The 'Book Review

Run Over MacBook Pro Keeps Working, Overwhelmingly Positive 'Santa Rosa' MacBook Reviews, and More

This Week's Mac Notebook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.06.15

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 & Opinion

Apple Updates

Products and Services


Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

MacBook Pro Keeps Working after Being Run Over

Broken 17-inch MacBook ProTUAW's Michael Rose says:

"Vermont-based blacksmith Jim Fecteau uses his 17" MacBook Pro as a business and teaching tool, and he fully intended to have it handy at a smiths' meeting in Rhode Island . . . however, one teensy problem, he left it on top of his truck as he drove away from home. Oops. After fruitless searching on the home end, he chalked it up as a loss.

"Enter Small Dog Electronics, longtime Mac vendor in Burlington, VT. A good Samaritan turned the laptop in and SD contacted Fecteau, who came to pick up the patient. Unfortunately, the laptop had been run over by his trailer, and we all know that's gonna leave a mark. A good chunk of the screen is unusable, and the DVD drive has played its last, but the machine is still operable (!) and could be repaired to full working order...."

Santa Rosa Comes to the Mac

Ars Technica's Eric Bangeman reports:

"Since Apple made the great migration to Intel and the x86 architecture, much of the mystery around its product roadmap has disappeared. Unlike Apple, whose obsession with secrecy makes the Illuminati and Trilateral Commission look loose-lipped, Intel is quite open about its future plans. As a result, reading the tea leaves when it comes to Apple's product updates is much easier . . . it becomes a matter of when, not what.

"Such was the case when Intel launched its Santa Rosa mobile platform a few weeks ago. Officially (and confusingly) dubbed Centrino Duo like its predecessor, Intel's new mobile platform ups the front-side bus speed to 800 MHz from 667 MHz while adding support for Dynamic FSB Switching, which allows the FSB to be underclocked in order to save power. There's a new 965 Mobile Express chipset and built-in support for 802.11n, as well as Intel Turbo Memory.

"Once Santa Rosa hit the streets, the Mac cognoscenti knew it was only a matter of time until before Apple updated its portables with Intel's latest mobile technology. That time has come: Apple has released a new set of MacBook Pros in 15" and 17" flavors. The speed bump is arguably the most minuscule ever from Apple - from 2.16 GHz and 2.33 GHz to 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz - but there are other upgrades."

Santa Rosa MacBook Pro 'an Excellent Upgrade'

Notebook Review's Nicholie reports:

"We'll be taking a look at Apple's MacBook Pro, to be specific the most recently updated model as of June 5th, 2007. The MacBook Pro line is aimed at the professional market, including those who do heavy amounts of video and photo editing. The MacBook Pro is best described as a mid-size desktop replacement, or performance laptop.

"Before I go to far I should say this is not only my first laptop review, but also my first Mac computer. Thus, this review will be geared more toward people considering the MacBook Pro as an alternative option to a Windows based laptop, including some things that would seem trivial to the veteran Mac owner....

"A big improvement for this generation of the MacBook Pro over the last is the introduction of the LED back-lit screen. LED back-lighting is touted to provide a more evenly lit screen with sharper images and colors without sacrificing battery life. All these I find to be true, the screen is without a doubt the best I've ever seen on a laptop, and better than a lot of desktop monitors I use....

"Another situation where powerful laptops usually see a downfall is in generating a lot of heat. The HDD on the MBP can get pretty hot to the touch when under a heavy load such as a 30 gigabyte file transfer, but other than that the case remained mostly cool, only picking up a good bit of warmth when I did my benchmarking....

"This is an excellent upgrade to the MacBook Pro, I'm extremely satisfied with it so far. I'm new to Mac computers, new to OS X, but I am one happy switcher."

MacBook Pro 'a Viable Desktop Replacement'

MacInTouch's Robert Mohns reports:

"Apple's latest MacBook Pro is an evolutionary improvement in the line, featuring new display backlight technology, a new logic board with more memory capacity and updated Core 2 Duo CPU from Intel, and Nvidia's new GeForce 8600M GT mobile graphics processor.

"The MacBook Pro continues Apple's metal-themed industrial design for its 'professional' market, first seen as the aluminum PowerBook G4 in 2003. The design has aged gracefully, with refinements such as a wider trackpad to match the widescreen display, smaller corner radiuses contributing to an impression of precision, and dual latches to hold the display shut. Technical improvements have included improved AirPort antennas, the new ExpressCard/34 slot, MagSafe power connector, and of course the built-in iSight camera and Apple Remote control, all introduced in the original MacBook Pro 18 months ago.

"To our surprise, the new MacBooks were available at Apple retail stores the morning they were announced. We acquired a 2.2 GHz 15" MacBook Pro with the glossy display. The base model is $1,999; a 2.4 GHz model with a larger hard drive and more video memory is $2,499.

