Washington Post reviews 17-inch AlBook; complains about price

“Three thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine dollars,” moans Rob Pegoraro in The Washington Post.

Pegoraro continues, “It’s impossible to talk about Apple Computer’s new 17-inch PowerBook without mentioning the cost. This laptop is a remarkable piece of work, with the biggest screen anybody has ever put into a portable computer, and it carries a price tag to match.”

“Most people will never spend this much on a computer — the over-$3,000 price bracket tends to be limited to things like cars and houses. (If you must know, this PowerBook actually costs more than my car.) So I was a little nervous hauling this machine around town.”

Full article here.


  1. I’ve read this guy’s articles in the Post for years. You’re wrong if you think that he’s a troll or an Apple-hater. He’s had lots of great things to say about Macs.

  2. re: The guy was just looking for problems just so he could give it that slant in his article. What an obnoxious review.

    I think the most annoying thing about these boards is that people think there’s something morally wrong with bringing up problems with Apple. The fact is, I can’t imagine moving to PC, but the truth is that Apple’s beautifully designed, user friendly machines are continually undermined by the company’s way of doing business with customers.

    The extended protection plans on Powerbooks, for example, are outrageously expensive, particularly given the computers’ high prices to begin with. Another example is selling computers with 128 MB of ram, which for any OS X or OS 9 users (not just the geeks on these boards ) is simply not enough. As for the 17″ powerbook, the guy from the Washington Post is right. It’s not nearly as well designed as it should have been; the keyboard is too far out from the handrests, there are widespread problems being reported on early about the screen (which btw, should have had better pixel resolution), it is overpriced, and Powerbooks ALWAYS have way too many glitches.

    Take a walk into the Apple store in Soho, and you’ll find that on almost any given day, 75-90 per cent of the walk ins for service are on powerbooks. This is part of the reason Apple is charging so much for the warranty: they know they’re problematic.

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