Pros Spacious glossy screen, Leopard OS, minimalist styling, solid construction, cool running temperature
Cons Price, price, price... No standard LED option, no in-house docking station option
Summary Purchase of the 17" MBP with glossy screen was intended to replace a first gen 15" MBP with matte screen. The biggest holdback was the cost (at $2799 from the Apple Store not exactly the most affordable option). Another slight disadvantage was the decision (at the retail store) to purchase the standard glossy screen over the hi-res glossy because the store does not carry this option (evidently photographers and those that work with media require the color balance of the matte (or anti-glare) display.
The laptop has easily surpassed my expectations for the 17". Moving up from the 15" 2.16GHz MBP (with Colo processor) was seemless thanks to the Migration Assistance included in Leopard. I'm in the middle of a move overseas, and was concerned at purchasing the new laptop since my software CDs and DVDs are in a box somewhere on a truck. Migration Assistant copied all my files, most of my settings, but more importantly my applications such as Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Microsoft Office.
The glossy screen in gorgeous, and I've yet to experience any significant issues with glare. Since I do not require 100% accurate color matching I'm able to take advantage of this screen which really makes colors pop and photos/videos more enjoyable. At this point my only question is whether or not I should purchase a Crystal Shield product for the screen so I won't be concerned with scratching it during routine cleaning/dusting.
Bottom line: If you're looking to step up from a first-gen Macbook Pro or earlier machine, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The update may simply be more of an incremental step up for others. If you feel you need LED backlighting (vice the CCFL tubes) you should consider either 15.4" MBP option or the hi-res screen with the 17".
Pros Ease of use
smooth key strokes
glossy screen excellent
Cons Switching from Windows to avoid Vista,takes a bit of getting use to.
Summary Superior laptop. Well worth the extra investment if you are looking for one that does everything. The clarity of the screen beats Sony handily(which I had prior) and I would buy another Macbook Pro.Have had it since May and it does everything I need it to and more. Intuitive, Fast, responsive , there is nothing not to like. I wish I had saved thousands and bought an Apple MacBook Pro when it was first suggested to me in 2004.
Pros Large Screen, Modest Power Consumption, Excellent Virtualization Support
Cons High Price, Limitied Customizaion, Short "free" support window
Summary Despite the hight cost, the 17" Macbook Pro is the nicest computer that I've ever owned. A recent convert to Mac, I've found it to be a welcome change to my Windows machines.
Trying to save a few bucks I originally purchased the previous model, 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, but it ran very hot. So I returned it for this upgraded model with the 2.5 processor and gesture support. Again, worth every penny. There is a noticeable difference with regards to the heat generated by the 2.5 vs the 2.4, or I should say the lack of heat generated.
The 2.4's fan ran about twice as much and was fairly loud, something that I did not expect from a Mac. The 2.5 was much better. The fan seldom comes on, where you can hear it anyway, during normal use. When it does come on, it is fairly quite.
I know $2800 is a fairly high price tag, but price out an equally equipped "business class" laptop and you'll find Apple's price in the ballpark.
Whether you get the 15" or the 17" Macbook Pro, you won't be disappointed, but spend the extra couple of hundred dollars and get the newest model. The more efficient CPU is worth the price alone.
Pros Fast, reliable, quick to boot. Long lasting battery life. I can run Windows using Fusion for the few times I need Internet Explorer (my crappy web conferencing software my company makes me use & equally brain dead forecast system).
Cons They could ditch the DVD drive to slim it down.... who uses DVDs these days anyway?
Summary . I upgraded from an older MacBook Pro which was also great. This machine's performance and features will give me a much longer period of use than an equivalent PC laptop. I'm totally a happy camper.
"Sweet laptop"on by cancerstick
Pros Great build quality,ease of use
Cons For the build quality I believe the price matches
Summary This laptop is the best I have owned. I have the 15" version of the pro and I love this thing. After buying and dealing with PC's for the last 10 yrs and always having problems I thought I would give the Apple a try and to my pleasure it has been a great machine and investment. No driver loading what so ever. You just plug it in to your printer or whatever and it picks it up immediately. I hooked my ipod als and with the itunes already installed it worked perfectly. It's slim and light for the size. The macbook air is a nice machine also but I liked the features of the pro better. If you purchase this machine you will not be disappointed. If your a PC owner there will be a learning curve when you first purchase this but you will get accustomed to it in short fashion. Go to Apple.com and read about how it's made and what goes into this machine. When I went to go setup the email client I just typed in the email address and it found the pop and smtp protocols on its own. If there is an Apple store near by check one out. One more thing. I believe they do not get trojans or spyware like the PC does. That is worth the money in itself. If you have the extra cash then get it. You will be glad you did