The Apple MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo was announced in June of 2007 as “a portable powerhouse for creative and professional users” but which also proved to be a popular alternative to PC laptops for the average consumer as well with its fast processing speed and bounty of options and attractive graphics.
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz was the first of the Apple MacBooks to feature the new, power-efficient LED-backlit display a green innovation ahead of its time which was part of the company’s effort to eliminate the use of mercury in its products. This display measures 15.4, offers 1440-by-900 resolution, with AMD Radeon HD 6750M.
The processor on the MacBook Pro 2.2 GHZ was the then state-of-the-art quad-core Intel i7 processor delivering up to 2x faster performance over previous MacBook Pro models and featured 2GB installed RAM, as well as a 750 GB serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM). Further, this MacBook Pro model was the first to offer the high-speed Thunderbolt I/O (input/output) technology with 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions.
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (15.4-inch) shipped with the following features in the summer of 2007
iSight video camera
lightweight, aluminum enclosure just 1 inch thick
8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Two video processors AMD Radeon HD 6750M and the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor to conserve battery life when off the charger
Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
Stereo speakers with subwoofer
2 USB ports
one FireWire 800 port
SDXC card slot
ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot for expansion solutions such as 3G wireless networking,
DVI video output to connect up to a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.
Up to 7 hours of battery life
Meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements
Rated EPEAT Gold
Dimensions: 14.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH)
Weight: 5.6 pounds
This MacBook Pro came with advanced operating system, Mac OS® X version 10.4.9 Tiger, including Safari™, Mail, iCal®, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth. The MacBook Pro 2.2 GHZ also came with iLife® ’06, the Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto®, iMovie® HD, iDVD®, GarageBand™ and iWeb™.
Accessories included Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connected the power cord to the computer and which safely disconnects under strain.
Standard RAM as shipped: 2GB
Maximum Memory Allowed: 4GB
Number of slots: 2 (Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot-not to exceed manufacturers recommended maximum
Memory Type Required: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Apple iMac 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (24-inch) was first offered in fall of 2006 and Apple touted it as the “fastest iMac ever” and emphasized the machine as a perfect marriage of professional performance and consumer convenience and versatility–especially with its adherence to the by now iconic all-in-one iMac design. The innovation of placing the processing hardware that hard previously required a capacious box or tower was introduced in this model, making this iMac an attractive buy for previous iMac owners.
With its new 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4 MB shared L2 cache this iMac indeed clocked in an impressive 50% processing speed than the previous 20 inch iMac. The iMac 2.16 GHz with its doubled L2 cache and 667 MHz bus speed also offered 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300); NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128 MB GDDR3 SDRAM; a then very generous 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive and a slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive. The monitor is a 24-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution supporting millions of colors.
The iMac 2.16 GHz 24” came standard with the following features:
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit); built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
CD-RW: 24x (read), 24x (write), 16x (rewrite)
DVD Recorder: 8x (read), 2.4x (write), 4x (rewrite) DVD+-RW
The iMac 2.16 GHz 24” shipped with then top of the line Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork (30-day trial), Big Bang Board Games, Comic Life, Omni Outliner, and Apple Hardware Test; Front Row; Photo Booth
The iMac 2.16 GHz 24” also featured a then innovative accessory, the 6 button, wireless Apple remote which attached magnetically to the side of the case and allowed the convenience of controlling your music, DVDs and photos from anywhere in the room.
Original warranty offered on the iMac 2.16 GHz 24” was the standard Apple one year limited warranty with 90 days of free phone support. The Apple Care program, as always offered up to three years of additional support at extra cost.
Standard RAM as shipped: 1 GB
Maximum Memory Allowed: 3 GB
Number of slots: 2 (Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.)
The summer of 2010 saw the release of Apple iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 21.5” and its slightly faster and wider screened sibling, the iMac 27”. With a price difference hovering in the $500 range, the Apple iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 proved to be a reliable performer against its more muscular counterpart.
The Apple iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 carries on the iMac all in one desktop system tradition, the processing components nested behind the monitor screen. The display is a generous 21.5 viewable (LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix display; 1920 by 1080 pixels; millions of colors; IPS technology. Processing power comes from a 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor. Memory installed weighs in at 4GB on (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM. The hard drive is a 1TB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm and the iMac 3.2 GHZ i3 features a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW). The iMac 21.5” comes out of the box with the following features:
• Built in iSight camera
• Mini Displayport output with support for DVI, dual link DVI and VGA video (adapters sold separately.
• ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory graphics
• One seven watt Firewire 800 port
• Four USB 2.0 ports
• An SDXC card slot
• Built in stereo speakers,
• two internal 17 watt high efficiency amplifiers
• Built in microphone
• Optical digital audio output/headphone out
• Optical digital audio input/audio line in
• Built in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet.
• Apple wireless keyboard
• Magic Mouse
• Built in IR receiver
• Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking2 ; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
• Dimensions: Height: 17.75 x Width: 20.8 inches x Depth: 7.42 inches
• Weight: 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) 3
In addition to the computer, keyboard and mouse, accessories in the box include power cord, install/restore DVDs, cleaning cloth as well as printed and electronic documentation.
