Apple PowerBook G4 Notebook

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Apple PowerBook G4 Notebook

Apple, Inc M9689C/A
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Apple PowerBook G4 Notebook

Apple, Inc M9970B/A
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Apple PowerBook G4 Notebook

Apple, Inc M8981F/A
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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
At A Glance

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.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number M9969LL/A M9689C/A M9970B/A M8981F/A

Battery Information

Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Maximum Battery Run Time       4.50 Hour

Interfaces/Ports

FireWire/i.LINK Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVI Yes Yes Yes Yes
S-Video Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2 2 2 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2 2 2 2
VGA       Yes

Display & Graphics

Screen Size 15.20  " 17.00  " 17.00  " 15.20  "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 3:2 16:10 16:10  
Screen Mode WXGA+ WXGA+ WSXGA+ WXGA
Screen Resolution 1440 x 960 1440 x 900 1680 x 1050 1280 x 854
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI ATI ATI ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon 9700 Mobility Radeon 9700 Mobility Radeon 9700 Mobility Radeon 9600
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 128 MB Up to 128 MB Up to 128 MB Up to 64 MB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM
Color Supported   16.7 Million Colors   16.7 Million Colors

Storage

Storage Size 80 GB 100 GB 120 GB 80 GB
Hard Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Hard Drive RPM 5400 5400 5400 4200
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer DVD-Writer DVD-Writer DVD-Writer

General Information

Manufacturer Apple, Inc Apple, Inc Apple, Inc Apple, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number M9969LL/A M9689C/A M9970B/A M8981F/A
UPC Code 718908094075 718908926369 43211503 43211503
Brand Name Apple Apple Apple Apple
Product Name PowerBook G4 Notebook PowerBook G4 Notebook PowerBook G4 Notebook PowerBook G4 Notebook
Marketing Information

Crisp new displays that expand your view. Longer battery life to fuel your work (or play) as you fly cross-country. A DVD-burning SuperDrive on system. The PowerBook G4 packs loads of pro features in a slim enclosure with a slim new price.

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.

Crisp new displays that expand your view. Longer battery life to fuel your work (or play) as you cruise at 30,000 feet. A DVD-burning SuperDrive on every system. The PowerBook G4 packs loads of pro features in a slim enclosure with a slim new price.

The 15-inch PowerBook G4-M8981LL/A offers the ideal balance of portability and power.
Product Type Notebook Notebook Notebook Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com http://www.apple.com
Product Line PowerBook PowerBook PowerBook PowerBook
Product Series G4 G4 G4 G4

Memory

Standard Memory 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM DDR SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-533/PC2-4200 DDR333/PC2700 DDR2-533/PC2-4200 DDR333/PC2700
Maximum Memory   2 GB   2 GB
Number of Total Memory Slots   2   2

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • PowerBook G4 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • S-video to composite adaptor
  • DVI to VGA adaptor
  • Modem cable
  • AC wall plug
  • Power cord
  • PowerBook G4 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • S-video to composite adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • Modem cable
  • AC wall plug
  • Power cord
  •  
  • Notebook
  • S-video to composite adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • Modem cable
  • Power adapter
  • AC wall plug
  • Power cord
  • Additional Information

    Built-in Device:

  • Microphone
  • DVD Super 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
  • Built-in Devices:

  • Omnidirectional Microphone
  • Built-in Device:

  • Microphone
  • Dual display and video mirroring
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone
  • Built-in antennas
  • Internet access:
  • 30 days of free Internet service through EarthLink. Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
  • Network & Communication

    Wireless LAN Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Apple Apple Apple Apple
    Wireless LAN Model AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme AirPort Extreme
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g IEEE 802.11b/g
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0  

    Physical Characteristics

    Height 1.1" 1.0" 1.0" 1.1"
    Width 13.7" 15.4" 15.4" 13.7"
    Depth 9.5" 10.2" 10.2" 9.5"
    Weight (Approximate) 89.6  oz 110.4  oz 109.28  oz 88.0  oz

    Warranty

    Additional Warranty Information

    90 days of telephone support.

  • 90 days of telephone support
  •  
  • Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan and get three years of service and support
  • Built-in Devices

    Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Processor & Chipset

    Processor Type PowerPC G4 PowerPC G4 PowerPC G4 PowerPC G4
    Processor Speed 1.67 GHz 1.67 GHz 1.67 GHz 1.25 GHz
    Cache   512 KB   512 KB
    Bus Speed   167 MHz   167 MHz

    Software

    Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

    I/O Expansions

    Expansion Slot Type PC Card Type II CardBus Type II PC Card Type II PC Card Type II

    Input Devices

    Pointing Device Type   Track Pad   Track Pad

    Performance

    Macworld Labs

    iMovie HD

    seconds

    52.0      
    iTunes 6.0.1

    1:59      
    Cinema 4D XL 9.1

    4:19      
    Tested Configuration

    Mac OS X 10.4.2, 512MB of RAM      
    Photoshop CS2

    1:36      
    Compressor

    17:55      
    Speedmark 4 Score

    135      
    Unreal Tournament 2004

    22.1fps