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Apple PowerBook Laptop 12.1" M9690LL/A (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

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  • PowerPC g4 Processor 1.5GHz
  • 512 MB DDR SDRAM (expandable to 1.25 GHz), 60 GB hard drive, slot-loading Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400 port and two USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T ethernet, 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and 56K V.92 modem
  • 12.1-inch (diagonal), 1024 x 768 resolution, TFT display
  • 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 167 MHz system bus
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes: lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, iLife, iSync, & more. Apple 12" PowerBook Computer - This notebook computer comes packed with unique and convenient features that will greatly enhance your mobile computing experience. Built-in AirPort Extreme is a great feature to help keep you connected on the road. Wherever there's a Wi-Fi Hot Spot, you can wirelessly surf the Internet and check e-mail. And if there's no Wi-Fi around, you can use a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone as a modem, thanks to built-in Bluetooth 2.0 support. With Bluetooth 2.0, you can also use it along with iSync, to keep your contacts and schedules up to date. Not to mention enjoying a cable-free experience with an optional Apple wireless keyboard & mouse! Another really unique feature is the trackpad. Unlike other trackpads, this trackpad lets you easily scroll through web pages and large documents using a unique 2-finger method. NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM 60GB 5400RPM HDD DVD-ROM/CD-RW - up to 24x CD-R, 16x CD-RW, 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM Built-in 10/100 Ethernet Built-in 802.11g AirPort Extreme Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Built-in 56k v.92 Fax Modem Full size keyboard Unit Dimensions - 1.18 (h) x 10.9 (w) x 8.6 (d) Unit Weight - 4.6 lbs.

Manufacturer's Notice

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain previous iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers only. Units: About 1.1 million battery packs (an additional 700,000 battery packs were sold outside the U.S.) Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan. Computer Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc., of Cupertino, Calif. Hazard: These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported. Description: The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit. Computer model name ,Battery model number, Battery serial numbers: 12-inch iBook G4 A1061, ZZ338 through ZZ427, 3K429 through 3K611, 6C510 through 6C626; 12-inch PowerBook G4, A1079, ZZ411 through ZZ427, 3K428 through 3K611; 15-inch PowerBook G4, A1078 and A1148, 3K425 through 3K601, 6N530 through 6N551, 6N601. No other Apple notebook computers are involved in this recall. Sold Through: Apples online store, Apple retail stores nationwide, and Apple Authorized Resellers from October 2003 through August 2006 for between $900 and $2300. The batteries also were sold separately for about $130. Assembled in: Japan, Taiwan and China.

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Screen Size12.1 inches
Screen Resolution1024-by-768
Processor1.5 GHz PowerPC G4
Hard Drive60 GB
Card DescriptionNVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
Graphics Card Ram Size64 MB
Wireless TypeBluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand NameApple
Item model numberM9690LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Item Weight4.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H10.90 x 8.60 x 1.18 inches
Processor BrandIBM
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA
Additional Information
Shipping Weight9.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 28, 2005
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: 1 Year

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By B. Severson on April 2, 2005
I made the "switch" last fall when the 20" iMac G5 was released, and was looking to pick up a laptop with the same quality hardware and OS. I knew I wanted an ultra-portable laptop, partially because of the price and partly because a laptop is just not meant to require a desk to use it. (In my opinion, anything over 15" or 6 pounds is a desktop-replacement). I had originally considered the 12" iBook, which is a great value (1.2 GHz + Airport Extreme!) for the money. In the end, after getting the "i"Mac, I though I'd go with the "Power"book. My decision was partially due to the realization my 15 GB iPod is about 60% full, so importing the iTunes collection would have taken up a good chunk of the iBook's 30 GB drive.

It's quite a bit more expensive than the iBook, but you get a faster processor, a disk drive that twice as big and faster, Bluetooth, and an aluminum case that looks stunning. Also worthy of mention would be the new features in the 2005 Powerbooks, namely a scrolling trackpad (I wish my iMac had one now!), Sudden Motion Sensor that'll park the disk heads if it senses that it might have just been dropped, and Bluetooth 2.0, a standard so new there's no peripherals that'll use the 2.0 speeds, only its 1.1/1.2 legacy support. 512 MB is finally enough for standard usage (I can't endorse anything less than 512 MB for OS X), but I still upgraded the memory. Too bad Apple still has 256 MB built-in, as I had to pull the socketed 256 MB SO-DIMM to put in a 512 MB SO-DIMM, unlike the 15" and 17" which come with a single 512 MB SO-DIMM and an open slot.

If you can afford the extra money over the iBook and need the features, this machine will quickly become your pride and joy. If a 30 GB HD is big enough and you won't be doing heavy-duty iMovie editing, I still believe the iBook is an unbelievable price/performance value.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Research & Review on June 10, 2005
There is a lot of attention to the Mac vs Windows topic recently, as Apple has begun to gather attention as being capable of doing everything a Windows computer can - word processing, e-mail, Internet browsing, and everything else. For most Windows users, the Mac software will feel different, but essentially do the same thing. (To top it off, Microsoft Office is offered for Mac as well, presumably for former Windows users that are uncomfortable making the switch...but keep in mind that Apple has other programs that do pretty much the same thing.)

Now, I am looking for a laptop. Just because an Apple machine can do what I need doesn't make it my choice. It's a matter of which does a better job - Windows or Mac.

Since I am not one to rely on ultra-biased reviewers on either end, I have gone to visit the Apple Store a number of times, specifically to try out this PowerBook. I highly recommend that if you are seriously considering what will work best for you, do not just rely on other people - go see for yourself.

Having said that, instantly the differences were obvious. The programs I tried worked beautifully, even intuitively. Imagine not knowing anything about Windows and starting from scratch at computers - that is what I had expected. Wrong! Instead of the cluttered desktop, the long list of programs, and the general cheap and unorganized feel of Windows, I found Mac's operating system to be clean and efficient...everything was at my finger tips. In short, after fiddling with the PowerBook a number of times, I am convinced that it can not only do everything I need it to, but it can do it better than Windows can. Even more, Mac is more secure because most viruses are written against Windows, being that Windows is the majority.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kieran on May 27, 2005
i've been a mac user all my life, i have tried a few windows based systems but they just seem poorly integrated and clnuky and too much trouble, i don't mind playing with them at work for the 'geek factor' but i do all of my music and digital artistry on my macs and wouldn't have it any other way.

since the 12" powerbooks came out i have been drooling over them, but i had a 15" titanium powerbook and then recently got a g5....but when my titanium powerbook practically fell apart, i decided to buy the 1.5hz 12"pb (combo drive).

i absolutely love this thing, its so small and cute but it can handle anything you throw at it, i thought the screen would be too small to do my graphics work on it but i can easily sketch away with my graphics tablet wherever i am.

the battery life is good, its compact and relatively lightweight, made of metal, built very solid and runs osx. what else could you want?!

the one thing i was a little unhappy with was the screen because its just a regular lcd, alot of 'windoze' notebooks are using those nice shiny 'crystal bright' displays.

if apple had those displays in a widescreen form factor on this thing, it would be absolute perfection, bar none.

but overall im very happy with it and its abilities to perform anything i throw at it.

if you are considering one then go to an apple centre and play around with one for a while...i bet you will go home with one, or want to :D

osx tiger is fast, sleek, powerful, futuristic, beautiful.

and below the hood in the terminal you have access to its darwin/unix.
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