MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.53 13″ (Mid-2009)

A wonderful balance between mobility and capability

The 13” MacBook Pro models combine a powerful processor, architecture, capable graphics, and plenty of RAM and storage space into a compact, mobile platform.

As with all MacBook Pro models since 2008, this model uses an Unibody aluminum case and features an LED-backlit 13.3″ widescreen glossy display.

The Macbook Pro features a Multi-Touch trackpad, providing access to several gestures using two, three, or four fingers. The user is in direct control of the screen in a more natural and intuitive way. The fluid and realistic gestures feel more responsive. Multi-Touch gestures are exceptionally precise, as Apple makes both the hardware and software.

MacBook Pro 13 2012 NON RETINALightweight and portable, the 13” MacBook Pro manages to strike a wonderful balance between mobility and capability, making it a practical choice for a wide range of users including designers, photographers, and developers on the go.

This model specifically is an excellent example of the versatility of the 13″ MacBook Pro, with it’s speedy 2.4 Ghz dual core Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and capable Geforce 9400M graphics. Compact, resilient, and with power to spare, it won’t fail to impress long-time users of Apple’s 13″ laptops.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.53 13″ (SD/Firewire 800 – Mid-2009) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (P8700), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 3 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 250 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, an iSigh webcam, and a vibrant LED-backlit 13.3″ widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (1280×800 native resolution).

Connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, and a Firewire 800 port. It has the same combined optical digital output/headphone out port used by the iPhone, a Mini DisplayPort that supports an external display at 2560×1600, and an SD card slot.

The Unibody line offers a new “no button” glass multi-touch trackpad with support for new four finger gestures and programmable zones, a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory, and faster and dual graphics processors. The Mid-2009 13-Inch MacBook Pro models support more RAM and have an improved display. They also feature a non-replaceable battery design that provides 7 hours of battery life in addition to the new SD card slot and a Firewire 800 port.

2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (P8700)
4 GB 8 GB
GeForce 9400M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
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.
13.3″ Widescreen 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple heralded this display as providing “60% greater color gamut” than the “Unibody” MacBook models that this system replaced.Apple reports that this system also supports “1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels 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.
250 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (3 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 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (4 Finger)
Notebook MacBook (Unibody)
MB991LL/A Mid-2009 13″
A1278 (EMC 2326) MacBookPro5,5
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.
58 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.5.7 (9J3050) Current
Original Price (US): $1499

Rating overview

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Excellent 4.8

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