When the ibook hit the market it was an amazing looking product. An frankly speaking it still is. Apple, under the direction of John Ive, has produce trend setting computer system. First with the iMac, then with the Cube, and now with the iBook and Titanium. However much people love or hate the iMac for what it is, no one can deny the way in which Apple set a massive trend. The iBook was Apple's attempt at reaching the lower end of the portable market. The end that covers home users and students, not pro users. The iBook had a lot of expectation to live upto, after the rip roaring success of the first run of iMacs, and in many respects it did. Only at the end of last year had the supply of iBooks in England dried up because demand was so great. The iBook SE was Apple's answer to those of us without a budget and who wanted a slightly better and more professional looking iBook. The Tech Specs are as follows: 466Mhz G3 PPC chip instead of 366 256k of L2 Cache 64mb of PC100 SDRAM 10GB ATA HD DVD ROM instead of CD ROM Drive 12.1 TFT SVGA Screen 1 Firewire Port 1 USB Port Composite Video Ouput 1 x 56k v.90 Modem 10/100 Base-T Ethernet Airport wireless networking ready "All models include a built-in keyboard and trackpad; modem cable; power adapter and power cord; lithium-ion battery; Mac OS 9, QuickTime, AppleWorks, iMovie 2, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook Express, Netscape Communicator, Palm Desktop, FAXstf, Bugdom, Nanosaur, and Acrobat Reader software; complete setup, learning, and reference documentation; limited warranty; and 30 days of free Internet service through EarthLink." In effect the iBook is a radically designed laptop with a nice price to feature ratio. From my experience of using the iBook and iBook SE, it is a great computer and perfect for Mac gaming and other kind of work for home and personal use, it is
also great for students. I would say however, that if you are an art student or are going to be doing video work etc on the computer, you would be better of spending that extra money and getting a pro level machine with that larger screen. As of January 2001, Apple is supplying the Titanium with a 15.2" screen, the first and largest of its kind on a laptop, but then the price reflects it.... i must say, with all this great hardware it is a hard decision to make, but, whatever you do take in the end, with all that usual great Apple connectivity, you can connect to whatever you desire.
Some products appeal to logic. Others, such as the Apple iBook, appeal to the senses. Sure, the iBook is a hefty notebook with a price tag to match. But it looks pretty darn cool, and that fact -- along with a few nice features -- helps explain why the iBook is one the most popular laptops sold in retail, especially among students. The iBook has a distinctive rounded clamshell case that measures 4.57 x 34.2 x 29.9 cms (HWD) with a sturdy handle. Apple says the iBook was designed specifically to stand up to life in a student's backpack. The lid snaps open and closed -- no latches required -- and the attractive, translucent case is coated with a tough layer of rubber. The system weighs 2.99 kgs on its own, and adds 3.17 kgs to a backpack with the AC adaptor thrown in.