The 'Book Review

iPhone Not a Netbook, OS X on Dell Netbook, USB 2.0 External Display Adapter, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2009.05.01

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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News & Opinion

The iPhone Is Not a Netbook

OS News's Thom Holwerda notes that last week, Apple once again repeated its claim that the iPhone and iPod touch are capable of filling the netbook niche. They also claimed that netbooks can barely be called personal computers.

Thom doesn't mince words in declaring that "both of these statements are complete and utter nonsense" (I unreservedly agree) and proceeds to demonstrate why by simply writing down all the things he do with his netbook that the iPhone/iPod touch can't do.

Mac OS X/Dell Netbook Experiment has been test-driving a Dell Mini 9 OS X enabled netbook, noting that there are plenty of online tutorials explaining how to do hacked Mac OS installs and some enterprising folks are selling them online.

The verdict: The keyboard is small, which slows typing performance, the 9-inch 1024 x 600 display is "inadequate," and the build quality was also unsatisfactory, leading to an assessment that Steve Jobs' comment that sub-$500 netbooks are "junk" wasn't far off, and concluding that a low end MacBook or used MacBook represents a lot better value for dollar spent.

In the positive column, the reviewer liked the netbook's SSD drive.

Mac Format Magazine Riffs on an Apple Netbook

possible Mac netbook designUK based Mac Format Magazine weighs in with another speculative riff on what form an Apple netbook-fighter might take, noting that "the world and his dog, it would seem, want Apple to make a netbook. Even that part of the world that has no idea what a netbook is wants Apple to make one."

Mac Format thinks such a machine will use the iPhone OS, some sort of docking device with both USB and FireWire (dare we hope?) ports and a Mini DisplayPort, but no optical drive, although there would be provision to use an external one, plus provision to connect an external keyboard and pointing device, integrated 3G broadband, Bluetooth headphone support

The latest edition of Mac Format showcases Apple's previous attempts at making a netbook, a la the "quite brilliant" PowerBook Duo and tells you how you can make your own OS X netbook today.

Does Apple's Netbook Repudiation Signal a Shift?

Cnet's Brooke Crothers suggests that Apple COO Tim Cook's recent negative comments about Netbooks "may reflect an incipient movement to look beyond this category of laptops" and echo lingering disaffection with the netbook business model, citing a New York Times blog's observation that "contempt may be too kindly a term" to describe Apple's attitude toward Netbooks.

Crothers predicts that the staying power of Netbooks will be tested over the next 12 months, but that it's far from time to be writing their digital obituary, their popularity may become entrenched as consumers acclimate themselves to this mode of computing, as Atom gets updated, and as 3G becomes a part of the feature set.

Apple Doesn't Get Netbooks? Too Bad

IDG News Service's Dan Nystedt weighs in saying it's "No wonder everyone is pining for Steve Jobs to return to Apple. Other executives at the company don't seem to grasp future product trends."

Of course, neither does Steve Jobs as far as netbooks go, at least based on his comments last October.

As Dan Nystedt observes, "if that's what Apple thinks of netbooks, it's an odd way to view one of the hottest new product categories around."

I agree.

Jump in Planned Laptop Spending - What Does It Mean for Apple?

PR: ChangeWave Research's Director of Research Paul Carton says:

"Back in February, ChangeWave surveys showed a leveling off in the rate of IT spending decline. But what's going on with consumers and their personal computers? Are PCs on track for recovery or does the market remain stuck in low gear?

"According to ChangeWave's April survey of 3,231 consumers, we've picked up a jump in planned laptop spending going forward - and it's being led by escalating Netbook demand.

"But what does this mean for PC manufacturers, and Apple in particular?

PC Outlook: Next 90 Days

Consumer Buying - Apple Computers - Next 90 Days"A total of 8% of respondents plan to buy a laptop in the next 90 days - 2-pts higher than in our February survey and the first recorded uptick in 17 months. Note that planned spending on desktops (4%) remains flat.

"These findings concur with ChangeWave's latest survey results on the overall consumer electronics market, which also shows signs of stabilizing - albeit at historically low levels.

"But more importantly, the uptick in laptops is at least partially due to the fact that an already strong demand for Netbooks is continuing to escalate. Since we first reported higher consumer interest in the more affordable mini-laptops, overall Netbook demand has skyrocketed.

Netbook buying plans"Do you think the computer you plan on buying over the next 90 days will be a netbook?

