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OS X MacBook 'Blows Vista Out of the Water', PB 150 Boots from Compact Flash, iDock Laptop Stands, and More

This Week's Mac Notebook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.10.12

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. iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review.

News & Opinion

Apple Updates

Products

Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

OS X on MacBook 'Blows Vista Out of the Water'

PC Answers' Simon Pickstock says:

"As well as several PCs, I also have a laptop, and although it's about five years old, it's served me well. It's thin, light and copes with pretty much everything I've throw at it, other than Photoshop. However, for a long time the DVD drive has been playing up, and it recently decided that it was no longer going to work at all. On top top of that, I suddenly found I couldn't access any Google sites, leaving me without access to email, search and calendar. Not only that, but any site with Google ads in, would also not load. At the time I had McAfee security suite installed, so assumed that it would have kept most nasties out. However I wasn't best pleased with McAfee; because it was using so many resources, it was taking an inordinate amount of time for my laptop to boot, let alone get to the stage where I could do anything. So I binned McAfee and installed a couple of spyware detectors instead. Rather alarmingly, these then promptly told me I had a password-stealing Trojan on my system....

"At this point I was thinking about reinstalling Windows, but after seeing the difference in speed between running no security software, and running just one spyware remover, I decided that perhaps it was time to buy a new, faster laptop.

"For £700 I could have bought a high-spec laptop that enabled me to play some games, but instead I decided to buy an Apple MacBook. This will no doubt be sacrilege to some PC users, but let me explain my decision....

"Speed is also a much under-rated advantage that OS X has over Windows. When Microsoft released Vista, it made all sorts of claims about how fast it would boot and shut down, claims which are blatantly untrue. I've been using OS X on a G4 (PowerPC) for a few years at work. I never thought it was that fast, but on an Intel platform, it's much, much quicker and frankly, it blows Vista out of the water...."

PowerBook 150 Modded to Boot from Compact Flash

Ars Technica's Jeff Smykil reports:

Compact Flash in a PowerBook 150"While it may be some time before we see solid-state storage as a means of accelerated start-up, that's not stopping one adroit individual from retrofitting his PowerBook 150 with what is seen by many as the Next Big Thing in laptop technology....

"The process is anything but easy, but it is a good read for those of you interested in hardware modification and older technology....

"It isn't exactly that low-power, quick-boot, MacBook Thin that people have been clamoring for, but 33 MHz, a built-in floppy drive, and a 1:1 bus clock speed ratio brings it pretty darn close. Or not."

MagSafe Airline Adapter Makes Air Travel Fun Again - Mostly

MacUser's Dan Moren says:

"I don't want you to feel guilty or anything, but I feel that you should know that a week ago today, I was lying in a hammock on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, letting the breeze ruffle my hair and the sun warm my face, all while sipping a cool refreshing glass of tropical fruit juice. And now, I'm back in the rainy cold northeast. Just in the interest of full disclosure. Thanks: I missed our little chats.

"Anyway, while Hawaii was great, its location is about as convenient as the delete key on the iPhone's touch keyboard. Twelve hours spent on a plane is not the most pleasant way to bookend a relaxing trip. But one thing that mitigated the cramped airplane seats that make me wish I'd studied a bit more yoga was picking up a MagSafe Airline Adapter for my MacBook. So far, this is the only MagSafe available on the market (not counting the MikeGyver 'hack' adapters). At $60, it might seem a little bit pricey, but once you get past a few caveats, the thing is worth its weight in salt (really, much more useful than gold, when you think about it)."

Apple Updates

Calibrating Your 'Book's Battery for Best Performance

An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"You can calibrate your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook or MacBook Pro computer's lithium ion battery for best performance.

"The battery has an internal microprocessor that provides an estimate of the amount of energy in the battery as it charges and discharges. The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate. With all iBooks and PowerBook G4 computers except the aluminum PowerBook G4 (15-inch Double-Layer SD), you should perform this procedure when you first use your computer and then every few months thereafter."

Products

Seagate Momentus Hybrid Hard Drives Speed Booting, Extend Battery Life

PR: Seagate Technology has launched a new era of digital storage by shipping in volume hybrid notebook disc drives that combine disc storage with flash memory to deliver ultra power efficiency, faster bootups and greater reliability for the exploding laptop PC market.

