Popular Mechanics: ‘New Apple Laptops Are Droolworthy’

“I was looking forward to the meeting with Apple’s representatives because they were bringing me two of the hottest notebooks on the market: the new 12-in. and 17-in. PowerBook G4s introduced earlier this year,” writes Christopher Allbritton for Popular Mechanics.

Allbritton writes, “These two beauties could easily make 2003 the “Year of the Laptop,” as Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive officer, said in his keynote speech at the Macworld conference in San Francisco. And if the experience I had with these machines is any indication of the degree of technolust they inspire, he’s right.”

Allbritton looks at the 12-inch PowerBook, writing, “…despite its small size, it packs power. An 867-MHz G4 chip–about equal to a 1.6-GHz Pentium 4–coupled with a 32MB nVidia GeForce4 420 Go graphics card makes this machine good for games.” The article continues with a look at the 17-inch PowerBook and the “forgotten middle child,” the 15-inch TiBook.

Full article here.


  1. The “forgotten middle child” is still my favorite Powerbook. The 17″ is nice, but too big for my daily needs. Reminds me of Apple’s first Mac Portable… huge and barely portable.

    The 12″ is too small – I need more than 1024×768 resolution for my day-to-day needs.

    The 15″, with its wide screen aspect ratio and slightly bigger than a spiral bound notebook size is perfect.


  2. This wasn’t a review, it was an Apple Press Release. I wonder how many Apple reps were giving him a bj while he was typing it. Geez….

    no analysis, comparisons, (true) criticism, nothing…

    I don’t care if you’re pro-Mac or pro-PC, you’ve gotta be able to recognize a purely fluff piece of journalism (and I use that term loosely) when you see it.

    …and to think, once upon a time _Popular Mechanics_ was at least mildly reputable.

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