MacBook Pro Core i7 2.8 17″ (Mid-2010)

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.

MacBook Pro 17 _3The 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 2.8 17-Inch (Mid-2010) is powered by a 32 nm, dual-core 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 I7-640M (Arrandale) processor, with dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and an 3 MB shared level 3 cache. This system supports Turbo Boost which boosts the processor speed based on workload — and Hyper Threading — which allows the system to recognize four virtual cores or threads.

It is configured with 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, and dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory and Intel HD Graphics with 256 MB of RAM shared with the system — that Mac OS X switches between for better graphics performance and better battery life depending on application use.

The standard configuration of this model has 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 (it passes an audio signal), and an ExpressCard/34 slot. This does not have an SD card slot.

This model uses a Unibody aluminum case design and has a backlit keyboard, a new “no button” glass inertial multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides up to 8-9 hours of battery life.

2.8 GHz Core i7 (I7-640M)
4 GB 8 GB
GeForce GT 330M GDDR3
Details: This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics with 256 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).
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 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.
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 (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody)
BTO/CTO Mid-2010 17″
A1297 (EMC 2352) MacBookPro6,1
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.
95 W h Li-Poly 8-9 Hours
X 10.6.3 (10D2063a) Current
Original Price (US): $2699

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Excellent 4.8

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