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Apple PowerBook Laptop 17" M9970LL/A (1.67 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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  • 17-inch (diagonal), 1680 x 1050 resolution, TFT widescreen display
  • 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 167 MHz system bus
  • 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 120 GB hard drive, slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and Type I/II PC Card slot
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet, 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and 56K V.92 modem
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Product Description

Included Accessories: Modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, lithium-ion battery
The M9970LL/A 17-Inch Powerbook is a study in power and functionality. This easy-to-use portable has everything needed to organize your digital life. It combines faster processing, more (and faster) storage, more advanced graphics, and other powerhouse features for your professional endeavors. With Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, optical digital audio and a new display, it's the gotta-have notebook for the pro. And thanks to its durable design and built-in wireless, it's ready to travel in backpacks and tote bags just about everywhere. It's easy to warm up to the SuperDrive-with fast DVD burning with Dual-Layer capability. At 15.4 x 10.2 x 1 inch, under 7 pounds, you're getting lots of power and a 17" screen in a very mobile package. Make it yours! 8x SuperDrive DVD+R DL, DVD+/-RW, CD-RW slot-loading optical drive Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme (Wi-Fi 802.11g) wireless; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 56K V.92 modem Full-size, illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor Video out - DVI, VGA, S-Video and compsoite Combined analog and optical digital line-in & line-out, stereo speaker and microphone Two FireWire ports (1 FireWire 400, 1 FireWire 800), two USB 2.0 ports, one Type I/II PC Card slot Includes S-Video adapter, DVI to VGA adapter Operating System - Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (incl. Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer tools) Included Software - iLife '05(iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, FileMaker Pro Trial, OmniGraffle, QuickBooks for Mac, Zinio Reader, Art Directors' Toolkit, GraphicConverter Footprint - 15.4 x 10.2 Thickness - 1 Weight - 6.9 lbs. Battery Life - Up to 5.5 hours Your PowerBook G4 come

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Crisp new displays that expand your view. Longer battery life to fuel your work (or play) as you fly cross-country. A DVD-burning SuperDrive on every system. The PowerBook G4 packs loads of pro features in a slim enclosure with a slim new price.

The Future is Bright
With millions more pixels than previous models, each new 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook gives you a brilliant workspace that rivals many desktop monitors. Spread out your tools, palettes, and timelines. Bounce from one productivity application to another. View your work from the top or side--easily share your work with clients or team members. Now you have a whole new reason to love your PowerBook.

Going the Extra Mile
The PowerBook G4 is ready to work whenever you are. The new 15-inch and 17-inch models boast a healthy 5.5 hours of battery life--an additional hour over the previous generation. Learn about ways to extend battery life.

DVD Burning Across the Line
It’s easy to warm up to the SuperDrive-equipped PowerBook G4 computers. With fast DVD burning on every system--and double-layer burning on the new 15- and 17-inch models--you’ll quickly discover new ways to package your data and your media. Extremely versatile, the slot-loading SuperDrive works hand-in-hand with Mac OS X, so you can burn data CDs, music CDs, and DVDs--right from the desktop.

Drive in the Fast Lane
With more files--and bigger files--you need a hard drive that can handle the load. Not a problem. The PowerBook G4 offers 5400-rpm drives standard across the line: 80 GB on 12- and 15-inch models and 120 GB on 17-inch models.(1) Need to get at those files fast? Through the Apple Store, you can configure your new 15- or 17-inch PowerBook with a 100 GB 7200-rpm internal hard drive that gives you room for huge files--and speedy access too.

Hearing Is Believing
Connect your new 15- or 17-inch PowerBook to decks, receivers, digital instruments and 5.1 surround sound systems. Built-in optical digital audio input and output enable you to enjoy true noise-free, pristine sound — without ground loop interference caused by copper wiring. Of course, all PowerBook systems have built-in stereo speakers for easy listening and an integrated microphone, handy for making calls using iChat AV. A standard minijack provides audio line-input for plugging in a powered microphone, and with a headphone-out port, you can plug in headphones and listen to music, watch a movie, play games or compose a new song in complete privacy.

Portable Performance
Thanks to the PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine, every PowerBook packs a tremendous punch for doing everything from numerical computations to editing video and designing show-stopping presentations. The 15-inch and 17-inch models boast processor speeds of 1.67 GHz, and the 12-inch model crunches away at 1.5 GHz.

Working with multiple RAM-hungry applications? All PowerBook G4 systems ship standard with 512 MB of fast DDR memory. If you’re feeling expansive, you can quadruple that to 2 GB on both the 15- and 17-inch models. Even the 12-inch PowerBook allows you to pack in up to 1.25GB of RAM, more than enough to store an entire graphics project in main memory for fast image manipulations.

Featherweight Champ
Light enough to carry around all day, the PowerBook G4 starts at just 4.6 pounds. Housed in a lightweight aluminum alloy enclosure, these sleek notebooks resist stains and scratches. They’re also perfectly smooth on all surfaces, with no doors, protruding latches or levers to break, and no sharp edges to catch on your clothing. Start carrying one today.

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Product Information

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Screen Size17 inches
Screen Resolution1680-by-1050
Processor1.67 GHz PowerPC G4
RAM0.5 GB ddr
Hard Drive120 GB
Card DescriptionATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Graphics Card Ram Size128 MB
Wireless Type802.11G, Bluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand NameApple
Item model numberM9970LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X v10.4 Tiger
Item Weight6.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.40 x 1 x 10.20 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandMotorola
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA
  
Additional Information
ASINB000ANZ5ES
Shipping Weight13.4 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 19, 2005
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: 90 days of telephone support and a one-year limited warranty

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LOVE this notebook and easily give it 5 stars.
M. ANNE
Ask yourself that question very seriously before you plunk down big bucks for something that is, in many ways, very impractical.
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I am now getting my 3rd replacement logic board, 3rd replacement hard drive, and 2nd replacement display.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Steve H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2005
I follow the progression of Apple's Powerbook line of notebook computers closely. In fact, I try to read up on the history of the line and people's experiences with each model, whenever I have a chance. I also own a Powerbook, and I eagerly await each update to the line, in order to see, if it is time, for me to upgrade.

