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This Week's Mac Notebook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.06.22

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

The world is making the move to notebooks. iSuppli projects that 40% of all PCs shipped this year will be notebooks. (Apple passed the 50% notebook mark years ago.)

We have several reviews of the new "Santa Rosa" MacBook Pro models - both speeds and both sizes.

For those with older PowerBooks running OS X 10.3 or later, QuickerTek has an 802.11n CardBus card that will provide greater range and throughput with an 802.11n router. OWC has 4 GB memory upgrades available for the "Santa Rosa" MacBook Pro models, and the DuelAdapter lets a MacBook Pro use a PCMCIA, PC Card, or CardBus card.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review.

News & Opinion


Products and Services

Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

The World Goes Notebook Crazy

The Register's Drew Cullen reports:

"iSuppli, the tech market researcher, has raised its forecast for PC shipments this [sic], following a surge in notebook sales in the first quarter. It now estimates that PC makers will ship 264 million units in 2007, up 11.2 per cent on 2006's 239 million units. Previously it pegged market growth for the year at 10.7 per cent....

"Notebooks will account for 40 per cent of all PC shipments in 2007, according to iSuppli."

Note: Apple notebooks proportionately passed the 50% of systems sold threshold about half a decade ago. cm

MacBook Pro LED Display Flickers When Not at Full Brightness

MacFixIt reports:

"We've received several reports indicating that MacBook Pro LED screens flicker when they are not at maximum brightness, generally when three bars lower than maximum brightness through lower settings, though some users have reported flickering at anything but maximum brightness. The flickering (or as some users describe it, 'shimmering') is usually more noticeable on dark backgrounds"

New MacBook Pros Overheating Due to Misapplied Thermal Grease?

Engadget's Nilay Patel reports:

"Reports of MacBook Pros getting crazy-hot because of misapplied thermal grease have been floating around for a year now, and it doesn't look like the recent bump to Santa Rosa has changed anything. A reader at the MacRumors forums noticed his week-old MBP getting a little hot, so he bravely decided to pull the unit apart to check things out and found what he estimated to be forty times too much paste applied to the logic board...."


'Fairly Modest' Improvements in 'Santa Rosa' MacBook Pro Models

Macworld's Henry Norr reports:

"For more than a year, Intel has been touting a new mobile platform, code-named Santa Rosa. Combining the latest Core 2 Duo processors with a package of new support chips, the platform was supposed to deliver the biggest advance in notebook computing in years.

"Now Apple's first Santa Rosa-based laptops - the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros - have arrived, yet the improvements turn out to be fairly modest. In fact, the most important refinements in the latest models come not from the new chip set, but from separate advances in graphics processing and the display."

MacBook Pro: One Man's Story of Indulgence

Macsimum News' Steven J McBride says:

"Apple's new, 2.4 GHz Core 2, 17-inch laptop is a decent improvement over the last iteration, making it difficult to know where to start. But start I must, so pay attention, as there will be a quiz at the end.

"Sure, 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz is slightly higher than Apple's previous generation (that being 2.16 GHz and 2.33 GHz), but the real difference lies in other improvements to the already great laptop line. Without getting into a lengthy discussion about the processor chips (dubbed Santa Rosa by Intel), the boost in FSB (front-side bus) will be a welcome feature to many. Not to mention the native 802.11n support (no more US$1.99 update to tap into the faster wireless support). Anyone can read a press release, and any Mac user or potential switcher can and probably have read something about the new machines. I'd like to stay focused on my own experience with the 17-inch MacBook Pro. This is a review about indulgence as much as the MacBook Pro.

"'Steven, you don't need it.'

"It's not easy to explain to someone, especially a wife that couldn't care less about computers, why I would need to update my slightly-more-than-a-year-old MacBook Pro. Oh, I tried to explain how I was now a full two generations behind (my previous MBP was the 17-inch 2.16 GHz Core Duo), that I couldn't take advantage of the increased speed of our new Airport Base Station until all our Macs were upgraded to 802.11n, and even how... oh the heck with it, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the MBP I owned and I wanted to upgrade for one reason and one reason only; I wanted, no, I needed, no, I had to have, the new laptop for its 1920 x 1200 pixel HD display. The rest of the upgrades were, quite literally, beside the point."

