Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

Manufacturer’s Description

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.5GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 5400-rpm hard drive 60GB. With the phenomenal Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) that lets you listen to CDs, watch DVDs, or burn CDs 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 M9690LL/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 12.10 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Screen Mode XGA
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768
Color Supported 16.7 Million Colors
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce FX Go5200
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 64 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Storage
Storage Size 60 GB
Hard Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type Combo Drive
General Information
Manufacturer Apple, Inc
UPC Code 718908816042
Manufacturer Part Number M9690LL/A
Brand Name Apple
Product Name PowerBook G4 Notebook
Marketing Information

The PowerBook G4 boasts high-performance PowerPC G4 processor 1.5GHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 5400-rpm hard drive 60GB. With the phenomenal Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) that lets you listen to CDs, watch DVDs, or burn CDs 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 1.25 GB
Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR333/PC2700
Number of Total Memory Slots 1
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • PowerBook G4 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • Mini-DVI to DVI adapter
  • Mini-DVI to VGA adapter
  • Modem cable
  • AC wall plug
  • Power cord
  • Additional Information

    Memory Detail:

  • 256 MB on board
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g
    Ethernet Technology Fast Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.2"
    Width 10.9"
    Depth 8.6"
    Weight (Approximate) 73.6 oz
    Warranty
    Additional Warranty Information
  • 90 days of telephone support
  • Processor & Chipset
    Processor Type PowerPC G4
    Processor Speed 1.50 GHz
    Cache 512 KB
    Bus Speed 167 MHz
    Software
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type Track Pad