"Currently, nearly a quarter of respondents (23%) who plan to buy a laptop in the next three months say it'll be a Netbook. That's 5-pts higher than in our February survey. That's also good news for the leading Netbook manufacturers including Hewlett-Packard, Acer, and ASUS.

"But what do these trends mean for Apple?

"Although Apple doesn't yet offer a Netbook, rumors continue to swirl and analysts remain divided on whether an 'Apple-Book' is going to be announced in the coming months. Regardless, there are two conclusions that can be drawn from our current PC survey data on Apple:

  • 2009 has not been a stellar year for Apple Mac sales to date. In ChangeWave's latest survey, Apple's market share dropped yet again among consumers who reported they'd bought a computer in the past 90 days.
  • Nonetheless, with the jump we're seeing in the number of consumers who plan to buy laptops over the next 90 days (the first uptick in 17 months), Apple would appear well positioned to benefit going forward.

"Still, there's the lingering issue of Apple's lack of a Netbook.

A Closer Look at Apple Mac Sales

"The Street has not expected Apple to outperform in terms of Mac sales thus far in 2009, and our survey results support this thesis - as does Apple's latest earning announcement of only 2.2 million Mac units sold for the quarter, the first year-over-year decline in 5 years.

"First the big picture - based upon our survey results, overall consumer PC sales languished during the 1st Quarter; hardly surprising considering the tough economic environment.

"In terms of overall sales, just one-in-ten respondents (10%) say they bought a laptop over the past 90 days, and 5% a desktop - both down 1-pt since our previous survey in February.

"Secondly, Apple's market share has also dropped in our survey among respondents who bought a computer over the past 90 days. Only 18% of actual purchasers say they bought an Apple laptop and 12% an Apple desktop in the 1st quarter - down 2-pts and 3-pts, respectively.

"But when we zero in on the overall situation going forward we find a different story. The uptick in planned laptop buying represents a healthy sign for Apple. That is, if consumer buying of laptops comes bouncing back this spring - as this survey shows to be of considerable likelihood - Apple should be well positioned to benefit.

Consumer Computer Purchasing Next 90 Days"Remember, the entire uptick in planned PC purchases is occurring among laptops - Apple's sweet spot within its Mac franchise - even as planned spending on desktops remains essentially unchanged.

"So what does this mean in practical terms?

"While Apple planned laptop purchases (29%) are steady if unremarkable going forward - down 1-pt since the previous survey - if the overall consumer laptop market does take off during the next 90 days, it should mean a significant number of new Mac laptop purchases for Apple.

"The ChangeWave survey results show Apple Mac sales did slow during the early months of 2009, but that underperformance may simply be due to the fact the US economy was mired in recession.

"Importantly, the current survey also shows the overall PC purchasing terrain shifting back into positive territory, with laptop manufacturers poised to be the biggest beneficiaries.

"Of course, the increase in Netbook sales are an important contributor to the overall uptick in laptop purchasing intentions, and this does raise some important questions for Apple.

"First and foremost, if the laptop rebound occurs primarily 'down market,' i.e., at price points below Apple's, could the company's lack of a Netbook line prove to be a strategic error for the Cupertino, California manufacturer?

"It's too early to say for sure, but based upon the escalating Netbook demand we've been tracking, it's little wonder that the Apple Netbook rumors continue to circulate and are a source of major speculation among analysts.

"However, with the wind finally at its back, it appears Apple is still well positioned to outperform in terms of Mac laptops going forward.

"We'll continue to monitor this one closely in our ChangeWave surveys.

The Battle of the 'Books - PC vs. Mac

The Jambar's Gary S. Angelo has posted a comparison bake-off between PC netbook/notebooks an. Apple notebooks, noting that because of software emphasis and availability, Apple computers mainly cater to right-brained activities such as video editing with iMovie but have fewer games to choose among.

'Emergency Use Only' Hard Drive for a MacBook Pro

Mac OS X Hints contributor zath says:

"I needed to get my MacBook Pro running again after the hard drive failed, but the only drive I had available was a desktop 3.5 inch SATA unit.

"So I opened up the MacBook Pro to see what could be done...."

Study Puts Value of Lost or Stolen Business Notebook at $49,000

PR: An independent study on notebook security, commissioned by Intel Corporation, analyzes the potential business costs of stolen or lost notebook computers, suggesting that in an era where "the office" can be almost anywhere, good security precautions are essential.

