|Screen Size||12.1 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.2 GHz PowerPC G4|
|RAM||0.256 GB DDR-SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||266 MHz|
|Hard Drive||30 GB IDE|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Mobility Radeon|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||32 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||6 hours|
Apple iBook Laptop 12" M9623LL/A (1.2 GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB RAM, 30GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive, Built-in AirPort Extreme)
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Initially I was interested in getting a notebook, not necessarily an Apple. I started doing my research, and started to realize that many of the options that I wanted, and that most consumers would want, are available on the ibook, and for much less than the competition. Everything about the ibook is very practical, and I'm a practical person. I will break this review down into some key segments.
User interface and comfort: The apple ibook is very comfortable to use, the keys feel great, and the system weighs in at less than 5 lbs. It easily fits into my backpack, and the way the machine is constructed, I don't have to worry all day about the ibook getting damaged. The speakers aren't very loud, but in a quiet setting they are sufficient. Bass is pretty much non-existent, so if you are planning on listening to music, get some headphones. The ibook also has no protruding parts, making the machine look very sleek, as well as non-abrasive to clothing or anything else a sharp corner could snag on. The slot loading drive also makes way more sense on a notebook. Another feature I really enjoy is the ibooks' battery life, which clocks in at about 5 hours, almost double what competing Windows based notebooks have to offer.
Technical specs: This could easily become a recap of what Apple's, Amazon's and every other site has, just technical specs.Read more ›
Also, this is definitely one of the better deals in genuniely portable laptops. It has a very good blend of features and performance for $999 - and it's even better if you can take advantage of the Amazon rebate going on as I write this. The only real laptop that compares is the Averatec 12" model, which falls completely flat in terms of video performance and battery life (Averatec claims 3 hours of life, where the iBook regularly gets 4+ in real-world use).
The only catch is the hard drive space. That's enough for Office, a few games, and an iTunes collection, but consider this: if you got a 20 GB iPod and filled it up from your iBook, about two thirds of your iBook's storage would be nothing but music! If you think you'll need anything more in the future, seriously consider the 14" iBook (with 60 GB standard) or custom-ordering a 12" iBook from Apple's own online store.
One last thing: I'd like to comment on D. Potts' review. The current iBook will still enjoy the majority of the benefits of OS X 10.4, and does in fact do pixel shading. It's just not as full-featured as the absolute-latest graphics chips. But if you really, truly NEED every graphics feature supported, there's a 12" PowerBook waiting for you.
The iBook features a brilliant, small screen, 4+hour battery, 4.9 pounds, an array of fast ports, industry-leading styling and the best repair record in the industry, according to Consumer Reports. Reliability and service is especially important with temperamental laptops. Apple laptops also never come with the cheap integrated graphics you will find on similarly priced PC products.
There also are the usual MAC bennies: No viruses to worry about, no spyware, no pop-up ads with Safari, faster, cleaner, smarter software, painless connections to printers and networks, and the coolness factor to boot.
Mac or Windows? Stupid question. I made the leap and got a Mac, a 12" Ibook to be exact (upgraded to a 60Gb hard drive and 512Mb of RAM).
I'm happy to report that I've been addicted for close to three weeks.
What I love:
1. Clean, elegant design. The slot-loading drive is mucho cool. And the Ibook's quiet. Very quiet.
2. 4-5 hour battery life, consistently. I watch a DVD and still get 2 hours more of battery life afterwards. Cool! My old Compaqs never got more than 3 hours when new. (My Presario 2100, was getting 1 hour 30 max on a full battery by the time I sold it.)
3. OS X Tiger. Tiger's way ahead of WinXP. No question about it.
3.1 Eye candy wise, it's stunning. (I like the way program icons on the dock jump up and down when they're trying to get your attention. That's attention to detail.)
3.2 The lack of borders. This is probably eye candy as well. But I love how, when you open a web page in Safari or play a video file using VLC Player (if it's not on full screen), except for the bar on top and/or the scroll bar, there are no other frames. I haven't seen that trick in XP.
3.3 Expose. I love the way you can call up all your open windows by pushing F9 to get a look at exactly what's running. I love that you can hide all your windows at a push of a button as well.
3.4 Dictionary. I haven't had much use for the dictionary. But, I have to say, the idea that I can push a combination of buttons and immediately get a definition of an unknown word on a webpage or an open document is way cool.
3.5 Dashboard.Read more ›
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Used to upgrade old documents I failed to keep current. Appleworks to Pages. Used to upgrade old documents I failed to keep current. Appleworks to Pages.Published on March 9, 2014 by Douglas
Seems like ages ago that I bought this machine from Amazon, though it was the summer of 2005. It represented the vaunted G4 processor, previously available only on Powerbooks,... Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Giuseppe C.
I got this little Ibook, and I did have very high hopes...
I did buy a referb, so I was worry'd about the shape it was comming in. Read more
I love Mac OS X, but I've found my ibooks not worth the hassle and sacrifice I've had to make to keep using them. Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by Gift Recipient
This is the fourth mac that I have bought. I started with a mac SE in 1987 and have never turned back. Read morePublished on January 26, 2007 by Ariel
I'm not going to repeat everything that is already in other reviews, but it is all true. Everything about Mac is amazing. Read morePublished on November 23, 2006 by Anderson Glen Renaud
This laptop is very user friendly, and an enjoyable peice of equipment. The battery life is
great, as well as memory capability; however the price is too expensive. Read more
I use my iBook all day every day. It's a great little machine.
Since I work on it all day, I got some extra RAM to make it run faster, and handle more open... Read more
this is my second review on this laptop. I have always admired apple, just for their customer service their stuff and their hardware. Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by L. Randle
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