Seagate Momentus driveThe Seagate Momentus® 5400 PSD Hybrid Drive combines a hard drive and flash memory into a single device. Duplicating the most commonly used hard drive data onto the nonvolatile cache for instant access provides faster bootup and performance.

Hybrid drives offer many of the benefits of solid-state drives at a fraction of the cost. Seagate Momentus 5400 PSD hybrid drives extend battery life, increase the longevity of your storage, and improve productivity with almost instant boot up and data access.

"With instant access to content an increasingly essential part of the digital lifestyle, laptop users expect systems with snappy response, longer battery life and new levels of durability," said Tom Major, Seagate vice president, Personal Compute Business. "Seagate is delivering in volume worldwide the best of two worlds - hard disc drives and flash memory - to enable laptop PCs with cutting-edge capabilities and tighten the connection between users and their information."

Seagate has been at the forefront of introducing energy-saving features on its hard drives, and the new Momentus 5400 PSD hard drive ends the perennial tradeoff for notebook PC makers. Laptop users want faster systems, but boosting laptop PC performance with higher speed components has traditionally meant higher power consumption and shorter battery life, raising the question: How do you reduce power consumption while delivering faster access to notebook data?

Combine power-efficient, quick-response flash memory with a fast hard disc drive.

The new Momentus 5400 PSD (Power Savings Drive) hard drive uses nonvolatile cache, or flash memory, to cost-effectively deliver the benefits of solid state disc drives. The Momentus hard drive places commonly used hard drive data onto a large 256 MB flash memory to deliver these capabilities:

Faster bootup - Once a notebook is turned on, a traditional hard drive's platters must spin up before bootup can begin. Hybrid hard drives load bootup files on the flash memory to minimize this delay. Once the drive spins up, computer files are pulled simultaneously from the spinning media and the flash.

Lower power consumption - Seagate's Momentus 5400 PSD hard drives reduce hard disc drive power draw by up to 50 percent and extends battery life - especially important in mobile applications - by reducing platter spin time. In hybrid mode, the hard drive's spindle motors spin down, dramatically reducing the drive's power requirements.

Greater reliability - Reducing platter spin time extends drive life by minimizing wear and tear. In hybrid mode, the drive locks its read-write heads in place, enabling the drive to withstand 900 Gs of shock, the rough equivalent of dropping a laptop from a height of six feet to a hard surface.

Higher performance - Hybrid hard drives also quicken access to laptop data. Windows Vista's ReadyDrive technology uses Vista Superfetch to analyze computer usage patterns - such as how frequently a worker accesses certain files - and place commonly accessed user data in the flash memory to shorten system response time.

All versions of Windows Vista deliver native support for hybrid drives, so system builders and end users alike can take advantage of hybrid hard drive technology today. Hybrid technology also delivers benefits for desktop, enterprise and other hard drives. Look for hybrid technology on other Seagate drive platforms in the future.

The Momentus 5400 PSD drive is available in 80, 120 and 160 GB capacities with a 256 MB flash memory.

Key Attributes

  • 256-MB flash memory
  • 80, 120, 160 GB capacities
  • Whisper-quiet acoustics of 2.3 bels at idle and 2.9 bels during seeks
  • Internal data rate of 44 MB/s
  • SATA 1.5 Gb/s interface
  • Perpendicular recording technology
  • 5-year limited warranty in distribution

Specifications

  • Capacity (GB): 80, 120, 160
  • Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s
  • Flash Memory (MB): 256
  • Average Seek (ms): 12.5
  • Spindle Speed (RPM): 5400
  • Disks/Heads: 2/4 (160 GB)
  • Shock, Nonoperating (Gs): 900

Prices have not been released yet.

iDock Ergonomic Laptop Stands with Cooling Fans

PR: Shenzhen VAZIO Technology Co. have recently released a new product, the iDock Ergonomic laptop stand with cooler fans. iDock is a multifunctional design that comes with Cooling Fans, 4 Port Hub, and a height adjustable platform.

Ergonomics - the problem with laptops

Laptops are great, but they encourage poor posture which can lead to back, neck and wrist strain.