MacBook Pro's LED Backlit Screen 'Very Bright'

Ars Technica's Iljitsch van Beijnum reports:

"A few days ago, Ars reviewed the new 17" MacBook Pro. Most of that review also applies to the new 15-inchers, but there is one aspect to the latest incarnation of the 15" MacBook Pro that warrants another look: the LED-backlit screen.

"When I started up my new 2.2 GHz 15" MacBook Pro this morning, I wasn't immediately struck by the brightness of the screen. Sure, it was brighter than the screen of the PowerBook I was replacing, and maybe even a bit brighter than the CRT that still decorates my desk, but not by a huge margin.... However after it had gotten dark, I launched an investigation into rumors that the iSight now has a 1.3 megapixel resolution. (It doesn't. Too bad.) Initially, the iSight images were too dark to be useful. So I thought I'd increase the screen brightness, thinking that maybe that would illuminate my face. Did it ever. I almost had to squint because of the barrage of photons sent my way. You can actually video conference in complete darkness, with only the display to light your face. So, yes, it's bright. Apple says that the brightness is the same as the previous model, but remember, I'm upgrading from a nearly four-year-old PowerBook. Also, the screen goes to full brightness immediately. No warming up. The keyboard backlighting is also very bright and is a bit on the purple side."

LED-backlit MacBook Pro Should Last 4 Hours on Battery

Ars Technica's Iljitsch van Beijnum reports:

"After looking into the new LED-backlit screens earlier, I got the first opportunity to use the new MacBook Pro for some time under battery power this weekend. That would be the 15", 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB 5400 rpm drive model.

"With the display brightness at maximum or close to maximum, the glossy screen has little problem holding its own against daylight when sitting right next to a window. Even outside with the sun shining the glossy display is usable. Under these circumstances, the expected battery life reported in the menu bar is in the neighborhood of 3.5 hours.

"Later, I did a more structured test: I started with the battery - with a full conditioning cycle behind it - at 50 percent charge, and proceeded to do some light web, mail and iTunes work - I hadn't cleaned out my spam box for more than a week. Connectivity was over 5 GHz 802.11n. was set to retrieve new mail every five minutes, so the hard drive couldn't go to sleep. I set the display brightness fairly dim at three bars and didn't let the display sleep, either. After 30 minutes, the battery capacity reported by the system had gone down to 37 percent. After an hour, it was 27 percent and after 90 minutes 15 percent. Conclusion: with this kind of use, it shouldn't be a problem to get four hours of battery use out of this laptop with a new battery...."

Products and Services

802.11n WiFi for Pismo and Newer PowerBooks Running OS X 10.3 or Later

PR: QuickerTek is the first to introduce an 802.11n CardBus upgrade for Apple PowerBooks going back to the Pismo models. nQuicky PCMCIA improves wireless range by a factor of three or more and can be as much as 10 times the speed of a standard wireless card. nQuicky eliminates the need to buy a new Mac just to get 802.11n wireless speed and range. Older PowerBook users can now enjoy 802.11 wireless for $149.95.

The nQuicky CardBus offers the latest wireless benefits yet retains backward compatibility with previous wireless standards. It works with all IEEE 802.11 b/g/n networks and performs to it's full speed (100 to 300 mbps typical) potential across the 2.4 GHz frequency with 802.11n rated hardware.

nQuicky Compatibility

  • Any PowerBook with a free PCMCIA slot, including:
    • 15" & 17" Aluminum PowerBooks, all clock speeds;
    • Titanium PowerBooks, all clock speeds;
    • Pismo (includes FireWire port);
    • Black PowerBook.
  • Mac OS X version 10.3 or higher;
  • All 802.11 b/g/n Base Stations and access points;
  • Routers by Linksys and d-Link, Belkin, Netgear, and all other Mac/PC Wireless LAN.
  • Extended, Mixed and Legacy modes supported;

Part #: #nQuicky-CardBus

FCC, CE rated

Like most QuickerTek products, the nQuicky CardBus is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

iTilt Stand for PowerBooks, iBooks, and MacBooks

iTilt StandPR: MaxUpgrades iTilt, a notebook positioning stand that incorporate features essential to productively using the notebook and its continuous protection from daily use, from simple internet browsing, to accomplishing most sophisticated task in conjunction with input peripherals like graphics tablet, 3D digitizer and auxiliary monitors, the user will find iTilt an indispensable product.