"As we worked with this laptop, we discovered that we may have a viable desktop replacement on our hands."

Latest MacBook 'a Well-Designed, Fully Featured, Thin-and-Light Laptop'

CNET Reviews says:

"With a few minor upgrades to processing speed, memory allotment, hard-drive size, and wireless bandwidth, the Apple MacBook remains a well-designed, fully featured, thin-and-light laptop.

"Apple made the most minor of updates to its MacBook line of laptops on May 15, 2007, adding slightly faster Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives, and 802.11n networking, aka Draft N, while making 1 GB the minimum amount of memory available. The design of the 13.3-inch MacBook remains unchanged, as do the three price points for the trio of default models."

MacBook Update Solidifies Apple's Position

PC Advisor says:

"Since its debut in May 2006, the Apple MacBook laptop family has earned a place in the pantheon of Apple's all-time greatest hits. The sturdy, Intel-powered MacBook notebooks have been so popular with consumers, especially students, that they've helped Apple nearly double its laptop sales over the past year and grab close to 10 percent of the US retail market.

"The latest enhancements to the Apple MacBook line aren't spectacular, but they're sure to solidify the MacBook's status as a market leader. All three models - still weighing in at 2.3 kg, and priced at £699, £829 and £949, have slightly faster processors and higher-capacity hard drives. In addition, the entry-level model now has twice as much standard system memory (1 GB) and on-chip Level 2 cache (4 MB) as its predecessor, bringing it up to par with its higher-priced siblings."

'Santa Rosa' MacBook Pro Shows Its Stuff in Gaming

Bare Feats' rob-ART Morgan reports:

"As we've said before, we are very excited about the new MacBook Pro with the 'Santa Rosa' chipset (faster 800 MHz frontside bus), faster graphics processor (GeForce 8600M GT), greater main memory capacity (4 GB), and greater capacity 7200 rpm hard drive option (160 GB). In this test session, we focused on applications that push the dual CPU cores.

  • Mac Pro 4-core = Mac Pro 4-core Xeon 3 GHz tower (8 GB memory)
  • MacBook Pro 2.4 = 15" MacBook Pro "Santa Rosa" 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4 GB memory)
  • MacBook Pro 2.33 = 17" MacBook Pro "Late 2006" 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo (3 GB memory)
  • MacBook 2.16 = 13" MacBook "Early 2007" 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (3 GB memory)

"The new MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo with the 'Santa Rosa' chipset is an incremental improvement to the previous high-end MacBook Pro C2D [Core 2 Duo] 2.33 GHz when it comes to CPU intensive tasks. Our 3D Gaming tests showed more dramatic differences in the two MacBook Pro models thanks to the GPU upgrade."

All 3 'Santa Rosa' MacBook Pros Benchmarked

Bare Feats' rob-ART Morgan reports:

"Many of you have emailed us asking which 15" MacBook Pro 'Santa Rosa' we recommend, the 2.2 GHz model with 128 MB of GDDR3 video SDRAM or the 2.4 GHz model with 256 MB of GDDR3 video SDRAM. In other words, at least for 3D accelerated Gaming, is the 2.4 GHz model worth the extra $500 for a 9% faster CPU clock speed and more video memory?

"We ran four different 3D accelerated games at 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 (using an external 23" Cinema display with the MacBook Pro's lid closed)."

Apple Updates

MacBook Pro Display Issue Related to 'Hot-plugging' Santa Rosa Models

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

When hot-plugging an external display into your MacBook Pro, you may notice the external display occasionally stays dark, or the internal display of the MacBook Pro appears to flash or turn black.

Sometimes, when switching from an S-Video to a DVI connection, the internal display may appear black or display only the mouse cursor.

Products affected


  1. Wait 5 seconds for the screen to automatically resize or activate.
  2. If this doesn't occur after 5 seconds, click on Detect Displays in the Displays pane of System Preferences.
  3. If the internal (or external) display still doesn't resize or activate, press the F7 key to turn on mirroring mode, or restart the computer.

Products and Services

TVBook Pro Express TV Card - Digital TV for Your MacBook Pro

TVBook Pro Express TV CardPR: TVBook Pro Express is a TV card specifically designed for Apple's MacBook Pro. Enjoy live digital TV on your MacBook Pro, record to your hard drive, edit your favourite shows and burn them onto DVDs.

TVBook Pro Express comes in the form of a nifty ExpressCard/34 integrating a fully featured digital TV tuner. Bundled with an The Tube software, TVBook Pro Express lets you watch, pause, rewind, skip forward and record digital terrestrial TV on your MacBook Pro.

The perfect way to utilise an empty slot, TVBook Pro Express is as mobile as you are and ships with an amplified antenna that will provide optimum reception when you are on the go.

This is a fantastic solution for your digital life, its flexible, portable and extremely stylish.

