The 'Book Review

Unibody MacBook vs. 12" PowerBook, 17" MacBook Pro Disassenbled, Living with MacBook Air, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2009.02.20

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

General Apple and Mac desktops is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review.

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Reviews

Apple Updates

Products

Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

Unibody MacBook 13" vs. PowerBook 12"

The Apple Blog's Tom Reestman says:

"Charles Moore wrote a great article about the unibody 13" MacBook compared to the much-loved 12" PowerBook. A friend of Charles argued that until the dimensions were nearly identical it could never be considered a replacement. Charles feels there's a little more to it than that.

"I think they're both right (yes, life is good sitting on top of this fence).

"I don't disagree with Charles' friend that width is a big factor, and here the new MacBook is much bigger than the 12." . . . I'm just not convinced one must insist that every dimension be equal or smaller to be a true replacement. Given the near-equality of each dimension except width, and what you're getting for that width - and its value - I'd say the 13" kicks some serious butt. And I put my money where my text is, since I own one and love it...."

Really Apple, Not a Single Video Adapter?

The Digital Lifestyle says:

"I know, I know, we've been aware for some time of what would and wouldn't be in the box with Apple's latest laptops. Adam recently had a Ford's Focused segment on the shrinking amount of included accessories with Apple products.

"Still, looking at iFixit's teardown of the 17" MacBook Pro drove the point home. The 17" model, even at $2,799, doesn't include a DVI or VGA video adapter. Unless you want to use the ONE monitor Apple sells using the new 'standard,' you're out of luck...."

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Coming Soon

Appleinsider's Zach Spear reports:

"Owners of the Mini DisplayPort-equipped line of Apple notebooks who want an easier way to output video to their TV or other HDMI devices will soon have an option.

"Discount cable outlet Monoprice.com will sell Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters for $14.25 starting March 15th. Two other new adapters, offering to convert the Mini DisplayPort signal for either DVI or VGA, will be available that same day, providing customers with an alternative to Apple's adapters at more than half the cost. The vast majority of today's HDTVs have HDMI inputs, but DisplayPort is a relatively new player on the connection standard scene and connectors between the two are rare, especially for Mac owners."

From 29 Screws to 5

The Apple Core's Jason D. O'Grady says:

"Last night I had the pleasure of installing a hard drive in the new 'unibody' MacBook Pro, and it seems strange to even type those words after years of fighting with the 29 screws required to replace the HDD on the previous generation of MacBook Pro.

"Yesterday I took delivery of a new MacBook Pro (anti-glare) from TechRestore - which I have dubbed the MatteBook Pro - and I love it. The first order of business was to remove the HDD from my old MBP and install it in my new ride. It took about 20 minutes and 29 screws (25, plus four on the HDD itself) to extract the drive from the old and a single screw to replace the HDD on the new unibody MBP. Technically it's five screws if you count the four on the HDD itself....

"What a breath of fresh air...."

Apple Shares MacBook Upgrade Tips

The Register's Rik Myslewski reports:

"Apple has published instructions for upgrading hard drives and RAM in its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, and user-friendliness took another step backwards.

"Before the 'unibody' MacBook and MacBook Pros were introduced last October, memory replacement in both was a breeze. The MacBook in particular was an upgrader's delight, with both its RAM and its hard drive easily accessible by even the least handy of users.

"No more...."

Living with the MacBook Air

The Business Spectator's Simon Hackett reports:

"After many months, what is it like to live with a MacBook Air as your laptop of choice?

"I'm someone who is often travelling for business, so the Air looked like it was very much designed with me in mind. One thing business travellers figure out early in their careers is that weight and size tend to accumulate on business trips (for their laptops and also for their waistlines!).

"But I am also someone who just loves huge screens to do serious work with. I have two 30" Apple Cinema displays in my office, and one at home, attached to high end Macintosh desktop systems. I hate overlapping windows. I really want to spread things out and see the whole picture when I'm trying to figure something out, and I routinely use multiple applications to do so.

"So was I going to hate myself for moving, on the road, from a much larger laptop down to a 13" one?"

MacBook Pro 'Unremoveable' Battery Is Easy to Replace

The Inquirer's Stewart Meagher says:

"Apple fanboys will be crying into their non-fat soya Lattes today if they wander over to iFixIt as the hooligans who run the joint have managed to get their paws on a brand spanking new 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro . . . and pulled the thing to bits.

"But there's no need to worry too much. This wasn't done in some Farrellesque fit of anti-Apple psychosis... it was done in the name of science.

