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PowerBook G4s boost screen resolution, battery life

At a Glance

Apple consolidates its 15-inch PowerBook offerings into a single 1.67GHz machine with a SuperDrive. The new model features a higher-resolution display than the previous 15-inch configuration; battery life has also been improved by an hour. Like the 17-inch PowerBook, the 15-inch model ships with DDR2 RAM.

Price when rated: $1,999

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Great balance of capability and mobility
  • Improved battery life
  • Inclusion of SuperDrive improves value
  • Higher resolution
  • Complete feature set

Cons

  • Still a little pricey compared with Windows alternatives
  • Higher resolution may make on-screen objects too small for some users
  • No increase in performance
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At a Glance

The 17-inch PowerBook adds a higher-resolution display and boasts longer battery life. Like its 15-inch counterpart, this PowerBook now ships with faster DDR2 RAM and a double-layer 8X SuperDrive.

Price when rated: $2,499

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Complete feature set
  • Huge screen, now with higher resolution
  • Huge hard drive

Cons

  • Higher resolution may make on-screen objects too small for some users
  • No increase in performance
  • Large size can be a problem in some situations
 Compare

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