The 'Book Review

Hackintosh Dell Mini Worth It?, Smallest External Notebook Drive, Troubleshooting Your 'Book, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2009.05.26

We've added a new category for articles this week: Troubleshooting - this week with five links. We plan to use this category in our future news roundups when appropriate.

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

Hackintosh Dell Mini 9: Is it Worth it?

The Apple Blog's David Klein says:

"With the help of a friend who already successfully completed the process, I managed to install OS X on my new Dell Mini 9. This was my first and, hopefully, my last Dell purchase. Sorry, Apple. I became too curious. Everyone appeared to love their hackintosh netbooks, so I decided to go for it...."

A Week on a Netbook, and I'm Not Missing My Laptop

InfoWorld's Randall C. Kennedy says:

"It's been a week since I began my netbook odyssey, and after seven days of nearly exclusive netbook use, I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by how well I'm adjusting. In addition to enjoying the HP Mini 2140's portability, I'm also discovering that I can in fact do without many of the must-have features of a traditional notebook PC, features that I was sure I'd be missing by now."

$370 Dell Netbook Touted as 'Student Rugged'

Desktop Linux reports:

"Dell is readying a netbook for the K-12 educational market with a rubberized case and an optional touchscreen. Incorporating an Intel Atom N270 with 1 GB RAM, the Latitude 2100 offers a 10.1-inch display, WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, up to 250 GB storage, and Ubuntu Linux, says Dell."

Newton eMate 300 Apple Already Had a 'Student Rugged' Netbook

Thomas Fitzgerald says:

"With all the talk lately about netbooks, and more importantly with everyone in the industry saying that Apple needs to sell a netbook, people often forget that before the category even existed, way back in 1997 Apple had a product that was remarkably similar to what people think of as a netbook today. That product was of course the eMate 300...."

Unibody MacBook Pro Catches Fire

Posting on Mac Forums, MacBook Pro owner Ken Brinkman says that after retiring around midnight as usual he woke up around 1:30 a.m. to the smell of burning plastic and realized, to his horror, that his MacBook Pro was on fire, with smoke pouring out of the seam between the unibody and bottom enclosure, the keyboard, around the edges, and out the ports on the left side, hot enough to burn his hand pretty badly ripping the power adapter out. The MagSafe adapter was completely engulfed in green flames, and a folder underneath the computer was burned as well.

However, it could have been much worse, Ken notes. "What if I didn't wake up? It could of [sic] burned my house down."

In a follow-up post, Ken notes that he left the computer on to copy over 100 GB of data, intending to leave it on overnight to complete the first backup, and says he thinks the problem was with the computer, not the MagSafe power adapter, since that particular machine had broken two other power supplies and he had just gotten it back from the Apple Store after a logic board and fan assembly replacement.


Troubleshoot Your MacBook to Solve the Most Vexing Laptop Problems

Macworld's Ted Landau says:

From touchy trackpads to balking batteries, Apple's portable computers (the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air) are vulnerable to certain problems not shared by their desktop siblings.

If you have an Apple laptop that's giving you grief, Ted endeavors to explain how to fix several of the most common 'Book woes:

  • Sluggish performance
  • Display problems
  • Glossy display
  • Battery not charging
  • Need FireWire (but noting that if you have one of the latest 13" MacBooks you are simply out of luck and will have to find a USB alternative).
  • Trackpad button failure
  • Dead laptop

Mac Notebook Won't Start? Reset the Power Manager

My First Mac's Chris Kerins says:

"I've been trying to get every last month out of my 6 year old 17" PowerBook G4 but it's been not starting for me lately. I've already had power issues when I cracked it open myself to do a repair and broke a connector. Whoops! So now the power will cut out if I press on it wrong when the power cord isn't connected. Not good."

MacBook Pro: Now Cooler and Quieter

On-Screen Scientist says:

"This will be a brief coda to a couple of recent posts in which I related how I finally solved an ever-worsening (OS changes?) problem of overheating on my first generation MacBook Pro. See 'What a Relief! MacBook Pro Overheating Problem Cured - Really' and 'Can't Boil Water With Vista on My MacBook Pro Anymore' for the details. The solution turned out to be undervolting - setting CPU operating voltages at values (determined by experiment) below the overly conservative ones set at the factory. A great little piece of software called CoolBook enables one to do that on the Mac. A similar program (RMclock) is available for Windows."