The problem of course, is that the screen and keyboard are attached together. This is handy on the train, but it means that using a laptop is a tradeoff between poor neck/head posture and poor hand/wrist posture; either the keyboard is too high or the screen is too low.

Additionally, laptop keyboards are generally too small for comfortable use.

This is all fine for occasional use, but if your laptop is your main PC, you should have the top of the screen just below eye level and the keyboard just below elbow height. Also the screen and keyboard need to be independent, so each can be put at a comfortable distance.

One option is to use a separate screen (plus keyboard and mouse). However if your laptop has a decent screen (as most now do), a more efficient solution is a laptop stand. The stand elevates the laptop to the correct screen position and you use a separate keyboard and mouse.

laptop ergonomics

Some awkward positions you might get into with a laptop:


  1. The laptop is too high and distant. Your arms are raised and outstretched, resulting in unnecessary fatigue in your shoulders, neck, back, forearms and hands.
  2. On your lap. Facilitates good arm position, but your head is dropped, causing muscle tension in your back, neck, shoulders and chest.
  3. The laptop is on a typical desk which is too low and close for comfortable viewing, and too high for upper body comfort. Your hands are higher than your elbows, your wrists are resting on the edge of the desk, and your lower back is not supported. This position increases the risk of injury to your neck, back, elbows, and wrists.

A few tips on good laptop ergonomics (with and without a laptop stand)

  1. Use an external mouse and keyboard wherever possible.
  2. Keep the mouse and keyboard at the edge of your desk.
  3. Adjust your chair so your desk is just a little below your sitting elbow height.
  4. Raise the laptop so the top of the screen is just below your eye level. Use a laptop stand, stack of books, or similar.
  5. Sit back in your chair and keep your head directly over your shoulders.
  6. Don't lean on your desk while typing and keep your elbows in line with your shoulders, hanging loosely at your sides.
  7. When using the laptop keyboard, try not to drop your wrists onto the "wristrest". Instead, move your hands freely across the keyboard and keep your hands in line with your elbows.
  8. Try to look relaxed.

iDock Laptop Stands Highlights:

Dock I Notebook stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories

iDock II Notebook stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories

iDock A1 Notebook stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories

iDock I notebook standDock I Notebook Stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories
  • Space-saving, moneysaving solution eliminates the need for extra monitors.
  • Smart, simple fashion and unique design
  • Built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub provides one-time connection for computer accessories.
  • 8 Level adjustable screen height, tilt and swivel for optimal viewing and ergonomic comfort. Stay healthy and avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Allows positioning of LCD at eye level to help reduce neck strain.
  • Built-in 2 cooling fans dissipate heat away from the bottom of your notebook and cool down the overall temperature of your system
  • Support to 16" & wide screen notebook

The iDock 1 stand is being marketed in North America as the COOLdock Laptop Stand With Fan Forced Cooling System by the Bad Back Store.

iDock II Notebook StandiDock II Notebook Stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories
  • Space-saving, moneysaving solution eliminates the need for extra monitors.
  • Smart, simple fashion and unique design
  • Built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub provides one-time connection for computer accessories.
  • 8 Level adjustable screen height, tilt and swivel for optimal viewing and ergonomic comfort. Stay healthy and avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Allows positioning of LCD at eye level to help reduce neck strain.
  • Built-in 2 cooling fans dissipate heat away from the bottom of your notebook and cool down the overall temperature of your system
  • Support to 14.1" & wide screen notebook

iDock A1 notebook standiDock A1 Notebook Stand

  • An innovative & unique design of Notebook Stand
  • ergonomic comfort stay healthy & avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Two Built-in Silent fans dissipate heat away from notebook
  • Built-in 4-Ports USB 2.0 Hubs provides one-time connection for computer accessories
  • Space-saving, moneysaving solution eliminates the need for extra monitors.
  • Smart, simple fashion and unique design
  • Built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub provides one-time connection for computer accessories.
  • 8 Level adjustable screen height, tilt and swivel for optimal viewing and ergonomic comfort. Stay healthy and avoid injury while working long hours on your notebooks
  • Allows positioning of LCD at eye level to help reduce neck strain.
  • Built-in 2 cooling fans dissipate heat away from the bottom of your notebook and cool down the overall temperature of your system
  • Support to 17" & wide screen notebook
Link: iDock
Link: BadBackStore
Link: The Road Warrior Review : COOLdock Laptop Stand With Fan Forced Cooling System