"Going just a bit further than your average unboxing, the Ifixit crowd have stripped the unfortunate lappy down to its component parts revealing one or two little surprises.

"The biggest of which is, the built in battery is easily accessible, requiring the tinkerer to remove just the 13 Philips screws which hold the bottom cover in place, and the three tri-wing security screws which hold the battery in place...."

MacBook Owners Frustrated by New Audio Jacks

Appleinsider's Zach Spear reports:

"A few owners of Apple's new unibody notebooks are experiencing backwards compatibility issues with the units' redesigned audio jacks, which offer a snug connection for the company's latest headphones with integrated microphones at the expense of a few legacy stereo headsets and speaker connectors.

"Customers . . . reported that when wearing non-Apple headphones, even the slightest bump or movement of the cord - such as turning one's head to the side - would result in a disconnection that caused audio to be rerouted back through the notebook's built-in speakers...."

MacBooks Could See Custom 4-finger Gestures

Macworld's Dan Moren reports:

"You find such interesting things when you dig through the dark recesses of your file structure: hopes, dreams, ancient artifacts of great power, and even the occasional piece of unimplemented software. A blogger over at MyAppleGuide discovered, secreted away in OS X's Trackpad pane, an interface that would allow users of multitouch-capable trackpads - such as those on the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros - to define their own four-finger gestures...."

Tech Trends

20% of Laptop Buyers Opted for Netbooks in Holiday Quarter

Register Hardware's Tony Smith reports:

"Almost a third of consumer-oriented portable PCs shipped in Europe in Q4 2008 were netbooks, market watcher IDC has said.

"Netbook shipments accounted for 20 per cent of all mobile computers shipped in the quarter.

"IDC's numbers cover the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), but it's Western Europe where the vast majority of machines were sold in to resellers and retailers. Some 3.6m 'mini-laptops' shipped into EMEA.

"For 2008 as a whole, EMEA netbook shipments came in at just under 7m units. In other words, more than half of the year's shipments came in the Christmas quarter alone...."

Reviews

New MacBook: How Does Apple Do It?

Tech N Marketing's hilzfuld reports:

"Just as Microsoft is finally getting their 'I'm A PC' campaign going, your favorite blogger has officially become a Mac. I have been using my new 13" MacBook for two weeks now, and I can safely say, "Wow"!

"I love my Mac, I love it much more than I ever loved any PC, whether it was a Dell, HP, or just a PC put together from different components. I think my love for it really stems from a combination of its looks and personality....

"Then I opened it up. Before I even turned the thing on, I was blown away by its design. I don't know how they do it, but this has to got be the only keyboard I would ever use the word 'sexy' to describe....

"Then came the powering on...Drum Roll please... The initial experience of configuring the MacBook is everything configuring a PC is not. It is fun, enjoyable, and lets you get a sneak peak at the cool graphics of the OS. It took me maybe 7 minutes, and I was up and running. The screen is nothing short of brilliant....

"I can literally go on forever about the beauty of this machine....

"Everything about the Mac OS is simpler, nicer, and more intelligent than Windows, period...."

Register Reviews Early 2009 MacBook White

Register Hardware's Stephen Dean says:

"If you're in the market for a new Mac, don't let aluminium shininess blind you to the value the new white MacBook . . . and while it may lack the gleaming good looks of the aluminium models the new white MacBook actually works out as rather good value for money....

"In fact, in terms of value for money, the new white MacBook is arguably a better deal than its aluminium counterpart . . . and although its slower memory holds it back a little, the GeForce graphics provide a huge boost. It even compares well to PC rivals such as Dell's XPS range....

"In fact, in terms of all-round value for money the new white MacBook might actually be the best buy in the entire Mac range at the moment...."

17" MacBook Pro Disassembled

iFixIt's Kyle Wiens says:

We've finished our disassembly! Things we learned:

  • Even after paying Apple $2799, this computer STILL doesn't come with a Mini DisplayPort adapter.
  • There are three tri-wing screws holding the battery to the Unibody case. Apple did this to intimidate people out of swapping the battery, but a small flathead screwdriver works fine to remove the screws.
  • You can replace the battery by removing 13 screws and a replaceable sticker.
  • The battery is HUGE. It weighs 20.1 ounces (1.25 pounds). That's 20% of the computer's weight!
  • The Bluetooth board is much easier to access and repair than it is in the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, where it is tucked away inside the display assembly.
  • As expected, the 17" design and internal layout is very similar to the MacBook Pro 15". Most of the extra space is occupied by the battery. The Unibody case does make the computer feel much more solid than its predecessor, which had a lot more torsional flex. This is a very solid computer.


