Pros

  • Advanced port options
  • Plenty of power
  • Reduced price
  • Wide screen
  • Improved SuperDrive, trackpad, backlighting, and Bluetooth

Cons

  • Price is high relative to Combo drive model

At A Glance

The updated 15-inch PowerBook sports a faster processor (with speeds of either 1.5GHz or 1.67GHz depending on configuration) and Bluetooth 2.0 support. The installed 512MB of RAM now occupies a single slot, simplifying memory upgrades. All 15-inch models also feature backlit keyboards; this model features an 8X SuperDrive.

Manufacturer’s Description

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.67GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 5400-rpm hard drive 80GB. With the phenomenal 8x SuperDrive (DVD�RW/CD-RW) that lets you listen to CDs, watch DVDs, or burn CDs and DVDs of your own. Apple engineers put this power at your fingertips, all the while maintaining a light, thin, durable notebook design complete with Sudden Motion Sensor technology that helps protect your data in the event of a drop or fall.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number M9677LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Maximum Battery Run Time 4.50 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
DVI Yes
S-Video Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 15.20 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Screen Mode WXGA
Screen Resolution 1280 x 854
Color Supported 16.7 Million Colors
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon 9700
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 64 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 80 GB
Hard Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
UPC Code 718908816707
Manufacturer Part Number M9677LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name PowerBook G4 Notebook
Marketing Information

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.67GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 5400-rpm hard drive 80GB. With the phenomenal 8x SuperDrive (DVD�RW/CD-RW) that lets you listen to CDs, watch DVDs, or burn CDs and DVDs of your own. Apple engineers put this power at your fingertips, all the while maintaining a light, thin, durable notebook design complete with Sudden Motion Sensor technology that helps protect your data in the event of a drop or fall.

Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com
Product Line PowerBook
Product Series G4
Memory
Standard Memory 512 MB
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR333/PC2700
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • PowerBook G4 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • S-video to composite adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • Modem cable
  • AC wall plug
  • Power cord
  • Additional Information

    DVD Super-Multi Drive Read speeds:

  • DVD+R: 16X
  • DVD-R: 16X
  • DVD+RW: 16X
  • DVD-RW: 16X
  • Display and Graphics Feature:

  • Simultaneously supports up to 1280 x 854 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2048 x 1536 pixels on an external display
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.1"
    Width 13.7"
    Depth 9.5"
    Weight (Approximate) 89.6 oz
    Warranty
    Additional Warranty Information
  • 90 days of telephone support
  • Processor & Chipset
    Processor Type PowerPC G4
    Processor Speed 1.67 GHz
    Cache 512 KB
    Bus Speed 167 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type Track Pad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type CardBus Type II

    Performance

    Macworld Labs
    Cinema 4D XL 8.5 4:15
    Speedmark 3.3 Score 142
    Photoshop CS 2:00
    Tested Configuration SuperDrive model. Mac OS X 10.3.7 with 512MB RAM, with Processor Performance set to Highest.
    Unreal Tournament 12:36fps
    iTunes 4.7 2:16
    Compressor 12:36
    iMovie HD 51.0   seconds