Everki Excel 17" Laptop Backpack

PR: Handles your laptop, accessories and documents with room to spare

Everki Excel Laptop BackpackReady for tough treks to the country or rough cruises to and from work, the Ascend combines backpack capacity with overall ruggedness. Cushioned computer nest, full front compartment, side pen & key pockets, plus a media player cache . . . the true road warriors' ultimate weapon. Click on the tabs above for more information.

Everki Excel Laptop BackpackFeatures:

  • Padded computer nest with document store
  • Zippered central compartment
  • Easy access mesh stash slot
  • Side zippered key and pen stows
  • Sunglass and media player caches
  • Comfortable harness with snap buckles
  • Made of top grade Ballistic Nylon

Specifications:

  • Colour: Blue
  • Material: Nylon 1000D
  • Fits up to: 17" Laptops

MSRP:$59.99

FreshBattery Offers Replacement Batteries for MacBook Pro

PR: FreshBattery, a reliable online source for healthy, long life replacement batteries that support a wide range of notebooks, today announced it now offers replacement batteries for the popular Apple MacBook Pro 15" notebook computer.

"Apple users are particular, and they will find FreshBattery's replacement battery for the MacBook Pro will exceed their expectations," said Bob Schaffer, FreshBattery VP of Business Development.

The FreshBattery Lithium Ion battery for the MacBook Pro provides 11.1V with a capacity of 5400mAh. FreshBattery is offering an introductory price of $99.95 and the battery comes with the FreshBattery guarantee.

At 5.4 pounds and only one inch thick, the popular MacBook Pro is Apple's first professional notebook to run on an Intel chip, providing high performance in a light, portable computer.

The FreshBattery online store offers a one-stop battery source for popular laptop models including Apple, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba. The site is user-friendly and provides multiple search tools to ensure each customer can quickly locate the correct battery to fit his or her computer model. Each FreshBattery is stamped with a "Born On" date to ensure freshness. In addition to the Legacy Power line, FreshBattery offers the competitively priced überPower battery line, delivering as much as 75% longer runtimes than original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) batteries.

About FreshBattery

A reliable online source for built-to-order notebook computer batteries, FreshBattery offers healthy, long-life lithium ion batteries at competitive prices. FreshBattery guarantees each battery will be brand new, built-to-order and never refurbished. FreshBattery is headquartered in Irvine, California.

Quality, Affordable Laptop Batteries and Accessories at Laptop Battery Store

PR: LaptopBatteryStore.com, a newly launched ecommerce store, provides high quality, affordable laptop/notebook computer batteries for more than 7,000 laptop computer models. The store sells only brand new compatible batteries, all of which are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee and one year free replacement warranty.

High quality laptop batteries and accessories for a wide range of laptop/notebook computers are now available from the new ecommerce store LaptopBatteryStore.com. LaptopBatteryStore.com offers a comprehensive product line of batteries for more than 7,000 computer models.

"LaptopBatteryStore.com was created to help reduce the cost of replacement laptop batteries by offering premium quality batteries at amazingly competitive prices," says Samantha Crickey, of LaptopBatteryStore.com. "Consumers can purchase a product knowing that it meets their expectations and needs."

LaptopBatteryStore.com sells only brand new compatible laptop batteries. Batteries sold on the site come from state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and are constructed of the highest quality cells and materials. All laptop batteries sold on the site meet the same standards and guidelines applicable to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) battery packs. Laptop batteries sold by LaptopBatteryStore.com are guaranteed to be of the same quality and perform just as good as, if not better than, OEM brands.

The ecommerce site provides laptop batteries for all major laptop computer brands, including Apple, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba.

Individuals that purchase laptop batteries from LaptopBatteryStore.com will find competitive pricing on all products. For example, consider the Apple iBook laptop battery part number 661-1764, used in the 12-inch Apple iBook. Apple retail price for the 4700 mAh, Li-ion laptop battery is $129. Part number AP13M2, available from LaptopBatteryStore.com, is a fully compatible alternative available for $70.10, a 45 percent savings.

