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Apple PowerBook Laptop 15" M9422LL/A (1.50-GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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  • 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 Processor
  • 512 MB DDR SDRAM
  • 80 GB Ultra ATA Hard drive
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.91mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 13.7 x 1.1 inches ; 5.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00022HXOW
  • Item model number: M9422LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 19, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab Brand: Apple Processor Type: PowerPC G4 Product Family: PowerBook G4 Processor Speed: 1.50 GHz Screen Size: 17" Operating System: Apple MacOS X 10.3 Memory: 512 MB Release Year: 2004 Hard Drive Capacity: 80 GB MPN: M9462LL/A UPC: 718908637586

From the Manufacturer

Fully loaded with a powerful G4 processor, built-in AirPort Extreme, FireWire 800, DVI and Gigabit Ethernet, the 15-inch PowerBook G4 boasts features few notebook computers can match.

With a processor speed of 1.5 GHz, 512 MB expandable DDR RAM capacity up to 2 GB, and weighing just 5.7 pounds, the 15-inch PowerBook gives you the ideal balance between power and portability. Work and play in millions of colors on a stunning 15.2-inch (diagonal) widescreen display with 1280 by 854 pixel resolution that's ideal for watching movies in their original wide-screen format. Naturally, you can also make movies of your own with the included iMovie software, or get Apple's Final Cut Pro HD for more advanced video editing, compositing and special effects. And thanks to its built-in DVI port, you even have the option of connecting your PowerBook to Apple's line of all-digital flat-panel displays.

Leading-edge Industrial Design
The sleek exterior is as stunning as ever. The 15-inch PowerBook G4 comes with all the refinements and esthetic touches that make it the most coveted full-featured notebook computer on the planet: 1.1 inch thick, 5.7 pounds, AirPort Extreme, aluminum design, an elegantly engineered slot-loading 4x-speed SuperDrive and a 4.5-hour battery. On the inside, faster PowerPC G4 processors, powerful graphics capabilities, up to 2 GB of RAM and the world's most advanced operating system combine to deliver off-the-charts performance.

Speed-optimized Architecture
Inside the 15-inch PowerBook G4 is a screamingly fast 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine. Advanced processor design and memory architecture are among several core advantages that enable the PowerBook G4 to pack such a tremendous wallop.

Exremely Fast Wireless
Every 15-inch PowerBook comes standard with AirPort Extreme built right in, so you're ready for 54 Mbps wireless networking out of the box. And with thousands of wireless-enabled “hot spots” in hotels, airport lounges, coffee shops and bookstores around the world, you can get online from practically anywhere. What's more, you can use your PowerBook G4, AirPort Extreme and Rendezvous (which seamlessly recognizes and links computers and digital devices to each other) to create your own secure wireless network.

Wireless Internet Everywhere
AirPort Extreme uses radio waves to communicate. This works to your advantage: Unlike infrared signals, which require an unobstructed line of sight between the remote unit and the base station, radio waves can pass through solid objects from up to 150 feet away. Which means that you can take your PowerBook G4 into different rooms or onto different floors of a building and still maintain your active network connection -- and surf the Internet through walls.

4x SuperDrive
Your PowerBook G4 with SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) comes loaded with iDVD software. Use it to burn DVDs that can be played in most consumer DVD players. You can also use iTunes to burn your own CDs, or the Disc Burner feature in Mac OS X to burn data CDs. The SuperDrive reads DVD titles at 8x and writes to 4.7GB DVD-R discs at 4x speed.

Powerbook model M9462LL/A features a 17-inch TFT widescreen display.
Powerbook models M9421LL/A and M9422LL/A feature a 15.2" TFT widescreen display.
Powerbook models M9183LL/A and M9184LL/A feature a 12.1" TFT display.

Sizzling Graphics Processor
The 15-inch PowerBook G4 comes turbocharged with the new ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR SDRAM. The Mobility Radeon 9700 features a number of cutting-edge graphics technologies, including programmable pixel and vertex shading for lighting and shadow effects. It dramatically enhances all aspects of your visual experience in every application, perfect for photorealistic 3D games and cinematic-quality video.

Fast FireWire 800 and USB 2.0
The PowerBook G4 features FireWire, for connecting external hard drives and DV cameras, and USB, for connecting graphics tablets, digital cameras, printers and scanners. With more than 30 times the bandwidth of the popular USB 1.0 peripheral standard, FireWire 400 has become the gold standard for high-speed data transfer. And Apple ups the ante, effectively doubling data throughput, with FireWire 800. The new 15-inch PowerBook G4 has two FireWire ports -- one for the hundreds of FireWire 400 peripherals already available and the other for the coming generation of FireWire 800 peripherals. In addition, the PowerBook G4 offers the fastest connection to USB peripherals with two 480 Mbps USB 2.0 ports.




The Bluetooth Connection
In addition to AirPort Extreme, you'll also find Bluetooth built into the new 15-inch PowerBook G4. Bluetooth lets you connect digital devices wirelessly. For example, you can use iSync, which comes bundled with all PowerBook G4 configurations, to synchronize your personal information among various Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your PowerBook, mobile phone and Palm OS-based handheld. And Bluetooth lets you take advantage of GPRS connectivity to check your email from anywhere -- a benefit that comes in handy on those occasions when an 802.11 wireless hot spot isn't available.