iTilt brings new level of interactivity between user and the notebook, iTilt design makes it possible to position the Notebook Screen to the optimum viewable height, and tilts the notebook keyboard to an angle that enables user to comfortably enter and view information at correct eye level simultaneously for maximum interactive use.

iTilt StandThe user can maintain his/her natural upright posture while using the notebook and interact with the notebook without using an auxiliary keyboard.

iTilt special rubber compound solid construction isolate notebook from vibration and shock, one of the main cause of notebook failure is the shock and intermittent vibration transmitted to the notebook disk drive and sensitive internal circuitry, vibration and shock transmitted from external source or generated internally and transmitted back to the disk drive and sensitive internal parts.

iTilt serve as simple vibration and shock isolator for complete protection of the notebook form shock and vibration while in use or not in use.

iTilt front curve design, that runs across the width of the notebook, allows notebook to be seated and gripped for maximum stability. Tilt center groove allows dissipation of heat generated from the notebook and provides space to run cables across the notebook giving user access to the side ports.

iTilt back contours uniformly transfers the weight of the Notebook to the bottom rests for the firm grip with the resting surface, that allows the notebook to be balanced so it can be opened for maximum viewing as the user desire, this feature greatly enhances the use of the notebook, when iTilt is used with a graphics tablet, 3D digitizer for demanding CAD, graphic arts and GIS applications.

iTilt Stand with tabletFeatures:

  • Isolate shock
  • Isolate Vibration
  • Type/View simultaneously
  • Solid construction
  • Grips to work surface
  • Fits Notebook front profile


OWC Announces 4 GB Memory Upgrade Kit for 'Santa Rosa' MacBook Pro Models

PR: Other World Computing (OWC), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today that it is offering 4 GB Memory Kits for Apple's new recently announced MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz models, which began shipping on June 5th. OWC Memory options of up to 3 GB are also available for MacBook 13.3" and previous MacBook Pro 15" and 17" models.

OWC memory upgrades meet or exceed Apple's electrical and mechanical design requirements. OWC is an Apple Developer Connection Premiere Member and maintains an active state-of-the-art test lab to ensure the highest product quality and reliability. OWC Memory Customers are ensured a lifetime of high-performance, reliable operation backed with OWC's Money Back Guarantee and Lifetime advance Replacement Warranty.

OWC, an expert in the Mac memory market, has nearly two decades of experience providing memory module upgrades for Mac computers. OWC has conducted independent memory benchmarks on MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, which show how important memory is for customers employing high-memory intensive applications, such as audio/video, photo, 3D modeling, and other applications.

From these tests, OWC recommends customers upgrade with either one module or matched pairs - whichever best fits their budget and provides the most total memory. Whether interleaved or not, all memory increases provide overall performance gain.

"OWC is all about maximizing performance and impressively, we've found there can be better performance attained even between 2 GB and 3 GB memory configurations than the benefit of getting a new system with a faster processor," said Larry O'Connor, President, OWC. "More memory makes a tremendous difference, as our real-world testing illustrates, and the up to 4 GB supported in the new MacBook Pros is yet further benefit beyond just the processor speed bump."

The OWC 4 GB Memory Upgrade Kit is available immediately, priced at $219.99 (configured as two 2 GB memory modules). Additional savings is also available for customers who take advantage of OWC's trade-in program, which provides $50 cash back for the trade-in of two 1 GB modules.

DuelAdapter Lets MacBook Pro Owners Use PCMCIA Cards

PR: Get the most out of your new notebook and PCMCIA card.

The DuelAdapter seamlessly converts input from PCMCIA cards designed for cellular broadband, wireless networking, video, audio, and memory expansion to an ExpressCard compatible format.

Data can be transferred at rates up to the full speed supported by the ExpressCard interface - five times faster than USB 2.0.

The DuelAdapter is easy to set up - just install the driver, insert the adapter into your notebook's ExpressCard slot and plug your PCMCIA card into the adapter.