Trackpad Options Missing in OS X 10.5.7?

MacFixIt says that in previous versions of OS X, there was an option for laptops to ignore trackpad input when a mouse or other pointer device was connected, but this feature is gone in Mac OS X 10.5.7 (and first went missing with 10.5.6), along with the option to prevent accidental trackpad input when typing. Locations in the battery system menu that disappeared with 10.5.6 update, although he adds that the change appears to be specific to certain MacBook models, possibly just units with multitouch-capable trackpads.

MacBook and MacBook Pro Sleep Issues with OS X 10.5.7

MacFixIt reports that one of the issues reported by its readers regarding sleep issues with MacBooks and MacBook Pros after installing the latest update to Apple's operating system, Mac OS X 10.5.7, appears to be a fairly significant issue: killing the laptop's ability to sleep via clamshell closing - or it erratically won't go to sleep and then won't wake up - and suggests that the issue appears to be related to the ethernet settings on notebooks. If you are having this issue and your ethernet port is enabled, try disabling it, log out, or restart your Mac, and then re-enable it.


World's Smallest 2.5" External Hard Drive

Freecom Mobile Drive XXS

PR: Freecom introduce the Mobile Drive XXS - the world's smallest 2.5" USB 2.0 external hard drive and the latest addition to the mobile storage family. Boasting a massive 27% reduction in size than its closest competitor, the XXS is not just small in design but also the lightest 2.5" external hard drive in the market, weighing in at just 155g. The XXS is small in design but is big on storage, offering up to 320 GB of mobile backup.

Technology explained: What makes the XXS so small?

The Freecom Mobile Drive XXS contains is the worlds first native USB interface 2.5" hard drive. Covered in a formfitting rubber sleeve for optimal grip, the native USB removes the requirement for additional heavy casings around the hard drive and bulky components, reducing its overall weight and volume.

The Freecom Mobile Drive XXS is the perfect solution for mobile users, PC or Mac, due to its size, bus-powered connectivity (no additional power adapters required), and compact USB cable.

The XXS offers a range of capacities from 160 GB up to 320 GB, accommodating all types of usage and price requirements, making the Freecom Mobile Drive XXS the best value portable hard drive in the market!

The Mobile Drive XXS will be available from the end of July 2008 and will be an exciting addition to the Freecom family.

The Mobile Drive XXS comes with one-year manufacturers warranty and unlimited (UK based) help desk support. Provided by Freecom, bringing you the latest in storage technologies.


  • Mobile Drive XXS 160 GB, $89
  • Mobile Drive XXS 250 GB, $109
  • Mobile Drive XXS 320 GB, $119
  • Mobile Drive XXS 400 GB, $135
  • Mobile Drive XXS 500 GB, $189

New Generation of Ultra-Stylish Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives

Iomege eGo hard drivePR: Iomega has announced the worldwide availability of a new generation of the exciting Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, featuring new look USB 2.0-powered models with superior ruggedness and the broadest suite of bundled data protection software in the industry, and all backed with a three-year limited warranty. Available in four different colors and up to 500 GB in capacity, the new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is the ultimate embodiment of style and function in portable drives today.

"The new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives are the perfect companions for home users and professionals that want to take their files anywhere with the assurance of a superior rugged portable drive that has style to spare and a compact form with flair," said Jonathan Huberman, President of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "After two very successful years with the previous model, the new eGo drive sports a compact, sleek new aluminum enclosure in eye-catching colors and comes complete with a suite of backup and antivirus software to protect your data and your laptop, netbook or personal computer. Top it all off with the best drop spec in the industry and the new eGo drive is the portable hard drive this summer for dads and grads and everyone else."

A key element of the Iomega Protection Suite is McAfee VirusScan Plus, the market-leading antivirus, anti-spyware software.

"In today's world of increasing attacks on consumers' data by the bad guys, it's as important to protect your external hard drive data as it is to protect your PC's local data," said Todd Gebhart, President, Consumer Products, McAfee, Inc. "Iomega is the first to recognize this fact and we're pleased to be partnering with them in this fight."

