“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.”
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