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      07.07.2009 19:08

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      Great all rounder for the student who wants to knuckle down rather than play

      To my mind this was a great laptop for university when i was doing my Design course, portable for lectures and had enough power to do all the demanding things with design software. The entire time i have had it, it has never crashed or went wrong and just keeps on ticking went you want it. Simple interface makes this a joy to use and so is ideal for people who dont know how to use a Computer as there is no fear of anything going wrong. Heat is an issue as the mac tends to cook your legs if you rest it for too long, still i never found this a problem during cold winters! Solidly built and is simply beutiful to look at and i can tell you i got a few jealous looks. The only issue with Macs is their lack of good games as this is clearly meant for work and not fun but these have been fixed with the newer macs thanks to the swich over to the intel chip but other than that this is a solid Mac for the student. Battery life is typical of laptops 3 hours tops as long as you dont play around too much

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      06.10.2008 14:56
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      Solid product of the time

      Why it is called PowerBook? Is there any super power in this laptop? Lets have a deep discuss about this PowerBook and we will explore about it power. Actually it has a power of budget laptop, not a configuration power, because it has low configured budget notebook. If we are planning to go for 17" notebook but in reasonable price than we can consider it. Now I will enter in deep about the available features and its performance strategy. Generally it is out dated notebook and in present aspects it is more or less not suitable with latest applications but as a look and feel we can consider it with cheap priced 17" screen notebook. *** Now I am going to describe its mind I mean processing unit, and it has PowerPC G4 1.67 GHz!! What you think about this...really out dated processor, it is the time of multi core processing unit so that traditional or old type of processor cannot provide that kind of performance which we can desire from laptop manufacturers. But if we consider the time when this type of processor was abundantly used than they were the king of that time. This processor has ohh....I can say that it has 167 MHz of data bus speed and L2 cache size is 512KB. Actualy I have more interests in reviewing latest products but Today I have decided to go for old technology alsi, that how people managed to work with ols technology.. but that time the operating systems and applications means softwares was also low memory consuming and less featured so that they also run better in this type of products. *** Now If we consider the memory size in both aspects as system memory and hard drive than it was good on that time when it has 512MB of DDR1 Ram and this capacity of RAM is still in use and it was best option available, we can consider now a day's also because notebooks like Asus ePC also contain lower RAM but better performance with ultra portability functions. The storage media is 100GB hard disk drive and many of laptops also contain this capacity of storage media, because it is more enough for old version of operating software and applications. So that there is no regret in storage capacity also. *** Now the main target feature of this laptop, I think it is the best feature in all installed feature in this laptop...and that is its Graphics card..Actually apple has launched this laptop to capture gaming market and they have provided better graphics as well as large screen size also. ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 AGP 4x, with 128 MB of graphics memory, not bad in present prospects also. If we see the present laptop market than many of the products has 128 Mb graphics memory and they are doing well in general application field and gaming environment also. So it is good feature available in this type laptop. I am taking more interest to reviewing this product because Apple had provided such kind of featured laptop in that time when peoples were considering to buy desktop due to higher laptop prices. Now the all important feature we have discussed, and other common featured I think the maximum what Apple can provide...they have provided..The laptop was the king of its era.

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        13.03.2008 09:15
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        Three years on, still makes new laptop owners jealous.

        The 12" Powerbook G4 is, my mind, a phenomenal little laptop, and until Apple goes to the trouble of designing and building a Macbook Pro with a 12" screen, I'm not going to be upgrading. No longer in production, the 12" Powerbook could probably be found for a good price second hand. I've used mine for academic work - typing essays, papers etc and frequent graphical work in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc. It's true that compared with modern computers, the processor is now outclassed, and I generally try to keep my high-end graphics work to other machines, but as a day to day laptop the Powerbook is superb. Don't be fooled by Apple announcing that the Macbook Air is the greatest compact laptop either - thinness is not the most important dimension in a latop. The 12" Powerbook is basically the same size as a US 'letter' piece of paper, meaning it slips inside your bag with ease, and still gets jealous gazes from the owners of more modern but stupidly oversized laptops. If you don't mind a small screen (only a problem for watching movies with more than one more person or doing big files in Photoshop) you'll love the compact design and lightweight body.

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        06.03.2007 16:16
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        A smashing laptop - worth every penny, and will last for years!