Apple OSX Snow Leopard touted by Apple as the world’s most advanced operating system is factory installed (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more), iLife,(including iphoto, iMovie and Garageband).
As with Apple’s entire iMac product line the iMac 3.2 GHZ 21.5” is environmentally friendly; meets ENERGY STAR 5.0 and EPEAT Gold requirements, is free of many harmful toxins, and is made from highly recyclable materials.
The iMac 3.2 GHZ 21.5” comes with Apples gold standard warranty, including 90 days of telephone support and a standard one year limited warranty which is expandable to three years under the Apple Care Protection plan at additional cost.
• Standard RAM as shipped: 4GB
• Maximum Memory Allowed: 16GB
• Number of slots: 4 each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-10600 with a maximum of 4GB per slot-(Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory).
The Apple Mac Mini is my new favorite Mac in the Apple lineup and for one reason: It’s cheap.
I have already compared the iMac and Mac Mini and when you do the math, it’s not hard to save up to $300 when you buy a Mac Mini and external mouse, monitor, and keyboard as opposed to pulling the trigger on an iMac.
What could you do with the extra money you save? Buy a SSD drive, as they are getting big enough and cheap enough to use as your main hard drive. (with limitations). The biggest limitation being your budget, and remembering that you’re looking to upgrade a $600 desktop here. You have to stop and ask yourself is it really worth it to pour another $500 or so into it. If you add 16GB of RAM in addition to the Mac Mini, you may just be better off buying a Mac Pro.
Regardless, the Mac Mini SSD Drive options are many and here’s a few options to consider: These will also work just fine in your MacBook Pro and iMacs too.
With a street price of under $200, the latest in solid state drive technology from Crucial comes in the form of the Crucial 128MB M4 SSD drive. At just 128MB, you may be limited in your storage space when compared to bigger conventional hard drives but you win when it comes to boot time and drive access speed, allowing you to work faster
The crucial m4 128MB solid state drive is the best selling SSD drive today, and is compatible with more than just the Apple Mac Mini, but works with all others in the Apple lineup and any other Windows OS model that can accept a 2.5 inch SATA form factor.
If you’re low on funds, and the 128GB is stretching your budget, you can opt for the cheaper SSD drive in Crucial’s lineup, the 64GB version instead of the 128GB. This gets you into one of the cheapest Mac Mini SSD drives available today for just a touch over $100. You won’t have much room for files when compared to the bigger 128GB model, but as the Mac Mini isn’t going anywhere you can always buy a cheap external drive with more storage capacity and hook it up to the little Mac. A hundred dollar SSD upgrade is the best bargain for a Mac Mini SSD option as it allows fast access to common files and the Mac OS for super fast startup times, yet doesn’t cost too much compared to the Mac Mini. Upgrade the Mac Min RAM to 8Gb at the same time, and for $150 or less, you have a much faster Mac Mini when you bought the Mac Mini from Apple.
Apple is known for being at the vanguard of innovation—in computers as well as consumer electronics. The Apple MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 15” screen puts redefines the MacBook notebook computer product line and raises the bar for notebooks in general.
On the aesthetics front the design is phenomenal, just as we’ve come to expect from Apple MacBook product line. The innovative aluminum unibody (constructed from a single block of aluminum) case is durable yet thin and light (unlike most laptop PCs constructed of heavy plastics) making it a truly mobile and comfortably portable computer. Utilizing a touchpad technology, this MacBook tosses the buttons opting instead for a larger tracking area that recognizes a variety of gestures.
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo features a 15.4” LED glossy backlit screen boasting 1440 x 900-pixel resolution on an uninterrupted glass screen; a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor (4 MB shared L3 cache); Dual graphics processors with automatic switching between NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (with 512 MB of GDDR3 video memory; 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM); and a 8x slot loading SuperDrive with double layer DVD support. This MacBook also offers as part of an impressive standard features package:
• A built-in iSight video camera for video chats and conferencing
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting with peripherals
• Two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port
• SD card slot
• Mini DisplayPort video output
• Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control
• Full-size backlit keyboard
• Stereo speakers with subwoofers
• Dimensions: 14.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH)
• Weight: 5.6 pounds
• Up to 8-9 hours of battery life
• Meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements
Installed software includes Mac OSX Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more), iLife,(including iphoto, iMovie and Garageband). This MacBook Pro model comes with 90 days of telephone support and a standard one year limited warranty, expandable to three years under the AppleCare Protection plan at additional cost. Included in the box in addition to the computer itself: display cleaning cloth, 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, software DVDs, printed and electronic documentation.
Memory and additional specs of note:
• Standard RAM as shipped: 4 GB installed RAM (1066 MHz)
• Maximum Memory Allowed: supports up to 8 GB
• Memory Required: DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 (non-ECC)
• Number of memory slots available: 2 (each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-8500 with a maximum of 4GB per slot–Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.)
These are the cheapest RAM upgrades for the MacBook Pro 2.66Ghz available on sale today and I suggest you max out the RAM on your MacBook Pro for the ultimate computing experience from your Apple MacBook Pro 2.66GHz. RAM is the cheapest it has ever been and now is the best time to buy ram for the MacBook Pro 2.66GHz.