MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.0 15″ (2006)

An Icon of Mobile Computing

The powerhouse 15″ 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 15″ is the perfect mobile platform for professionals and casual users alike.

Similar to the PowerBook G4 15″ 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 15″ 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 2.0 15-Inch features a 2.0 GHz Core Duo processor (T2500), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 2 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, a 667 MHz frontside bus, 512 MB or 1.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, an 80.0 GB or 100.0 GB hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor technology, and a 4X single-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. This also includes an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor with 128 MB or 256 MB of GDDR3 video memory and dual-link DVI functionality, and a 15.4″ widescreen 1440×900 TFT active-matrix display.

This model has the same fiber-optic-based ambient light sensor that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness as the PowerBook G4 15″ that preceded it, the same scrolling TrackPad, and the same AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 400 port. It also includes two USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

The MacBook Pro models replace the Firewire 800 and S-video out ports provided by the PowerBook G4/1.67 15″ (HR) with a new ExpressCard/34 expansion slot for the standard Type I/II PC card slot. The MacBook Pro also includes a built-in iSight video camera, an Apple Remote for use with Apple Front Row, and a new MagSafe power connector that safely disconnects if someone trips over the cord.

2.0 GHz Core Duo (T2500)
512 MB, 1 GB 2 GB
Radeon X1600 GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: The ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 uses a 16 lane PCI Express bus.
128 MB, 256 MB 128 MB, 256 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..
15.4″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: 15.4″ color “matte” widescreen TFT active-matrix display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Starting May 16, 2006, a “glossy” display also was available as a custom configuration. Apple reports that the system also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio, [and] 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
80, 100 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
None 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 2.0+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (400)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad
Notebook MacBook Pro
MA464LL/A MacBook Pro (Glossy)
A1150 (EMC 2101) MacBookPro1,1
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.
60 W h Li-Poly 3.5-4.5 Hours
X 10.4.5 (8G1453) X 10.6.8
Original Price (US): $2499

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