        The Apple Powerbook 12" is, quite simply, the most stunning piece of computing equipment I have ever owned. For a 12" Laptop, there is a phenomenal amount of processing power and efficiency, particularly if you don't do massive amounts of graphic design on a day-to-day basis. The machine is very reliable and has good battery life (as much as Six Hours for simple word processing), and can easily cope with more demanding tasks. With Mac OS X becoming more user friendly every day, it's hardly surprising that this combination is such a fantastic little machine that's taken me all over the world! Thoroughly recommended! Only main problem I've had is that things are starting to come loose now that the machine is two years old.

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          10.03.2006 08:54

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          This is a good computer for mac lovers

          If you are the type of person who can handle a mac then this is a great mac for you to handle. I got mine for christmas and use it for all my work, games and other hobbies that are to be done on a computer. The wireless internet card means I can go on the internet anywhere where there is a wireless base station. Mine has hardly ever crashed and runs super fast. Ther powerbook G5 12" can come with 50 gigabytes or 80 gigabytes and you can also buy a 15" version or a 17" version which my father has.

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          03.07.2005 12:48

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          For complicated and high demand work such as video editing, CGI, music - you name it

          The tremendous power of the thing is what keeps me in such awe of it. My very own 17" Powerbook is my baby, if a somewhat overweight and metallic baby, but it is my baby and I adore it. I'm a Fine Art student in London and that is exactly why I have one. I specialise in video work and the massive screen is ideal for clear playback and is excellent for having several applications up on the screen at once, seeing as they all fit! The POWER of the 17" Powerbook should be the main reason that anyone buys it, however. For anyone wanting a computer for complicated and high demand work such as video editing, CGI, music editing - you name it - this is what the Powerbook is for. The excellent and reliable customer service given by Apple will keep you feeling safe about anything that could happen to your laptop and the fact that Powerbook is a mac can leave you feeling confident that there are a massive list of purely professional and properly crafted and designed software for use on it, in contrast to its competitors which are a bit more easygoing with the junk. Very regular updates are a big plus to, to make sure your software is running as well as it possibly can. On the downside, the 17" is huge. Whilst it is quite thin, the massive screen logically results in an overall large laptop, and it is quite a bit heavier than most, but they are minor problems. I personally carry mine around in my bag whenever I travelling around central London and it causes no problems. As would be expected, its operating system, Mac OSX, is beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to use.

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          07.06.2005 20:36
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          Here is, in my opinion THEE best laptop you can buy today! Having upgraded from a G3 ibook, the big brother is a street ahead and with its new G4 processor and endless fantastic enhancements the PowerBook G4 takes the lead in mobile technology. Connect wirelessly with the aiprort extreme card installed, Exchange files from your cell phone with a bluetooth enchanced machine (bluetooth enhanced phone is also needed), burn up pro DVD's with the all new superdrive (in selected machines) and enjoy a battery life of about 5 hours! Shipping now with 1.5 Ghz, a 512 DDR ram (This can be upgraded) and Tiger 10.4 OSX this truly is a POWER book in all areas. My advice to anyone looking to buy a PowerBook G4 is to make sure you get exactly what you want. There are many features that do NOT come as standard on these machines as in Bluetooth and the Superdrive. Buy the right machine and you wont be dissapointed. I am writing this review as the user of a 12.1" PowerBook G4. I cannot make comment on either of the larger models (14.1" / 17") 

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            14.01.2005 02:04
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            It’s obvious when you have fallen head-over heels for a product. It penetrates your every thought. Before you own it, you spend every spare moment looking at in magazines, researching it on websites, gazing at it through windows. And when you finally own it, you give it a name. My 17” inch is called “God”. It demands that sort of respect. And very few who see this piece of kit argue with that title. It’s a beautiful product to use. Compared to an ibook it’s like comparing Ferrari with Vauxhall. There is something tangibly nicer about the feel of the keyboard, the way it opens, and the way it shuts. . The off-the-peg model now comes under two grand with 512MB Ram, 1.5Ghz G4 processor, 60 Gig hard drive and airport built in. For a user who does not do heavy-duty video or photo editing, this is more than adequate. The screen is a good size for working,, and even after long hours on graphics files, I do not want for a studio monitor. One problem I have noticed with my screen, and those of others, is a blotchy uneven affect that can develop in places. However it has not bothered me enough to look into replacing the unit. Imovie is a great introduction to video editing for those usually confined to the static image. Camcorders can be hooked up in moments and footage edited in seconds after that. I’ve imported up to half an hour of footage at a time and this thing chews it up and spits it out. Professionals can, and do, edit whole movies on beefed-up laptops just like these. The benefits of OSX are probably best documented elsewhere, but for anyone still lumbered with a studio-bound OS 9 system because they are “more stable”; I pity you. The seamless integration of iphoto, mail, calendar and address books are tools you soon learn to rely on. And Panther’s Font Book puts Suitcase and ATM to shame. It’s another example of how Apple don’t release a product until it is better than anything else on the market. But all these words are wasted. For if you are reading this, you are already smitten by the 17”. You will not sleep right again until you own one. One word of advice. Go to an authorised dealer and buy a trusted product. Buy the 3 year Apple Cover and sleep well. There are some unbelievable deals doing the rounds in the classifieds and they probably are. If you can’t afford to pay the full price now, Microanvica do a no interest deal for 6 months. Save up your pennies and pay it off before the interest period kicks in. You can’t go wrong.

