Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.16 15″ (2006)

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.

Miles ahead of its PowerBook predecessor, this early MacBook Pro sports an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with an Apple-advertised 39% speed increase over the previous Core Duo model.

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 Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.16 15-Inch features a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor (T7400), with two independent processor cores, a 4 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, a 667 MHz frontside bus, 1.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, a 120 GB hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor technology, and a 6X dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive (compared to a single-layer drive in earlier 15-inch models). It also includes an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor with 128 MB of GDDR3 video memory and dual-link DVI functionality, and a beautiful 15.4″ widescreen 1440×900 TFT active-matrix display.

This model has the same fiber-optic-based ambient light sensor that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness as previous 15″ MacBook Pro models, scrolling TrackPad, MagSafe power connector, iSight video camera, and includes an Apple Remote. Connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, the same ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (Core 2 Duo models support 802.11n as well as 802.11g after a firmware update), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out. The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models also added a single Firewire 800 port, much to the delight of videographers.

2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (T7400)
1 GB 4 GB
Radeon X1600 GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: The ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM uses a 16 lane PCI Express bus.
128 MB 128 MB
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.
15.4″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: This model has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2880 by 1800 native resolution at 220 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640.
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.
120 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
6X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.0+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad
Notebook MacBook Pro
MA609LL Core 2 Duo/Late 2006
A1211 (EMC 2120) MacBookPro2,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. Also see: All Macs with the A1398 Model Number, the 2512 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier.
60 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
X 10.4.8 (8N1037) X 10.7.5
Original Price (US): $1999

 

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Excellent 4.8

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