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15-inch MacBook Pro/2.0GHz

The first Mac laptop to feature an Intel processor -- two processors, actually, thanks to the chip's dual-core architecture -- the MacBook Pro features some significant departures from the PowerBook line. The MacBook Pro features a 4X DVD-burning SuperDrive (as opposed to the 8X SuperDrive in the PowerBook); it lacks an S-Video port and a built-in modem. However, the MacBook Pro's screen is brighter, it boasts a faster bus speed and faster memory, and a new MagSafe Connector for hooking up the laptop to its power supply. Originally announced at 1.83GHz, this laptop's processor was bumped to 2.0GHz when it shipped in February 2006. A build-to-order option lets you bump the processor to 2.16GHz for $300 more.

PowerBook G4s boost screen resolution, battery life

The latest improvements to the PowerBook line are hardly revolutionary, but they’re all welcome. If you can afford it and don’t mind its size, the 17-inch model remains the best portable computer money can buy.

17-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz

The 17-inch PowerBook adds a higher-resolution display and boasts longer battery life. Like its 15-inch counterpart, this PowerBook now ships with faster DDR2 RAM and a double-layer 8X SuperDrive.

15-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz

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.

12-inch iBook G4/1.33GHz (Combo)

All iBooks now feature the scrolling Trackpad and Sudden Motion Sensor technologies added to the PowerBook line earlier this year. Memory has been boosted across the iBook line as well.

iBook G4 and Mac mini: Minor updates, major value

No update to Mac product lines escapes our attention—especially when it’s the first revision of the Mac mini, with previously optional features for a low price. Bigger news is the iBook G4 line getting the PowerBook treatment with some high-end features. Brace yourself: we even dropped the iBooks to test the new Sudden Motion Sensor.

14-inch iBook G4/1.42GHz (SuperDrive)

The July 2005 update to the Apple's iBook line boosted the processor speed in the 14.1-inch model to 1.42GHz. All iBooks now feature the scrolling Trackpad and Sudden Motion Sensor technologies added to the PowerBook line earlier this year. Memory has been boosted across the iBook line as well.

PowerBook G4s

No Big Changes, But Many Small Improvements

15-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (SuperDrive)

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.

12-inch PowerBook G4/1.5GHz (Combo Drive)

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.

12-inch PowerBook G4/1.5GHz (SuperDrive)

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.

15-inch PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz (Combo Drive)

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.

17-inch PowerBook G4/1.67GHz

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.