2011 MacBook Pro – 13 inch

MacBook Pro 13 inch

MacBook Pro 13 inch Laptop Complements Other Modern Macs

The MacBook Pro with the 2.3 ghz Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor is a fast little notebook that greatly compliments my slightly older, 2009 MacBook Pro which I love using. Essentially the 15 inch MacBook Pro is my stay at home desktop model (I find it too cumbersome to take around all the time) – while my new 13 inch MacBook Pro is my travel nearly everywhere laptop.

The computer has all the ports and connections you’d expect from a MacBook Pro and runs all of the software I use on my 15 inch MacBook Pro with that familiar “ease of use” that goes with every Apple product.

The 13 inch MacBook Pro is a great compliment to my older MacBook Pro. Document exchange is seamless through my wired network, wifi or the cloud. Just like my 15 inch MacBook Pro, this one excels at all the tasks I throw at it including desktop publishing, photo editing, website building and maintenance, audio and video editing, word processing, research, entertainment and more. It currently runs Apple’s OSX Snow Leopard (10.6.8) operating system and is ready for Lion (Mac OSX 10.7.x).

This Mac is used for nearly everything that I use my 15 inch MacBook Pro for. Web content management, desktop publishing projects, word processing, music management, photo and movie editing plus more. Often this Mac is used at places other than my primary home based work location. It’s a great take anywhere computer with all the bells and whistles of bigger Macs.

This MacBook Pro 13 inch has the Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.3 ghz, 4GB of ram and a L2 / L3 cache. Ports include Thunderbolt, Ethernet 10/100/gigabit, Firewire 800 port, 2 USB ports, 1 SD card slot and an audio in/out port. It runs Mac OSX 10.6.6 and higher and has built-in Wireless WiFi and Bluetooth.

At the time of purchase I considered the current 11 inch MacBook Air and this 13 inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro is larger and heavier than the MacBook Air. I chose this because of the ports, the processor, DVD R/W drive, the amount of RAM built in and the speed. The MacBook Air does not have an ethernet port or an optical drive. I still need those things.

MacBook Pro 13 inch ports

The MacBook Pro has all the ports + a DVD R/W optical drive. You don’t get as much with the MacBook Air.

You can’t go wrong with the 13 inch MacBook Pro as either your primary computer or a compliment to any other modern Mac that you already own.

My New 13 Inch MacBook Pro

On the road with my MacBook Pro.

My New MacBook Pro Desktop

MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.7. It has been upgraded to 10.6.8. I may update to Lion 10.7.x at a later date.

Low End Mac: MacBook Pro (Early 2011)
Every Mac : MacBook Pro (2011)
Apple: MacBook Pro User Manual

Specs from EveryMac.com

EveryMac.com specs. Please note that EveryMac.com is not affiliated with this website.

Introduction Date: February 24, 2011 Discontinued Date: N/A
Details: The “Introduction Date” refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The “Discontinued Date” refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in

Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Geekbench: 5917/6448*
Details: *This number is an average of Geekbench 2 results as submitted to the Geekbench

for the stock configuration. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary widely, but an average nevertheless can be useful to get a general idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in
combing through
all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro8,1 Model Identifier, which may include

multiple models

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see EveryMac.com’s

Ultimate Mac Comparison

Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz Processor Type: Core i5 (I5-2415M)
Details: This model is powered by a 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 “Sandy Bridge” (I5-2415M) processor which includes two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).

This system also supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” — which “automatically increases the speed of the active cores” to improve performance when needed — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize four “virtual cores” or “threads.”

Also see: How fast are the “Early 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?

Custom Speeds: N/A Processor Architecture: 64-Bit
Details: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
Details: Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the “Unibody” MacBook Pro?
System Bus Speed: 5 GT/s* Cache Bus Speed: 2.3 GHz (Built-in)
Details: *This system has a “Direct Media Interface” (DMI) that “connects between the processor and chipset” in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
Details: N/A
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x2 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x 2, 3 MB
Details: Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
RAM Type: PC3-10600 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1333 MHz
Details: Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the “Early 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?

Standard RAM: 4 GB Maximum RAM: 16 GB*
Details: 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but as first confirmed by site sponsor OWC, this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.

Other World Computing sells MacBook Pro memory, as well as hard drives, batteries, carrying cases, and accessories.

Also see:

Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs

Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 2
Details: N/A
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000 VRAM Type: Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have “dedicated” and “integrated” video memory?

Standard VRAM: 384 MB Maximum VRAM: 384 MB
Details: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 384 MB”.
Built in Display: 13.3″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution.

Apple reports that this system also supports “1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 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”

Site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of MacBook Pro hardware problems and a 24-hour repair service for this MacBook Pro. Display repacement, keyboard replacement, a hard drive upgrade service, and more are provided.

2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.

Also see: Are there any adapters or “hacks” that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?

Standard Hard Drive: 320 GB (5400 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
Details: By custom configuration, this model can be equipped with a 500 GB or 750 GB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$50 or US$150, respectively. It also can be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$250, US$650, or US$1250, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the “Early 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? What type of hard drive do these models support? Can one replace the hard drive with an SSD?

Standard Optical: 8X DL “SuperDrive” Standard Disk: None
Details: Apple reports that this slot-loading “SuperDrive” (DVDR DL/DVDRW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of “8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW” and a maximum read speed of “8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD”.
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*) Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?

USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (800)
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire “800” port.

Also see: Complete Ports.

Expansion Slots: SDXC Card Slot Expansion Bays: None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Inertial)
Details: Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has “78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement).”

The glass multi-touch trackpad supports “inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities”.

Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook (Unibody)
Details: This MacBook Pro uses a black and silver “unibody” case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a “catchless” magnetic latch.
Apple Order No: MC700LL/A Apple Subfamily: Early 2011 13″
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No: A1278 Model ID: MacBookPro8,1
Details: *Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.

Also see: All Macs with the
A1278 Model Number, the
2351* EMC Number, and the
MacBookPro8,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.

Battery Type: 63.5 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 7 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a “63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” that provides “up to 7 hours of wireless web” use.

Also see: What is the “real-world” battery life of the “Early 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? How does the battery life of each compare to the model each replaced?

Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.6.6 (10J3210) Maximum MacOS: Current
Details: This system fully supports the current version of OS X 10.7 “Lion.” Please note that OS X Lion is not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as it does not support the “Rosetta” environment.
Minimum Windows: 7 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple’s Boot Camp provided with Mac OS X 10.6.6, which was pre-installed on this Mac, does not formally support versions of Windows earlier than Windows 7.

Also see: Which Intel Macs are capable of booting the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7? Which are supported by Apple’s Boot Camp?

MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run MacOS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both MacOS X and MacOS 9 applications.

For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.

Dimensions: 0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94 Avg. Weight: 4.5 lbs (2.04 kg)
Details: In inches while closed – height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).


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