  • Connects PCMCIA cards to ExpressCard-enabled notebook and desktop computers
  • Fits in 34mm or 54mm ExpressCard slots
  • Works with standard 32-Bit CardBus cards and 16-Bit PCMCIA cards
  • Data transfer rate up to ExpressCard maximum, limited by PCMCIA card application
  • Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible
  • Easy driver installation and set up
  • Convenient 2-part module with cable for easy desktop configuration
  • Also works with Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Smart Media,
  • MMC and SD cards using suitable adapter (available separately)


System Requirements

  • Windows XP, or Mac OS X 10.4.8
  • 34mm or 54mm ExpressCard slot

Computer and ExpressCard Slot Compatibility

  • Works with computers equipped with a standard 34mm or 54mm ExpressCard slot

PCMCIA Card Compatibility

  • 32-Bit CardBus PC Cards
  • 16-Bit PCMCIA cards
  • Wide Area Network cellular cards
  • Memory cards
  • 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN cards
  • Ethernet LAN cards
  • ATA cards
  • Port expansion cards
  • Modem cards

Power Requirements

  • Meets all PCMCIA and ExpressCard requirements

The DuelAdapter Package Contains

  • PCMCIA to ExpressCard Adapter
  • Driver CD-ROM
  • Install Guide
  • 1-year limited warranty and support card
  • Product registration card

Notice to Customers Running Mac OS X: Due to a peripherals management limitation in Mac OS X, your MacBook Pro or other Apple computer must be restarted before reinserting the DuelAdapter into the ExpressCard card slot on your computer. We are actively working with Apple and expect to have this situation corrected in a future Mac OS X release. Please check the Drivers page on this web site for updates.

System requirements: Windows XP or higher or Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher


Logitech Expands Notebook Essentials Line

PR: Logitech has announced that shopping for the essential peripherals that complement a notebook PC just got easier. The company has expanded its line of notebook PC essentials and is working with retailers to conveniently display and merchandise notebook essentials in a way that matches the right set of products to the right notebook user.

Logitech's new peripherals include two Logitech Alto notebook stands, the Logitech Kinetik notebook cases, the Logitech Premium 4-Port USB Hub for Notebooks and the Logitech Cordless Number Pad for Notebooks. These new peripherals further expand Logitech's line of notebook products, which also includes notebook mice, webcams, headsets and speakers, and also establish two new notebook peripheral categories for Logitech: notebook cases and USB hubs.

As notebook PC sales overtake desktop PC sales, a more diverse set of people are enjoying the benefits of the compact notebook. A recent Logitech-sponsored study of more than 1,000 notebook users highlighted four types of notebook users: people who use their notebooks largely around the home; younger professionals and students who use their notebooks at home, in the office and about town; technology enthusiasts who take and use their laptops almost everywhere; and mobile professionals. By identifying and grouping products according to these user profiles, Logitech and its retail partners make it easy for people to find the notebook products that best fit their needs.

"Although notebooks were originally designed for mobile professionals, today, we know that a broad range of people are buying them instead of traditional desktop PCs," said Charles Seiber, Logitech's director of marketing for notebook solutions. "The days of thinking that there is only one type of notebook user - the road warrior - are gone. We recognize that each notebook user has a specific set of needs and deserves a shopping experience that's customized to meet those needs."

While on-the-go professionals might enjoy the productivity benefits offered by highly portable notebook mice or the ability to keep in touch with family members using a notebook webcam, people who use their laptop around the home are more likely to appreciate the comfort benefits of mice and notebook stands. By providing valuable consumer insights and a rich selection of products tailored to each of the identified notebook user profiles, Logitech has been able to help major retailers better organize products in the notebook-accessories aisle.

"In Europe, Media Markt is already seeing the benefits of this new initiative," said Dr. Steffen Stremme, Member of the Board, Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH. "It is clear to us that Logitech's insights, coupled with our expertise, are bringing an easier and more relevant shopping experience for customers surfing the notebook accessories aisle."

In addition to its new retail initiative, Logitech today introduced a rich selection of new notebook products that includes notebook stands, cases and productivity tools.

Notebook Stands - For Better Posture and Enhanced Comfort

Logitech's family of Alto notebook stands help make the notebook experience more comfortable. The new Logitech Alto Connect and Logitech Alto Express, along with the original Logitech Alto notebook stand, introduced last year, improve comfort by raising the laptop display to a more optimal viewing height and distance, and by creating space for a comfortable, full-size keyboard and mouse. And because the notebook is elevated, the Alto stands minimize contact with the uncomfortable heat generated by a notebook PC and improve cooling-fan circulation.

