MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66 15″ (Mid-2009)

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 2 Duo 2.66 15″ (SD – Mid-2009) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (P8800), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 3 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, integrated iSight, and a vibrant LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (1440×900 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, optical digital/analog audio in/out, a Mini DisplayPort that supports an external display at 2560×1600, and an SD card slot. It does not have an ExpressCard/34 slot.

This model uses essentially the same Unibody case design as the previous 15-Inch MacBook Pro models that the Mid-2009 line replaced, and it has the same backlit keyboard and “no button” glass multi-touch trackpad with support for four finger gestures and programmable zone. It also has a very similar internal architecture. The Mid-2009 15-Inch MacBook Pro models have an improved display (said to have 60% greater color gamut), and have a non-swappable battery design that provides 7 hours of battery life.


2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (P8800)
4 GB 8 GB
GeForce 9600M GT GDDR3
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT has 256 MB of dedicated memory. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M uses 256 MB of memory, but this is shared with system memory. Apple reports that when using the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, the “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB”.
15.4″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple heralded this display as providing “60% greater color gamut” than the earlier “Unibody” MacBook Pro models that this system replaced. By default, the display is “glossy”, but starting on August 11, 2009, Apple also began offering this model configured with an “anti-glare” (matte) display for US$50 more.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
320 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was available for US$49.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SD card slot. It does not have an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (4 Finger)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody)
MB985LL/A Mid-2009 15″
A1286 (EMC 2325) MacBookPro5,3
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly 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.
73 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.5.7 (9J3050) Current
Original Price (US): $1999


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