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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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Introduction



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
L3 Cache 1MB DDR SDRAM
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