Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7 15″ (Mid-2012)

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 2.7 15-Inch (Mid-2012) features a 22 nm “Ivy Bridge” 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (3820QM), with four independent processor cores on one silicon chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, as well as a 720p 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-res glossy or antiglare 1680×1050 display.

Connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire 800 port, a Thunderbolt port, audio in and out ports, and an SDXC card slot.

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.

2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3820QM)
8 GB, 16 GB 16 GB
GeForce GT 650M GDDR5
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. 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 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system (This graphics processor reserves 512 MB, 768 MB, or 1 GB of RAM for video function by with 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM installed, respectively).
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 each for an additional US$100.In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that the default display 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: This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560×1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920×1200 via HDMI. Although it can theoretically power all three external displays, as confirmed by a helpful reader, it runs too hot with three displays connected.
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) 4.0
2 (3.0) 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 Mid-2012 15″
A1286 (EMC 2556) MacBookPro9,1
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 A1286 Model Number, the 2556 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro9,1 Model Identifier.
77.5 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.7.3 (11D2097) Current
Original Price (US): $2449

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Excellent 4.8

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