Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 17″ (Mid/Late 2007)

An Icon of Mobile Computing

The powerhouse 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 17″ 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 vibrant 17″ display is impressive in and of itself, providing an abundance of space for users who need a portable powerhouse of a machine.

The 17″ 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 17-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 includes a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI functionality, and a 17″ widescreen matte or glossy CCFL-backlit 1680×1050 TFT active-matrix display.

The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 17-Inch (Santa Rosa) effectively is identical to the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.33 17″ that it replaced — 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 three USB 2.0 ports, the same ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (although the Santa Rosa model supports 802.11n by default), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, Firewire 800 port, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

The Santa Rosa model uses a more advanced architecture with a faster frontside bus (800 MHz compared to 667 MHz), additional RAM capacity (4 GB instead of 3 GB), a faster graphics processor, and superior power management, including an adjustable frontside bus, which results in an extra fifteen minutes of estimated battery life.

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.
256 MB 256 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.
17.0″ Widescreen 1680×1050
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.
160 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: An external Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was offered for US$49.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.0+EDR
3 (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 17″
MA897LL/A Mid/Late 2007, 2.4GHz
A1229 (EMC 2137) 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.
68 W h Li-Poly 5.75 Hours
X 10.4.9 (8Q1058) Current
Original Price (US): $2799

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