Logitech Kinetik BackpackNotebook Cases - For Portability

Logitech's two new notebook cases - the Logitech Kinetik 15.4 Backpack and the Logitech Kinetik 15.4 Briefcase - offer a stylish and flexible take on the traditional notebook case. The Kinetik 15.4 Backpack and Kinetik 15.4 Briefcase both feature an exo-shell casing, which helps protect the laptop from damage, and a contoured back panel, which conforms to the back. A unique compartment design provides organized bays for devices, and instant, easy access to the laptop and other equipment. Made from lightweight, durable materials, these notebook cases are easy to carry and built to last.

Notebook Productivity Tools - For Better Performance

The Logitech Premium 4-Port USB Hub for Notebooks provides laptop users with high-speed file transfer (up to 480 Mbps) and port indicator lights. It also features a distinctive black design and a carrying case. The Logitech Cordless Number Pad for Notebooks has convenient shortcut keys that enable effortless data entry to Microsoft Excel, calculator, and Internet Explorer. A micro-receiver using 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity helps provide seamless operation and snaps into the number pad for easy transport. Other helpful features include an extended battery life of up to six months, a battery indicator-light and a convenient carrying case.

Pricing and Availability

The Alto Connect notebook stand is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September with a suggested retail price of $79.99. The Logitech Alto Express is expected to be available in the US beginning in July and in Europe beginning in August. It has a suggested retail price of $29.99, while the original Logitech Alto stand has a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The Logitech Kinetik 15.4 Backpack and the Logitech Kinetik 15.4 Briefcase are expected to be available in Europe in mid-August and in the US in September. Both cases have a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The Logitech Premium 4-Port USB Hub for Notebooks (MSRP $29.99) and the Logitech Cordless Number Pad for Notebooks (MSRP $39.99) are available now in the US and are expected to be available in Europe in July.

Logitech's Family of Notebook Stands Improve Comfort

PR: Reinventing how people use a notebook PC around the home or the office, Logitech has expanded its line of notebook stands that let people enjoy the convenience of a notebook PC without sacrificing comfort. The family of Logitech Alto notebook stands now includes the new Logitech Alto Connect and Logitech Alto Express, along with the original Logitech Alto notebook stand, introduced last year.

When placed on a table or desk, the Alto notebook stands improve comfort by raising the display to the optimal viewing height and distance, and by creating space for a comfortable, full-size keyboard and mouse. And because the notebook is elevated, the Alto stands minimize contact with the uncomfortable heat generated by a notebook PC and improve cooling fan circulation.

Compact notebook PCs present many advantages over traditional desktop PCs but aren't always comfortable to use. In addition to having limited, cramped typing keys, because the display and keyboard are attached, notebook PCs often force people to sit in awkward positions, hunching over to type or squinting to read their screens. Despite these limitations, according to a recent study conducted for Logitech by research firm GfK Custom Research, 45 percent of laptop owners spend at least 16 hours per week using their laptops, and 70 percent spend the majority of their computing time using their laptops at home.

"People are buying laptops at a phenomenal rate due to the many conveniences they offer, but most people don't think about the physical challenges presented by the compact design," said Denis Pavillard, Logitech vice president of product marketing for keyboards and desktops. "With more than twenty-five years experience designing computer peripherals that are used for multiple hours at a time, we understand the importance of comfort. And for the Alto family, we've spent considerable time thinking specifically about laptop ergonomics. We're confident these Alto notebook stands will allow people to be more comfortable and more productive."

The Logitech Alto notebooks stands raise a laptop to eye level and place it at the optimal distance between the user's eyes and the display. As a result, because people sit up to view their displays at the optimal viewing height and distance, the notebook stand encourages a comfortable posture. Additionally, people using the Alto notebook stands can enjoy the benefits of a full-size keyboard and mouse, such as the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser, or a notebook mouse, such as the award-winning Logitech VX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks. Compared to smaller, built-in laptop keyboards, a full-size keyboard with a number pad allows people to type faster and more comfortably while keeping their hands away from the heat emitted by their laptops.

The Alto notebook stands are easy to set up - in fact, total setup time for all three models takes less than 30 seconds - making them the perfect complement for someone who frequently moves their laptop around the home or office. And they're just as easy to take down, making them ideal for people who like to store their laptops when not in use.

Unlike a docking station, the Logitech Alto notebook stands are not brand-specific and are compatible with virtually all laptops. The stands can be shared among family members, even if they own different laptops, and are cost-efficient because they don't require that people purchase a new solution every time they purchase a new laptop.