All laptop batteries available from LaptopBatteryStore.com are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee and a full one year free replacement warranty for any manufacturing defect. All items are stocked and shipped directly, and the company offers fast, same-day shipping on all orders in stock.

The individuals at LaptopBatteryStore.com are specialists in batteries and battery technology products. The company has a dedicated customer service team that enables customers to speak with someone and receive timely updates on orders.

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

The real cheapies - both MacBook Pro and MacBook are out of stock this week, but a good selection of more expensive models. cm

  • refurb 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/Combo, $949
  • refurb 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,099
  • refurb 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, lack, 1 GB/160/SD, $1,299
  • refurb 15" 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,699
  • refurb 15" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,899
  • refurb 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,199
  • refurb 17" 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,999
  • refurb 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,199
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,399
  • refurb 17" hi-res 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,599

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.

  • 12" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 256/80/SD, $729.99 less $25 = $704.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SD, $1,049.99 less $25 = $1,024.99
  • 15" 1.83 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $1,199.99 less $25 = $1,174.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/80/SD, $1,299.99 less $25 = $1,274.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, $1,349.99 less $25 = $1,324.99
  • 15" 2.16 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 2 GB/100/SD, $1,399.99 less $25 = $1,374.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/120/SD, High-Res, $1,249.99 less $25 = $1,224.99
  • New 17" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro, 2/160/SD, $2,499.99 less $25 = $2,474.99

Wegener Media - 15" MacBook Pro - 17" MacBook Pro

  • 15" 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $1,179.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $1,239.99
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 1 G/100/SD, $1,299.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1/100/SD, $1,629.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1/120/SD, $1,689.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1/160/SD, $1,729.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1/250/SD, $1,829.99
  • Apple remote not included, add for $9.99

Power Max

  • open box 1.83 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, warranty started, $949
  • open box 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 1 GB/160/SD, $1,449
  • open box 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2/120/SD, $1,949
  • open box 15" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $2,199
  • open box 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, warranty started, $2,599
  • open box 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,688

ExperCom

  • 12" iBook G3/700, 128/20/CD, AP, small crack, $249
  • 12" iBook G3/900, 256/40/Combo, AP, $449
  • 14" iBook G4/933 MHz, 128/40/Combo, APX, $499
  • 14" iBook G4/1 GHz, 128/60/SD, $579
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500, 128/20/Combo, Scratch/Dent, $299
  • 15" PowerBook G4/667, 512/30/SD, APX, $549
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/SD, AP, $599
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 1 GB/60/SD, $799
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/80/SD, scratched, $799
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/80/SD, small dent, $899
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, $1,049

Baucom Computers

  • 12" iBook G3/600, 256/15/CD, $219
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 384/15/CD, $229
  • 12" iBook G3/700, 256/20/Combo, $299
  • 12" iBook G3/700, 384/20/Combo, $309
  • Add AirPort for $69
  • 12" iBook G4/1.0 GHz, 512/30/Combo, $475
  • 12" iBook G4/1.0 GHz, 512/30/Combo, AirPort, $509
  • 15" PowerBook G4/867 MHz, 512/40/Combo, a few extra scratches, wear, $520
  • 15" PowerBook G4/867 MHz, 512/40/Combo, $555
  • Add AirPort for $69

PowerBook Guy

  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/10/CD, $199.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 256/20/CD-RW, $239.95
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/20/CD, $219.95
  • 12" iBook G3/700, 256/20/Combo, $349.95
  • 12" iBook G3/800, 256/30/CD, $259.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/30/Combo Drive, $479.95
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 192/6/Zip, $279.95
  • 14" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/40/Combo, $529.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500, 256/20/DVD, $449.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/800, 256/40/Combo, $599.95
  • 15" titanium PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/SD, $729.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, BT, $899.95

For more deals on current or recently discontinued models, see our MacBook deals, 15" MacBook Pro deals, 17" MacBook Pro deals, 12" PowerBook G4 deals, 15" and 17" PowerBook G4 deals, titanium PowerBook G4 deals, iBook G4 deals, PowerBook G3 deals, and iBook G3 deals.

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