Knight Ridder columnist: Apple 12-inch PowerBook G4 ‘does it all easily and elegantly’

“[On vacation] I wanted a laptop along for other reasons: viewing and modifying photos using image-editing software; burning my photos onto blank CDs or DVDs for backup and sharing; managing my full music collection so that I could update my iPod’s contents if its original batch of tunes bored me; watching Hollywood DVDs along with ‘Enterprise’ episodes I recorded onto video CDs before my trip; and perhaps dabbling in a bit of video editing and DVD authoring,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata writes for Knight Ridder Newspapers.

“I needed a laptop that could do it all, easily and elegantly, while taking up little space. Apple’s 12-inch Macintosh PowerBook G4 ($1,799 with a DVD-burning SuperDrive at [url=http://www.apple.com/store]http://www.apple.com/store)[/url] fit the bill. It’s reasonably compact

22 Comments

  1. I can’t think of any laptop I’d rather have. Mine does everything I need, and I can take it everywhere because it’s so light and small.

    My brother has a Dell laptop. It weighs over a kilogram more, has no real software integration for anything useful, breaks all the time (three repairs so far, he’s had it a year), has no bluetooth and it looks ugly as sin. It cost him the same as my PowerBook and I bought my PowerBook first. Guess who has the reputation in the family for wasting money ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. LOL David, few years ago I would have said YOU. Now, it is clear your brother is the laureat.

    BTW, a colleague yesterday got in joyfully: he won the discussion about financing his new laptop and low and behold the final winning argument was when he showed prices at hands: “Look, not only the Powerbook is better than the Dell” – the other final contender – “it ALSO COST LESS THAN THE DELL”

    A happy man, let me tell you!

  3. PB’s Kick ass.

    Dave H,

    My kid bro bought a Dell desktop even though it cost TWICE AS MUCH as an eMac I recommended. I’d shown him the Switch campaign, shown him the viruses etc. on Windows and even offered to buy him a bottle of wine if he bought a Mac.

    No deal. Now his Dell is away for repair so guess what I lent him – my original G3 iBook Fisher Price 300Mhz! Still works and he can’t get over the fact that AirPort lets you connect to the internet without wires! And it’s over 4 years old!

    Apple make computers that work and work well. Micro$oft make Pee Cees that specialise in extracting money and breaking down.

    Bollox to it, I’m watching Liverpool F.C.

  4. I read this article somewhere else a while ago. Must be a reprint by the Seattle times. Anyway I do really like the 12 inch but am on a 15 inch myself because I use it for my Main computer. If they would come up with an easy way to keep a desktop and a laptop fully in sync through a LAN I would consider moving to a Desktop/Laptop setup but I haven’t heard of an easy way to do this yet.

  5. While I lust after any PB (still have an iBook 366), seems to me all that stuff (pb, digicam, cables, dvd, virgin cds) makes for a stressed vacation as I’d have to continuously remember not to forget or misplace them. Whatever happened to vacations carrying a simple back pack with toothbrush, bathing suit, lotion and condoms?

  6. lol maybe he will take them when he has to PAY for them. He calls them “loaner gadgets”.

    Gosh that price thing again. I, like Mr. O-Z, love free new stuff. However, I know I am superior because I haven’t a hypenated name. Whu-ippped, that’s what we call that.

  7. 12 or 15, we PB users have it great. Especially at present, I cant tell you how many people here at school are getting hit hard by this Sasser worm and this other problem that erases OS files making it impossible to log on or boot up. Ive got 2 people planning on a Mac as soon as they can afford one.

  8. The Apple PB is a nice toy for a vacation however, people in the real IT world would never use a computer that did not run the software we need to conduct real business… not just making nice with some music or pictures

    Apple makes nice toys…

    MyGreatProvider� makes computers for the real world.

  9. >Frank wrote: Whatever happened to vacations carrying a simple
    >back pack with toothbrush, bathing suit, lotion and condoms?

    lotion and condoms? Now that’s definitely having all bases covered! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  10. >Frank wrote: Whatever happened to vacations carrying a simple
    >back pack with toothbrush, bathing suit, lotion and condoms?

    lotion and condoms? Now that’s definitely having all bases covered! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  11. I see Apple is still selling out old inventory and previous model PB refurbs.

    Anyone have a good guesstimate on when the ‘new’ Powerbook models – 1.33/1.5 GHz – are going to start hitting the refurb bin?

  12. I see Apple is still selling out old inventory and previous model PB refurbs.

    Anyone have a good guesstimate on when the ‘new’ Powerbook models – 1.33/1.5 GHz – are going to start hitting the refurb bin?

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