Logitech Alto Connect - Notebook Stand Plus Four-Port USB Hub

The new X-shaped Logitech Alto Connect notebook stand provides people with a notebook stand and a powered, four-port USB hub. For added convenience, one of the ports is located at the front of the stand for easy access when plugging in a device such as an MP3 player or flash drive. In addition, to reduce cord chaos, the Alto Connect stand offers a cable-management system and a cavern for storing the USB cable when not in use. To set up the stand, people simply cross two leg-like parts across each other and rest the laptop on top of the X-shape design. Rubber bumpers help ensure that the laptop is secure. The Alto Connect is compatible with any notebook PC as well as MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.

Logitech Alto Express - Notebook Stand

For people looking for an elegant, affordable notebook stand, the new Logitech Alto Express notebook stand offers a stylish hard-plastic, translucent surface and a smooth, swoop shape. The lightweight, one-piece Alto Express stand requires minimal setup. People simply place their laptop on the stand, add a keyboard and mouse, and begin working. Plus, two stabilizing rubber-tipped feet at the front of the stand prevent the laptop from sliding while the rubber feet at the back of the stand incorporate easy-glide polycarbonate material to make it easy to move the stand around once the laptop is on the stand. The stand's arch-like design accommodates storage of a keyboard and mouse under the stand when not in use. The Alto Express is compatible with 15.4 to 17 inch notebook PCs and MacBook computers.

Logitech Alto - Notebook Stand with Integrated Keyboard and USB Hub

The top-of the-line Logitech Alto notebook stand is an all-in-one solution that offers people a notebook display riser, full-size keyboard with soft palm rest, multipurpose USB hub, and a cable management system. Unlike a laptop keyboard, the Alto keyboard provides a number pad, one-touch media and volume controls, and 12 hot keys that provide quick access to people's favorite applications, folders and Web sites.

The Alto notebook stand is easy to set up. It opens like a book, revealing a keyboard on one side and a popup stand, USB ports and a cable management system on the other. And it's equally simple to put away, collapsing into a compact size that can be easily stored or carried to another location. The convenient, three-port USB hub gives people instant connectivity to their mice, USB flash drives, PC speakers and more.

The Logitech Alto Connect notebook stand is expected to be available in the US and Europe beginning in September with a suggested retail price of $79.99. The Logitech Alto Express ($29.99) is expected to be available in the US beginning in July and in Europe beginning in August. Available now in the US and in Europe, the original Logitech Alto stand has a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell Case for 15" MacBook Pro

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell CasePR: Accent the sleek look of your 15" MacBook Pro notebook! Get great hard case protection, a hint of color and a massive dose of shine. SeeThru MacBook cases are made of translucent hard plastic to beautify and protect.

  • Two piece snap-on protective hard shell
  • Compatible with 15" MacBook Pro Core Duo AND Core 2 Duo
  • Protection plus access to all features at the same time
  • 74-slot ventilation system to minimize thermal insulation
  • Rubber feet help prevent slipping on slick surfaces
  • New cutout for battery test button on the back

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell CaseFeatures

  • Sleek, shiny & slim: A perfect fit and a shiny, sleek look keeps your 15" MacBook Pro protected and accessible.
  • Two-piece snap-on design: Two-piece shell lets you open and close your MacBook without removing the case
  • Cutouts for everything: All ports, plugs, holes and disc drives have cutouts so you can always keep your MacBook Pro protected
  • Ventilation Slots & Battery Test Cutout: The bottom of the case features ventilation slots to help disperse heat, rubber feet for added support, and a cutout hole for the battery test button

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell CaseSeeThru shells are made of Polycarbonate plastic. It's a hard plastic that offers sturdy protection and a great look.

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell CaseAll the buttons, ports, drives, and plug sockets have cutouts so you don't have to remove the shell. The two piece snap-on design lets you open and close your MacBook Pro without removing the shell. There is a cutout on the bottom so you can test the battery without removing the case. The bottom half of the shell must be removed to access the battery door, but it's quick and simple to do.

The 15" SeeThru cases fit the 15" MacBook Pro Core Duo AND Core 2 Duo. It will not fit the older G4 PowerBook model.

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell CaseThe SeeThru hard shell has 74 ventilation slots to facilitate the MacBook Pro's internal cooling process. The shell is designed to allow for thermal exchange out of the heatsinks and fans of the computer.


