Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.5 15″ (Late 2011)

An Icon of Mobile Computing

The powerhouse 15″ MacBook Pro line of laptops is the first of Apple’s notebooks to employ Intel processors and has become an icon of mobile computing. 

Though dated compared to the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, this model features an optical disc drive and is far more configurable compared to the Retina models’ “sealed” design. This not only amounts to more options for upgrades, but far cheaper repairs as well.

With a blazing fast processor, more RAM than the average user will ever need, and space for massive hard drive configurations, the MacBook Pro 15″ is the perfect mobile platform for professionals and casual users alike.

The Macbook Pro features a Multi-Touch trackpad, providing access to several gestures using two, three, or four fingers. The user is in direct control of the screen in a more natural and intuitive way. The fluid and realistic gestures feel more responsive. Multi-Touch gestures are exceptionally precise, as Apple makes both the hardware and software.

The 15″ MacBook Pro is a truly versatile design — perfect for a home office or workstation, for professionals on the go, or for casual users with a need for computing excellence. It doesn’t stop there! The MacBook Pro is employed heavily by designers, photographers, developers, and lovers of creative projects in general.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The MacBook Pro Core i7 2.5 15-Inch (Late 2011) features a 32 nm “Sandy Bridge” 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (2860QM), with four independent processor cores on one silicon chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares 384 MB of memory with the system — and a FaceTime HD webcam.

The standard configuration of this model has a vibrant LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (1440×900 native resolution), and could be configured with a high-resolution glossy 1680×1050 display and a high-resolution antiglare 1680×1050 display.

Connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire 800 port, audio in and out ports, and an SDXC card slot. This passes an audio signal. 

This model uses a Unibody aluminum case design and has a backlit keyboard, a “no button” glass inertial multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.

 

2.5 GHz Core i7 (I7-2860QM)
4 GB 16 GB
Radeon HD 6770M GDDR5
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
1 GB 1 GB
Details: The AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor uses 384 MB of memory, but this is shared with system memory. Apple also reports that when using Intel HD Graphics, the “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 384 MB”.
15.4″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: By default, this model has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. However, it also is available via custom configuration with a “high-resolution glossy” 1680×1050 display and a “high-resolution antiglare” 1680×1050 display for an additional US$100 and US$150, respectively. In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that this system also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.”
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
750 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit) 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (800)
SDXC Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody)
BTO/CTO Late 2011 15″
A1286 (EMC 2563) MacBookPro8,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification. Also see: All Macs with the A1286 Model Number, the 2563 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro8,2 Model Identifier.
77.5 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.7.2 (11C74) Current
Original Price (US): $2449

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