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              29.10.2004 12:37

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              great - Advantages: design - Disadvantages: nothing

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              13.02.2004 04:50
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              Hahaha, finally all the years of trailing around as ?the friend?, ?the houseguest?, ?the girlfriend? and now ?the fiancée? of ?him indoors? has finally paid off as the boy has come good. His latest technical contract is with a graphic design company that issues all its employees with Apple Powerbook laptops. Regular readers of my ops know how much I love techie bits and pieces and therefore can imagine the unparalled joy on my face when he came home with his new toy the other week. In the name of quality assurance and to make certain that it actually does work after his Herculean effort of lugging the machine across commuterland, I have been using it for the last 7 days. ?Any excuse? I hear you yell and you know what I am going to yell back; ?too blooming right? : ) I am not writing a highly technical op here, this is for Mr. And Mrs. who have seen the TV ads (aren?t they fabulous!) and are wondering what Apple computers are and if they are something that they may have a use for??. What are Apple Powerbooks? ******************************** They are the laptop (portable) version of the Apple iMac computer. They are the same in comparison quality as the desktop computer most people are reading this op on to the laptop version of that same machine. Versions available: ******************************** 12? screen with 40gb HD 15? and 17? screen with 80gb HD Oooooh no, acronym hell! What are HDs and GBs? ******************************** A computer hard drive (HD) is a tangible piece of hardware that the computer uses to store any information that you, the user, wants to save. The space available on a hard drive is measured in gigabytes (gb). To give you an idea of how much ?space? 40gb are; a document with 2000 words saved to hard disk will take up about 40kb (kilobytes). There are 1000kb in 1gb (see, you are reading the lingo like a professional now)?.. Those with fast minds or fast calculator fingers will realise this is a LOT of space to store information on. So which model are you reviewing? ******************************** The 12? screen version with the 40gb HD and Superdrive CD/DVD reader/writer It?s not the size; it?s what you do with it ******************************** The 12? version has to be the best choice for people who commute. As well as the small frame ? just 10.9? in width, 8.6? in depth and 1.18? in height, it weighs a titchy 4.6 pounds. This is the weight of 8 bricks of butter. It makes me weep when I think of all the time I spent lugging around the concrete block of a laptop that I used to have when we first started the business. (an old 8.8lbs Dell Latitude) Even today, I still have the marks on my shoulder where the straps dug in. The nice thing about the dimension of the Apple laptop is that you can throw it into a rucksack or a large handbag if you don?t want to announce to every would-be mugger that you have something in your keeping worthy of their attention. Now boil the kettle, there is a lot more to go in order to complete this op! I am a PC person, I wouldn?t know where to start with a Mac ******************************** I am a great believer in RTFM and for this reason, I purchased Mac OS X for Dummies from Amazon: (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764525646/ref=sr_aps_books_1_3/202-2927 088-3563061) for £15.99 to bring me up to speed quickly with the out of box abilities of the operating system installed on the Powerbook. Obviously this op is about the computer and not the various guides available to accompany it but I will just say if you have never used a Mac before or haven?t had your hands on one in a few years (like me), a Dummies book is the best way to go in my humble opinion. For anyone interested, my first Mac was a school machine a Performa 250. Everyone who is into Macs will smile at this memory and everyone else can j ust nod and try not to look too bored. Hang on, hang on, hang on ?. WTF does RTFM mean? ******************************** It means read the ?.* errr *?. manual. Apple does provide a guide for users in the shape of ?QuickBooks for Mac? (New User Edition) but I like the look, layout and chatty way in which the dummies books are written. That is not to say anything against QuickBooks (from Intuit, another publishing house that makes its meat and potatoes from User guides and manuals) it is just a personal preference. Although I didn?t use the manual, him indoors did and he remarked that it is a very easy to follow book that spells things out very clearly as well as giving tutorials and pictures on how to carry out the most common Mac tasks. (Well, he didn?t really, he just grunted at me from behind his mountain of email but I interpreted the grunt thus :) Ooh, ok, what colours I can get the Powerbook in: ******************************** Silver, Silver or Silver. (Apple calls it ?aluminium?) Unfortunately Apple has decided to drop the wonderful ?rainbow of colours? idea they had with the ibook and the PowerBook models of computers. For anyone who has never seen these, the (wo)men in marketing had the fantastic idea of making the casing in any colour except the traditional lively shades of beige and grey (riveting and inspiring tones, I am sure you agree) As a result machines in such fabulous colours as ?translucent? (clear plastic) "blueberry" (royal blue) "tangerine" (orange), "graphite" (slate grey) "indigo" (dark blue) and "key lime" (radioactive green) were produced and they were (are) gorgeous! Where can I buy this marvel from?: ******************************** http://www.microwarehouse.co.uk/ (Inc. VAT) (£1,291.31) http://www.dabs.com/uk £1,291.32 inc VAT. There is an online finance deal available from this site paying back at a rate of £67.86 fo r 24 months http://www.cec.co.uk/ £ 1,333.10 (Incl. VAT) http://uk.insight.com £1398.24 inc VAT The kettle must have boiled by now, no sugar and lots of milk for me please. So is it worth all the bother of learning a new operating system?: ******************************** VIEWING The first thing to notice when you turn on the Mac is how sharp the 12.1? screen resolution is. It comes out of the box with the output (what you see in front of you) set to 1024-by-768-pixels and this is perfect. The images are so clear; it is like plugging your laptop into the TV. It becomes clear just how sharp it is when you go back to your old computer and the output on that appears slightly fuzzy around the edges. The PowerBook also supports a dual display mode and video mirroring. This means the user can output what is on the computer screen to another source like a television or a projector. The former option does require an Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter (a cable) to connect the TV to the mini-DVI port on the laptop. I feel this is a bit of a swizz as Apple makes a big fuss about this functionality and then sell the necessary equipment to carry it out as a separate accessory. Naughty Apple! For anyone unfamiliar with what a pixel is, it is the measure of output on the screen in front of you. CASING The case comes is an aluminium alloy. Apparently ?resistant to stains and scratches?. As this was not my machine, I had to put this to the test and I can confirm that the housing is resistant to marks from baby rattles, carpet dragging, wooden tabletop dragging but not housekeys. (Yes, the same infamous housekeys that featured in my iPod op) CD/DVD The feature I love is the SuperDrive which comes with