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Apple Updates Battery Recall, MacBook 'Best Comuter for School', Random MacBook Shutdown, and More

This Week's Mac Notebook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2006.09.01

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review. News about Apple's transition to Intel CPUs and other Intel developments is covered in The Macintel Report.

Apple Battery Recall

News & Opinion

Products and Services

Software

Tech Trends

Bargain 'Books

Apple Battery Recall

Apple Updates Major Laptop Battery Recall

Battery Exchange Program for Certain iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Models

Apple has determined that certain lithium-ion batteries containing cells manufactured by Sony Corporation of Japan pose a safety risk that may result in overheating under rare circumstances.

The affected batteries were sold worldwide from October 2003 through August 2006 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4.

Apple is voluntarily recalling the affected batteries and has initiated a worldwide exchange program to provide eligible customers with a new replacement battery, free of charge. This program is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities.

Identifying your battery

Please use the chart below to identify the battery model and serial numbers that apply to your iBook or PowerBook. If the first 5 digits of your battery's 12-digit serial number fall within the noted ranges, please order a replacement battery immediately.

To view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the battery, you must remove the battery from the computer. The battery serial number is printed in black or dark grey lettering beneath a barcode. See photos below.

Note: After removing the recalled battery from the iBook or PowerBook, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.

If you participated in a previous battery recall for any of these computer models or recently purchased or received from Apple an extra battery for an iBook G3, please check your battery serial number in case you received a replacement battery that is affected by this program.

National and regional resellers, catalogers, and Apple's on-line and retail stores sold the computers with the batteries from October 2003 through August 2006. These batteries were also sold separately and may have been supplied as service replacement units.

The Exchange Process

To begin the battery exchange process, you will be asked for the serial number of your iBook G4 or PowerBook G4, the serial number of your battery and a shipping address.

Customers in Australia and Asia (excluding Japan) should contact their local Apple Authorized Service Provider to obtain a replacement battery.

After serial number verification, a new battery will be shipped to you, free of charge. When you receive the replacement battery, please use the same shipping packaging and included prepaid shipping label to return the recalled battery to Apple for proper disposal.

Note: If your battery serial number does not match any of the ranges listed above, you do not have to exchange your battery.

The PowerBook serial number is located on the side of the battery well in the top left corner. The iBook serial number is located underneath the keyboard. Or, you can use Apple System Profiler to confirm your serial number.

It may take up to 4 to 6 weeks for your replacement battery to arrive. Shipping time may vary due to availability of your battery model.

Apple will send you the replacement battery first and then you will send Apple the recalled battery.

Your 'Book Battery Wasn't Recalled? Check Again. Apple Revises List

Mac Merc's RickMacMerc reports:

Before you count yourself out of Apple's recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple's site - the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported.

The official revised list now includes:

12-inch iBook G4, Battery model A1061

  • ZZ338 - ZZ427
  • 3K429 - 3K611
  • 6C519 - 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC or S9WD

12-inch PowerBook G4, Battery model A1079

  • ZZ411 - ZZ427
  • 3K428 - 3K611

15-inch PowerBook G4, Battery models A1078 and A1148

  • 3K425 - 3K601
  • 6N530 - 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC
  • 6N601 ending with THTC

Apple Recalls iBook and PowerBook Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's website.)

Name of Product: Rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain previous iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers only.

Units: About 1.1 million battery packs (an additional 700,000 battery packs were sold outside the U.S.)

Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan Computer Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc., of Cupertino, Calif.

Hazard: These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.

Computer model name Battery model number Battery serial numbers

  • 12-inch iBook G4, battery model A1061: ZZ338 through ZZ427, 3K429 through 3K611, 6C510 through 6C626
  • 12-inch PowerBook G4, battery model A1079: ZZ411 through ZZ427, 3K428 through 3K611
  • 15-inch PowerBook G4, battery models A1078 and A1148: 3K425 through 3K601, 6N530 through 6N551, 6N601

No other Apple notebook computers are involved in this recall.

Sold Through: Apple's online store, Apple retail stores nationwide, and Apple Authorized Resellers from October 2003 through August 2006 for between $900 and $2,300. The batteries also were sold separately for about $130.

Assembled in: Japan, Taiwan and China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery from their iBook or PowerBook, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.

Consumer Contact: Contact Apple at (800) 275-2273 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday or log on to Apple's Web site at https://support.apple.com/batteryprogram to check the battery's serial number and request a replacement battery.

Sony Statement Regarding Apple's Battery Recall

Sony Supports recall of lithium ion battery packs used in Apple notebook computers

In conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Apple Computer announced a voluntary recall of lithium ion battery packs used in certain Apple notebook computers. The recalled packs contain battery cells originally manufactured by Sony.

