
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Some disapointments
by Brad on Tue 25th Apr 2006 02:11 UTC
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First to the post about the keyboard. The reason they do what they do is simple. They want to keep the keyboard centered for ergonomics. People don't want to use a keyboard on a laptop that is shifted off center. Its very awkward.

Anyways, I see some disappointment here. Th FW800 port is a waste, there is almost no FW800 stuff out there. What should be on all new macs are eSATA ports, they already have the SATA inside. Give people a way to hook external drives in. eSATA will be taking over there and has much more of a future then FW800.

Also, why they are using the narrow Express slot makes no sense. It ruins the ability to have cards for directly connecting CF cards into the slot. That is a big thing for photographers. As is, people will have to use a dongle solution. There is a wider version slot in the spec, apple just isn't using it.

Also, where is the built in GPS, this seams like a no brainer thing to add to a device which is mobile. As is, people have to go attaching an external unit to the laptop. Seeing how many people use macs on the road and as digital maps, GPS built in would be a wonderful thing, also allow for real time localization.

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