MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.8 17″ (Mid-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 MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.8 17″ (Mid-2009) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (T9600), 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 500 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, integrated iSight, and a beautiful LED-backlit 17.0″ widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (1920×1200 native resolution).

Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire 800 port, optical digital/analog audio in/out, a Mini DisplayPort that supports an external display at 2560×1600, and anExpressCard/34 slot. It does not have an SD card slot.

This model uses essentially the same Unibody case design as the previous 17-Inch MacBook Pro model that the Mid-2009 system replaced. It also has the same backlit keyboard and “no button” glass multi-touch trackpad with support for four finger gestures and programmable zones.

2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (T9600)
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: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs” and that the minimum graphics usage is 256 MB with this model..
17.0″ Widescreen 1920×1200
Details: 17.0″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix display with a 1920 by 1200 native resolution. By default, the display is “glossy”, but Apple also offers this model configured with an “anti-glare” (matte) display for US$50 more (MC227LL/A).In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that it also supports “1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 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: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was offered as a US$29 option.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (4 Finger)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody) 17″
MC226LL/A Mid-2009 17″
A1297 (EMC 2329) MacBookPro5,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1370 Model Number, the 2393 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir3,1 Model Identifier.
95 W h Li-Poly 8 Hours
X 10.5.7 (9J3050) Current
Original Price (US): $2499

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