A truly mobile solution for a truly mobile Mac.

Key Features

  • Watch and record digital TV with The Tube
  • Great performance, crystal clear picture and perfect sound
  • Antenna amplification via USB improves reception for weak signal areas
  • ExpressCard/ 34 design specially created for your MacBook Pro
  • Export to iPod or Apple TV
  • Backed by a Miglia 2 year warranty

TV on The Tube

View in a single window your TV show and what is currently showing at the same time on other channels.

Gone are the days of cluttered desktops with multiple windows, you can immediately view all your programme information at the blink of an eye.

It avoids you having to flick between channels unnecessarily as you can immediately see what's on.

Just for your MacBook Pro

TVBook Pro Express has been designed especially for your MacBook Pro. As an ExpressCard/ 34 it is naturally discreet and won't block any adjacent ports, leaving you free to enjoy great TV.

Of course, TVBook Pro Express is backed by our exclusive two-year warranty for total peace of mind.

Giving your MacBook Pro plenty of sparkle

With TVBook Pro Express, you can choose to place the TV window 'always on top'. Combined with the smart resize option that automatically adapts window resizing to the position on the screen, you can now have TV as part of your everyday Mac use.

Check the news while you work, get the latest sports results while typing your e-mails, TVBook Pro Express will adapt your TV window according to your workflow.

For any iPod user why not share any content onto your iPod, a fantastic opportunity to watch your favourite show on the go. With such great picture quality and choice

you'll be wishing your train journey lasted that little bit longer.

Macintosh Compatibility

  • MacBook Pro
  • Free Express/34 Card Slot
  • Free USB Port for Amplified Antenna
  • Mac OS X 10.4 and Higher

£99 (approx.: $200)

FastMac's AirPort Extreme Compatible 802.11n Wireless Card Upgrade for 'Books

FastMac N-cardPR: FastMac has announced the availability of an AirPort Extreme compatible 802.11n wireless card upgrade for Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro & Mac Pro computers. Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification, the new wireless card achieves data transfer rates that are nearly 5 times faster than existing 802.11g cards with up to twice the range. The plug & play card requires no 3rd party drivers and is 100% compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The card can be purchased and installed either as a Do It Yourself (DIY) kit or via a same day mail order service provided by FastMac directly. FastMac's 802.11n Wireless Card Upgrade is available now, with special introductory pricing that starts at $59.95. Each card carries a 1-year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.

FastMac's AirPort Extreme compatible 802.11n wireless card is built specifically for Apple's 1st generation (2006) MacBook & MacBook Pro computers. FastMac replaces Apple's original AirPort Extreme card with a 100% compatible, plug & play internal 802.11n wireless card that is 5 times faster than the previous 802.11g card with up to twice the range. The difference in speed and distance is instantaneous and literally levels the playing field between older and newer MacBook & MacBook Pro computers (in terms of wireless performance). FastMac includes all necessary tools and instructions required to open the MacBook. 24-hour installation services are also available for an additional $89.95. Using a box in the mail service provided by DHL, FastMac will pick up the customer's MacBook or MacBook Pro, install the upgraded 802.11n card and return ship the computer back to the customer, all within 24 hours.

FastMac's 802.11n wireless card upgrade can also be combined with a hard drive upgrade to obtain an almost new MacBook or MacBook Pro. Upgrade pricing starts at $119.95 for a 160 GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive featuring 8 MB data buffer cache and a 3 year warranty. Data transfer and Mac OS X installation services are included at no extra charge.


FastMac's AirPort Extreme compatible 802.11n wireless card is built specifically for Intel based Apple iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini & Mac Pro computers. The upgrade requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later with Apple 802.11n enabler and an AirPort compatible 802.11b/g/n router such as the new Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station. More information about FastMac's AirPort Extreme compatible 802.11n wireless card is available online.

Kensington Ci Lifestyle Collection, Notebook Mice and Desktop Set

PR: Kensington Computer Products Group has announced six additions to its industry-leading "Control it" line of notebook mice and desktop sets aimed at the mobile professional. The mice and desktop set are part of the company's new Ci Lifestyle Collection, the first line of computer accessories designed to fit consumers' lifestyles and the environments in which they compute. The Kensington Ci Lifestyle Collection features thinly-designed, space-saving computing accessories with intelligent features, providing both style and functionality.

The company's product design philosophy is "Smart Made Simple". "Our guiding principle is to give users just what they want or need and nothing more," said Juan Rodriguez, Senior Global Product Manager, Kensington. "The new Kensington Ci Lifestyle Collection is one of the best representations to date of 'Smart Made Simple', with accessories that are intuitive and easy-to-use while still meeting specific needs."

