Apple has released a version of its MacBook Pro laptop with a 17-inch screen, though the company has still managed to keep it less than an inch thick and just over 3kg in weight.

The model features a 2.16GHz Intel Duo processor and 1GB of RAM as standard, upgradeable to 2GB. It has a 120GB 5,400rpm Serial ATA, which features Sudden Motion Sensor technology that stops the drive to protect data if it detects that the laptop has been dropped, and a 8x dual-layer DVD±RW ‘SuperDrive’.

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The 17-inch screen has a resolution of 1,680-x-1,050 pixels and a brightness of 300cd/m2. It’s powered by a PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics chip with 256MB of RAM. This MacBook Pro features a DVI output for connecting an external display, with Dual-Link support for connecting higher-resolution monitors such as Apple’s own 30-inch Cinema Display.
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Connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g (AirPort Extreme) wireless networking, and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR – plus three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port and a FireWire port.
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The 17-inch MacBook Pro features Apple’s Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor. For consumers, the laptop has an iSight video camera for video conferencing and the Front Row media player software, which is controlled through the bundled remote control.
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Pricing for the 17-inch MacBook Pro begins at £1,700 plus VAT. More on the MacBook Pro can be found at <a href=www.apple.com/uk/macbookpro.