the ability to read from and WRITE to DVDs and CD?s. This means that you can back up all your precious data to a cd, save digital film files to a format viewable on a DVD player (great for sending the Grandparents home movies of the baby running around with a tea towel over his head giggling (We make our own fun in our house) listening to music CDs and watching DVDs. INTERNET CONNECTIVITY 54Mbps AirPort Extreme ? This is the networking card, which is supposed to be up to 5 times faster than anything of its peers available on the market at this time. It is a wireless networking card which provides internet connectivity to anyone with a wireless router plugged into their broadband connection at home. Before you all yell at me ?well it is not very wireless then, is it? the wireless part refers to the laptop connecting to the router via radio waves and obtaining access to the internet that way. Note on home wirelessness: (Thanks to Jill Murphy for pointing out that I missed this) In order to get a wireless network card to work at home, you need a piece of equipment called a wireless router (a small piece of hardware about twice the size of a glasses case) plugged into the broadband socket. I would recommend the Lynksys one (http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=544) as this is the one we use. For anyone who lives 'out in the sticks' receiving their broadband connection through a satellite link, it would be a better idea to ask your connection provider what routers they recommend to work with their equipment. There are increasing numbers of wireless-enabled ?hot spots? in hotels, airport lounges, coffee shops and bookstores around the world, which means that with this laptop in your bag, you can get online from practically anywhere. I know from personal experience that there is a chain of coffee shops in Hong Kong which offers free hot-spotting as long as you buy a coffee and a sandwich in one of their branches as long as you bring your own wireless enabled laptop. Unfortunately if you are still in broadband-less land, you will have to splash out and buy an Apple network ca rd with a modem adapter to plug into your phone socket. These are about £100. The cheapest I found were from dabs.com for £97 but they are on a 3 week back order. Do you have a biscuit to go with this cup of tea? BLUETOOTH Bluetooth ?ing. This is not a painful aftermath to a session gone wrong with a dentist but another wireless method of connecting devices. It has a much shorter radio wave range than AirPort extreme so it is used to connect devices to swap information (called ?synching?) between then rather than for internet connectivity. For example, on my Bluetooth enabled phone, I have 111 contacts saved to the address book. If I turn on Bluetooth on my phone and laptop, the 2 devices can see one another and exchange any updates I make to my contact list from whichever piece of media. So, if the worst happens and my phone is stolen or lost, I can buy another Bluetooth enabled phone and sync it with the computer and have the phone populated with my contact list. PORTS FireWire and USB 2.0. These are the names of what my sister calls the ?holes? on the back of a computer. They are more commonly referred to as ?ports? and their names refer to the type of data that they can accept. On Macs, FireWire is usually used for connecting (and therefore exchanging information with) external hard drives and Digital cameras, whilst USB 2.0 is used to connect graphics tablets, digital cameras, printers and scanners. PROCESSOR The processor in the laptop has a feature called a Velocity Engine. For those unsure as to what a processor does, it is the captain?s cabin on the good ship laptop. Without a processor, nothing happens, with a fast processor, everything happens very fast. The Powerbooks cabin processes data in huge 128-bit chunks (about twice as fast as the computer you are sitting in front of now) used in traditional processors. This means that the computer does not appear to pause for thought when an intensive piece of processing is required by next-generation video, voice and graphics applications. In plain English, things happen very fast on the Mac! GRAPHICS There is no point having a super slim screen unless there is a great graphic card to accompany it and Apple have inserted the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 card into the Powerbook. As I have already said the quality of the output to the screen in among the best I have ever seen and that is as a result of the excellent quality of this piece of hardware. It is an especially good card for gaming graphics. Not that we have any time for that sort of thing in our house. * Ahem * SOFTWARE Mac OS X Panther v10.3, Apple?s operating system. The cogs and wheels of the whole system and one that takes a bit of time and study to master. Is it worth it, if you have spent years getting used to the quirks and ?features? of Microsoft?s operating system Windows? I think it is. Apple have put a lot of time and effort into revamping the latest incarnation of their software and it really shows, features like system sensing if a user is connecting from the office or outside and connecting them to the internet accordingly are wonderful. There is also the fantastic ?Instant On? feature, which means the Powerbook can go from a state of hibernation (sleep) in less than one second. More and more hardware manufacturers are seeing OS X as a viable alternative to Windows and are writing drivers for their devices to work with Macs so although there is not the range of supported toys out there that Windows have, it is getting better. iPhoto ? photo editing software. Has a range of very simple and very functioning options to expand, shrink, cut, paste, change the colour, get rid of red-eye and save as monochrome your digital photographs or images. iMovie ? digital movie editing software. Has a range of very simple and very functioning options to cut, paste, change the tone, get rid of red-eye and save as monochrome yo ur digital films. Very intuitive to use. . iTunes - This is a music organising and purchasing programme that will allow you search for and buy music. iTunes will then organise your music into folders of your choosing (e.g. by artist, by genre or by release date) Once you have been through the menu options on the other two applications, you feel like an expert at this piece of software. I like the way Apple have kept a similar ?look and feel? between all 3 applications so it does not feel like you have all this new functionality to learn every time you open a feature. Graphics tools: FAXstf, Art Directors Toolkit, Test Drive, FileMaker, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner and Graphic Converter Microsoft Office v.X, Pro Trial. The version of Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Outlook) designed by Microsoft for the Mac. MUSIC All the usual features like built-in stereo speakers (fantastic sound out of them) stereo headphone output jack - this is somewhere to plug your headphones into just in case anyone in the office/airplane doesn?t share your taste in Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. How long does the laptop battery last? ******************************** After a complete charge (machine switched off to charge) 4 hours 53 minutes unplugged was the longest I got out of a working machine before I had to plug it into the mains. This is pretty average for a laptop battery but I suppose more uptime on after a single charge would mean a heavier bigger battery and therefore a h and b machine as well which is what Apple are trying to get away from. Related URL?s: ******************************** http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com/ibook/ Thanks for reading Xx E.