In a recent study commissioned by Kensington, quality and function were listed as the most important factors when making a notebook accessory purchasing decision. Style, however, is also becoming increasingly important to consumers. In fact, 26% of the respondents cited "lifestyle fit" as a primary purchase driver, with only 22% naming price. This same study revealed that input devices such as notebook mice are also purchased for use in the home workspace.

The Ci Lifestyle Collection is based on extensive one-on-one research conducted by Kensington to gain a comprehensive understanding of target users and their needs and behaviors. Consumers made it clear that they want less clutter and complexity and more style. At the same time, wireless solutions, which do eliminate clutter and are easy to use, are often seen as being less reliable.

The Kensington Ci Lifestyle Collection product development strategy is based on consumers and their needs. "Our 'product pillars' are key," Rodriguez said. "And they make this product line uniquely tailored to meet our target market's needs." The Ci Lifestyle Collection pillars include:

  • Thin design - a slim profile (25-35% thinner than a standard notebook mouse) and sleek appearance
  • Back-up power - to ensure reliability and functionality when wireless usage is not permitted
  • Sleep state - for quick setup while optimizing desk space and conserving power

Because the Ci Lifestyle Collection is based on what consumers require, "it fits your workspace as well as it fits your life," Rodriguez said. "This is the first line of computer accessories designed to fit your lifestyle and your work environment. These products do more than just fit in - they are thin in profile and big on features, meeting your needs whether you're on the road or in your home workspace."

"The mobile professional wants a solution that is well-designed, with emphasis on appearance and fit. Our Ci Lifestyle Collection meets these needs, with sleek, modern-design products that feel good, look good and travel easily. In addition, their features are provided in a unique way," Rodriguez explained. Mobile professionals do not want bulky accessories, and they need solutions that work anywhere - at home, at a desk, at local meetings or when they are out of town. "These ultra-thin mice are designed to fit your hand, your workspace and your travel bag, so you can work wherever you are," he said.

The Ci Lifestyle Collection from Kensington Includes

Kensington Ci70 Wireless Desktop SetKensington Ci70 Wireless Desktop Set (SKU K64391US): The Ci70 Wireless Desktop Set has been designed to fit your home workspace. Its low-profile design and a footprint 40% smaller than standard multimedia keyboards optimize your workspace. The mouse docks into the keyboard when not in use, saving both space and battery power. The keyboard folds back when not in use, revealing a photo frame. This eliminates clutter while providing an opportunity to personalize the workspace. Suggested retail price: $79.99.

Kensington Ci70 Wireless Mouse (SKU K72276US): Comfort, portability and good looks all come together with the Ci70 Wireless Mouse. A design up to 35% thinner than a standard mouse helps the Ci70 optimize desk space and travel easily. However, this sleek styling also helps the product fit right in at home. An added benefit is the automatic sleep state, which conserves battery power when the device is not in use. Suggested retail price: $34.99.

Kensington Ci70LE Wireless MouseKensington Ci70LE Wireless Mouse (SKU K72275US): Designed to "click" with your sense of style, this rouge-colored mouse looks great in your home workspace. Its sleek design features whimsical bubbles inspired by current home décor trends and is up to 35% thinner than that of a standard mouse, facilitating travel and optimizing desk space. Suggested retail price: $39.99.

Kensington Ci75m Wireless Notebook MouseKensington Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse (SKU K72278US, black, and SKU K72288US, orange): Offered in two stylish colors, the attractive Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse, as reflected throughout the Ci Lifestyle Collection, is thin in profile and big on features. The back-up power feature offers a wired option for use in airplanes and other wireless-restricted environments or when your batteries are running low. Another key benefit is that the cord stows inside the mouse for easy travel. Suggested retail price: $34.99.

Kensington Ci85m QuickStart Wireless Notebook MouseKensington Ci85m QuickStart Wireless Notebook Mouse (SKU K72287US): With instant setup and its ultra-thin profile, the Ci85m Wireless Notebook Mouse is the ideal travel companion to your notebook computer. Simply turn on your notebook and the Ci85m will instantly and wirelessly connect through its ExpressCard receiver. When you're done, the ultra-thin Ci85m packs easily and travels light. The Ci85m also features back-up power, providing an alternative to batteries and for those environments which prohibit wireless use. Suggested retail price: $39.99.

The Kensington Ci70 Wireless Desktop Set (SKU K64391US), Ci70 Wireless Mouse (SKU K72276US), Ci70LE Wireless Mouse (SKU K72275US), Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse (SKU K72278US, K72288US), and Ci85m QuickStart Wireless Notebook Mouse (SKU K72287US) will be available for pre-order at and starting on June 12, 2007 and at all other resellers including Apple stores, Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Dell and Fry's starting in late June.