Cool Hardware with Superior Functionality

The new USB 2.0-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive comes in variety of colors and capacities: the bright Ruby Red model is available in 250 GB, 320 GB and 500 GB capacities; the sparkling Silver model comes in 320 GB; and the deep Midnight Blue model is available in 320 GB. (Color and capacity combinations vary in international markets.)

Inside an anodized aluminum shell little more than a half-inch thick (16 mm) and weighing less than 7 ounces (200 grams) is a state-of-the-art 2.5" portable hard drive. Iomega's Drop Guard™ feature protects data on the new eGo drive from drops of up to 51", or 40% above the industry average! The new 500 GB Iomega eGo™ BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0, available in June, comes complete with a black eGo Power Grip Belt and Iomega's Drop Guard™ Xtreme, which provides unparalleled protection for the drive from drops of up to 7 feet (2.1 mm) - over twice the industry average!

All of the new USB 2.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives receive power from a laptop or computer's USB port so there's no power supply to carry around. And unlike other portable hard drives, the new USB 2.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives ship with a "Y" cable which gives users the flexibility to use two USB ports to power the drive, if needed. And with up to 500 GB of capacity, the new eGo drive can store up to 2,000,000 photos, over 9,250 hours of music or 750 hours of video**.

Most Powerful Software Package Bundle with a Portable Hard Drive Today

Bundled free of charge with the new USB-powered eGo Portable Hard Drives is the new Iomega Protection Suite, a one-stop portfolio of backup and antivirus software giving users added protection for their photos, videos, music and other files.

The Iomega Protection Suite includes:

  • McAfee VirusScan Plus: a free six-month subscription to this market-leading software that protects your PC with antivirus, anti-spyware, 2-way firewall, and web security protection (PC only).
  • Iomega QuikProtect: backup software for simple scheduled file-level backup of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
  • EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD: backup all of your data plus applications and settings (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
  • MozyHome Online Backup: Convenient online backup service with 2 GB of online capacity for free (unlimited online storage for $4.95/month). MozyHome Online service allows you to restore your most important data from any computer with internet access, at any location in the world.

All of the software elements in the Iomega Protection Suite are accessible via easy download to new eGo Portable Hard Drive owners.


The new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 models are compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista™, and Mac OS X 10.4 or above. MozyHome software is available for Windows XP and Windows Vista, along with Mac OS X 10.4 and above. EMC Retrospect software is available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

New eGo Portable Hard Drive Accessories

Available for purchase at are two new accessories for the new USB-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive: a durable black carry case, and the Iomega Power Grip Belt (like the one on the eGo BlackBelt Drive), available in black and translucent colors.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 family of drives are available today, except for the new Iomega BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive 500 GB USB 2.0, which will be available in June. The 250 GB Ruby Red eGo model is priced at $84.99; the 320 GB Ruby Red, Midnight Blue and Silver eGo models are $94.99; the 500 GB Ruby Red is $134.99; and the 500 GB BlackBelt eGo model is $139.99. (All pricing is US suggested retail.) All of the new USB-powered eGo models include a 3-year limited warranty, and are available from online retailers, VARs, resellers and select retailers, as well as at

In June, Iomega will announce additional new eGo Portable Hard Drive models with multiple interface combinations.

*1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
** 4 photos/MB - highly compressed 3-megapixel JPEG photos; 1.1 min/MB - 128 kbps MP3 audio; 11 MB/Min - DVD MPEG 2 (720 x 480).

OWC Express Pocket-Sized USB 2.0 Bus Powered Enclosure for 2.5" SATA Drives

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) announces the new OWC Express USB 2.0 Enclosure, a pocket-sized, Mac and PC compatible USB 2.0 bus powered enclosure priced under $20 that accepts a single 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) I/II hard drive for the ultimate combination of style and value in portable data storage and backup.