The study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, calculated that notebooks lost or stolen in airports, taxis and hotels around the world cost their corporate owners an average of $49,246, reflecting the value of the enclosed data above the cost of the PC.

"For a rapidly growing number of workers, desktop computers have given way to notebooks, rewarding users with the increased productivity and freedom that mobility affords," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, Mobile Platforms Group. "As this trend continues, the study suggests that companies need to be increasingly vigilant that their security systems are up for the job. At Intel, providing adequate security not only requires development of effective technologies, such as Intel™ Antitheft Technology, but also collaboration with the leading providers of encryption, data-deletion and other security services to ensure comprehensive solutions."

Intel undertook the study to better understand the problems and solutions associated with lost notebooks. The study reveals that sensitive data, not the notebook itself, is the primary factor driving costs upward. The study also suggests that use of products and technologies for encrypting data reduces the financial consequences.

Analyzing 138 instances of lost and stolen notebooks, the study based the $49,246 price tag on costs associated with replacement, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property, lost productivity, and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses. Data breach alone represents 80 percent of the cost.

"This is the first study to benchmark the full cost of a lost or stolen notebook," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Some of the results are startling to say the least, pointing to the sizable consequences associated with the loss of notebooks and, more importantly, the data inside them that companies must consider."

The study also shows that how quickly a company learns of the missing notebook plays heavily in the eventual cost. The average cost if the notebook is discovered missing the same day is $8,950, according to the study. After more than one week, this figure can reach as high as $115,849.

Who owns a missing notebook also plays an important role in the cost. Surprisingly, it is not the CEO's computer that is the most valued, but a director or manager. A senior executive's notebook is valued at $28,449, while a director or manager's notebook is worth $60,781 and $61,040, respectively.


The study found that data encryption makes the most significant difference in the average cost: A lost notebook with an encrypted hard-disk drive is valued at $37,443, compared with $56,165 for a nonencrypted version.

Intel Antitheft Technology is a "poison pill" solution programmed into the PC that can be triggered by internal detection mechanisms or by a remote server to lock a lost or stolen notebook, rendering it completely useless. The technology can respond, for example, to repeated login failures or expiration of a timer that requires a notebook to periodically connect to a central server. Intel Antitheft Technology, which is available from a growing number of PC manufacturers, is frequently offered through companies that provide data-encryption or -deletion services.

MacBook Models Compared by Kiwi PC World

New Zealand PC World's Scott Bartley reports on the most affordable Apple notebook on the market - the plastic-encased MacBook White, noting that the biggest spec difference between the low-end machine and the pricier and slicker base Unibody MacBook are slightly slower RAM and a smaller hard drive, and commenting that "whether the better build quality, slightly better specs and striking good looks of the aluminium-clad MacBook are enough to warrant the added financial burden is something only you can answer."

USB Ports Too Close Together on MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro USB ports too close together for SanDisk SD HC USB card readerTerry White's Tech Blog observes that the two USB ports on his Unibody MacBook Pro are "insanely close together", noting that his SanDisk SDHC USB card reader is just wide enough to block the second port a bit.


USB 2.0 Display Adapter - Add Additional Displays to Macs & PCs

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the new OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter, the easiest way to add an additional display to Macs and PCs via any standard USB 2.0 port. Functioning like a bus powered "external video card," the OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter adds an additional monitor to desktop and laptop computers that offer only one built-in display/video-out port. In addition, the adapter also eliminates the cost and hassle of installing a video card into a computer.

USB 2.0 Display AdapterSingle monitors often do not provide enough viewing area to display desired content; and since the OWC Display Adapter is lightweight and bus powered with no AC adapter needed, it's easy to bring on the road. The OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter makes adding an additional monitor to any computer an easy three-step process:

  1. Plug the OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter into any of the computer's available USB 2.0 ports.
  2. Plug the second monitor into the Display Adapter.
  3. Load the included driver software.

Clone Your Screen, Extend It, or View a Different Display - Supports up to 6 Simultaneous Displays

The OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter connects to HDMI, DVI, and VGA equipped displays (including the latest HD flat panel LCDs, standard CRT monitors, and projectors) in full 32-bit color at resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200. Up to 6 adapters can be configured to either clone a user's primary screen or extend the desktop, allowing visibility of more applications at the same time on up to 6 individual displays.

