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15-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz

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

    Macworld Rating

    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...

The latest improvements to the PowerBook line are hardly revolutionary, but they're all welcome. The 15-inch PowerBook is still a little pricey compared with Windows alternatives, but it's a superb system, and with a faster processor and SuperDrive now standard at $1,999, it's a better value than it used to be.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    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.

    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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