Customer Reviews

Very fast, silent and well built.
J. Kee
I'm a high school student right now, so carrying around a laptop in addition to the regular books and such can get make things pretty cumbersome.
LEH
I can have Photoshop, iTunes, Safari, Entourage, iCal, and watch a DVD, and not even think twice about my machine crashing.
Gabriel N. Cobos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Mirrorguy on July 3, 2004
Like it or not, I've used Windows/PC for the past 12 years. Macintosh occasionally appealed to me, but I didn't get it partly because it's expensive, partly because of compatibility. At work and at home, I owned: Dell Inspiron, Thinkpad, Dell/HP Desktops, running Windows 98/2000/XP. Also I tinkered with Sun workstations running UNIX (I'm an EE guy and have a respect for UNIX).
After 12 years of Microsoft (and blue screens), I made a bold switch to Apple Powerbook 15" with 1.5GHz/512RAM/80Gb, and I'm so happy with this system that even 5 stars are not high enough.
- The sleek aluminum chassis and the wide screen generate Wow! effect.
- This 15" machine is lighter than my old Dell laptop.
- It's very quiet during operation, but the bottom side may occasionally become hot.
- The keyboard has a good depth and touch, and the backlit keyboard is simply cool.
- Using the built-in microphone, you can play the bundled 3-D chess game via OS X's voice-recognition. Isn't that futuristic?
About software compatibility (from EE guy's viewpoint):
- MS Office 2004 for Mac became my favorite patch of programs. Even better than the XP version - a very important factor in my decision to switch.
- Math tools, especially Mathematica 5 and Matlab, run well on Mac.
- Favorite design tools, Adobe Photoshop and Carrara 3, work well. After all, Mac was built for them.

- There are tons of open source programs you can use: GIMP, A/G BLAST, ...
- Some layout and CAD tools are not compatible. I have to use old PC. For those number-crunching jobs, however, I don't use laptop anyhow.
As much as I enjoy steering this elegant silver machine, I love to navigate through the Mac OS X.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Macauley86 on July 25, 2004
I've had this computer for almost three months now. I upgraded to the 128MB videocard and 1GB ram. I also installed Abobe Creative Suite CS, Office 2004 for Mac, Virtual PC 6 with Win2000 and Red Hat Linux, and Macromedia Stdio 2004. I also have lots of IBM-made Windows XP Pro laptops and workstations. Windows XP drives me nuts most of the times. As an Italian, I do appreciate beauty and aesthetics, and I certainly agree with Steve Jobs when he says about Microsoft, "They have no taste." When you compare the elegance of MacOS with WinXP, it's like comparing a Michelangelo painting with a six-year old kid's drawing. And I won't even mention the beauty of the machine itself or even the attention to details in the packaging of the unit.
The OS is rock-solid. I may have Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, iPhoto open at the same time, and the OS hums through all that like a Lexus at 65mph on the I5. This my not be the fastest PC out there, but it certainly does not feel any slower than my 3.0GHz, 1GB, 80GB, 7200rpm IBM intellistation. It is surely more stable though (and quieter too). The thing is, this machine, unlike a Windows box, does not require a Norton or McAfee Internet security suite to bog down your system resurces. To give you an example, my virtualPC win2000 was fine until I installed McAfee Internet security suite, which slowed it down a bit (well, maybe five bits). It is actually amusing to use virtual Win2000 on top of MacOS. When you see the sloppines of Windows-based programs, unwanted balloon tips popping up all the time bragging about the new exciting features of the OS or warning you about a new virus and so forth, it is a pleasure to go back to Mac OS and just do whatever you need to do with ease. The Apple Mail program has a better spam filter than Outlook on my IBM.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By cm on August 18, 2004
Don't be afraid of taking the step and getting an Apple notebook. The other ones aren't worth it. I've had a Dell and a Toshiba, and both have failed me. I don't even want to mention my grandma's HP. Powerbook is quite simply the best. Its design blows the mind, with no little doors or anything that could get caught on something. The Apple Experience starts when you open the box. Its incredible. Apple is the BMW of computers. Its beatiful. When you finish calibrating the battery the way they say, you're ready to have fun. The apple logo lights up in back. You don't notice it, you're having so much fun. A plenthora of the latest ports (Apple didn't bother with the old ports nobody will use), you can hook up your USB 2 and Firewire devices. Inside Apple has given you the best software. Dell will load your laptop up with cheesy shareware software, where you have to buy it after 15 days. Apple gives you the finest--included. iLife 04 with iTunes (manage music), iPhoto (manage photos), iMovie (edit movies), iDVD (make DVDs), and GarageBand (MAKE/edit music) blows away any software from the Windows world. OmniGraffle is a really cool drawing program, and GraphicConverter is a great graphics program. Mail, iCal, Address Book, Safari, and the other built-in apple programs are very nice. Safari is better than Internet Explorer for browsing, and Mail is far nicer than Outlook Express.

Worried about not having enough software for Mac? Forget it. There's piles of high quality stuff for Mac. There is literally nothing you can do on a PC that you can't do on a Mac, often far better. Even with games, where the Mac is slightly lacking, you can get Command and Conquer, Warcraft 3, Myst, Age of Empires, and many more popular titles.
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