Multiple Monitors Increase Productivity 10%-50%

Previously used primarily by financial traders, graphic designers, and video gamers, multiple displays are now a common requirement for modern, everyday computer users that require viewing a volume of personal content and websites simultaneously. Studies have shown productivity gains of 10% to 50% with multiple monitor use, because users are able to perform more work in less time and with fewer errors.

USB 2.0 Display AdapterOWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter Multiple Display Uses:

  • Spreadsheets: view large spreadsheets across 2 screens with display continuity.
  • Multitasking: multitask more effectively without overlapping windows.
  • E-mails: open attachments on one screen while reading the e-mail on the other.
  • Reference: type documents on one screen while viewing reference material on the other.
  • Photoshop: design on one screen and use 2nd display for Photoshop pallets/tools.
  • Presentations: use a laptop to run multiple screens during a large audience presentation.
  • Charts/Data: view investment charts and live market data at the same time.
  • TV/movies: view Internet TV or DVD movies on one screen and your desktop on the other screen.

The OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter is ready to use straight from the box, so there's no need to purchase anything extra. It comes complete with:

  • USB to DVI adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • DVI to HDMI swivel adapter
  • Four foot USB 2.0 cable
  • CD-ROM with user guide and software
  • One year warranty

Available immediately, the OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter is priced at $99 MSRP from Other World Computing at Up to 4 adapters can be used with Intel based Macintosh computers running OS X 10.4 and later as well as up to 6 adapters on PCs running MS Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 SP4, or Windows Vista with Aero support.

Keep Your Laptop Cool with the New Belkin CushDesk

Belkin CushDeskPR: Belkin's new CushDesk is designed to keep your legs cool and protected from a hot laptop.

With CushDesk, you can use your laptop comfortably anywhere in your home - on your couch, your bed, or the floor. Its solid molded top provides a smooth and sturdy surface, or "work space." CushDesk is designed with a slight angle so you can easily view your laptop screen at a more comfortable angle. Additionally, its slim design lets you easily store it in your living room or bedroom.

Belkin CushDeskCurrently available in the US.

CushDesk (F8N143) - $29.99

Easy to clean.

Available in the following colors: pitch black/soft gray, espresso/fuchsia, pitch black/pitch black, pitch black/dark sky

Compatible with PC and Mac laptops with up to a 17-inch display.

Ergotron Neo-Flex Notebook Lift Stand

Ergotron Neo-Flex Notebook Lift StandPR: Named 2008 CES Innovations Honoree by Computer Electronics Association ADEX Platinum winner for design and engineering excellence by Design Journal, May 2008


  • Just add an external keyboard and get the comfort of a full desktop computer system with notebook portability
  • Smooth one-step lift and tilt functionality promotes true ergonomic viewing
  • Create a productive dual-display configuration by placing your notebook's screen alongside an LCD
  • Vented platform allows for cooling air flow
  • Integrated base rollers enable 360°r; rotation of the stand so you can share your views with others
  • Make group-viewing of family photos or the Internet more enjoyable and easy
  • Superior technical design enables use with or without a port replicator
  • Easy to use - simple installation and effortless operation
  • Can be used as a projector platform, too


Tech Specs

  • Capacity: 3.5 - 14 lb./ 1.6 - 6.3 kg
  • Lift: 6"°r;/15 cm
  • Tilt: +25°r;/-15°r;
  • Pan: 360°r;
  • Rotation

Neo-Flex Notebook Lift Stand (black) Includes stand, cable ties, hook and loop, adhesive non-slip pads

Designed for use with a separate, external keyboard for proper ergonomics

Can be used with projectors; simply turn so rear of stand points toward the screen to create a projector platform

Height Adjustment:

  • A combination of lift and tilt can move the height of a notebook's screen through a 6" (15 cm) range
  • Independent tilt range up to 25°r;
  • Patented CF motion technology produces smooth adjustment
  • Offers true ergonomic height/tilt adjustment - six-inch (15 cm) motion range places top of screen at proper eye level for maximum viewing comfort
  • Up to 360°r; of side-to-side swivel

Weight adjustable design - 3.5 - 14 lb. (1.6 - 6.3 kg) - is compatible with most laptops, with or without port replicator

Shipping Dimensions: 16.2" x 15.6" x 4.8" (412 x 396 x 122 mm)

Warranty: Three (3) years

Antec MX-25 Small, Versatile 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure

PR: Antec, Inc. has announced the MX-25 hard drive enclosure, the latest addition to Antec's VERIS family of media components. The MX-25 2.5" external hard drive enclosure is designed to offer users versatility, ease of use, and robust data transfer capability.

The MX-25 supports 2.5" SATA hard drives up to 500 GB, and features a dual USB 2.0 plus eSATA interface for data transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps and 3 Gbps, respectively. No external power adapter is required; users are able to simply install their drive, connect to their computer, and start transferring their data. The MX-25 also includes a three-head USB cable and compatibility with the latest operating systems, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Macintosh OS X.

The smallest of Antec's hard drive enclosures, the MX-25 provides lightweight portability. The MX-25 weighs 0.4 pounds, and the streamlined design with black finish makes it suitable for use at home, in the office, or on the road. The durable casing and sturdy hard drive cage also ensures that your critical data is not only portable, but protected.

The MX-25 is designed to give users the features of larger hard drive enclosures, while delivering convenience and mobility. The MX-25 will join the MX-1 and MX-100 in Antec's VERIS family of media components, presenting users with three different choices for portable data storage.

"External hard drive enclosures are a great way for users to add more capacity to their existing systems," said Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec. "The MX-25 is a fantastic enclosure for users who require robust functionality alongside lightweight portability."

The MX-25 is available now for an estimated price of $39.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors. The MX-25 is backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year Limited Warranty.

Kingston Adds Mac Compatibility to Secure USB Flash Drive

PR: Kingston Technology Co., Inc. has announced that its DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition (DTVP) USB Flash drive is now compatible with Apple Mac operating systems (OS X 10.4x 10.5x).

DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition"Our DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition has been popular with enterprise and government customers who use Windows-based systems and are looking for a safe and secure way to transport portable data," said Mark Akoubian, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "We are happy to add Mac support to this 100-percent secured drive so the Apple community can be assured they have an on-the-go storage solution that is the best on the market at safeguarding data."

Data onboard the DTVP is secured by hardware-based, on-the-fly, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The drive has fast data transfer rates and is protected from brute-force attacks by locking down after 10 unsuccessful login attempts. After lockdown, a reformat is necessary to make the Flash drive operable again. For additional protection, the DTVP is made of aluminum and is waterproof up to a depth of four feet.

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition

Part Number, MSRP

(US only. Prices subject to change.)

  • DTVP/2 GB, $110.00
  • DTVP/4 GB, $177.00
  • DTVP/8 GB, $308.00
  • DTVP/16 GB, $502.00
  • DTVP/32 GB, $910.00

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition Features/Specifications

  • Fully Supports Macintosh OS
  • Full Encryption: 100 percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • Fast: data transfer rates of up to 24 MB/sec. read and up to 10 MB/sec write*
  • Secure: drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts
  • Enforced Password Protection: complex password is user set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access
  • Easy to Use: no admin rights or application installation required
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty with 24/7 customer support
  • Durable: aluminum casing
  • Waterproof: protects against water damage**
  • Dimensions: 3.06 3 x 0.9 3 x 0.47 3 (77.9 mm x 22.2 mm x 12.05 mm)
  • Capacities***: 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Compatibility: designed to USB 2.0 specifications
  • Operating Temperatures: 32 F to 140 F (0 C to 60 C)
  • Storage Temperatures: -4 F to 185 F (-20 C to 85 C)

* Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage

** Up to 4 ft.; conforms to IEC 60529 IPX8. Product must be clean and dry before use.

*** Note: Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage.

Ingram Micro Expands Line of V7 Laptop Cases

PR: V7, the exclusive house brand for Ingram Micro Inc. and provider of premier computer accessories worldwide, today announced the expansion of its popular "V7 by Targus" line of laptop bags.

The new additions to the line of V7 carrying cases manufactured by Targus include a premium TSA "checkpoint-friendly" top-loading case, two backpacks, a messenger bag and sleeves for both 17-inch and 15.6-inch laptops. As with the previously announced products, the expanded line of high-value V7 by Targus laptop computer carrying cases feature quality materials and a distinctive design to meet the needs of the economical, fashion-conscious, business-casual user.

"We're pleased with the response from our VAR and SMB customers to our first V7 by Targus laptop computer cases announced earlier this year," said Kevin Prewett, vice president of vendor management for North America, Ingram Micro Inc. "These latest products offer more choices for customers wanting the same quality, reliability and performance from first-tier brands without paying premium prices."

