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

At A Glance

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.67GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 5400-rpm hard drive 100GB. 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 M9689LL/A
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
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 17.00 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA+
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900
Color Supported 16.7 Million Colors
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon 9700
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 128 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 100 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 718908926352
Manufacturer Part Number M9689LL/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 100GB. 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 1440 x 900 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2560 x 1600 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 1.0"
    Width 15.4"
    Depth 10.2"
    Weight (Approximate) 110.4 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 9.1 4:27
    Photoshop CS2 1:35
    Speedmark 4.0 Score 135
    Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4, 512MB RAM
    Unreal Tournament 2004 20fps
    iTunes 4.7 2:20
    Compressor 12:46
    iMovie HD 52.0   seconds