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17-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Apple PowerBook G4 Notebook

    Macworld Rating

    The top-of-the-line PowerBook sees its processor speed bumped to 1.67GHz and its optical drive upgraded to an 8X SuperDrive. Like other PowerBooks, this model adds scrolling Trackpad and Sudden Motion...

Individually, none of the changes in the latest round of PowerBook updates will knock your socks off. But collectively, they make the PowerBook lineup both more appealing and more affordable. If you want a big screen and/or the latest connectivity technologies, the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks--though still a little pricey--offer elegance and power no other laptop can match.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The top-of-the-line PowerBook sees its processor speed bumped to 1.67GHz and its optical drive upgraded to an 8X SuperDrive. Like other PowerBooks, this model adds scrolling Trackpad and Sudden Motion Sensor technology. Its installed RAM occupies a single SO-DIMM slot, making it easier to upgraded memory.The 17-inch model also features Dual Link support through its DVI monitor connector to support the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

    Pros

    • Advanced port options
    • Roomy hard drive
    • Enormous screen
    • Reduced price
    • Improved SuperDrive, trackpad, backlighting, and Bluetooth

    Cons

    • Too big and heavy for comfortable travel
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