Deluxe Toploader CaseThe V7 by Targus notebook case category currently features the Deluxe Toploader Case. The new additions in this category include:

Premium Toploader Case - Designed with the consistent business traveler in mind, the Premium Toploader Case includes the patent-pending Airport Checkpoint Friendly feature that allows a traveler to keep the laptop inside the case while going through airport security.

Able to accommodate up to a 15.6-inch widescreen notebook, the Premium Toploader Case includes a dedicated padded notebook compartment, a separate zippered file section with two internal padded accessory pockets and two front pockets for easy access to pens, business cards, keys and other accessories. An adjustable, padded shoulder strap provides optimum comfort and weight distribution. Available in black with gray accents, the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Premium Toploader Case is $69.95.

Standard Frontloader Case - Available in both 15.6- and 17-inch sizes, the Standard Frontloader Cases feature a lightweight design with a dedicated, padded notebook computer compartment with a webbed security strap for added protection. A front-zippered pocket provides quick access to business cards, pens, keys or other accessories. An adjustable, padded shoulder strap offers optimum comfort and weight distribution. Available in black with gray accents, the MSRPs for the 15.6- and 17-inch Standard Frontloader Cases are $29.95 and $39.95 respectively.

Value Toploader Case - Designed to fit up to a 15.6-inch widescreen laptop, the Value Toploader Case features a dedicated padded notebook section and a separate zippered file section with two internal padded accessory pockets. The zippered front pocket is perfect for holding pens and business cards. The adjustable, padded shoulder strap offers optimum comfort and weight distribution. Available in black with gray accents, the MSRP for the Value Toploader Case is $44.95.

backpacksThe V7 by Targus backpack line currently features the Urban and Urban Slim Backpacks. The new addition in this category is the Deluxe Backpack. Designed to accommodate up to a 15.6-inch widescreen laptop, the Deluxe Backpack features a dedicated padded notebook compartment, a workstation that includes a key clip, three pen loops, two accessory pockets and a sleeve for files or other paper work. Two additional side zipper pockets provide additional storage of accessories. Available in black with gray accents, the MSRP for the Deluxe Backpack is $49.95.

Standard Messenger CaseIn the messenger case category, the latest V7 by Targus entry is the Standard Messenger Case. Designed to accommodate up to a 15.6-inch widescreen laptop, the Standard Messenger Case features a dedicated padded notebook compartment with enough space left over to store books and paperwork. The bag also features a front pocket, two side mesh pockets for water bottles, a key clip, two pen loops and a cell phone pocket. The adjustable, padded shoulder strap provides optimum comfort and weight distribution. Available in black with gray accents, the MSRP for the Standard Messenger Case is $24.95.

Metro Messenger CaseFinally, in addition to the Smart Slip Case, the 15.6-inch and 17-inch Standard Sleeves round out the V7 by Targus slip case category. Designed to be a soft, lightweight solution to protect laptops from scratches and dust, these cases can be used alone or within an existing laptop case. Available in black with gray accents, the MSRPs for the 15.6- and 17-inch Standard Sleeves are $14.95 and $19.95 respectively.

All V7 products are available through Ingram Micro's VAR customers including government and education resellers and online e-tailers. VARs and retailers can contact their Ingram Micro sales team at 1-800-456-8000 for more information or to order V7 by Targus carrying cases.

V7 is Ingram Micro's exclusive global house brand for high-quality IT accessories, peripherals, and supplies, including notebook computer cases, replacement batteries, LCD monitors, cables, keyboards, mice, and toner. Leveraging worldwide operational excellence, real-time market intelligence and global sourcing power, V7 delivers state of the art products at an unmatched value, maximizing return on investment for resellers and higher customer satisfaction.

Bargain 'Books

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

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

Apple Store

A good selection of old-school MacBooks this week as low as $849, plus a full slate of refurb Unibodies, save for the 17-incher.

  • refurb 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $999
  • refurb 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, Nvidia, 2 GB/120, $1,549
  • refurb 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,099
  • refurb 1.8 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/64 SSD, $1,299
  • refurb 2.0 GHz MacBook White, 1 GB/120/SD, $849
  • refurb 2.1 GHz MacBook White, 1 GB/120/Combo, $849
  • refurb 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,099
  • refurb 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 SSD/SD, $1,699
  • refurb 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 SSD/SD, $1,899
  • refurb 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,699
  • refurb 15" 2.53 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $1,999
  • refurb 17" hi-res 2.5 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/200/SD, $1,899
  • refurb 17" 2.6 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/200 GB @ 7200 rpm/SD, $1,899

GainSaver Macintosh Stimulus Sale on Certified Preowned Macs

GainSaver has announced that it is extending the duration of its Macintosh Stimulus Sale, as well as lowering promotional prices even further.

