Bigger = cheaper

Summary:I can deal with the fact that the 17-inch MacBook Pro has some features that the 15-inch model doesn't have (FireWire 800, 8x double-layer burner) but I am baffled by Apple's pricing model for the MBP17 nicknamed "riot shield."

I can deal with the fact that the 17-inch MacBook Pro has some features that the 15-inch model doesn't have (FireWire 800, 8x double-layer burner) but I am baffled by Apple's pricing model for the MBP17 nicknamed "riot shield."

Let's compare Apples and Apples for a second (pardon the pun.) If you price out equivalent MacBook Pro 15 and 17-inch models on the Apple online store, here's what you get:

MacBook Pro 17-inch:

- 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
- 1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- 120GB 5400RPM Serial ATA hard drive
- 8x double-layer SuperDrive
- One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, and three USB 2.0 ports
- US$2,799

MacBook Pro 15-inch:

- 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
- 1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- 120GB 5400RPM Serial ATA hard drive
- 4x single-layer SuperDrive
- One FireWire 400, two USB 2.0 ports
- US$2,899

In other words if you Configure To Order (CTO) the MBP15 with the 2.16GHz processor (+US$300) and switch to the 120GB HDD (same price) to match specs with the MBP17, the 17-inch model is actually US$100 cheaper than the 15-inch. So for US$100 less you get a MacBook Pro with a 17-inch display, FireWire 800 and an 8x double-layer SuperDrive. Huh?

This tells me that either a) Apple is going to drop the price of the MBP15 by US$100-300, or b) they'll speed bump processors a tick and upgrade the SuperDrive to 8x. Either way, Apple needs to take a closer look at the price gap between these models and come up with a better pricing model.

Topics: Hardware

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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