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Review: Apple G4 Powerbook

by David Ross on 7 July 2003, 00:00

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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The Powerbook in the flesh

I have been devoted to the Intel and AMD driven field of computers since 1993, right up until I sold my Toshiba P3 850Mhz laptop a month ago. Searching for a new laptop that greatly exceeded my previous machine was a highly daunting task, but nevertheless exciting.

My attention was finally captured by Apple's 15" Superdrive monster in a tiny package. Even though the news, adverts and Apple PR is dominated by the 'newer' 12-inch and 17-inch models, the 15-inch should not be ignored, as it is 'almost' as powerful as Apples current flagship notebook computer.

Model M8859
Processor 1GHz PowerPC G4
Memory 512MB PC133 SDRAM; supports up to 1GB
Hard Drive Toshiba 60GB Ultra ATA
Optical Drive Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Display 15.2" (diagonal) TFT, 1280 by 854 pixels, millions of colors
Graphics Support ATi Mobility Radeon 9000 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM
PC Card Slot PC Card/CardBus slot for Type I or Type II card
Wireless Support Built-in 11-Mbps AirPort Card; optional BlueTooth (1.1) adaptor
Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000Base-T (Gigabit)
Modem Built-in 56K V.92
Ports FireWire 400, two USB (1.1), DVI Output (DVI to VGA adaptor included), S-video output, audio line in, headphone out
Size and Weight 34.1 by 24.1 by 2.6cm; 2.4Kg with battery and optical drive installed
Included S-video to composite adapter, DVI to VGA adapter, modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord