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1.8 GHz, SSD MacBook Air Price Cuts; Samsung vs. Hitachi Notebook Drives; Centrino 2 Preorders; and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2008.07.11

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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

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PC World Finds Apple Laptops Cheaper than PC Laptops

Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin reports:

"If you want to compare apples to PCs, don't buy into the old hype that MacBooks and MacBook Pros cost more than a PC laptop, according to the Windows-oriented PC World magazine. The magazine compared Apple's MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air to similarly configured laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo, and found that Apple's offerings were the cheaper, with a caveat or two."

Evolving Storage Market Behind MacBook Air Price Cut

Macworld's Peter Cohen says:

"The market for solid-state drives - those storage devices with no moving parts that stash data in solid-state memory - continues to evolve, as manufacturers figure out ways to store more for less. And that figures to benefit consumers who keep a close eye on the ever-changing market....

"When the MacBook Air debuted in January, Apple offered the optional version with the solid-state drive for an eye-popping $3,098. But last week, the company cut that price to $2,598. (MacBook Air customers can also add the 64 GB SSD to the 1.6 GHz model for an extra $599.)

"This 16-percent price cut came about because Apple is using a first-generation SSD mechanism in the Air, according to Jeff Janukowicz, research manager for solid state drives and HDD Components at IDC....

"Janukowicz expects the SSD market to continue offering less-expensive and higher-capacity mechanisms in the coming 12 to 18 months as the technology sees more widespread adoption in the consumer space...."

Samsung Fires Up 128 GB SSD Attack

The Register's Austin Modine reports:

"Samsung has the factory hamster wheels oiled and has started mass production of 128 GB solid-state hard drives....

"The drives are available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch versions in either 128 GB or 64 GB raw capacities. They're based on multi-level cell technology (MLC), the slower, less energy-efficient cousin of single-level cell (SLC) drives - but less expensive to make....

"The next dot on their roadmap is to begin producing a 256 GB consumer SSD by the end of this year...."

Editor's note: How soon will Apple put 128 GB in the MacBook Air? dk

Solid State Drives Don't Improve Battery Runtime - They Reduce It

Tom's Hardware's Patrick Schmid and Achim Roos report:

"Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) are considered to be the future of performance hard drives, and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. We are no exception, as we have been publishing many articles on flash-based SSDs during the last few months, emphasizing the performance gains and the potential power savings brought by flash memory. And there is nothing wrong with this, since SLC flash SSDs easily outperform conventional hard drives today (SLC = single level cell). However, we have discovered that the power savings aren't there: in fact, battery runtimes actually decrease if you use a flash SSD....

"In fact, even a high-performance 7,200 RPM 2.5" drive provided better overall battery runtime than most of the flash SSDs we put through the Mobilemark test."

Solid State Drives Eat Battery Life

MacUser's Dan Moren reports:

"Conventional wisdom says that solid state drives... have a number of advantages over their more common magnetic-platter-based brethren, including faster disc access times, more shock absorbency, and better battery life - but just how true are those assertions.

"Our siblings at Macworld showed some advantages for disk access with the SSD version of the MacBook Air when they tested it, but they didn't do robust testing of other claims, such as battery life. But the team at Tom's Hardware did some extensive testing, comparing four SSDs to a conventional Hard Drive, with surprising results: the SSDs actually reduced battery time instead of extending it."

SSD vs. 2.5" Hard Drive Power Consumption

Hardmac's Eric reports:

"Couple of days ago, Tom's Hardware ignite fire by publish a test aiming to compare power consumption of SSD vs. 2.5" HD. Surprisingly, and against all claims published by HD manufacturers, Tom's found that SSDs use more power than traditional notebook HD. Several readers and websites quickly question the test procedure used by Tom's while pointing out to some serious flaws in testing."

Web Surfing Test Shows SSDs Better for Battery Life

Laptop Magazine's Avram Piltch says:

"A few days ago, we published a story about how much better our Eee PC 1000H performed when we swapped the system's 5,400 rpm Seagate Momentus hard drive out for a Samsung SATA II SSD drive. Not only did the system boot faster and all apps load faster, but we got 20 more minutes of battery life with the SSD.

"However, when we posted our story, we heard from users that Tom's Hardware, a site we admire a great deal, recently published an article which claims that SSDs use more power than traditional hard drives. The Tom's Hardware story got some major attention from sites like Engadget and even got a responses from SSD-makers Super Talent and Micron, who both claim that the drives used in the Tom's test are 'early generation' and therefore more power hungry than newer models."

Is Tom's Hardware right? We don't think so.

MacBook Pro Update May Have Larger Battery, Easy Access to Hard Drive

Ars Technica's Chris Foresman says:

"Last week, the Chinese web site featured a photo of what was purported to be the new MacBook Pro casing. Since then, AppleInsider claims to have obtained corroboration that the photo represents a somewhat older prototype of what will cover the next iteration of MacBook Pro hardware.

"The casing appears to be a refinement of the current design using aluminum, although some rumors indicate the design may use stainless steel in some parts. The edges appear tapered, similar to the design for the ultra-slim MacBook Air . . . Not only will this design allow easy access to the internal HDD, similar to current MacBooks, it should also allow Apple to increase the capacity of battery and possibly extend battery life."

Next-gen MacBook Pro Case Design Revealed?

AppleInsider's Kasper Jade says:

"Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.'s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.

"People familiar with the ongoing development of the new 15- and 17-inch professional notebooks are now confirming that an image of an unfamiliar and deconstructed Apple notebook enclosure published by a Chinese blog on Saturday is in fact that of an authentic next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro shell."

That Blurry Shot Really Was the New MacBook Pro

"Remember that blurry photograph we showed you earlier this week that everyone was speculating to be the next MacBook Pro? Well, AppleInsider has confirmed it to be real after consulting some people in the know. And the have an explanation for that odd rectangular hole in the bottom."

25-Watt Mobile Chips the 'New Norm'

Electronista says:

Norm from Cheers"Intel expects to make notebook processors running at 25 watts an everyday occurrence, the company said today. The firm now expects most future systems based on its upcoming Centrino 2 mobile platform to consume less power, dropping significantly from the 35 watts of today's Core 2 Duo processors. The shift should both extend battery life as well as cool down the systems themselves, letting PC designers offer slimmer and potentially quieter notebooks without giving up performance."

How Not to Fix a MacBook Keyboard

Wired's Charlie Sorrel says:

"MacBooks have a few notorious problems with their keyboards. My MacBook is one of the unlucky few that wasn't fixed by the software update from Apple, which made me think that it is a hardware problem. Occasionally, some of the keys crap out. It's always the same ones: Delete, the arrow-down cursor, and the space bar. I have been fixing this by wedging a piece of card between the bottom right corner of the case and the desk, but even that now fails. So, with a shiny new MacBook Pro to work on, it was time to take the old MacBook apart and see what was going on.... Don't try this at home."

Secrets of Mac Trackpads, from PowerBook to MacBook Air

Computerworld's Ryan Faas reports:

PowerBook 540c"The laptop trackpad has come a long way since Apple Inc. pioneered it 14 years ago on the PowerBook 500 series as a replacement for the trackball found on earlier models.

"While almost anyone who has ever used a laptop knows the basics of using a trackpad as a pointing device (simply drag your finger over its surface to move the cursor on-screen), not everyone knows about all the features that Apple has added to its trackpads over the years.

"Depending on the Mac notebook model, there are up to 10 specialized trackpad functions you can use to make navigating the screen, Mac OS X and various applications faster and easier.

"The trackpad options discussed in this article are not enabled by default; you can enable them all in System Preferences using the Trackpad tab of the Keyboard & Mouse pane. The exact look of this pane will vary depending on the Mac model and on the version of Mac OS X installed, but most will look something like the figure shown below. Some options require hardware support and thus are available only on specific models.

"In this article, I'll look at each of the trackpad functions, beginning with the most basic and widely supported and moving on to the latest and greatest options available only on new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models."

The Best Laptop Money Can't Buy

InfoWorld says:

"InfoWorld designs the next-gen laptop that PC makers could ship in 2009. But will they? Explore our ideal thick and thin laptops via interactive Flash, and check out the technical specs, product highlights, and pricing and options....

"Not willing to accept the assumption that laptop computers have to be boring, InfoWorld assembled a team of technology experts from its staff and charged them with the goal of designing a genuinely innovative notebook."

MagSafe Can Drive You Crazy

BimmerGeek says:

"If you search for early articles on my blog, you'll find numerous rants about the historically abysmal marketing by Steve Jobs et. al. I rant about how the box doesn't matter, how Jobs would be the richest guy in the world instead of Gates if only he hadn't priced Apple out of what quickly became a commodity market and how Apple marketing is about a lot of Kool-Aid drinking.

"I still kind of think these things are true.

"But what I have learned ever since I moved 3 blocks from the gravitational pull of Apple HQ in Cupertino is that the box does matter....

"I am still amazed that Tanya and I own MacBook Pros. Granted, I run Windows still on a VMware virtual machine and I am running Office 2008 for Mac but what is significant about me owning a Mac is that it is a $1300 personal acknowledgment that the box does matter. I love, love, love the overall design of the MacBook. It's extremely well-made, it's beautiful, it has fantastic key feel, it's display has amazing clarity.

"I'm a fan. But I'm not a Kool-Aid drinker and consequently, I can see its flaws.

"The one that annoys me lately is the magnetic power cord interface. At first, I thought it was a cool, clever design. Now it drives me crazy...."

MBA: Change Is in the Air

Cnet's Brooke Crothers says:

"The Apple MacBook Air has been a ground-breaking first-generation product (in my opinion). So, what will Apple do to top it when an update comes later this year? There are some telling indicators already. This is what I expect - and hope for - as a user.

"First, a disclaimer. I am not an Apple fanatic. The MacBook Air is the first Apple product I have ever used for more than a few days. For well over a decade, I have been wedded to Wintel (Windows-Intel) laptops.

"Before I dive into upcoming features, I should also mention that I have been extremely pleased with the Air and have used it almost daily for the last four months. But I would be remiss if I didn't say it is overpriced, as all subnotebooks are....

"Overpriced but still an amazing design...."

Nvidia Reports Problem with Laptop Chips

Macworld UK's Agam Shah reports:

"Nvidia has uncovered a problem with some older graphics chips that shipped in 'significant quantities' of laptops, the company said Wednesday.

"Nvidia hasn't determined the exact cause of the problem but said it relates to a packaging material used with some of its chips, as well as the thermal design of some laptops. Modern processors generate considerable amounts of heat.

"To tackle the problem, the company is releasing a software driver that will cause system fans to start operating sooner and reduce the 'thermal stress' on the chips. The driver has been provided to laptop makers directly, said Derek Perez, an Nvidia spokesman."

Editor's note: No mention of which GPUs are involved or whether any of Apple's 'Books are impacted. dk

Win a $190 WaterField Designs Racer-X Laptop Bag

Racer-X Laptop BagPR: BabyGotMac is giving away a WaterField Designs 'Racer-X' 17" laptop bag. The fine folks over at WaterField sent over one of their Racer-X bags a few weeks ago to test and pass on to one of our readers. Now, the time has come to let one of you have a chance at winning this awesome laptop bag, valued at $190.

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Editor's note: See Charles Moore's review of the Waterfield RacerX Computer Bag for 17" MacBook Pro and PowerBook on PBCentral.


Ultrathin Showdown: MacBook Air vs. ThinkPad X300 vs. Portegé R500

Computerworld's David Haskin reports:

"When it comes to laptops, ultrathin is in - particularly since the launch of Apple's MacBook Air earlier this year. As might be expected, though, the Air isn't the only game in town - skinny laptops are available from a variety of other vendors.

"However, stylish doesn't always mean functional. You needn't look further than the latest style in women's shoes to know that what looks good isn't necessarily comfortable. Is the MacBook Air with its ultrasvelte shape actually as comfortable to use as larger, more traditionally shaped laptops? And, come to that, what about its competitors? How easy are they to use?....

"To find out how these thin notebooks really rate, we asked the usability experts at Perceptive Sciences, an Austin user experience testing firm, to run the Air and two Windows-based ultrathin laptops - the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 and the Toshiba Portegé R500-S5002 - through a gamut of hands-on tests with 20 independent users.

"So how does the much-ballyhooed MacBook Air stack up against its competitors? Here's what we learned."

Clash of World's Thinnest Notebooks: MacBook Air vs. Voodoo Envy 133

GearLive's Andru Edwards reports:

"Earlier this morning we put up our Voodoo Envy 133 gallery, and once we glanced at our MacBook Air, we knew it was so on. It was time to put them head-to-head, in an epic battle of the world's thinnest notebook computers. So, we put together another gallery, where the MacBook Air and Voodoo Envy 133 sit side-by-side. We take pit them together from a few different angles. Now, the Envy 133 does take the victory for being the thinnest notebook computer - but the thin side of the MacBook Air is technically thinner than the uniform thickness of the Envy. Really, it all comes down to what OS you want to run, and if you don't care, then it comes down to form factor. Oh, and of course, the Envy 133 has way more ports (including HDMI) than the MacBook Air can even dream of having at this point."

Surprising 7200 rpm vs. 5400 rpm Notebook Drive Benchmarks

Bare Feats' rob-ART Morgan reports:

"Some exciting new SATA notebook drives are now shipping. We benchmarked them against each other using a SATA notebook drive enclosure and SATA ExpressCard/34 on our MacBook Pro "Penryn" (to squeeze out maximum speed and simulate performance when installed inside your laptop).

"Drives tested:

  • Travelstar 320 = Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 320 GB 7200 rpm
  • Spinpoint 500 = Samsung Spinpoint M6 500 GB 5400 rpm
  • Travelstar 500 = Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 500 GB 5400 rpm
  • Scorpio 320 = Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320 GB 5400 rpm"


'Book Users Can Enjoy One-Click WiFi on the Go with GoBoingo for Mac

PR: The MacBook community now has a convenient and affordable way to access Boingo WiFi at more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide. A Mac version of the lightweight GoBoingo! client software, which simplifies the process of logging in to public WiFi hotspots, is available for download.

GoBoingo! is a great tool for travelers who want high-speed Internet without the hassle of searching for coverage, memorizing multiple usernames and passwords, and paying different WiFi providers at each stop during a trip. Boingo has affordable monthly plans for both North American and international usage, as well as a "pay as you go" option.

"With our GoBoingo! software for MacBooks, you are now just one click away from enjoying WiFi service at hotspots around the world," said Dawn Callahan, vice president, consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless. "We now have an easy-to-use WiFi utility for the legions of MacBook users who want to be connected to Boingo WiFi hotspots at airports, hotels and retail locations."

System requirements:

GoBoingo! for Mac works on MacBooks running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard), and PowerBooks running Mac OS X 10.4. GoBoingo! is also available for Windows and runs on Vista, XP and Windows 2000. The lightweight authentication tool automatically determines whether a hotspot belongs to a Boingo roaming partner and helps users log on to the Internet with their Boingo account in a single click. Less than 1 MB, the tool installs quickly and stays in the background until the Boingo member needs to log into a WiFi network.

According to usage reports from airport WiFi networks operated by Boingo, there is a steady increase in WiFi connections from MacBooks and PowerBooks. As of January 2008, nearly 20 percent of airport usage comes from Mac laptops, an increase of 30 percent since January 2007.

Online travelers will find Boingo in the places they need it most; a Boingo account works at more than 475 airports, including 85 of the top 100 airports worldwide. Boingo is also available at more than 17,000 hotels, such as Hilton and Marriot, and retail destinations, such as Barnes & Noble. Other locations include coffee shops, restaurants and cafés.

Boingo operates WiFi networks at 30 major U.S. and U.K. airports, including Atlanta-Hartsfield, JFK and LaGuardia in New York, Chicago's O'Hare and Heathrow in London.

'Outlets To Go 3 USB' Powerstrip: A Travel Companion for Road Warriors

PR: Monster, an industry leader in AC power and conditioning products, is pleased to announce the introduction of the newest product in its popular "Outlets To Go" lineup - Outlets To Go 3 USB. This "must-have" portable solution solves a nagging problem for many frequent travelers: how to plug in multiple electronic devices when there just never seem to be enough outlets!

Outlets To Go"Outlets to Go 3 USB is designed specifically to meet the needs of travelers, including both 'road warrior' businesspeople and those on leisure trips," said Noel Lee, The Head Monster. "It provides safe, convenient charging for multiple electronics like MP3 players and computers. In addition, the USB port gives you easy charging for any USB accessory: cell phones, digital cameras, and more. The compact design and integrated cord management means it can fit easily into a small bag or laptop case. You get convenient and safe power wherever and whenever you need it: hotels, airports, meeting rooms and more!"

Outlets To Go is small, light and compact and it features the Monsterous patent pending Road Warrior design. The Dual-Side Design provides for maximum outlets in a minimum of space. The Lighted FlatProfile Plug and FlatWrap super-flexible power cord makes for added convenience. The Blue LED indicator circuit breaker enhances hotel room safety, prevents overloads and is easily reset.

Outlets To GoCompact, Light, Convenient AC Outlets for Travel

Frequent travelers see the problem often: Not enough outlets in a hotel room, the meeting suite, or presentation room. Ordinary power strips are bulky, cumbersome things, with thick dangling cords and boxy dimensions that make carrying them in a thin laptop case or small travel bag almost impossible.

Ultra-Compact Outlets To Go 3 is Slips Neatly Into ANY Laptop Case

Designed for travel from the ground up, the award-winning Monster design team created a truly portable outlet strip: Outlets To Go. Exclusive Monster features include ultra-flat design with FlatProfile Plug and FlatWrap Cord for neat and compact storage. Outlets To Go is so light and thin, you'll take it everywhere! Better yet, the space-saving 3-outlet Dual-Side design with extra-wide spaced outlets prevents bulky AC adapters from blocking free outlets.

Safety and Peace of Mind for Travelers

If there is one thing more frustrating than checking into a hotel after a long day, searching for AC outlets and then finding just one lone socket at the base of a lamp, it's the anxiety of not knowing if this will happen tonight! With Outlets To Go you'll always have enough outlets to charge and power all your electronics. You'll have peace of mind knowing that all your portable devices are safe and ready to use, day and night.

Monster Outlets To Go 3 USB is black and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99. Outlets To Go without USB port are available in 3-, 4- and 6-plug models in white, silver and black.

Marware Sportfolio Deluxe for MacBook Air

Sportfolio DeluxePR: Marware Inc. announces the Sportfolio Deluxe for MacBook Air. This sleek, protective neoprene bag covers and protects the world's thinnest notebook without adding bulk. The Sportfolio Deluxe has comfortable carrying handles and an adjustable padded, shock-absorbing shoulder strap that provides an additional carrying solution.


  • Orca skin pocket that expands to fit your needs
  • Plush lined interior
  • Zipper lining to protect against scratches
  • Plastic inserts for impact protection
  • Interior pockets for power adapter, remote, SuperDrive, and iPod, camera or mouse
  • Easy-grip bottom for carrying as a folio
  • Sportfolio DeluxeHeadphone access

The Sportfolio Deluxe for MacBook Air hugs your ultra thin notebook, providing complete protection and a sleek, professional look and feel. The Sportfolio Deluxe comes in black and may be purchased at select retail stores or online for $49.99 USD. Marware is a leading provider of software and accessory solutions for Apple iPhones, iPods, and notebooks. For more information, please visit their website.

Marware Sportfolio for MacBook Air

SportfolioPR: Marware Inc. announces the Sportfolio for MacBook Air. The Sportfolio has a large secure interior pocket for business essentials. This sleek, yet rugged neoprene case covers and protects the world's thinnest notebook without adding bulk. Dual lined zippers provide easy access to your notebook. The roomy exterior pockets allow for additional storage.


  • Rugged neoprene outer construction
  • Large secure interior pocket for business essentials
  • Plastic inserts for impact protection
  • Roomy exterior pockets
  • Dual, lined zippers for easy opening
  • SportfolioComfortable carrying handles
  • Removable, padded, shock-absorbing shoulder strap
  • Easy-grip bottom for carrying as a folio

The Sportfolio for MacBook Air hugs your ultra thin notebook for maximum protection and a sleek, professional look and feel. The Sportfolio comes in black and may be purchased at select retail stores or online for $49.99 USD. Marware is a leading provider of software and accessory solutions for Apple iPhones, iPods, and notebooks. For more information, please visit their website.

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

Slim pickens on the ACR site this week, with no MacBook Airs, no 15' MacBook Pros, as handful of 17-inchers and MacBooks, possible more indication that refreshed new models are imminent. Each model comes with an Apple one-year warranty, and ground shipping is free.

  • refurb 2.1 GHz Penryn MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/Combo, $949
  • refurb 2.4 GHz Penryn MacBook, white, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,099
  • refurb 2.4 GHz Penryn MacBook, black, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,299
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,099
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz hi-res Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,299
  • refurb 17" 2.6 GHz Penryn MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $2,649


  • open box 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,499.99

Wegener Media - Clamshell iBook - Pismo - 12" PowerBook - 15" Titanium PowerBook - 15" Aluminum PowerBook

  • 300 MHz clamshell iBook, blueberry or tangerine, $199.99
  • 12" PowerBook G4/867 MHz, 256/40/Combo, $469.99
  • 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/40/Combo, $509.99
  • 14" Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 128/6/DVD, $299.99
  • 14" Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 128/6/DVD, $349.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/867 MHz, 256/30/Combo, $549.99
  • 15" titanium PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $699.99
  • 15" aluminum PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $599.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz, DVI, 256/60/Combo, $629.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $679.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/Combo, $699.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/Combo, $709.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, APX, $739.99
  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, $799.99

Baucom Computers

  • 12" iBook G4/800 MHz, 640/30/Combo, $325
  • 12" iBook G4/800 MHz, 640/30/Combo, $365
  • 12" iBook G4/1.07 GHz, 640/30/Combo, $396
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1 GB/80/Combo, APX, $719
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/Combo, APX, $785
  • 15" 2.1 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 512/80/SD, APX, $1,129

Power Max

  • open box 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,699
  • open box 2.1 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,049
  • open box 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,199
  • open box 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,249
  • open box 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,449
  • open box 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2/160/SD, warranty started, $1,749
  • open box 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2/200/SD, APX, warranty started, $1849
  • open box 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, warranty started, 2/200/SD, $1,899
  • open box 15" 2.5 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2/250/SD, APX, $2,399
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,988
  • open box 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,188
  • open box 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, warranty started, $2,288
  • open box 17" 2.5 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2/250/SD, APX, $2649
  • open box 17" 2.6 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,649

PowerBook Guy

  • Blueberry clamshell iBook G3/300 MHz, 64/3/CD, $149.95
  • Tangerine clamshell iBook G3/300 MHz, 64/3/CD, $159.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 192/10/DVD, $249.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/40/Combo, $499.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/40/Combo, APX, AppleCare, $599.95
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/400, 192/6/Zip, $269.95
  • 15" 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,499.95

Beta Macs

  • Lombard PowerBook G3/400, 128/6/DVD, battery in unknown condition, $150

Custom Macs

  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/20/CD, OS X 10.2, working battery, $279.99
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 512/30/CD, APX, OS X 10.4, stop theft tags on the cover, $449.99

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