MacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2007 Explained

Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 17-inch

The Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2007 is a notebook computer that was part of Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup, manufactured and sold from 2007 to 2008. It was introduced on November 1, 2007, with an initial price starting at $3,049.

The Apple MacBook Pro “Core 2 Duo” 2.4 17-inch features a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, comprising two independent processor cores, a 4 MB shared on-chip level 2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus, 2.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, and a 160 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive equipped with “Sudden Motion Sensor” technology. It is also equipped with an 8X dual-layer DVD RW/CD-RW SuperDrive.

The MacBook Pro boasts an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI functionality. Its display is a 17″ widescreen matte or glossy CCFL-backlit 1680×1050 TFT active-matrix display. A higher-resolution 1920×1200 display was also available by custom configuration.

Externally, the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 17-inch Late 2007 resembles its predecessor, the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.33 17″, with features such as the ambient light sensor, scrolling TrackPad, MagSafe power connector, integrated iSight video camera, and included Apple Remote. Connectivity options include an ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (with support for 802.11n in the Late 2007 model), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

MacBook Pro
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro

Internally, the MacBook Pro Late 2007 model boasts advancements such as a faster frontside bus (800 MHz compared to 667 MHz), increased RAM capacity (4 GB instead of 3 GB), a faster graphics processor (NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT instead of the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600), and enhanced power management, including a dynamically adjustable frontside bus that extends battery life by an extra fifteen minutes.

Starting November 1, 2007, Apple offered a custom configuration option with a 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo processor for an additional $250.

The MacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2007 model was discontinued on February 26, 2008. As of today, the MacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2007 is 16 years old.

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

MacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2007 Details

Introduced November 1, 2007 – 16 years ago
Discontinued February 26, 2008 – 16 years ago
Last Software Update July 18, 2016 – 7 years ago
Time on the Market 117 days (3 months)
Time of Support 104 months (8 years)
Model Identifier MacBookPro3,1
Model Number A1229
EMC 2137
Order Number MA897LL/A
Original Price $3,049
Colors Aluminum
Weight 6.8 Ibs.
3.084 KG
Dimensions 1 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

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7800 “Merom”
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
System Bus 800 MHz
Cache 4 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

Storage 160 GB
200 GB
250 GB
Media 1 – 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive

Memory

Built-in Memory 2 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB (Apple)
6 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots 2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving Support Yes

Display

Built-in Display 17″ Color TFT Display (Optional glossy Display)
Pixel Density 116 ppi (1680 x 1050 Display)
133 ppi (1920 x 1200 Display)*
Brightness 300 cd/m
Resolutions 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
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 Card NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Graphics Memory 256 MB GDDR3
Display Connection 1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Display Modes Dual display extended and video mirroring
External Resolution Up to 2560 by 1600 pixels
Camera iSight

Expansion

Expansion Slots 1 – ExpressCard / 34
Hard Drive Interface 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (UATA/66)
Bays None

Connections

Wi-Fi AirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem Apple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Infrared 1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire 1 – 400 Mbps
1 – 800 Mbps
USB 3 – 480 Mbps
Audio In 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical output jack
4 – Built-in speakers
Display 1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Security Slot 1 – Kensington cable lock

Sensors

Motion Sensor Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid Sensor None

Keyboard and trackpad

Keyboard Built-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
Trackpad Built-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, drag, and scroll)

Software

Original OS Mac OS X 10.5
Maximum OS OS X 10.11.6
Firmware Intel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled Software Mac OS X 10.5
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 Battery 68 W Lithium-Polymer (MA458G/A)
Backup Battery None
Battery Life Up to 5.75 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles 300
Maximum Continuous Power Unknown
Line Voltage 100-240 V AC
Power Adapter 85 W MagSafe Power Adapter (MA357LL/A)

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