Apple this week announced its high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro - and it's a better deal than a souped-up 15-inch model, it seems.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro offers a 120GB hard drive and a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor. It costs £1,999.

At this price it's likely to cannibalise sales of the top-of-the-range 15-inch MacBook Pro. Available as a build-to-order option, customers have been able to buy one of the smaller-screened portables with a 2.16GHz processor and 120GB hard drive inside. But these upgrades raise the product price to £2,059 - £60 more than the 17-inch model.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro offers other advantages too: unique among Apple's current pro-portables, it ships with a FireWire 800 port, an extra USB port and an 8x, rather than 4x SuperDrive.