• Increased standard memory
  • Compact size
  • Reduced price
  • Improved SuperDrive, trackpad, and Bluetooth


  • Heavier than comparable Windows laptops
  • Small screen
  • Lacks high-end ports and features
  • Only one DIMM slot

At A Glance

The 12-inch model of Apple's PowerBook line received a Jan. 31 update that included a speed bump to 1.5GHz, 512MB of installed RAM and integrated Bluetooth 2.0 support. This updated model also adds scrolling Trackpad and Sudden Motion Sensor Technology. This model features an 80GB hard drive and an 8X SuperDrive. In October 2005, Apple dropped the Combo Drive-equipped PowerBook, and cut the price on the 12-inch SuperDrive-equipped model to $1,499.

Manufacturer’s Description

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.5GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 80GB (5400-rpm) hard drive . 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.