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                There are two types of people in this world - those who love Apple Macs, and those who are wrong. i jest, of course. Mac devotees love being part of a select group as much as PC users find Mac-people cliquey and, for all i know, snobbish. If you ask me, we Mac-ophiles have plenty to be snobbish about, but we'll come to that shortly... GORGEOUS Macs tend to be things of beauty, and the G4 PowerBook range is no exception. The 12" model shares the sleek "Titanium" appearance of its larger relatives (the aluminium casing is tough, light, and an effective radiator for the heat the machine generates), but packs the same power into an extremely cute package. This is one tiny portable, all right! The 12" is small enough to fit into much more compact spaces and carrying devices than its siblings. The trade-off here, of course, is with screen size. If you're used to a 15" PowerBook, the more bijou viewing area does take a few moments to get used to - but having designed web pages and even edited video on this model, it's an acceptable situation. It's not ideal if you like to keep multiple documents open and tiled on screen, but the ease of switching between applications in OS X compensates for this too. WELLY The PowerBook is Apple's professional range of portables, capable of mighty feats of multimedia processing as well as your everyday data crunching. For RAM, or working memory, 256Mb is inbuilt, with a spare slot that carries another 256Mb - a total of 512Mb that can handle complex graphics and video editing with ease. To upgrade the RAM, the additional 256Mb can be replaced with a 512Mb chip, giving a total of 768Mb - only really necessary if you're going to spend the vast majority of your time in outrageously memory-intensive tasks. The 867Mhz processor has got some welly, too. While that figure might not sound uncommonly fast to PC-fans, you should remember that App le's processor's perform better than Intel chips with the same nominal speed - and have the added advantage of not being promoted with that awful "Blue Man Theme" that comes up every time someone mentions Pentium in a commercial. ("Doo-dah-dee-doo" my shiny metal ***!) Anyways, back to the point. With 512Mb of RAM and an 867Mhz G4 processor, the PowerBook can handle pretty much anything you care to throw at it. It's OS X native, which means you can run older applications in the Classic system-within-a-system window, but you can only boot the machine in Apple's most recent operating system (the aforementioned and utterly cool OS X). i've created large graphics files in Photoshop, tinkered with audio in ProTools, and edited heaps of video quality in Final Cut Express - and the PowerBook has handled them all with ease. Rendering video is the only really time-consuming task, as you would expect, when we're talking about a laptop computer generating broadcast-quality video! SLINKY The smaller keyboard of the 12" G4 takes a moment to get used to, if you're used to the 15" model. However, the keys are so sleek and well sprung that the machine is a dream to type on - especially for me when i get back from working on a PC with a hard and disgustingly clunky keyboard. The TrackPad (i.e. the rectangle beneath the keys that replaces a mouse) is responsive and easily adjusted in System Preferences. ROOMY TOO A 40Gb hard-drive as standard, though not astounding these days, is still impressive for a portable with a 12" screen. i've stored a back-up of my 10Gb iPod music library on the PowerBook, and still had acres of storage space for digital photos, music videos, and scores of applications. The only way i have ever taken up the majority of the space was during video editing - when almost 90 minutes of digital video was saved on the hard drive. Incredible. ( NB: if you are editing video projects on a regular basis, the usual method is to use a Firewire hard drive as the scratch disk, where all the footage and render files are stored.) CONNECTY Modem, Ethernet, 2 x USB and Firewire ports are lined up on the left of the machine, rather than at the back as with the older 15" PowerBooks. The Ethernet will connect you to the office or home network, the USBs are handy for digital cameras and certain printers, and the Firewire will transfer audio or video to your iPod or digital camcorder at blazing speeds (that's Apple's phrase, but it absolutely true - mp3s fly over to an iPod in the blink of an eye). Setting up an internet connection in OS X is incredibly straightforward - the entire system is so intuitive. Even connecting to a PC can now be done without recourse to manuals, such has been the improvement in interoptibility between the systems. WIRELESS...LY One of my favourite discoveries on this Mac has been the Bluetooth, which comes as standard on all 12" and 17" G4 PowerBooks. i previously thought: when am i gonna use that? It's a short-range radio connection, which the PowerBook can use to transfer data to and from mobile smartphones, palmtops and the like. Having got hold of a Nokia 7650, i had to give it a whirl, however, and was instantly sold. Firstly, you can keep the same v-card contacts on the computer as are on your smartphone, which means not having to write all your numbers down when you get a new phone (so long as it's a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, but i wouldn't go for anything else now). Secondly, you can share diary notes in the same way - there is a slight hitch here as the Nokia 7650 doesn't send the details in a format the Mac can easily read, and the Nokia site doesn't address the issue of Mac-connectivity, whereas Sony-Ericcson smartphones can update contacts & calendar from one machine to the other automatically, and can even be used as a mouse... This is enough to make me question my brand-loyalty to Nokia and consider switching handsets (such is the desire to get the most out of this superb Mac!). Moreover, with Bluetooth pictures and text files can be shared between laptop & phone, and applications to install on the smartphone can be downloaded from the 'net onto the computer, then transferred to the handset. This has all proved much handier than i imagined it would. The PowerBook is ready to accept a WiFi card that can give broadband-speed connectivity with a wireless network. There are WiFi hotspots springing up around London, in coffee bars and even covering the area around Piccadilly (expect to hear plenty more about this technology in the coming year). i've not yet got and installed this - but it is only a matter of time. CONCLUSION Can't really fault this portable. If you've picked the 12" you know the (well-balanced) trade-offs you're making with portability against screen size. Yes, it's pricier than a PC of comparable spec, but it performs way better (and there are less Mac-targeted worms, viruses (virii?) et cetera out there) and is a much more intuitive environment to work in. Add to that the Apple standards of sexiness in design, and you have an offer that's too good to refuse. Unlike the computer itself, the decision is a no-brainer.