MCE Releases 250 GB MobileStor Drive for Apple Notebooks

eSATA and USB 2.0PR: Your MacBook Pro and MacBook are high performance machines that deserve only the very highest performance hard drives available today. For that reason, the MCE MobileStor Performance Hard Drive Upgrade Solution was designed around only ultrahigh performance 2.5" SATA hard drives and not only delivers the drive, but also a high performance portable 2.5" SATA enclosure with both eSATA and USB 2.0 ports for your original drive. Also included is SuperDuper! cloning/backup software, all the tools necessary to perform the upgrade, as well as an illustrated installation manual. Not a single piece of additional gear is required to perform the upgrade and transfer your data from the original drive to the new one. Plus you get a portable enclosure for your original SATA drive to use for backing up or for general storage to boot! (And yes, it does boot any Intel Mac.)

Enclosure . . . Enclosed

MobileStor DriveThe MCE MobileStor Performance™ Hard Drive Upgrade Solution includes a lightweight, portable 2.5" SATA enclosure which has both eSATA and USB 2.0 ports. The enclosure requires no screws to install your drive, is bus-powered and will boot your MacBook Pro or MacBook when connected via USB. A heat-dissipator built into the top of the enclosure ensures the drive inside runs cool as a combination blue and red LED indicate power and activity, respectively. The enclosure comes in especially handy when installing your new high-performance drive into your MacBook Pro or MacBook since you can now simply insert the original SATA drive you just removed from your MacBook Pro or MacBook into the enclosure, boot from it, then run the included SuperDuper! cloning/backup software to easily clone the original drive to the new one. Your new, high-performance internal hard drive will be identical to your original drive with the exception of all that newfound free storage space. The enclosure will then serve as the new home for your original drive and to which you can perform backups or just use as portable, all-purpose storage.

Power S.M.A.R.T.

The MCE MobileStor Performance Hard Drive responds to S.M.A.R.T. status commands from the Mac OS. S.M.A.R.T. status commands query a drive's internal reliability algorithms and can, therefore, warn of possible impending disk failure long before it happens giving you enough time to archive your data before it's lost.

The MCE MobileStor Performance Hard Drive Upgrade solution was designed to be easily installed by yourself and we include all tools needed as well as an illustrated installation manual or, if you prefer, you may have the MCE MobileStor Performance Hard Drive Upgrade professionally installed into your MacBook Pro or MacBook by MCE Technologies or one of their worldwide Authorized Upgrade Centers.


  • Capacities of 100 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, and 250 GB
  • High Performance Spindle Speeds of 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM
  • NCQ (Native Command Queuing) Support
  • S.M.A.R.T. Status Compliant
  • Sets up easily using Apple's Disk Utility program
  • Can be set up as a single volume, partitioned, or made part of RAID array
  • External, Portable 2.5" SATA Enclosure with eSATA and USB 2.0 ports for your original SATA Hard Drive


  • MCE MobileStor Performance 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
  • Portable, Bus-Powered, External 2.5" SATA Enclosure with eSATA and USB 2.0 ports
  • SuperDuper! Cloning / Backup Software
  • Illustrated Installation Instructions
  • Installation Toolkit

Compatible with All MacBook Pro and MacBook Systems

The MCE MobileStor Performance Hard Drive Upgrade solution is compatible with the 17" and 15" MacBook Pro and the 13.3" MacBook.

System Requirements: MacBook Pro (15" or 17") or MacBook (13.3").

Order direct from MCE 24-hours a day, or call 1-800-5000-MAC.

MobileStor Performance Hard Drives at a Glance

  • Up to 250 GB internal hard disk storage
  • Can be used as an individual volume or as part of a RAID array
  • Compatible with Boot Camp and Parallels
  • Bootable
  • Easy setup using Apple's Disk Utility program
  • NCQ (Native Command Queuing)
  • S.M.A.R.T. drive status compliant
  • Includes portable enclosure for removed original drive
  • 3 Year Warranty
MobileStor Performance Specs
Capacity: 100 GB 120 GB 160 GB 160 GB 250 GB
Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm 7200 rpm 5400 rpm 7200 rpm 5400 rpm
Access Time: 10ms 10ms 11ms 10ms 11ms
Buffer Size: 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB 16 MB 8 MB
Fluid Dynamic Bearing: yes yes yes yes yes
Sust. Transfer (Max): 84.5 MB/s 87 MB/s 61.88 MB/s 66.3 MB/s 66.3 MB/s
Burst Transfer (Max): 150 MB/s 150 MB/s 150 MB/s 150 MB/s 150 MB/s
Power (Max): 5W 4.5W 4.5W 5.5W 5W
Weight: 5.1 oz 5.0 oz 5.0 oz 5.6 oz 5.1 oz

Warranty: 3 Year warranty

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Kensington Introduces 3 New ComboSaver Notebook Locks

Kensington notebook locksPR: Kensington Computer Products Group, the world's #1 seller of notebook locks, today announced three convenient ways for people to ensure the best protection for their notebook wherever they go: the new ComboSaver, ComboSaver Portable, and ComboSaver Ultra notebook locks.