Compact and Versatile - No AC Adapter Needed

The 2 ounce, near iPhone-sized OWC Express USB 2.0 Enclosure offers bus powered personal storage performance in an ultraportable design. With no AC adapter needed, a USB connecting cable and carrying sleeve included, and compatibility with Macs and PCs, the OWC Express puts music, photos, and personal data in the fast lane. And with a choice of three colors - Discreet Black, Sleek Silver, and Smooth White - the OWC Express allows users to express their digital life with personal style.

Easy Three Step, Five Minute Drive Installation

Adding a 2.5" SATA I/II hard drive to the OWC Express is an easy, three-step process that can be performed at home in under five minutes and without any special tools or experience:

  1. Unscrew two Phillips #1 screws and separate the OWC Express case halves.
  2. Connect a 2.5" SATA I/II hard drive to the OWC Express bridgeboard.
  3. Reassemble the OWC Express.

"This enclosure really defines personal storage," said Grant Dahlke, Marketing Manager, Other World Computing. "With a DIY style that anyone can perform in minutes, choice of colors, and lightweight small footprint, the OWC Express gives users total control over their storage configuration needs."

The OWC Express is available immediately priced at $19.99 MSRP from Other World Computing. It's compatible with Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.0.x and later, and Windows 98SE or later operating systems and comes with a USB 2.0/1.1 Mini-B connecting cable, carrying sleeve, and one year warranty.

OWC Express Technical Specifications:

  • Jmicron 20329 USB 2.0 chipset
  • One USB 2.0/1.1 Mini-B port
  • Data transfer speeds up to 60 MBps (480 Mbps)*
  • Supports one 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) I/II hard drive up to 9.5mm height
  • Supports hard drives up to 7200 RPM
  • Cool Blue status indicator LED
  • Super quiet fanless operation
  • Lightweight, impact resistant ABS plastic
  • Dimensions: 3.07" (W) x 5.12" (D) x .55" (H)
  • Weight (no drive): 2.0 ounces
  • Includes carrying sleeve and interface connecting cable
  • One year warranty

* This is the maximum USB 2.0 bandwidth. Real world throughput tops out at about 2/3 of that (40 MBps or 320 Mbps). Faster notebook hard drives can achieve 60-80 MBps throughput, overkill for USB. ed

MyService Offers 500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive Upgrade

PR: MyService has announced a new 500 GB 7200 RPM upgrade program for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. You can now upgrade your MacBook or MacBook Pro to a super-fast 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. These drives boot faster and improve application performance versus traditional 5400 RPM drives. All prices include free roundtrip shipping, installation, data transfer and a laptop shipping container.

MyService has announced a new 500 GB 7200 RPM upgrade program for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. You can now upgrade your MacBook or MacBook Pro to a super-fast 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. These drives boot faster and improve application performance versus traditional 5400 RPM drives. All prices include free roundtrip shipping, installation, data transfer and a laptop shipping container.

MyService makes the service process fast and easy. No phone trees, no run-around, just awesome service. MyService sends a custom laptop shipping container to you. Once it arrives, simply pack your laptop and send it back using the prepaid UPS shipping label. All shipping is insured and can be tracked online. You may drop your laptop at any one of the 4,200 UPS Store locations within the United States.

Once your laptop is back at MyService, a certified technician installs the new drive and transfers the data over from your old drive. If your old hard drive is failing, a new operating system is installed. All drives feature a 3 year manufacturer warranty.

After the service is completed, your laptop is cleaned, tested and sent back to you, along with your old drive. All services are completed within 24 hours of arrival. MyService accepts purchase orders from education facilities. For more information visit the MyService website or call 877-622-3473.

8x Mercury Internal SuperDrives for 13" MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) announces new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits for MacBook 13" and MacBook Pro 15" notebook computers. The new OWC Mercury SuperDrives offer faster burn speeds than factory - up to 8x DVD, 6x DVD-DL (Dual-Layer 8.5 GB), 5x DVD-RAM, and 24x CD burn speeds with support for DVD+/-R/RW, DVD+/-R DL (Dual-Layer), DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW media. OWC Mercury SuperDrive Upgrade Kits add the fastest optical drive performance available to new and existing MacBook/MacBook Pro notebooks.