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Apple Updates

SMC Update 1.3 for Early 2009 White MacBook 2.0

This SMC Update released by Apple yesterday improves startup time on the recently updated white MacBook computers when starting up from the battery.

Products Affected

  • MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)

Polycarbonate MacBook computers released in early 2009 may display slower performance when started up using battery power only. Restarting using battery power may not clear the condition.

You can resolve this issue by downloading and applying this update.

To determine if your computer is eligible for this update, see EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Mac.

For more information on SMC updates and step by step installation instructions, see About the SMC Firmware Updates.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.5.6
  • MacBook 2.0 Early 2009

MacBook Pro: How to Remove or Install the Battery

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

Learn how to correctly remove or install a battery in your MacBook Pro portable computer. This applies to any model of MacBook Pro with a battery you can remove on your own, in both 15-inch and 17-inch configurations.

Products Affected

MacBook Pro (17-inch), MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo), MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4GHZ), MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy), MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo), MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2GHz) , MacBook Pro (original), MacBook Pro (Mid 2007, 15-Inch, 2.4/2.2GHz) , MacBook Pro (Late 2007, 15-Inch, 2.4/2.2GHz) , MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008), MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)

17" Unibody MacBook Pro: External Ports and Connectors

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"You can find the external ports and connectors of a MacBook Pro (17 inch, Early 2009) on the left side of the computer."

Products

Laptop Lifts Permanently Protect Your 'Book from Slipping, Heat, Spills, and Scratching

PR: A single spill can turn your brand new laptop into trash. The repair bill can be 60% of the replacement cost of the computer or more and losing your data can be devastating. Your laptop is most vulnerable when you put it down "just for a second" - with your coffee and car keys while you answer that important call on the way out the door. Your work environment can affect your risk as well - children, pets, and slobs create table based accidents waiting to happen.

Laptop Lifts attach to your computer so that it is always protected - in the office, in the home and on the road. Anywhere that your computer goes.

Laptop Lifts can extend the life of your computer and lower your costs of ownership. You avoid costly emergency repairs due to accidents and gain longer component life due to cooler components.

Laptop LIfts Help Your Laptop Cool More Efficiently

Your computer will last longer and run faster if it is allowed to run cooler. The airspace that is created under your computer allows heat to flow away.

MacBook on Laptop Lifts showing airspace underneath
MacBook on Laptop Lifts showing airspace underneath

Laptop Lifts Provide a Secure Grip

Laptop Lifts make handling your computer a breeze. A computer can be carried with confidence just by holding the Laptop lift. It is much easier to lift the computer off of the table when it is raised slightly and you can get your fingertips under the body of the machine.

Laptop Lifts provide traction stability and protect your computer from slipping. Your computer will be firm and solid - no more sliding around on the desk. You can concentrate on your work, not a juggling act, and you have this workspace at every table that you use.

Laptop Lifts Protect from Scratches

Laptop Lifts protect the underside of your computer from scratching and other digs and wear. the labels will remain intact with the software registration numbers and serial numbers. You will need to be able to read the registration number from the bottom of your machine in order to recover the operating system that came with your computer or receive technical support. You will also be able to place your computer on furniture without worrying about scratching it.

Laptop Lifts Are Durable

Many other stands and solutions are prone to breakage. Not Laptop Lifts. There are no moving parts. The material is so durable that the only way to really damage it is to slice it. They can be pulled, twisted, sanded, or tied in a knot with no signs of damage.

Laptop LiftsLaptop Lifts are made of soft and durable silicon. They feel soft to the touch and provide a lot of grip to the tabletop so that your computer will stay put. You can confidently put your computer on the hood of a car or other spaces and be confident it will not slide off (within reason). The adhesive is acrylic. The adhesive has interesting properties in that it is very resistent to heat and will not bond to metal or plastic the way cement or glue does. The adhesive and the specific shape of Laptop Lifts have a lot of strength against shearing forces (side to side) but they can be pulled straight up for removal without too much effort. The remaining adhesive can be rubbed off with your fingers.

Laptop Lifts will fit on almost any computer. By using a combination of the Lifts provided you should be able to find spots to place the Lifts so that they will not interfere with any of the computer's operating ports and still support and balance the computer. Be sure to test your placement before committing. Look at the installation instructions. If you are still not sure, contact us and a representative can walk you through an installation.

Laptop Lifts will fit almost anywhere that your computer will. They will fit into any briefcase bag and all but the tighest skin style bags. If you use a computer "shell" product and want the benefits of Laptop Lifts as well the Laptop Lifts can be applied to the outside of the shell.

