MacBook Pro 17-inch Mid 2007 Explained

MacBook Pro 17-inch
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 17-inch

On June 5th, 2007, Apple unveiled a remarkable addition to its lineup of MacBook Pro notebooks – the 17-inch Mid 2007 model. Representing a paradigm shift in personal computing, this laptop left an indelible mark on the industry with its cutting-edge features and unparalleled performance.

The 17-inch Mid 2007 MacBook Pro was a testament to Apple’s relentless pursuit of innovation. Boasting the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and up to 4 GB of memory, it delivered powerhouse performance for creative and professional users alike. The inclusion of high-speed graphics and a lightweight aluminum enclosure, measuring just one-inch thin, set a new standard for portable computing.

Apple didn’t stop at performance enhancements; they also prioritized user experience and environmental sustainability. The introduction of the LED-backlit display not only provided stunning visuals but also marked a significant step towards eliminating mercury from displays. Additionally, features like the built-in iSight camera for video conferencing and the MagSafe Power Adapter showcased Apple’s commitment to seamless functionality and user convenience.

MacBook Pro
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro

The 17-inch Mid 2007 MacBook Pro was designed to cater to the diverse needs of mobile professionals. From the convenience of built-in iSight cameras to the safety of MagSafe Power Adapters, every aspect of this device was meticulously crafted to enhance productivity and portability. Furthermore, the inclusion of advanced connectivity options like 802.11n wireless networking and Gigabit Ethernet ensured high-speed connectivity on the go.

Priced at $2,799 upon its release, the 17-inch Mid 2007 MacBook Pro set a new benchmark for premium computing devices. With its impressive specifications, including a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a spacious 17″ TFT display, it redefined what users could expect from a laptop. The addition of features like the illuminated keyboard and ambient light sensor further elevated the user experience, making it a top choice for creative professionals.

Despite its groundbreaking features and widespread acclaim, the journey of the 17-inch Mid 2007 MacBook Pro came to an end on February 26, 2008, when it was discontinued. However, its legacy lives on as a symbol of Apple’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Even today, 16 years later, it remains a cherished part of Apple’s history and a testament to the brand’s enduring influence on the technology landscape.

MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch Ports
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch Ports

The MacBook Pro 17-inch Mid 2007 may have been a product of its time, but its impact transcends generations. From revolutionizing performance and design to setting new standards for innovation and versatility, this iconic device continues to inspire future generations of MacBook Pro models.

MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch

MacBook Pro 17-inch Mid 2007 Details

IntroducedJune 5, 2007 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedFebruary 26, 2008 – 16 years ago
Time on the Market266 days (8 months)
Model IdentifierMacBookPro3,1
Model NumberA1229
EMC2137
Order NumberMA897LL/A
Original Price$2,799
ColorsAluminum
Weight6.8 Ibs.
3.084 KG
Dimensions1” H x 15.4” W x 10.6” D
2.54 cm H x 39.11 cm W x 26.92 cm D

MacBook Pro 17-inch Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7700 “Merom”
Processor Speed2.4 GHz
Architecture64-bit
Number of Cores2
System Bus800 MHz
Cache4 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

Storage160 GB
200 GB
250 GB
Media1 – 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive

Memory

Built-in Memory2 GB
Maximum Memory4 GB (Apple)
6 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving SupportYes

Display

Built-in Display17″ Color TFT Display (Optional glossy Display)
Pixel Density116 ppi (1680 x 1050 Display)
133 ppi (1920 x 1200 Display)*
Brightness300 cd/m²
Resolutions640 x 480
720 x 480
800 x 500
800 x 600
1024 x 640
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1280 x 800
1280 x 1024
1680 by 1050 (native)

or
640 x 480
720 x 480
800 x 500
800 x 600
1024 x 640
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1280 x 800
1280 x 1024
1600 x 1200
1680 x 1050
1920 x 1200 (native)
*a higher-resolution display was available by custom order

Graphics

Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Graphics Memory256 MB GDDR3
Display Connection1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 2560 by 1600 pixels
CameraiSight

Expansion

Expansion Slots1 – ExpressCard / 34
Hard Drive Interface1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive InterfaceUltra ATA/100 (UATA/66)
BaysNone

Connections

Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
ModemApple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Infrared1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire1 – 400 Mbps
1 – 800 Mbps
USB3 – 480 Mbps
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical output jack
4 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Sensors

Motion SensorSudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid SensorNone

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardBuilt-in Full-size 78-key (U.S.) or 79-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys, embedded keypad, illuminated with ambient light sensor
TrackpadBuilt-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, drag, and scroll)

Software

Original OSMac OS X 10.4.9
Later OSMac OS X 10.4.10
Mac OS X 10.5
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.4
iLife ’06 (includes iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
iWork ’06 (30-day trial)
QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition
Comic Life
FileMaker Pro trial
Omni Outliner
Photo Booth
Front Row

or
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
iWork ’08 (30-day trial)
Aperture Trial

Power

System Battery68 W Lithium-Polymer (MA458G/A)
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 5.75 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles300
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter85 W MagSafe Power Adapter (MA357LL/A)

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