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Review: Apple PowerBook G4
By Steve Litscher

(Monday, December 22, 2003 1:20 PM EST)

Apple PowerBook 17

Apple Powerbook connectors

I'm guilty of procrastination - more guilty than most, so when a device comes along that can help with my time management issues, I definitely take note. Apple's newest laptop offering, the 17-inch,1.33 GHz PowerBook G4 is as stunning as it is efficient, and efficiency is extremely helpful when you're constantly running behind.

Heck, I'm running behind right now - this article was supposed to have been completed months ago, but as has become the justification de jour of procrastinators 'round the world, "I was busy with other things." Yeah, we'll stick with that.

With a 1.33GHz processor under its hood, the new 17" PowerBook G4 is able to blaze through tasks, both mundane and monstrous. Whether you need to use a computer to surf the internet, edit photographs, write recipes or perform mission critical business operations, the Apple PowerBook G4 is more than capable.

But there's a lot more to the newest PowerBook G4 than a pumped-up processor. Users will enjoy upgraded graphics hardware, 512MB of standard memory, a 167MHz bus speed, and as of November 1, 2003, Apple's latest operating system, "Panther" (OS 10.3). The ultra-thin (28mm or about 1") also includes a 5400rpm, 80GB hard drive, Apple's famous SuperDrive (capable of burning DVD media at up to 2x and burning CD media at up to 16x), and a slew of other goodies.

PC makers have tried to emulate the PowerBook's strengths, but frankly, most have failed miserably. 17" versions from the PC makers are big, clunky, inefficient and seem to run disturbingly warm. Our 17" PowerBook was thin, light, fast and never even got warm to the touch - something that our laps were especially thankful for. And while PC's may boast bigger numbers on paper, computers don't run on paper.

Other nice touches from Apple include the backlit keyboard that automatically senses low-light conditions by responding with a soft-white hue from each key's character. This is especially appreciated when using the laptop in say, the bedroom, at say, around 2AM while your wife is sleeping and you're frantically trying to complete a late article...not that I'd know anything about that...ahem.

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