Laptop Lifts are designed to be permanent. They go on once and can be taken off once. They have a practical shape. The rounded edges do not catch on corners or other obstacles. The height is low enough to be unobtrusive but high enough to create airflow and provide enough room for your fingertips to slide under the sides.

Laptop Lifts sell for $19.95

Kensington sd100 Notebook Docking Station

PR: One plug access to all of your peripherals. Connect multiple peripherals to you notebook with just one plug. Plus, you never have to shut down your notebook to connect the dock or change peripherals

Kensington sd100 Notebook Docking StationFeatures:

  • Connect your notebook to your peripherals with just one USB plug
  • Unique wedge design raises your notebook and helps promote notebook cooling
  • Five Spaced USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect multiple USB devices such as printer, external hard drive or iPod®
  • Always-on USB ports powered even when your notebook is turned off or disconnected, so that you can charge your iPod® or smartphone overnight
  • 10/100 Ethernet port allows you to maintain an Internet connection and avoid wireless hang-ups
  • Stereo Out port allows connection of stereo or 2.1 speaker systems
  • Connect your Internet chat headset with the Microphone In port and Stereo Out port
  • Attaches easily to the Kensington SmartFit notebook stand and should be used with an external keyboard and mouse (all sold separately)

Specifications

  • 5 USB 2.0 ports (powered and always-on)
  • 1 Ethernet port (10/100Mbps)
  • 1 stereo out port (3.5mm), 1 microphone port (3.5mm)
  • Wedged design provides a natural cooling feature
  • This product comes in brown-box packaging.

Price: $79.99

Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video

Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with VideoPR: Turn your notebook into a desktop complete with two screens for a real productivity boost thanks to the DualView feature. Connect a monitor and peripherals with one USB plug

Turn your notebook into a desktop complete with two screens for a real productivity boost thanks to the DualView feature. Plus connect all of your peripherals with a single USB plug.

Features

  • DualView lets you expand your work area across your notebook screen and an external monitor
  • DualView Switch and Smart Connect/Disconnect technology manages the dual display settings for you
  • Gain instant access to your keyboard, monitor, mouse and all peripherals with one USB plug
  • Stereo out & Microphone In port lets you connect 2.1 stereo speakers or Internet chat headsets
  • Mini tower design reduces desktop footprint
  • Plug-n-play and hot pluggable, so you can connect to the dock and swap devices without shutting down
  • Front USB port makes connections quick and easy
  • Works with any Windows XP or Vista notebook. Now works with MacBook computers via the beta version of the Mac driver!

Specifications

  • 1 VGA port, 5 USB 2.0 ports, Microphone In & Stereo out ports
  • VGA port compatible with widescreen monitor (up to 1440 x 1050 pixels) and regular monitor (up to 1280 x 1024 pixels)
  • 2.1 stereo speaker compatible
  • Front LEDs for connectivity status
  • Hot pluggable
  • Warranty
  • sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video is backed by the Kensington 2-Year warranty.

Editor's note: Beta driver for MacBooks listed below. dk

Price: $139.99

Beta Driver for MacBooks

This is a beta version of the driver necessary to enable the video output of the docking station and the dual monitor adapter when connected to a Mac computer. See supported docking station models below. Being a beta version, there are outstanding bugs (see note to users) and neither Technical Support nor Customer Service will be able to provide support for beta driver issues.

IMPORTANT: This is a beta version, there are outstanding bugs (see note to users) and neither Technical Support nor Customer Service will be able to provide support with the driver installation and functions. Please download the user guide before installing the driver.

Computer Requirements: Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 and Leopard higher 10.5.2. Intel-based Apple computers including Mac mini (Intel), iMac (Intel), MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro.

Supported Docking Models: 33367, 33415, 33907

Beta Driver (v0.9b). Important Note to Users:

It is recommended to use the External Screen connected to our dock as a secondary display (dual view mode)

Among outstanding bugs are:

  1. Disconnecting the dock will wake up your machine from sleep mode
  2. DVD player will not work on external screen (video will be forced to play on notebook screen)
  3. Presentation mode of software application will not work on the external screen (like keynote full screen presentation, iphoto slideshow, Front Row)
  4. Video responsiveness of connected external screen will be reduced. But still acceptable for everyday computing

For more details, download the release notes.

Installation Instructions:

A reboot of the machine is required to complete the driver upgrade. Close all the open applications saving your data before proceeding to the installation of the new driver.

