Sydney Morning Herald writer: Apple’s 15-inch PowerBook ‘the best notebook I have ever used,’ but 12

“For the past week I have had as constant companion one of the new 12-inch PowerBooks and, although I am not about to change my view that the 15-inch machine is the best notebook I have ever used, this newcomer has powerful attractions,” Garry Barker writes for The Sydney Morning Herald.

“It is the neatness of it that is so attractive. Among Wintel notebooks several, such as Sony’s Vaio, are slim and pretty, but their compactness often means lack of optical drives, and few can match the little PowerBook’s features and power,” Barker writes. “Initially I thought that the smaller screen would cause problems, and there were occasions with Photoshop when I felt a little cramped, but were I not so accustomed to the 15-inch, I doubt I would have noticed it much. Having a full-sized keyboard in such a concise package helps too.”

“The iLife ’04 suite (iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, GarageBand and, in the SuperDrive model, iDVD) is included, along with Mac OS X 10.3, a trial version of Filemaker Pro 7 (good stuff), Graphic Converter (also good) and other useful software,” Barker writes. “In short, the new 12-inch PowerBooks have enough improvements – extra hard-drive capacity, faster processors, Airport and Bluetooth as standard and faster DVD burning in the top model, to justify upgrading.”

Full article here.


  1. Okay.. What is this?
    Everybody writes about PowerBooks?
    I just bought one myself and it is the best that I have ever had.
    So there is my contribution to this news flow.

    Oh and it is PB 12″ with Super Drive +1G memory it is so small and cute.

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  3. 6 to 8 inches is the good size in my opinion. theres some heat where i rest my hands but thats ok.

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  4. I don’t know what Mac Beth’s talking about. Is this a new laptop model? Can we start a rumour and have it posted on MOSR? Am I really this sad?

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  5. I’ve had at least half a dozen PBs (starting with the 140!) and my current 12″ is my favorite. I’m on the road constantly and the smaller size makes a big difference (compared with my previous 15″). My one complaint is that the screen compared with the 15″ definitely seems inferior. And the max RAM is much less 🙁

  6. I’ve been debating back and forth between a 12″ PB and a 14″ iBook. Looks like my leanings toward the PB are the way to go. Only $100 difference between the two I’m looking at, and the PB seems to have everything I want but the screen size. I’m guessing I’ll get used to that pretty quickly, ‘specially since the only laptops I’ve used have been 12″.

  7. i guess any size is ok, as long as it feels good on your thighs. i don’t like the ones that get too hot too quickly and then lose their charge.

  8. An even better <a href=”” >story of PB envy.


    And you know what gets the Windows crowd everywhere? The cool little shining Apple logo on the back side of the screen.

    These are mostly journalists or seat neighbors at airports or on airplanes. But it is now so common that if it doesn’t happen at least once whenever I boot up, it’s unusual.

    “That is so cool,” somebody says pretty much all the time.

    At the Orange County, CA airport the other day, I literally had a crowd of four who gathered around the PB to look at it.

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