Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66 17″ (Early 2009)

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 2.66 17-Inch (Unibody – Early 2009) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (T9550), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 6 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 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, and a vibrant LED-backlit 17.0″ widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (1920×1200 native resolution).

Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, one Firewire 800 port, optical digital/analog audio in/out, and a Mini DisplayPort that supports an external display at 2560×1600.

2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (T9550)
4 GB 8 GB
GeForce 9600M GT GDDR3
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
512 MB 512 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 2880×1800
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT has 512 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
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
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: One ExpressCard/34 expansion slot.
Full-size Trackpad (4 Finger))
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody) 17″)
MB604LL/A Early 2009
A1297 (EMC 2272) MacBookPro5,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1297 Model Number, the 2272 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro5,2 Model Identifier..
95 W h Li-Poly 8 Hours
X 10.5.6 (9G2141) Current
Original Price (US): $2799

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Excellent 4.8

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