Apple has just updated their [MacBook Pros to the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor](http://www.apple.com/au/macbookpro/). It’s probably a little earlier than many had predicted, but it’ll certainly be a well-received upgrade.
The new MBPs are slightly faster (clock-speed-wise) than the previous model, have Core 2 Duo, HDD options of 100GB (7200 rpm)/160GB (5400 rpm)/200GB (4200 rpm), RAM up to 3GB (1x2GB + 1x1GB), FW800 and dual-layer SuperDrives.
I’ve been trying to decide between getting a [17″ MacBook Pro](http://www.apple.com/au/macbookpro/) or a [13″ MacBook](http://www.apple.com/au/macbook/macbook.html) with a [Dell 24″ LCD](http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/20lcd_au?c=au&l=en&s=dhs) (I can salary package a new laptop each year). The two setups would work out to almost exactly the same price.
The MBP obviously has a larger built-in screen, is faster, has better graphics, and a few more ports and things. However, the MB + 24″ LCD offers better portability and a huge screen for when I’m working at my desk. I’m leaning towards the MB + LCD at this stage, but I’m hoping for an MB upgrade early next year (I need to make the purchase before April).
Which way would you go?