Sony is committed to the safety of consumers and supports this recall by our customer Apple.

At this time, Sony anticipates no further recalls of battery packs using these particular battery cells.

The recall arises because, on rare occasions, microscopic metal particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit within the cell. Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit occurs. However, under certain rare conditions, an internal short circuit may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames. The potential for this to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found in different notebook computers.

Sony has introduced a number of additional safeguards into its battery manufacturing process to address this condition and to provide a greater level of safety and security. We believe the issue has been addressed to the satisfaction of our customers.

Sony currently estimates that the overall cost to Sony in supporting the recall programs of Apple and Dell will amount to between 20 billion yen and 30 billion yen. This overall cost is an estimate based on the costs of replacement battery packs and any other related costs to be incurred by Sony.

No Easy Fix for Laptop Batteries

BusinessWeek's Stephen H. Wildstrom reports:

"Amidst fresh recalls, experts in portable electronics are exploring every alternative - and coming up empty-handed

"The recall of nearly six million Dell and Apple laptop batteries brought to light what has long been the tech industry's dirty little secret: The batteries that power our laptops, wireless phones, iPods, and cameras are potential incendiaries. The risk of your laptop bursting into flames is low, and it is much lower for other devices. But it is real, and it's not going away.

"The lithium-ion batteries that came into widespread use in the late 1990s enabled a revolution in portable electronics by allowing a lot of power to be packed into a very small space. But if you overcharge them, or there is an electrical fault such as a short circuit, the chemicals sealed inside the battery cells can become an explosive fire waiting to ignite....

"Despite the inherent risks, lithium-ion batteries aren't going away anytime soon, because there are no good alternatives....

"An Austin company called Valence Technology does make a lithium battery with different chemistry that is safer because its reactions don't produce fire-sustaining oxygen. The downside is that these batteries provide significantly less power for a given size and weight."

Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries

Technology Review's Kevin Bullis reports:

"In light of Apple's and Dell's massive recalls, will computer makers opt for batteries that are less prone to catching fire?

"During a nail puncture test, a traditional lithium-ion battery bursts into flame. Safer battery materials, such as those used in a test by Valence Technology, prevent this from happening....

"Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices because of their ability to store lots of energy in a small, light package. But with a recent spate of incidents in which these batteries overheated or burst into flames - prompting recalls of Sony batteries in Apple computers and more than four million Dell laptops - many experts are questioning their safety.

"A solution may be at hand, although it could mean accepting, for now at least, lower battery capacity. Safer materials for lithium-ion batteries already exist and are available in products such as power tools. With some modification, they could be used in laptops, and also help facilitate the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in hybrid and electric vehicles.

"Leading the way are two companies, A123Systems of Watertown, MA, and Valence Technology of Austin, Texas, which have designed lithium-ion batteries that avoid the traditional positive electrode materials used in most laptops and cell phones today."

Japan Reports Battery Fire in Mac

Reuters reports:

"The Japanese government said Tuesday that it knew of one case in Japan of a Sony made battery used in an Apple Computer notebook overheating and catching fire.

"The incident, resulting in a minor burn to the person's finger, happened in April.

"The government said last week there had been two cases of Sony-made batteries used in Dell notebooks catching fire in Japan, but no one was injured."

Qantas May Ban Mac Laptops

APC Magazine's Dan Warne reports:

"Qantas is seeking advice on whether it should place restrictions on the use of Apple Mac notebooks on its aircraft, following the computer maker's recall of 1.8 million batteries....

"A Qantas spokesman told APC this afternoon that the company was seeking further information on the precise risk posed by the batteries in Apple PowerBooks and iBooks, and whether they posed the same risk as Dell batteries."

News & Opinion

Best Computer for School? MacBook

The Seattle Times' Jeff Carlson says:

"I've always had a weakness for stationery, and the end of August is when it's worst. I can get lost in a drugstore's overstocked aisles of back-to-school gear for half an hour or more looking at notebooks and art supplies, reminiscing back to that transitional window between summer and fall.

"But students today are just as likely to find themselves bathed in the LCD glow of the computer aisles of electronics chains. The question of which computer to take to school has become more important than which type of pens to buy.

"In years past, I'd suppress my inner Mac booster and point out that you should weigh the school's operating system suggestions (which typically means Microsoft Windows) in your deliberations, and I'd note in fairness that a Windows laptop can be better suited for some people.

"Boy, am I glad I don't have to do that anymore.

"Get a MacBook."

