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Apple iBook G3 (Clamshell)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and value for money. The performance and portability also get good opinions. Many are negative about the resolution and size. Comments about the energy efficiency and screen are mixed.

design, portability, performance, value for money, durability

keyboard, sound, size, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple iBook G3 (Clamshell) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 175 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iBook G3 (Clamshell)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Apple iBook G3 (Clamshell) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iBook SE (366MHz G3 Processor, 64MB RAM, 6GB Hard Drive)Apple iBook SE (366 MHz G3 Processor, 64MB RAM, 10GB Hard Drive)

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Apple iBook Special Edition

 

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Test Bench: Apple iBook with iMovie 2

 

The unit we tested has a 10GB internal drive, which might be a little small, but you can get more (these days, adding multi-GB storage means hundreds of dollars not thousands). The 128MBs of RAM we had on our test unit is not base (64MB is) and adds...

Portable No setup Good Price

Serious users will quickly outgrow iMovie 2 software

Yes, you can use a web cam to produce a choppy online video with horrible sound, but you're likely to lose credibility in the first few seconds. You can get a big edge over the average video blogger by choosing a good tripod, microphone and camera for...

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iBook and iBook Special Edition

 

Improved graphics and processor performance ; includes FireWire, iMovie 2, and video-out ; cheaper than earlier models

Heavy ; modest RAM

Apple Delivers Solid Value and Style in New Portables

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iBook

 

Innovative industrial design

Big ; heavy ; small screen ; limited configuration and expansion options ; too hard for novices to use ; has stability problems with base RAM configuration

BIG, HEAVY PORTABLE OFFERS LOTS OF STYLE BUT limited SUBSTANCE

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Apple iBook Special Edition

 

Red dot design award!

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iBook

 

The Apple iBook has been carefully designed for everyday use in today's digital world. It is an authentic part of digital reality, meeting it on its own terms and offering well designed content. Design accordingly becomes a logically integrated factor...

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The Center of My Digital Universe

 

Fast, expandable, lightweight, mobile, affordable and stylish

F12/Eject key not too responsive.

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Portable Aid

 

Small, light, portable.

Limited in the ability to have add-ons.

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At last, a Mac subnotebook.

 

Incredibly small, light, fast, and durable.

Limited battery options (but who really cares?)

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Form, meet funtion.Apple finally got it right.

 

Rugged , ready-to-use, long battery life, PORTABLE DVD PLAYER, and oh-so-stylish..yeah, baby.

Pricey, on the heavy side, disc tray unnervingly fragile, not enough RAM.

Product Specifications

iBook has all the speed, storage, software, and graphics you're looking for. It's small and light enough to slip in a backpack; it's tough enough to travel the world; and its long-lasting battery goes for hours. With powerful and innovative applications for managing your photos and music, creating movies, writing reports, or chatting online, iBook is built for your digital life on the road. With its extra long battery life, compact size and ultralight weight, iBook is made for life on the go. A PowerPC G3 processor with a whopping 512K L2 cache gives you the power to zip through your email and surf your favorite websites. An ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics accelerator brings graphics vividly to life. With AirPort, you can connect your iBook to the Internet from almost anywhere - home, office, airports, or cafes - and network all of your home or small-office Mac OS and Windows computers - wirelessly. Optional Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect your iBook to Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and mobile phones. A built-in Combo drive lets you burn CDs, watch DVDs, listen to music, and play video games. FireWire and USB automatically recognize printers, cameras, digital music players such as iPod, and other peripherals. With built-in Ethernet and modem, connecting to the Internet is a snap.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)/6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.6in/9.1in
Height:1.3in/2in
Weight:4.9lbs/6.6lbs/6.8lbs
Width:11.2in/13.5in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/800 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:France/United States
Localization:English/French/German
Manufacturer:Apple
Model:Blueberry/Graphite/Graphite Special Edition/Indigo/Tangerine
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:100MHz/66MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Blueberry/Graphite/Indigo/Tangerine

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.34bis / ITU V.90/ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex/ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 6x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:8x
Type:CD-ROM/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD-ROM
Write Speed:8x

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 8.6/Apple MacOS 9/Apple MacOS 9.2/Apple MacOS X / MacOS 9

Processor

Clock Speed:300MHz/366MHz/466MHz/700MHz/800MHz
Manufacturer:Motorola
Type:PowerPC G3

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/32MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:160MB/288MB/320MB/640MB
Technology:SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:10GB/20GB/3.2GB/30GB/6GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Education / Home use/Home use/Home use / Small business

Video Memory

Installed Size:16MB/32MB/4MB/8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon/ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/ATI RAGE Mobility/ATI RAGE Mobility 128