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Old 07-19-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default PA: 17" Mac Laptop $400!

17" Powerbook G4. All software, additional RAM, and new battery I have installed will be included. This computer cost me over $3,000 (Not including all the additional software!) and since it's a Mac it still works as good as the day I got it.


Review below (Not written by me):

Since Apple introduced the world's first 17-inch notebook earlier this year, other wide-screen portables have appeared on the scene. But the revamped 17-inch PowerBook G4 holds its own against the competition, with its unique backlit keyboard, gorgeous display, and relatively light weight. For instance, at 6.9 pounds, it's 2.7 pounds lighter than the HP Pavilion zd7000, and it runs cooler. Plus, this top-of-the-line PowerBook sports the same sleek anodized aluminum found on the smaller PowerBooks and is packed with features. Sure, at $3,000, it costs $400 more than the HP and Apple's 15-inch PowerBook. Still, the 17-inch PowerBook is one of the best desktop replacements around.At a mere 1 inch thick, the 17-inch PowerBook is the thinnest of Apple's PowerBooks. The wide-screen display delivers a 1,440x900 resolution, the same as the 17-inch iMac, which is big enough to have two documents open side by side without having to squint. There's also a generous, responsive, 4-inch-wide trackpad. At 15.4 by 10.2 inches, this PowerBook is a bit large for lugging through airports, but it's light enough (6.9 pounds) and cool enough to keep on your lap.

The display produces bright, sharp images with stunning colors. As with the 15-inch PowerBook, the 17-inch screen will amaze you in dark conditions, because the screen brightness adjusts and the characters on the keyboard illuminate--both automatically. Turn on the lights, and the screen readjusts and the keyboard backlighting turns off. The full-size keyboard has a nice feel and is completely firm, without sag. The front-facing DVD-R/CD-RW drive is slot-loading--no tray to worry about. Plus, the lid now contains internal antennae for AirPort Extreme, otherwise known as 54Mbps IEEE 802.11g wireless networking.

The 17-inch PowerBook gives you flexibility in connecting to peripherals, too. It offers multiple options for external displays through its two video-out ports. DVI and S-Video ports connect you to digital displays and TVs, and each port comes with a converter cable: one for VGA monitors and one for composite video. You can run an external monitor to display exactly what's on the built-in display; or to extend your viewing space, you can drag windows between them (a longtime desktop Mac feature). The PC Card expansion slot, the I/O ports, and the two USB 2.0 ports are conveniently located on the sides. There are also two FireWire ports: one at 800Mbps and one at 400Mbps.

The three built-in speakers have improved since the last version's set, and they sound quite nice by notebook standards. You can also connect external speakers to the headphone port, and there's an audio-in port that will digitize analog audio.In this incarnation of the 17-inch PowerBook, Apple boosted the processor speed, the graphics hardware, and the memory architecture. Standard specs include a 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, and an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics chip with 64MB of DDR SDRAM. The system bus runs at 167MHz. In addition to the optical drive, you also get an 80GB hard drive, AirPort Extreme wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth hardware. The model we tested ran Mac OS X 10.2.8, but the unit is now shipping with -30584530.html?tag=txt">Panther (Mac OS X 10.3).

Although the PowerBook can hold only one battery, you can change the battery without shutting down the system. Close the lid to put the PowerBook to sleep, and it will retain the contents of RAM for three minutes after you remove the battery. You can also see how much power you have without booting the system; press a button on the outside of the battery to read an external gauge. (We've always loved an external battery gauge, but few notebooks carry this handy feature.)

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/appl...#ixzz1SaGfilPd

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