2.0 GHz or 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro?

AppleMatters' Aaron Wright says:

"A sad story to tell this week as one user, Nemin, has recently had his PowerBook G4 stolen. Of course things could have been a lot worse for him, but losing a computer can be quite painful for many, especially if your business or school rely on you to have that computer. However, he seems to have gotten over the worst and is now on the prowl for a replacement, the MacBook Pro.

"I'm sure many potential Mac buyers will wonder where the difference lies between the MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz versions, especially with a $500 price tag increase on the latter. For many it's a case of what they'll want the system for, which at the end of the day, can only be decided by the buyers themselves. But this week Haye321 and myself give a little buying advice."

New Site Confronts MacBook Shutdown Issues

The Channel Insider's Scott Ferguson reports:

"If your MacBook shuts down without warning, a new Web site says that you may not be alone.

"The site, macbookrandomshutdown.com, is dedicated to the random shutdown problems encountered by the owner of a 2 GHz MacBook purchased in the summer of 2006.

"About four weeks after it arrived, the MacBook began randomly shutting down without explanation. So, Matthew Swanson of Atlanta, Ga., decided to take his concerns and turn them into Web site and message board for people to post blogs and comments about similar MacBook problems."

MacBook Random Shutdown Site Launched

PR: Does your MacBook shutdown randomly - mine does says Random Shutdown

Well, my week 1 MacBook finally got around to taking a dirt nap today. Oh sure, I had the staining palmrest issue, then scratched CD issue (which ruined a perfectly good copy of WOW by the way), and the "talking" powerbrick. I was willing to live with those for a reasonable amount of time. Then last week, after the firmware update that really did make a big difference in the running temperature, I started getting RSS. Something fierce. Well you can image that this spun me to a new level of pissed that I was previously unaware of.

BUT, despite how mad I was that this is the 3rd Apple laptop that had factory defects (1st was the last TiBook with the spotty screen, 2nd was the next gen PowerBook with 3 faulty logic board replacements), I will give Apple the benefit of the doubt and try to fix this through the normal process before demanding a new one off the shelf.

There were 2 people in line with me with MacBooks as well . . . how wide spread is this?

Apple Laptop Rumored to Be Updated

Ka Leo O Hawaii via U-WIRE reports:

"If you were planning on buying an Apple notebook, you might consider waiting until Sept. 16. By this date, Apple will have held their annual Paris Expo, an event known for new product announcements - and this year, it's rumored to include a newly, upgraded Mac Book Pro."

Putting Laptops to the Test

The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro reports:

"Laptop computers, which have become a primary tool for students these days, come in so many sizes, shapes and forms - and trying to figure out which one is best for you can be challenging.

"We borrowed six machines with a variety of specifications and features: the Apple MacBook ($1,099), Dell's Inspiron E1405 ($1,160), the Gateway NX260X ($1,220), Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion dv2000t ($1,225 before a $50 mail-in rebate), the Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t ($1,399) and Toshiba's Satellite M105-S3064 ($1,150).

"For each, we looked at pricing, weight and power issues such as battery life, heat and noise. We checked out the design and performance of each machine, as well as the included software and number of expansion and connection ports. Finally, we sampled the tech support provided by the manufacturers.

"The cheapest model in this bunch came from Apple, the $1,099 MacBook. That price, however, requires giving up the DVD-recording capability and extra memory offered by most laptops in this lineup."

Products and Services

OWC Announces Highest Capacity Battery for 14" iBook

PR: 100% Mercury Free - Upgrade or replace your original 14" iBook G3 or G4 battery with a NewerTechnology NuPower 74 Watt-Hour replacement battery.

Product Features:

  • Ideal replacement for any iBook G3/14" or iBook G4/14" System
  • 34% more capacity than the Apple original 55 Watt-Hour battery that shipped with the iBook G3 14" 600 MHz systems
  • Each new battery also includes a FREE label to return your old battery for proper recycling or disposal.
  • More capacity = more running time!

Designed, Engineered, and Manufactured in the USA!

NewerTech PowerBook and iBook Li-Ion Batteries are top tier and are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA. The actual Li-Ion cells used in all NewerTech PowerBook and iBook batteries are of the best quality and made either in Japan or Canada. This is in stark contrast to the arguably inferior battery products produced overseas with cheaper battery cells.

Not only do NewerTech batteries provide more run time vs. stock Apple and others, NewerTech batteries are also built to last longer - providing more use cycles before a replacement is needed.

This battery is compatible with all 14" iBooks.