Hundreds more used Macs are arriving daily, and GainSaver is facing a logistical problem of where to put them all. The company has too many units in stock right now of every Macintosh model: iMac, iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro systems.

"Top priority is selling units on hand at whatever price we have to, "said Steve Harper, director of sales at GainSaver. "I think we now have the most used Macs for sale anywhere under one roof. We need to clear some out just to make some room. It is a buyer's market."

GainSaver announced the company's lowest prices ever on every used Mac in stock.

  • $494 - MacBook 13.3" 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo White (MA254LL/A)
  • $557 - MacBook 13.3" 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Black (MA701LL/A)
  • $548 - MacBook 13.3" 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo White (MA700LL/A)
  • $530 - MacBook 13.3" 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo White (MA255LL/A)
  • $575 - MacBook 13.3" 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Black (MB063LL/A)
  • $593 - MacBook 13.3" 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo White (MB062LL/A)
  • $683 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo (MA463LL/A)
  • $710 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo (MA600LL/A)
  • $773 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo (MA601LL/A)
  • $836 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (MA609LL/A)
  • $809 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (MA895LL/A)
  • $863 - MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo (MA610LL/A)
  • $584 - 17" PowerBook G4/1.0 GHz (M8793LL/A)
  • $629 - 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz (M9110LL/A)
  • $719 - 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz (M9970LL/A)
  • $107 - 17" Studio Display (M7649ZM/A)
  • $1,169 - MacBook Pro 17' 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo (MA611LL/A)

GainSaver customers can build their own customized Macintosh system at the GainSaver website using the System Configurator. They can choose the components they need from a range of hard drives, optical drives and memory configurations. All components are installed and tested before shipping.

The Certified Preowned Macintosh computers sold by GainSaver have been fully tested and certified by the company's trained Apple technicians. Every major component is verified to be in 100% working order before shipment. Certified Preowned Macs from GainSaver come ready to boot up and use with Apple OS X and Apple iLife installed.

Stimulus Sale pricing will continue until inventory is reduced to manageable levels.


  • 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,099.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,209.99
  • 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,489.99
  • 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,799.99
  • 15" 2.53 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $2,199.99
  • 17" 2.5 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/250/SD, $1,949.99
  • 17" 2.66 GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, 4 GB/320/SD, $2,579.99

Wegener Media - G3 iBooks - 15" Titanium PowerBook - 15" Aluminum PowerBook - MacBook - 17" MacBook Pro

  • 12" iBook G3/500, 128/10/CD, $169.99
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 128/15/CD, $249.99
  • 12" iBook G3/700, 128/20/Combo, $329.99
  • 12" iBook G3/800, 256/30/Combo, $399.99
  • 12" iBook G3/900, 256/40/Combo, $489.99
  • 12" PowerBook G4/867, 256/40/Combo, $489.99
  • 1.83 GHz Core Duo MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, $594.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook, white, 512/60/Combo, $659.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook, black, 512/80/SD, $719.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/80/SD, $769.99
  • 2.0 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 1 GB/120/SD, $799.99
  • 15" Titanium PowerBook G4/867 MHz, 256/30/Combo, $549.99
  • 15" Titanium PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $699.99
  • 15" Aluminum PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $599.99
  • 15" Aluminum PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $639.99
  • 15" Aluminum PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1 GB/80/Combo, $679.99
  • 15" Aluminum PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, APX, $729.99
  • 15" hi-res Aluminum PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/80/SD, APX, $799.99
  • 17" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD, $1,329.99


  • 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 1.25 GB/40/Combo, $499
  • 1.83 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/60 GB/Combo, $579
  • 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/60/Combo, $589
  • 2.0 GHz MacBook, white, 1 GB/60/SD, $629
  • 2.0 GHz MacBook, black, 1 GB/160/SD, $679
  • 14" iBook G4/933 MHz, 640/40/Combo, APX, $379
  • 14" iBook G4/1.33 GHz, 1 GB/40/SD, APX, $449
  • 15" 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/80/SD, $849
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/80/SD, $899
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, scratched, $649
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD $799
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/120/SD $899

Baucom Computers

  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, $609

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