It did seem odd that Apple left the 17" Macbook Pro out of last years laptop upgrades - well it didnt get the new styling etc etc. Well now it has returned to the fold with the gorgeous aluminium casing and so forth. The graphics is the same as the 15" MBP though, so that is one telling reason to stay with the smaller version and they still haven't brought blu-ray to us which on this full HD screen is a real short-coming.
Either way it is a wonderful piece of design:
[image of the new MPB 17 via the Apple site]