Apple MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.16 17″ (2006)

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.

17 2008 DSC08006Similar to the PowerBook G4 that preceded it, this model has the same fiber-optic-based ambient light sensor that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness, yet the user will welcome several enhancements.

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 Duo 2.16 17-Inch looks quite similar to the PowerBook G4/1.67 17″ (HR) that it replaced, but the MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Core Duo processor. This model features a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor (T2600), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 2 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, a 667 MHz frontside bus, 1.0 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300), a 120.0 GB hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor technology, and an 8X dual-layer DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. It includes an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 video memory and dual-link DVI functionality, and a gorgeous 17.0″ widescreen TFT active-matrix display (1680×1050 native) that Apple states is 36% brighter than the display provided by its predecessor.

The MacBook Pro 2.16 17″ has the same fiber-optic-based ambient light sensor that automatically measures ambient light that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness, the same scrolling TrackPad, and the same AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, Firewire 800 port, and optical digital audio in/out.

The MacBook Pro 2.16 17″ drops the S-video out port and internal modem, adds an extra USB 2.0 port, and substitutes an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot for the Type I/II PC card slot. The MacBook Pro models include a built-in iSight video camera, an Apple Remote for use with Apple Front Row software, and the MagSafe power connector that safely disconnects if someone trips over the cord.

2.16 GHz Core Duo (T2600)
1 GB 2 GB
Radeon X1600 GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: The ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 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.
120 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 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″
MA092LL/A MacBook Pro 17-Inch
A1151 (EMC N/A) MacBookPro1,2
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.
68 W h Li-Poly 5.5 Hours
X 10.4.6 (8I2032) X 10.6.8
Original Price (US): $2799

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