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

by Apple
3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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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

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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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 17 inches
Screen Resolution 1680-by-1050
Processor 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4
RAM 0.5 GB ddr
Hard Drive 120 GB
Card Description ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
Wireless Type 802.11G, Bluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Apple
Item model number M9970LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger
Item Weight 6.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.4 x 1 x 10.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.4 x 1 x 10.2 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Motorola
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Ultra ATA

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Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Shipping Weight 13.4 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 Available October 19, 2005

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Warranty, Parts:90 days of telephone support and a one-year limited Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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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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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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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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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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