My neighbor is going to buy his first computer and is looking at the new 17-inch MacBook Pro , and has asked me what the difference is between .. A. The 17-inch MacBook Pro, which ships with standard LCD back lighting technology and B. Apple offers high-resolution LED backlit screens as an option for the 17-inch model. These larger LED backlit displays, which are 1,920-by-1,200 pixels, are mercury-free, arsenic-free, and cost $100 extra. as I am a new switcher myself, I really need some advice to pass on to my neighbor so ....... is the $100 extra LED backlit screens option really worth the extra money ..? how different does a 17-inch MacBook Pro LCD backlit screen look compared to a LED backlit display ..?