MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3 17″ (Early 2011)

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.

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.

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 i7 2.3 17-Inch (Early 2011/Thunderbolt) features a 32 nm “Sandy Bridge” 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (2820QM), with four independent processor cores on one silicon chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares 384 MB of memory with the system — and a FaceTime HD webcam.

The standard configuration of this model has a vibrant 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, separate audio in and out ports, and an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. This also supports an external display at 2560×1600 and passes an audio signal. Thunderbolt supports other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard which provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.

This model uses a Unibody aluminum case design and has a backlit keyboard, a “no button” glass inertial multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.

2.3 GHz Core i7 (I7-2820QM)
4 GB 16 GB
Radeon HD 6750M GDDR5
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
1 GB 1 GB
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 offered this model configured with an “anti-glare” (matte) display for US$50 more.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.
750 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 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 (450 Mbit) 2.1+EDR
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody)
BTO/CTO Early 2011 17″
A1297 (EMC 2352-1) MacBookPro8,3
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 7 Hours
X 10.6.6 (10J3210) Current
Original Price (US): $2749

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