Notebook security is a challenge for companies and individuals alike. Last year, 81% of companies reported a loss of one or more notebooks containing sensitive information , and in universities, notebook theft has accounted for 59% of computer-related attacks .

"The new Kensington ComboSaver notebook locks are thoughtfully designed to fit our customers' diverse needs," said Roma Majumder, Senior Global Product Manager, Kensington. "For the IT managers looking for the highest standard in notebook security combination locks, the ComboSaver line delivers. Practical and easy-to-use, these locks are also an essential purchase for notebook-toting students this back-to-school season."

The ComboSaver notebook locks incorporate a combination dial into Kensington's patented MicroSaver lock design to offer the same trusted protection without the use of a key. Central features of the new line include: 10,000 personalized combination codes, a patented T-bar locking mechanism, a 6-foot steel cable, and compatibility with 99% of notebooks.

"Our customers want a locking solution strong enough to protect their sensitive data and expensive hardware, but also compact and manageable enough to carry around with ease," Majumder said. "Our new ComboSaver Notebook Lock Ultra has the strongest steel cable, and our new ComboSaver Portable Notebook Lock has a space saving self-coiling cable that retracts from 6 feet to 3 inches to stow easily into any notebook bag."

The New Kensington ComboSaver Notebook Lock Line

Kensington ComboSaver Combination Portable Notebook Lock (SKU K64515USA) - Protect your notebook from theft wherever you go. The ComboSaver Combination Portable Notebook Lock is security that travels easily with a cable that instantly coils and extends from 3 inches to 6 feet long. Works with 99% of notebooks. Suggested retail price, $24.99.

Kensington ComboSaver Combination Notebook Lock (SKU K64517US) - Protect your notebook - and the personal information you have stored - from theft. Simply attach the aircraft-grade steel cable and patented T-bar locking mechanism into the standard Kensington security slot and you've got protection you can count on from the world leader in notebook security. Suggested retail price, $29.99.

Kensington ComboSaver Combination Notebook Lock Ultra (SKU K64516US) - Get the strongest theft deterrence with the ultimate combination notebook lock from Kensington, the leader in notebook security. An easy-to-use 4-wheel combination design, new 6-foot long, 6mm thick carbon-tempered steel cable, and patented T-bar locking mechanism make this lock your first line of defense against notebook theft. Suggested retail price, $39.99.

The Kensington security products are available at various resellers, including, Apple stores, Best Buy,, CDW, Circuit City, CompUSA, Dell, Fry's Electronics,, Micro Center, Staples and Office Max.

Kensington Security

With company milestones including the first notebook security cable lock and the patented Kensington Security Slot, built into 99% of all notebook computers - Kensington has a history of being first-to-market with security solutions that offer simple and effective ways for people to protect their electronic investments.

With over 15 years of experience and innovation in notebook protection solutions, Kensington is a proven leader in security. Through rigorous testing and constant improvement, Kensington develops products that help consumers meet the security challenges of tomorrow.

NewerTech Ships First MacBook/MacBook Pro Battery Charger & Conditioner

NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging StationPR: Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has announced the NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station, the world's first battery charger/conditioner for Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro laptops.

Available immediately for $149.95, the Intelligent Battery Charging Station delivers the longest possible runtimes and extends the lifetime of MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries for maximum "unplugged" usability. The only available MacBook battery charger/conditioner on the market, the NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station was designed with a dual purpose: to charge and condition batteries. The charger has two bays for conveniently charging two batteries one after the other, or charging one battery while conditioning a second one.

No More Charging and Draining

With the Intelligent Battery Charging Station, consumers don't have to go through the hassle of charging and draining every time they use their laptop to avoid reducing their battery's effectiveness. And with 1.6 million MacBook/MacBook Pros shipping in just Q4 2006 alone, the NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station is the essential add-on for every MacBook user.

Full Line of Charging/Conditioning Stations with Proven Quality & Performance

The Intelligent Battery Charging Station for MacBook/MacBook Pro shares the same proven engineering that has earned NewerTech's Battery Charging Station for PowerBook and iBook high praise from reviewers and users alike. With the introduction of the MacBook/MacBook Pro model, NewerTech is the only manufacturer currently offering a full line of charging/conditioning stations for current and legacy Apple notebook computers.

NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station Features:

2 Bays: 1 charges, 1 charges & conditions

2 year warranty

Power Input: 120~240V 50/60 Hz 1.5A

Power Output: 24V 2.3A, regulated

"We're excited to deliver this first of its kind product," said Larry O'Connor, President of NewerTech. "Our new Intelligent Battery Charging Station charger and conditioner gives MacBook users the ability to maintain and even restore both stock and aftermarket batteries while reducing the number of batteries that are discarded before their time."

The NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station is available immediately for $149.95 MSRP from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel.

Brenthaven MacBook Sleeve

Brenthaven MacBook SleevePR: The 13.3" MacBook Sleeve by Brenthaven is the perfect affordable solution for protecting your investment. Custom fit for the 13.3" MacBook, this lightweight case provides maximum protection for your laptop and can be carried alone or used inside another bag. The slim design features a removable mesh pocket for your AC adaptor or other accessories, an ergonomic handle and a transparent name card pocket for easy identification.

Bag Features

  • Vertical Sleeve with custom fit compartment for 13.3" MacBook (also accommodates the 12" iBook).
  • Hard-shelled computer protection system with 6 sides of foam padding.
  • Removable mesh pocket with two compartments for AC adaptor, mouse or iPod.
  • Slim design which can be carried as a stand-alone bag or inside a larger case.
  • Name/address identification window .
  • Back slip pocket for notebook or newspaper.
  • Optional shoulder strap.
  • Weighs only 1 lb.
  • Ergonomic handle.
  • The legendary Brenthaven Lifetime Guarantee!

detailThe fabric we use can take a beating.

Rugged Ballistic Nylon is the best and most durable nylon in the marketplace.

Technical Specifications

  • Name: MacBook Sleeve
  • Model #: 2427
  • External Dimensions: 10 3/4"W x 14 1/2"H x 2 1/2"D
  • Weight & Volume: 1.05 lb. 389 cu in

$ 19.95

Tom Bihn Zephyr Laptop Briefcase

ZephyrPR: The Zephyr briefcase is the fine-tuned result of more than three years of product development, and the 30+ years of Tom Bihn's bag design experience. Like its big-brother the Empire Builder, the mid-sized Zephyr is uniquely styled, superbly functional, and built to endure years of abuse.

The asymmetrical front flap of the Zephyr closes with a sturdy 1-1/2" side-release Duraflex Warrior Buckle and has three outside pockets: a horizontal zippered pocket designed to fit DVDs or small electronics; a vertical zippered pocket to provide quick access to a cell phone; and a diagonal, open-top pocket perfect for a plane ticket or any similarly sized accessories you need quick access to.

ZephyrUnder the front flap, there is a large, zippered front pocket that extends almost the length of the bag, and behind that pocket, a large pouch that features 3-D pockets for your PDA, cell phone, and pens, plus a small plastic ring that offers a place to attach either the key snap that will keep track of your keys for you or a TOM BIHN Organizer Pouch (optional). The rest of the pouch offers more open space for you to store your gear.

The main compartment unzips low on the sides, exposing a "bellows" that allows access to the depths of the bag. The front, back, bottom, and sides are padded and stiffened by 1/4" (6mm) closed-cell foam to protect contents and maintain sharp looks.

Inside the main compartment, the Zephyr comes with three hard plastic file dividers that make organizing your papers a snap, and keep those important files from getting damaged. The dividers stay put inside the bag, but are easily removed if you don't want them. You can also order extra file dividers for even greater organization.

ZephyrAlso in the main compartment, you will find clips for the optional Brain Cell hard-sided laptop case, so you can turn the Zephyr into a sophisticated and highly protective laptop briefcase. The Brain Cell is available in nine different sizes and provides the ultimate in laptop protection with soft, thick foam padding, hard, corrugated plastic walls, and a suspension system. We recommend using our Laptop Bag Fit Guide to determine which size of Brain Cell is best for your laptop.

The back of the Zephyr features a "roll-aboard" slot on the back that allows you to safely stack the Zephyr on top of roll-aboard luggage. The slot zips shut at the bottom so it can be used as a pocket when you're not using it to fit on a roll-aboard, plus there are two small pockets on either side of the slot for a cell phone or pens.

Did we mention the handles yet? They are amazingly comfortable - constructed of Ballistic nylon rolled around high-quality, 0.5" thick Poron foam; they lie naturally together at the top of the bag, so there's no fishing around for your grip. Of course, you can always add the Absolute Shoulder Strap when the load gets too heavy. The Absolute Shoulder Strap, which combines a soft, durable neoprene pad with comfortable stretch backing, has a unique patented internal control-stretch system that has given it a well-earned reputation as the best shoulder strap available.

ZephyrThe Zephyr is made out of 1050 denier ballistic nylon and 500 denier Cordura®, and features #10 YKK Uretech splash-proof zippers for the main compartment and exterior pockets.

A larger version of the Zephyr - the Empire Builder - is also available.