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                  18.08.2003 20:28
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                  Well what can i say the powerbook is just to good for words it is fast and looks sexy and i would not be with out one. Apart from Apple just designing the best looking computers in the world they make good and reliable computers. If you are looking for a games computer then you are looking in the wrong place the Apple G4 powerbook is the Designers computer with its larger wide screen and super high screen resolution makes working on it a real treat. Mac?s are super fast and are just what you if you are a Graphic Designer as it will run Quark 5 and Photoshop 7 at the same time with out a problem. If you are a 3D Designer it will run your Cinema 4D with ease if you are a amateur music maker it will do it for you. You may be a amateur movie maker you can do it with a Mac. As the Apple computer range are the powerhouse of the Design world. The new Mac operating system OS10 or (Jaguar) is more reliable and faster than Microsoft XP. Apple give you its own programs pre installed you get all the old classics but all the new updated versions. You get iphoto3,itunes3,imovie3 and Apple works and a few more. The G4 Processor beats all the Celoron and Intel P3 hands down and can even give the Intel P4 and run for its money with 512meg of Ram it is no slow machine they have even jammed a 40gig hard drive in the small machine you even have a DVD/CD-RW drive which does the business you get a ATI Radeon 9000 32meg 3D card,you have one PCM card slot plus 2 USB 2.0 ports, a firewire port for transfer speeds of up to 400mps, a ethernet port, and a modem port also a video out and airport ready for wireless internet if you buy a airport modem for £200 you can use the internet from 300 feet away and all of this in a small one inch thick case.

