Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 15″ (Mid/Late 2007)

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 2.4 15-Inch (Santa Rosa) features a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor (T7700), with two independent processor cores, a 4 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus, 2.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, a 160 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor technology, and an 8X dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. It also includes a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI functionality, and a new heralded mercury-free power-efficient and beautiful LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen 1440×900 matte or glossy TFT active-matrix display.

The 15-Inch Santa Rosa MacBook Pro models effectively are identical externally to the previously released Core 2 Duo systems, with the same fiber-optic-based ambient light sensor that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness, scrolling TrackPad, MagSafe power connector, iSight video camera (1.3 megapixels), and includes an Apple Remote. Connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, the same ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (the “Santa Rosa” models have 802.11n enabled by default), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, Firewire 800 port, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (T7700)
2 GB 6 GB
GeForce 8600M GT GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM uses a 16 lane PCI Express bus.
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.
15.4″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: 15.4″ color “matte” or “glossy” “mercury-free power-efficient LED-backlit” widescreen TFT active-matrix display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution.Apple reports that the system also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio, [and] 720 by 480 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.
160 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
8X 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
MA896LL Mid/Late 2007, 2.4/2.2GHz
A1226 (EMC 2136) MacBookPro3,1
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 6 Hours
X 10.4.9 (8Q1058) Current
Original Price (US): $2499

 

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