  • Fits 15" MacBook Pro Core Duo AND Core 2 Duo
  • Also available for 13" MacBook & 17" MacBook Pro

Speck Canvas Sport MacBook Pro 15" Case

Canvas Sport MacBook Pro CasePR: Accessorize and protect your 15" MacBook Pro with the stylish Canvas Sport case! Inspired by classic sneakers- this case boasts a cool, sporty look and gives great protection to your MacBook. Features a canvas body, rubber edges, and super-soft interior lining.

This is a 'sleeve style case' that protects the entire MacBook really well, all the time. The MacBook can not be used while in the Canvas Sport case, however it's easy to slip it in and out of the secure snap-closure when it's needed! If you are interested in using your MacBook while in the case, check out Speck's SeeThru hard shell case.

Canvas Sport MacBook Pro CaseFeatures

  • Protective: Sturdy canvas body and rubber edges make this case super protective. Sleeve style design keeps everything safe inside the case.
  • Sporty and Totally Cool: Classic sporty looks with rubber striping on the edges- too cool!
  • What's That In Your Pocket? Two pockets on the front of the case for stashing small items like pens, business cards, or instant green tea packets.
  • Sturdy Outside, Soft on the Inside: Super soft interior lining keeps your MacBook comfy and warm.

Canvas Sport MacBook Pro CaseCanvas Sport cases come in two sizes, 15" and 13". This case fits the 15" MacBook Pro Core Duo and 15" MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.


Unsnap the Canvas Sport case and slip in your 15" MacBook Pro. Snap the case shut and go! Your MacBook Pro stays secure inside and slips out for easy access when you need it.

Canvas Sport MacBook Pro CaseFeatures summary:

  • Super-sturdy canvas & rubber materials
  • Cool, classic sporty look
  • Slip-in, slip out design with secure snap closure
  • 'Sleeve' style case offers maximum protection
  • 2 external pockets for small items
  • Available in black and pink


Moshi Codex 13se MacBook Case in Opalescent Pink

Codex 13sePR: Opalescent pink is the latest in fashionable wear for your 13" MacBook. Designed with a stylish refractive light pink and white sheen, this special edition Codex radiates subtle distinction with its ultra-slim and lightweight design. Codex is a protective case that provides full access to all interface ports as well as the DVD/CD slot when your MacBook is opened. this enables users to constantly protect their precious MacBook which never needs to be removed. codex guards your MacBook against shocks and scratches with viscotex inserts and tetrahedron inner linings.

As always, Moshi's limited edition products are tailored with the utmost care to provide users an extraordinary product focused on the most current styles.

Codex 13seKey Features:

  1. fitted with Viscotex, an advanced shock-absorbent material that effectively dampens shock due to impact.
  2. designed to protect your MacBook Pro even while in use.
  3. removable carrying handle for added flexibility.
  4. includes ShieldPad, a keyboard protector that doubles as a convenient portable mousepad.
  5. includes a separate Keychain protective case for the Apple Remote - no more worries about misplacing it.
  6. limited edition codex provides you an exclusive customized design for an added impact.

Note: Codex 13se is 100% form fitted to MacBook ; therefore it will not fit iBook properly.

Codex 13se

codex 13 se

SIZE: internal 13.0" x 9.0" x 1.1" (33.0 x 22.8 x 2.8cm)

COLOR: opalescent pink (other colors available)



Moshi ShieldPad for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Moshi ShieldPadPR: In addition to smears on the MacBook's LCD screen caused by direct finger contact, grease and contaminates are also indirectly transferred from the keyboard to the screen when the MacBook is closed. over time as grease deposits build up, the once crystal clear LCD screen will begin to have marks on them resembling the keypad that are difficult to remove without proper stain treatment solutions.

As a preventative measure, Moshi has devised a screen protector that covers the keyboard completely and shields the screen from the keyboard. not only will it safely protect and remove fingerprint grease from the LCD screen, it also serves as a portable mouse pad.

Moshi ShieldPadKey Features:

  • Designed to fit both the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  • Effectively cushions the LCD screen when it is closed, protecting the display from fingerprint grease, dust particles, and scuff marks transferred from the keyboard.
  • Conveniently doubles as a portable mousepad.

size : 12.4 " x 5.6 " ( 31.5cm x 14.25cm )

Material: Made of 100% optical-grade microfibre which can be used to safely wipe off dust particles and smears on the display.