"The new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits offer faster read/write performance than our previous upgrade kits, as well as burning several media types (including the widely popular Dual Layer DVDs) faster than the factory installed drive," said Larry O'Connor, President, Other World Computing. "Whether you have an original MacBook or MacBook Pro from 2006 or a non-"Unibody" from 2008, our Mercury SuperDrive Kits will make your Mac's optical drive provide higher performance and more media support too."

New OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits for MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks available immediately:

OWC Mercury SuperDrive Dual-Layer Internal Drive Kit for MacBook 13" and MacBook Pro 15" (Non-"Unibody"): features up to 8x DVD+/-R burn, 6x DVD-R DL burn, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R burn, and 1 year OWC warranty. Priced at $147.99.

"Value Bundle" of this same SuperDrive Kit, priced at $159.99, also includes 10 pieces of 8x DVD-R media in jewel case, ProSoft Data Backup 3 software, and NTI DragonBurn CD/DVD authoring software.

The new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits have been fully tested for compatibility with Apple and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burner, Apple iDVD, Apple DVD Studio Pro, EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and Nero Burning. Printed instructions and online installation videos show how easy it is to install and use OWC Mercury SuperDrives.

In addition to the new SuperDrive upgrades for MacBook 13" and MacBook Pro 15" notebooks announced today, OWC also offers internal and external SuperDrive upgrades for nearly every Mac desktop, tower and notebook computer introduced over the last decade, including Mac Pro, PowerMac G3/G4/G5, iMac G4/G5, Mac mini, eMac, PowerBook G4 Titanium 15", PowerBook G4 12/15/17" Aluminum, and iBook G4. If you would like to upgrade from a factory-installed CD, CD-RW, and/or DVD read-only drive; replace a slower or inoperative SuperDrive; or expand drive capabilities, OWC has the best solutions with prices starting at $28.99 for Internal SuperDrives and $69.99 for External FireWire+USB 2.0 SuperDrives. OWC SuperDrive upgrades feature faster read/write DVD, Dual-Layer DVD, and CD burn speeds up to 22X for DVDs and 48x for CDs. In addition to support for DVD+/-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-DL formats, OWC SuperDrives are also available with new features, including support for Blu-ray, LightScribe laser labeling, DVD-RAM, and more.

Rebates up to $25 for Old Optical Drives

OWC offers rebates of up to $25 to users who send in any older working Apple or Apple compatible optical drive after upgrading to a new, faster SuperDrive purchased from OWC.

Speck SeeThru and SeeThru Satin Hard Shell Cases for 17" Unibody MacBook Pro

SeeThru hard shell case for 17" Unibody MacBook ProPR: Speck has announced its extremely popular SeeThru and SeeThru Satin hard shell cases are now available for Apple's newly announced 17" aluminum unibody MacBook Pro notebook. The two new form-fit styles, available in SeeThru in clear and soft-touch SeeThru Satin in black, are both on sale now at Apple Stores,, and

"We've had very strong demand for our SeeThru hard shells on previous 17" MacBook Pro models," said Rusty Everett, Executive Vice President of Sales for Speck. "We listened closely to customers and dealers to determine the colors and styles that were most in demand and we're excited to offer them to new unibody 17" MacBook Pro owners today."

SeeThru hard shell case for 17" Unibody MacBook ProSeeThru is a road-tested, translucent two-piece clear hard shell case that will protect your MacBook from scrapes and scratches caused by life's bumbles and thumps. The SeeThru Satin offers the same hard shell protection as SeeThru but features a soft-touch outer finish that gives the new unibody 17" MacBook Pro a semi-translucent frosted appearance that easily slips in and out your bag or backpack while retaining a grippy edge for extra peace of mind. Precise device-specific engineering makes both case styles a custom fit that highlights the sleek look of your new unibody MacBook Pro. In addition, the hard shells both personalize and protect the MacBook while offering complete access to all ports, controls and functions, including the battery status check button, without the need to remove the case. Both SeeThru and SeeThru Satin hard shell cases are available for $49.95 MSRP.

