The 17-inch Macbook Pro is likely to cause a few Mac aficionados to frown; the laptop is the first Apple Mac one to be sold for more than £2000 in the UK (£2099 to be more precise) while the US version will retail for $2499, higher than the previous base price.
The 2010 model (you can check the review here) cost £1899 and was £100 more expensive than the previous edition (which means that from 2009 to 2011, the price of the 17-inch MBP jumped by 16.6 per cent).
The laptop, which Apple presents as the ultimate mobile studio, comes with a 2.2GHz Quad Core Intel processor, the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2720QM with 8MB L3 cache, with a 45W TDP.
There's 4GB memory by default, a 750GB hard disk drive (upgradable to 500GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD), a 17-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a 1920x1200 pixels and an AMD Radeon HD6750M with 1GB GDDR5 memory.
The rest of the configuration is pretty standard; the precision aluminium unibody, carried over from the previous generation, three USB ports, a slot-in DVD writer, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, a backlit keyboard, FaceTime HD camera, Bluetooth, a Thunderbolt Port (mini DisplayPort interface with Intel's Light Peak Technology), a Firewire one and Wi-Fi plus an ExpressCard slot but no SDXC port.