  • 1050 denier ballistic nylon and 500 denier Cordura®
  • #10 YKK Uretech® splash-proof zippers on main compartment and exterior pockets.
  • Exterior dimensions: 16.7" x 12.4" x 6.3" / 425mm x 320mm x 160mm
  • Weight: 3.2lbs / 1.5kg
  • Total Volume:

18.5 liters / 1125

Main Compartment:

14.7 liters / 900

Front Pouch:

3.7 liters / 225

  • Features a "roll-aboard" slot on the back; when not in use, zips shut and creates an extra pocket.
  • A larger version of the Zephyr - the Empire Builder - is also available.
  • Made in the TOM BIHN Factory in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

The Zephyr sells for $140



PR: BatteryViewer displays the level of your battery in different, fun, and innovative ways. Several don't take up any extra space on your screen, yet are able to provide you with an always present display.

BatteryViewerHere is an example: The display of an approximately half-full battery - a bar graph sitting next to the Apple menu.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later (not tested on earlier versions)

System support: PPC/Intel


smcFanControl 2.1.2

smcFanControlPR: Cool down your Intel Mac and monitor temperature and fan speed.

smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler.

However in order not to damage your machine smcFanControl let's you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple's defaults. In addition to that fans are still in automatic mode, so the speed of your fans will increase, if CPU load gets higher.

smcFanControl 2.0 features

  • Displays temperature and fan speed in the menubar
  • Apply different fan-settings with just one click
  • Let's you set different minimum speeds for every fan separately and save them as favorites
  • Autoapply different fan settings when the power source changes (MacBooks only)
  • Source code included! Extend it and change it to your needs

Approach of the program:

New in version 2.1.2 :

  • Fix: Various memory leaks fixed This is an recommended update to everyone to avoid heavy memory usage of smcFanControl, when its running for a long time.

New in version 2.0:

  • Version 2.0 is a completely rewritten application.
  • Version 1.x was a "regular" application located in the dock. Version 2.0 sits in the menubar for quicker access to the fan settings, easier monitoring and a better overall user-experience
  • Version 2.0 supports every Intel Mac
  • In Version 2.0 you can save different fan-settings as favorites and active them with just one mouse-click
  • On portables you can autoapply different fan-settings, when the power source changes. So you can cool down your MacBook automatically when its loading the battery (and is typically running hotter).
  • Version 2.0 has got an "add to login-items option" now
  • Version 2.0 uses standard OS X authentication now

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

System support: Intel

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 Outlet Special Deals: Apple Certified

With the release of significantly upgraded "Revision C" MacBook Pros last week, the value profile of refurbished earlier units has shifted somewhat. So far, prices haven't budged downward from last week's. While a refurbished Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro will soak you four or five hundred dollars less model-for-model than a new Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, in a few weeks there are sure to be Certified Refurbished Santa Rosas entering the distribution channel, which should drive the price of Core 2 Duos downward. Something to consider if you don't have compelling urgency to upgrade. cm

  • refurb 1.83 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, $849
  • refurb 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/SD, $999
  • refurb 15" 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,599
  • refurb 15" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,999
  • refurb 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,299

Wegener Media

  • 15" PowerBook G4/667, 256/30/Combo, $569.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/867, 256/30/Combo, $599.99
  • 15" titanium PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $679.99!


  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, Scratch & Dent, $799
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/60/Combo, $799
  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, BT, $829
  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, BT, AppleCare, $1,069

Baucom Computers

  • 15" PowerBook G4/867, 512/60/SD, $675
  • Add AirPort for $75
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.0 GHz, 512/60/SD, APX, $959


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" iBook G3/900, 256/40/Combo, $429.99,
  • 12" iBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/40/Combo, APX, BT, $799.99
  • 14" iBook G4/1.42 GHz, 512/60/SD, APX, $829.99 less $25 = $804.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/400, 256/20/DVD, $549.99 less $25 = $524.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/867, 256/40/Combo, $699.99 less $25 = $674.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz Titanium 512/60/SD, $749.99 less $25 = $724.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SD, $999.99 less $25 = $974.99

The PowerBook Guy

  • 12" clamshell iBook G3/300, blueberry, 64/3/CD, $169.95
  • 12" clamshell iBook G3/300, tangerine, 64/3/CD, $189.95
  • 12" clamshell iBook G3/366, Key lime, 128/10/CD, $319.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/10/CD, $219.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/40/CD-RW, $299.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 256/20/Combo, $349.95
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/20/CD, $249.95
  • 14" Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 256/20/DVD,$379.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/30/CD, AP, $479.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/30/Combo, AP, $579.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500, 256/20/DVD, $449.99
  • 14" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, BT, AppleCare, $1,099.95

We Love Macs

  • 12" iBook G3/500, 192/10/CD, $284.95
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/20/CD, $324.95
  • 12" iBook G3/700, 256/20/CD, $379.95

Custom Macs

  • 12" clamshell iBook G3/300, 64/3/CD, OS 9, $129.99
  • 12" clamshell iBook G3/300, 256/3/CD, OS X 10.3, $189.99

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