In October 2005, Apple updated its Powerbook G4 15 & 17 inch models, for the first time, since late January 2005. Unfortunately, a faster processor was not included in the update. However, it was still a worthy update!

Processor - The 17-inch Powerbook continues to be ran by a PowerPC G4 processor running at 1.67 GHZ. This processor is more than acceptable, for the vast majority of customers. It does a great job at daily computer tasks, and it is even very capable, for pretty intense photo work, and light video work. It is only unfortunate that we could not have seen a small boost to the processors, however, it was evidently not something feasible in this update, so Apple made up for it, with updates to other areas!

Screen Resolution - The biggest improvement to the 17-inch Powerbook is an increase in screen resolution. Simply, a higher resolution allows you to fit more data, onto your display, making you more productive. The display now sports a 1680x1050 resolution, which was previously only1440x960. The new resolution is as high as Apple's 20-inch cinema display, so you will be able to fit more applications and more of your photographs, on the screen. A valuable asset.

Double Layer Superdrive - The Powerbook G4 now has superdrives (DVD burning capable) across the line. However, the 15 & 17 inch Powerbooks now sport double-layer super drives, which allows you to fit up to 8.5GB of data, on a single double layer disk.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2005
Make no mistake, the PowerBook G4 17" is a heck of a machine. It's big, beautiful, powerful, and ridiculously easy to use--which is Apple's justifiable battle cry. When you open up this computer on a plane, you will be the envy of your row. IF you can open it.

Try to use this sucker in coach and you'll instantly discover a disadvantage of that big, beautiful 17" screen. You can not rest the computer on the tray and open the screen. No way, no how. Even if you rest it on your lap and shove your elbows into your gut, you can just barely get enough room to use it. And be sure to tell the guy in front of you to give fair warning if he plans to recline his seat. I'd bet more than one 17" screen has met an untimely demise that way.

Oh, and if you plan to use this on a plane, be sure to get seated in a row with a power outlet. The battery on this lasts just over an hour, fully charged. Another downside to that big, beautiful screen. You can stretch it a little by dimming the monitor as dark as you can stand, but it's pretty unlikely you'll make it through a full-length movie on battery alone--never mind if you want to work for a full coast-to-coast flight. (BTW... when pluging into a plane power outlet, for which you'll need a separate adaptor, be sure to buy a kit with both the cigarette-lighter style plug and the little round three-prong indented one, and bring then both; you can never be sure which a given plane or airline will have.)

Finally, even closed, it's tricky to find a briefcase or packback that fits this monster comfortably. The ones designed for a 17" laptop are huge; you can squeeze it into a smaller one sometimes, but be sure to actually bring the computer with you to try it out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dean on November 26, 2005
I just received my 17" Powerbook and it was PERFECT out of the box!

I have owned IBM/Sony/Dell and never have I just: 1)Open Box 2)Plug in 3)Turn on 4)Answer a few network questions 5)On-Line!! It launched into a quick software update and not one freeze, error message or hours on hold with tech support (somewhere in India-in the case of Dell) What a great design!

What I can add to Stephen's review is this, consider the Apple Care protection plan. Not that you will need tech support but just to have batteries covered is worth the cost. Any battery is going to have a limited life especially if you have some heavy drain/charge cycles. Apple unlike other companies just asks some simple on-line questions and they will overnight you a new battery without delay, period!

If you read consumer reports you will see for yourself the kind of quality and service you will receive. No other company even comes close!

If you have a need for windows(Microsoft) you can purchase software to make your Mac act like Windows XP (without the crashes) and run the software you might need.

Side note, if you are a student you can receive some nice discounts from Apple.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Geology Professor on March 1, 2006
My new (dec. 05) P'book 17" - fully loaded - is in for it's third repair.

I am now getting my 3rd replacement logic board, 3rd replacement hard drive, and 2nd replacement display. In the 2 months I have owned this I have gotten 13 days use of it. Apple keeps replacing components but either their components are all dodgy, or there is an underlying problem (e.g. power supply) that they are incapable of looking for and/or diagnosing.

4 hard drives, 4 logic boards and 3 displays on a brand new machine?

The Apple Warranty states that refurbished parts may be used; but seeing as the technicians are not even fully documenting all that they do, I have no way of knowing if I am having bad parts put in. When I asked for Apple ot simply replace the machine, one particularly-condescending tech support person told me that it has not had enough 'downtime' yet; but one more catastrophic failure would be enough and they would replace it.

From Apple's customer-help site, I am not the only one with this ongoing problem.

Don't get me wrong - I am a complete MacHead, no way I will switch to a Windows machine yet (though I am currently using my antiquated 2002-vintage Powerbook-G4, oh the screen resolution sucks by comparison to the new 17"). Given my track record with previous Powerbooks and desktops I am simply not happy with the possibility that I can work away on my laptop and lose the day's work when everything dies with no warning. Apple tech support helpfully suggested I backup my data DAILY. (Given that I have NEVER had any failure of any other mac, ever, this is simply unacceptable). I can not trust this machine. (On the bright side, I only get a days worth of use out of it before it dies again... is that a GOOD thing?)

Be warned.
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