  1. Disconnect the docking station from your system.
  2. Download the file and store it onto your hard disk drive.
  3. Launch the displaylink installer by double-clicking the installer.
  4. Once the installation is completed reboot the system if requested.
  5. After the machine reboots connect the docking station to one of the USB ports of your system to complete the installation of the drivers.

For more information, download the user guide.

$500 Battery Provides up to 10 Hours of Power for Newest MacBooks

PR: QuickerTek announces the External Battery/Charger for the new Apple 13" MacBook and 15" aluminum MacBook Pro laptops. This external battery and charger recharges and powers MacBooks with up to 10 total hours of computing power. It's available from QuickerTek and its dealers for $449.95.

MacBook Pro batteryThis product expands the battery/charger technology first developed for the original MacBook models. Up to 10 extra hours of battery power - beyond the battery life of the built-in battery - allows for long airline flights, extended time outdoors and plenty of time with friends at the coffee shop.

A total of 8 to 10 total hours of MacBook use are easily available when using the External Battery/Charger from QuickerTek. Users easily see how the external battery is working by checking the battery charge indicator in the menu bar, which stays at 100% for hours, before the internal battery is used.

Rick Estes, QuickerTek president, stated, "The new lighter, more power-efficient aluminum MacBooks and 15" MacBook Pro add another 1-2 hours additional power from our external batteries. These batteries offer longer charge life (ampere hours) resulting in 10% more power. Also this battery offers between 2,000-3,000 recharges, while the previous generation of batteries is rated at only 600 recharges. And these new batteries can be recharged significantly faster than first generation batteries. QuickerTek batteries will basically outlast the useful life of the MacBook. Also, these batteries don't create a fire hazard because of the built-in charging protection. So the bottom line is more life, increased charge density for its weight and safer/faster charging," Estes concluded.

While the typical MacBook recharges in five hours using the AC wall adapter, the 13" and 15" MacBook External Battery/Charger recharges in only three hours. Styled to blend with your Apple equipment, the MacBook External Battery/Charger is both lightweight and good looking. It's small and lightweight making it ideal for those Mac users on the go.

Specifications

  • Physical: 9 x 6 x 1 inches;
  • Weight: 5 lbs;
  • Battery: Li-ion Polymer;
  • 8 to 10 hours of total battery life;
  • LED charging status indicator

Like most QuickerTek products, the aluminum MacBook External Battery Charger is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

Bargain 'Books

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

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

Apple Store

  • refurb 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $999
  • refurb 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,099
  • refurb 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/64 SSD, $1,299
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/Combo, $799
  • 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/Combo, $899
  • 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,099
  • 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,399
  • 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 SSD/SD, $1,899
  • refurb 15" 2.4 GHz Penryn MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,699
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Penryn MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,849
  • refurb 17" 2.5 GHz Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,899

TechRestore

  • 15" 1.83 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $849.99
  • 15" 2.16 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, $949
  • 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,399

MacMall

  • 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,249.99 less $100 mail-in rebate = $1,149.99

Wegener Media - 15" Aluminum PowerBook- 17" PowerBook G4 - MacBook - 15" MacBook Pro

  • 1.83 GHz Core Duo MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, 60 day warranty, $594.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, 60 day warranty, $659.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook, black, 512/80/SD, 60 day warranty, $719.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/SD, 60 day warranty, $769.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 1 GB/120/SD, 60 day warranty, $799.99
  • 15" 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, 90 day warranty, $899.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD 90 day warranty, $979.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/100/SD 90 day warranty, $1,099.99
  • 15" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, 90 day warranty, $1,179.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $599.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $639.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1 GB/80/Combo, $679.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, APX, $729.99
  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, $799.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SD,- $789.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/80/SD,- $829.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1GB/100/SD,- $859.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/100/SD,- $899.99

ExperCom

  • 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 1.25 GB/40/Combo, $499
  • 12" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, $549
  • 1.83 GHz MacBook, white, 2 GB/60/Combo, $649
  • 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 2 GB/60/SD, $699
  • 2 GHz MacBook, black, 2 GB/120/SD, $799
  • 2 GHz MacBook, black, 2 GB/500/SD, $949
  • 2.0 GHz 15" MacBook Pro, 2 GB/80/SD, $799
  • 2.5 GHz 17" MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,999

Baucom Computers

  • 1.83 GHz MacBook, 1 GB/80/Combo, APX, $600
  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, $715
  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1.5 GB/100/SD, $805
  • 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, APX, $969

PowerBook Guy

  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/30/Combo, $499.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500 MHz, 256/20/DVD, $479.95

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