WaterField Designs Intros the Muzetto, an Urban Man Bag

Muzetto bagPR: WaterField Designs, maker of custom laptop sleeves, and designer bags and cases for digital-minded professionals, announces the Muzetto bag for men. Designed to complement men's clothing, it features distressed, dark brown, leather with a choice of six color accents. The Muzetto is available in two sizes for daily and travel use: the Personal Size for carrying daily essentials and small digital items, and the Laptop Size that fits up to a 13 inch MacBook and accessories. All WaterField Designs bags are made in the USA.

Muzetto bagThe Muzetto is a lightweight, vertical bag with an adjustable strap. Every detail is engineered with look and functionality in mind. The bag includes one main compartment, a back pocket, an under-flap pocket, and a zippered interior pocket, thus men can designate a place for each item. A gold liner lights up the interior making contents easy to differentiate. The flap length and angled sides add to its svelte look. To reduce shoulder and back fatigue, a removable, shoulder pad with a gripping underside keeps the strap firmly in place, and lowered D-ring strap attachments on the Laptop Size bag keep the load balanced.

Muzetto bagThe bag hangs naturally against the body, and its clean and refined look complements any outfit - casual jeans to a dressier blazer. Personalization options include a choice of six color accents and two sizes for using a : the Personal Size for caring daily necessities including a wallet, cellphone, digital camera, MP3 player and sunglasses, and the Laptop Size for up to a 13 inch MacBook and more. Both sizes are small enough to provide unrestricted motion yet large enough to stow essentials and digital gear.

Muzetto bag"With celebrities like David Beckham, Robert Downey Jr. and Brad Pitt toting man bags, there has been a huge increase in demand and popularity of bags for men and their digital gear," noted Gary Waterfield, company founder. "In today's fast-paced world, there is an ever-increasing need to carry around gadgets and essentials - far too many to stuff into pockets. The Muzetto offers a man peace of mind that his necessities are safely stowed, while enhancing virtually anything he wears. The textured leather has a certain masculine worldly look - as if it has stories to tell - and that makes life interesting."

The Muzetto:

  • Personal Size - $179. Dimensions: 10.5" x 8.5". Colors: Distressed, brown, cowhide leather with color accents in black, copper, pine, grass, flame, or pearl.
  • Laptop Size - $239. Dimensions: 14" x 11". Colors: Distressed, brown cowhide leather with color accents in black, copper, pine, grass, flame or pearl.

Proporta Perfora Leather Style Laptop Case for 13" MacBook

Perfora Leather Style Laptop CasePR: The Perfora Netbook/MacBook Case offers robust protection and a sharp, stylish finish. This sleeve is the ideal case for your Netbook or unibody MacBook.

The handcrafted faux-leather exterior guards against everyday damage, scratches and knocks, and the contrast stripe and perforation detail design means that it cuts quite a dash in the process, whilst inside the luxury lining will cocoon your Netbook in the finest style - and safety. The Perfora Netbook Case is available in black and is suitable for your Apple MacBook 13" or any Netbook with a 13" screen.

Perfora Leather Style Laptop CaseKey Features

  • Handcrafted from fine quality faux-leather.
  • Luxury lining and robust exterior guard against scratches and knocks.
  • Striking design detail and stylish finish.

Buy any Proporta product, get a Silicone Cable Tidy for £1/$1.50/€1.50

Apple Store

  • 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 2.0 GHz Nvidia MacBook White, 1 GB/160/SD, $849
  • refurb 2.1 GHz MacBook White, 1 GB/120/Combo, $849
  • refurb 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook, 2 GB/128 SSD/SD, $1,699
  • 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 15" 2.8 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 4GB/320/SD, $2,299
  • 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

Beta Macs

  • 2 GHz Core Duo Macbook, black, 1 GB/80/SD, $879
  • Lombard PowerBook G3/400 MHz, 256/6/DVD, Mac OS 9, $179
  • Pismo PowerBook G3/400 MHz, 512/10, AirPort, $299
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, $599
  • 17" 2.16 GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, 1 GB/120/SD $1,399

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, $449
  • 1.83 GHz MacBook, white, 2 GB/60/Combo, $599
  • 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 G4/1.33 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, scratched, $799
  • 15" 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/80/SD, $899
  • 15" 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro, 2 GB/100/SD, $999
  • 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

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

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