PC Magazine Reviews New 12" PowerBook, Give It High Marks

"Good Things in a Small Package." Thatis what PC Magazine has to say in a review of Appleis new 12" PowerBook G4. Overall, PC Magazine had a lot of positive things to say about Appleis little iBook, and very few gripes. They looked at the top-of-the-line SuperDrive model, praising the size, the design, the keyboard, the included iLife applications, the compatibility, the battery life, and get this: the speed. From PC Magazine:

Inside the 1.2-by-10.9-by-8.6-inch (HWD) anodized aluminum case, Apple has fitted a slot-loading DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive, a full-size keyboard, a 12.1-inch, 1,024-by-768 display, an 867-MHz PowerPC processor, an nVidia GeForce4 420 Go graphics processor, and a 40GB hard drive. All this comes in a 4.6-pound package (5.1 pounds road weight with transformer).


Fit and finish are first-rate. Appleis design delights the senses. Most appealing is the nearly seamless case and clean underside, unmarred by the serial number-voltage/world approvals and Windows-inside stickers that afflict PC notebooks. Some design elements bump up the cost, though.


In use, the PowerBook delivers the goods. The keyboard feels great. The included, mostly well-integrated iLife multimedia applications continue to be a step ahead of their PC competitors. Sure, Windows XP downloads and views photos automatically, but only iPhoto variably resizes your thumbnails. iMovie has a new feature colloquially called the Ken Burns effect, named after the PBS documentarist who created "movies" by panning around and zooming in on still images of the Civil War.


Speed comparisons are difficult with Macs because they donit run our usual suite of benchmark tests, but we believe youill find performance to be more than adequate. On Photoshop tests, the PowerBook outran a desktop 733-MHz Power Mac G4 (which includes Appleis L3 cache, a feature that is not in the portable).

You can read the rest of the review at PC Magazineis Web site.