Moshi Releases Codex MacBook Pro/MacBook Cases

PR: Moshi, purveyor of electronics fashion, showcases Codex, an elegant slim-profile protective case designed for Apple's MacBook. The Codex series not only provides well-rounded protection for the MacBook, but are also scrupulously designed around users needs.

Listening to the demands of users who wish to protect their MacBooks while in use, Moshi designs Codex with an "always-on" concept. The shell-case design enables users to accomplish work on their MacBook without ever having to remove it from Codex cases. Users will also appreciate the fact that even with Codex on, all of MacBook's interface ports as well as its DVD/CD slot remain fully accessible without any noticeable obstruction from the protective case.

Designed to insulate the MacBook at all times from the wear and tear of daily use without compromising slim form factor and light weight, Codex cradles the MacBook in Viscotex?, a visco-elastic foam insert that effectively dampens shocks and impacts. The interior lining is made of Terahedron? microfiber which constantly clean and buff the MacBook's delicate surface.

Codex comes in 15" and 13" which perfectly fits the MacBook Pro and MacBook respectively. Codex 15 is available in Metallic Silver and Codex 13 is available in both Metallic Black and Metallic Silver.

Specifications & Features

  • Internal Dimensions: 360 x 250 x 28 mm for Codex 15; 330 x 228 x 28 for Codex 13
  • Viscotex sandwiched layer for shock/impact absorption
  • Asymmetric zipper design for full interface port/DVD slot access (patent pending)
  • Anti-slip rubber lifts on four corners for added stability (patent pending)
  • Includes a separate key-chained protective case for Apple Remote®
  • Comes bundled with ShieldPad™, a keyboard protector that doubles as a mousepad.

Impact Resistant MaxProtect Bag for PowerBooks, iBooks, and MacBooks

PR: MaxProtect is an impact resistant carrying bag for PowerBooks, MacBooks, and iBooks that provides maximum shock protection while carrying your computer that provides maximum shock protection while carrying your computer. MaxProtect is made of Visco-Elastic Memory Foam which exhibits excellent resistance against impact and shock.

MaxProtect tightly envelopes the whole notebook, providing padded protection on all sides from external impact or shock during daily usage.


  • High Impact resistance polyurethane foam for shock absorption from all sides.
  • Thick Foam padding throughout the entire surface of the notebook.
  • Two zippers pull apart design.
  • Protected zipper closure, zippers don't come in contact with the Power book.
  • Handles for easy Transportation.
  • Tight Form fitting design for all PowerBook and iBook sizes for maximum protection.
  • Ultra Thin.
  • Unsurpassed quality.

Sizes to fit all current Apple portables 12" through 17"

Prices from $23.99 - $28.99

Bargain 'Books

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

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

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

Apple Store

  • refurb 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/SD, $999
  • refurb 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120//SD, $1,099
  • refurb 15" 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, $1,349
  • refurb 15" 2.16 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/100/SD, $1,499
  • 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


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 G3/700, 256/20/Combo, $469.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/400, 256/20/DVD, $549.99 less $25 = $524.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, $999.99 less $25 = $974.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SD, $999.99 less $25 = $974.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/80/SD, $1,099.99 less $25 = $1,074.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, $1,149.99 less $25 = $1,124.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,849.99 less $25 = $1,824.99

Wegener Media

  • Lombard PowerBook G3/333, 128/4/CD, $219.99
  • Lombard PowerBook G3/400, 128/4/CD, $299.99
  • G4 processor upgrade special (valid only with machine purchase) , $179.99 installed


  • 15" PowerBook G4/800, 256/30/Combo, No Ethernet, $449
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/60/Combo, $799
  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/SD, APX, BT, $849

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

Power Max

  • refurb 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, BT, $1,199

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, $289.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/10/CD, $219.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/40/CD-RW, $299.95
  • 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, $559.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/500, 256/20/DVD, $449.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, BT, $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


  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/10/CD, OS X, $209
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/30/CD, OS X, $279
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/30/CD, OS X, $329

For deals on current and discontinued 'Books, see our 13" MacBook and MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 13" MacBook Pro, 15" MacBook Pro, 17" MacBook Pro, 12" PowerBook G4, 15" PowerBook G4, 17" PowerBook G4, titanium PowerBook G4, iBook G4, PowerBook G3, and iBook G3 deals.

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