Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7 13″ (Early 2011)

A wonderful balance between mobility and capability

The 13” MacBook Pro models combine a powerful processor, architecture, capable graphics, and plenty of RAM and storage space into a compact, mobile platform.

As with all MacBook Pro models since 2008, this model uses an Unibody aluminum case and is host to an LED-backlit 13.3″ widescreen glossy display.

Lightweight and portable, the 13” MacBook Pro manages to strike a wonderful balance between mobility and capability, making it a practical choice for a wide range of users including designers, photographers, and developers on the go.

The 13″ MacBook Pro is a great entertainment platform, with more connectivity options and power than the lighter MacBook Air. Unlike the newer MacBook Pro with Retina Display models, this model retains an optical disk drive.

This model specifically features a very fast 2.7 Ghz Core i7 processor for increased power over it’s slightly slower 2.3 Ghz Core i5 cousin, making it worth looking into for those looking to get a little more juice out of a compact system.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7 13-Inch (Early 2011/Thunderbolt) features a 32 nm “Sandy Bridge” 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (2620M), with two independent processor cores on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares 384 MB of memory with the system, a FaceTime HD webcam, and a vibrant LED-backlit 13.3″ widescreen glossy display (1280×800 native resolution).

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/out, an SDXC card slot, and a very fast Thunderbolt port.

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

2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-2620M)
HD Graphics 3000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
13.3″ Widescreen 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that this system also supports “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.
500 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 (Unibody)
MC724LL/A Early 2011 13″
A1278 (EMC 2419) MacBookPro8,1
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 A1278 Model Number, the 2419 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro8,1 Model Identifier.  
63.5 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.6.6 (10J3210) Current
Original Price (US): $1499

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