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                    12.08.2003 17:04

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                    The best laptop in the world - Advantages: It runs OSX which is the best OS ever, Beautiful design, Expandable via USB, FireWire - Disadvantages: Prone to scatching

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                    02.04.2003 08:52
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                    This is the worst peice of computer hard ware that I have ever used, it is a discrace to all computer kind. If you are caught with this computer in my genral area, then I will hunt you down smash the computer and spit upon your worthless head. Christ for the same money I could get a used alienware laptop with 3 times the prossesr power, twice the memory, and much more, but throw on top of all that a cd player that works on its own, without haveing the computer on, and a diecast metal shell, you just can't justify getting anything else for the money!!!!

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                      09.10.2001 23:40

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                      Apple needs to sort out the screen issues - Advantages: Beautiful, Fast, Awesome - Disadvantages: Screen issues with vertical lines and dead pixels

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                    The PowerBook G4 has captured the imagination of the creative community with its stunning good looks and prodigious processing power. Functionality is one of the PowerBook G4's key attributes. For instance, when most people think of portables, they're accustomed to tradeoffs, since PC manufacturers routinely sacrifice features or skimp on screen size to save a few pounds. But Mac people like to have their cake and eat it, too. Apple understands this completely and brings the full-featured ultra portable - the PowerBook G4. Allow yourself the uncompromising performance in a stunningly light package with Apple PowerBook G4!