Product Specifications:

  • 14.8V
  • Lithium-Ion Technology
  • 74 Watt-Hour
  • 1yr NewerTech Warranty

Price: $129.99

USB 2.0 CardBus PC Card

PR: Includes original USB 2.0 Driver for Windows Me/98SE; original USB 2.0 Driver for MacOS X 10.2.x

Supports

  • Hi-Speed HUB
  • Multifunction Device
  • Isochronous transfer

Adds two USB 2.0 ports to your PowerBook !

Works with Apple's standard driver (MacOS X 10.2.8 or later)

Features

  • EHCI(USB 2.0) and OHCI(USB1.1) compliant host adapter CardBus PC Card.
  • Adds two High Speed(480 Mbps) USB 2.0 ports to your laptop PC.
  • Fully compatible with Microsoft standard USB 2.0 driver for Windows XP/2000.
  • Included original USB 2.0 Driver for Windows Me/98SE.
    • - Supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed HUB.
    • - Supports USB 2.0 Multifunction device.
    • - Supports Isochronous transfer mode.
  • Supports Low/Full/High Speed(1.5/12/480 Mbps).
  • Switches automatically to the highest supported speed of the attached USB device.
  • Work with Apple's standard USB 2.0 driver for MacOS X 10.2.8 or later.
  • Supports Hi-Speed (480 Mbps) with original USB 2.0 EHCI driver for Mac OS 10.2.x.
  • Supports Low/Full Speed (1.5/12 Mbps) with Apple USB Supports drivers.
  • Allows using USB1.1 and USB 2.0 peripherals simultaneously.
  • Supports Plug & Play and Hot-Swapping of USB1.1/2.0 device.

Available USB Bus Power up to 300mA at two ports.

Bus Power adapter(AC05, sold separately) is required for 500mA at each port.

5 years warranty.

System Requirements

  • PC or PowerBook G4/G3* with CardBus-enabled PC Card slot.
  • PC Windows XP/Me/2000/98SE.
  • Mac MacOS X 10.4/ 10.3 / 10.2.x / 10.1.x / 9.2.x

* Except PowerBook G3 (November 1997, Machine/Gestalt ID:313). This model doesn't support CardBus slot. Please check your Machine ID at Apple System Profiler window. Refer to the FAQ.

* MacOS 10.2.x or later for USB 2.0, MacOS X 10.1.x / 9.2.x for USB1.1

Specifications

  • Bus interface PC Card Standard 7.0/CardBus
  • Data transfer rate 480 Mbps/12 Mbps/1.5 Mbps
  • Physical Dimensions Type II Extension, 127.00L x 54.00W x5.00H mm (*Connector 14.90Hmm)
  • Power Consumption +3.3V(CardBus Slot), 190mA (idle), 310mA(Max)
  • USB Bus Power +5V, 300mA(2port, Max)

Package includes CBU2U USB 2.0/1.1 host adapter CardBus PC Card.

  • Two USB 2.0(Type A) ports and the optional Cable Power jack.
  • Driver Software CD-ROM.
  • Installation guide.

2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card

PR: Upgrade your Notebook to USB 2.0 and connect the latest & fastest USB peripherals

Don't let the price fool you! This Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card is fully USB 2.0 compliant, supports transmission rates of up to 480 Mbps and is fully backward compatible with USB revision 1.1 devices. Installation is quick and easy; simply slide the PC CardBus card into the Type II slot on your notebook and you are Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ready!!

2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card Features

  • Two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Compliant with BOTH Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
  • Supports all USB speeds: low-speed (1.5 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps) and high-speed (480 Mbps)
  • Automatically switches to the peripheral's highest supported speed
  • 32-Bit CardBus/PCMCIA Type II slot compatible
  • Links up to 127 USB devices (using USB hubs)
  • Supports Plug & Play specification
  • 2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card Package Includes
  • 2 Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 CardBus PCMCIA Card

Package includes:

  • Driver CD
  • Users Manual
  • 100-240V Switching Power Adapter

2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card System Requirements

PC

  • Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon, 233 MHz or faster
  • 32 MB RAM or more
  • Available 32-Bit CardBus/PCMCIA Type II slot
  • Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP
  • CD-ROM drive for driver installation

Mac

  • PowerBook G3 Series or PowerBook G4 (not compatible with PowerBook G3 Family M-3553)
  • 32 MB RAM or more
  • Available 32-Bit CardBus/PCMCIA Type II slot
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or above

2 Port USB 2.0 PCMCIA CardBus Card: $29.49, less in quantity

QuickerTek Antenna Doubles Wireless Range, Speed for 17" MacBook Pro

PR: QuickerTek has announced a new 5.5dBi antenna for the Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro. This antenna more than doubles the wireless range and signal strength for $100 .

With a 5.5dbi RF gain in signal strength, users can expect both a gain in the wireless range and in the signal-to-noise ratio - giving a stronger and faster wireless signal. The "boost" means you can sit a lot further away from the wireless access point or Base Station when working wirelessly. The antenna design and attachment makes it easy to attach, use and remove for maximum portability.

"We've got our 17-inch MacBook Pro Antenna delivering the wireless performance that Mac users expect from their top-of-the-line 'Book. There's everything to like about the new antenna and I'm so enthusiastic about it, I take it with me every time I leave the office" said Rick Estes of QuickerTek.

Like most QuickerTek products, the 5.5dBi Antenna for the 17-inch MacBook Pro is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

QuickerTek has been a recognized leading innovator of antennas and RF products for Apple Power Macintosh, iMac, PowerBook, iBook and MacBook Pro computers. QuickerTek products can be purchased online and from authorized dealers.

Software

Use Your Laptop as a Reading Light

PR: Lamp Light is a very simple app based on a simple idea - utilizing the power of your laptop (PowerBook, iBook) display to emit bright reading light.

Created during an electrical storm and blackout, the app was used to shed some light on a book that could hardly be read in the dim light of a normal laptop display. It's simple - a screen displays pure white light, and you can choose your settings from battery saving low, medium to high. It's also useful when traveling on long plane flights - use Lamp Light instead of the overhead light so as not to disturb all the passengers around you trying to sleep - and other low light conditions.

It may not be an app that you use much, if hardly at all, but there will be a time when you're glad to have it.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or later.

System support: PPC/Intel

Free

Tech Trends

Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo

Hardmac's Lionel reports:

"Two days after the official introduction of the Core 2 Duo Merom, the mobile version of the Core 2 Duo Conroe (not currently used in Macs yet), many websites have published tests.

"The first good news is its price, identical to Yonah CPU at equivalent clockspeed. Intel will of course in the coming days decrease the price of Core Duo CPUs.

"Second good news: if the Merom TDP is 34W instead of 31W for an identically clocked 2.16 GHz Yonah, the Core 2 Duo sports improved energy management, a doubled cache memory and 64-bit addressing support. Performance are also improved compare to the Yonah by at least 10%, but can reach more than 20%....

"If you wish to read some tests comparing Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo:

Widescreen Displays Dominate Notebook Market

DigiTimes' Emily Chuang reports:

"According to DisplaySearch, widescreen notebook shipments in the second quarter of 2006 exceeded a 60% share of the worldwide notebook PC market.

"A milestone was achieved in the first quarter of 2006 when worldwide market penetration by widescreen notebooks surpassed 50%, a stark contrast to just one year ago, when widescreen notebook shipments were less than 35% of the total worldwide notebook market."

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

There are two different versions of WallStreet running at 233 MHz, the cacheless MainStreet version and the later Series II with a level 2 cache. It's not always possible to determine from the vendor's listing which is being offered, so we've included links within this paragraph to the two models. The same goes for the PowerBook G4/667 (VGA) and G4/667 (DVI), the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz, and 1.25 GHz to 1.5 GHz 15" PowerBooks.

PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook profiles linked in our Portable Mac Index.

Apple Store

  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/100/SuperDrive, APX, BT 2.0, $1,799
  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz 512/120/SuperDrive, APX, BT 2.0, $1,899
  • refurb 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1024/120/SuperDrive, $2,399
  • refurb 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1024/120/SuperDrive, $2,399

TechRestore

TechRestore is offering a $25 discount to 'Book Review readers off any PowerBook or iBook in stock. Just enter the code CWM during checkout when ordering online. The coupon code is valid from now through 2007.12.31.

  • used 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/40/Combo, $779.99
  • used 15" PowerBook G4/867, 256/30/Combo, $799.99
  • used 15" titanium PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SuperDrive, $899.99
  • used 15" aluminum PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $999.99

ExperCom

  • used 12" PowerBook G4/867, 256/40/Combo, BT, $549
  • used 12" PowerBook G4/867, 256/40/Combo, APX, BT, $599
  • used 12" PowerBook G4/867, 640/40/Combo, APX, BT, $649
  • used 12" PowerBook G4/867, 640/40/SuperDrive, APX, BT, $749
  • used 12" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/SuperDrive, APX, BT, $899
  • used 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SuperDrive, APX, BT, Scratch/Dent, $899

Wegener Media

  • Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 128/6/DVD, $379.99
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/500, 128/6/DVD, $459.99
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/400 with 40 GB hard drive and 256 MB RAM, $469.99
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/500 with 40 GB hard drive and 256 MB RAM, $519.99

The PowerBook Guy

  • used 12" iBook G3/700, 256/20/Combo, $449.95
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/500, 256/15/DVD, $429.95

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