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Apple iBook G3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1017 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The value for money and design also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the sound, and the touchpad and resolution get less positive reviews.

performance, design, value for money, portability, usability

keyboard, resolution, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple iBook G3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 10 user reviews of Apple iBook G3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on

design, performance, usability, size

value for money

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Apple iBook G3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 611 user reviews of Apple iBook G3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, value for money, usability, design, portability


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Review: Is a bigger notebook always better? That depends on your priorities. Apple's charming 12.1-inch iBook fits perfectly on an airplane tray table and the home, small office, or student lifestyle to boot. Meanwhile, the slightly more expensive...

Great display; decent battery life; impressive performance

Limited expandability; keyboard flexes too much; skimpy support policy

Cheaper and more portable, the iBook is a more than worthy alternative to Apple's top-of-the-line PowerBook.


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Elegant design ; Lightweight ; Low price ; Full set of features

Only 64MB of RAM, limiting performance and the ability to run Mac OS X

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Sleek and Chic, the iBook Grows Up


Apple's new iBook has both brawn and beauty--and it's affordable too.

A very portable and affordable laptop, with a great look and enough power to do serious work.$1799Apple

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Portable sibling to iMac offers a lower-cost, wireless-ready alternative.

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Apple iBookSome may think it looks funky, others liken it to a toilet seat. But does the iBook deliver the kind of power and features you would expect?

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Lightweight ; elegant design ; full set of features ; low price

Only 64MB of RAM, limiting performance and the ability to run Mac OS X

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Solid range of features, stable

Not incredibly fast, no DVD-writer

Apple's iBook range offers solid features and functionality for anyone that spends a lot of time on the road and doesn't demand blistering performance.

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The new Apple iBook is as easy to use as any Mac and comes with plenty of documentation.

Product Specifications

A featherweight knockout that packs a major punch, iBook opens a new chapter on portable convenience and performance. Get onto the Internet, fast. Rip, mix, and burn your own music CDs. Make and watch movies anywhere. All this and more, from a beautiful and brainy digital companion that tucks into any backpack or briefcase. Infinitely portable and tough enough to withstand your action-packed life - iBook delivers convenience without any compromises. Open it to discover a brilliant 12.1-inch TFT XGA active-matrix display with impressive 1024-by-768-pixel resolution. Inside lives a 500-megahertz PowerPC G3 processor enhanced by a 256K on-chip cache that runs at full processor speed. Choose from three optical drives: a CD-ROM drive for intense gaming action, a CD-RW drive for burning CDs, or a DVD-ROM drive for watching movies. A lithium-ion battery lasting up to 5 hours between charges makes iBook an energetic traveler. And listen to this. With Apple's new iTunes software, you're the digital DJ. Manage your entire music collection - and take it with you wherever you go. Import music from your audio CDs. Make playlists of your favorite songs. Search and browse with just a few keystrokes. Even listen to hundreds of Internet radio stations. It's all a snap. Best of all, if your iBook has a CD-RW drive, you can burn your own customized CDs to enjoy anywhere. iBook also stars as a portable movie studio and theater. Use your FireWire-equipped DV camcorder and iMovie, Apple's easy-to-use digital video editing software, to create movie masterpieces, complete with smooth transitions and special effects. If your iBook has a DVD-ROM drive, you can play your Hollywood favorites while on the road. Or mirror the iBook display on a desktop computer monitor using the new RGB output port. Of course, you also get everything you need for surfing the web. In as little as 10 minutes, Setup Assistant can connect you to the Internet and sign you up for a free membership to iTools, Apple's innovative suite of Internet services designed to take advantage of everything the web has to offer. You can even access the Internet, check email, and share files - without wires - from the kitchen, quad, or conference room. Simply equip your iBook with the optional AirPort Card and an AirPort Base Station connected to a cable or DSL modem, phone line, or local area network. The new iBook. Your compact traveling companion in a world of boundless possibilities.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Installed Qty:1
Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/5hour(s)/6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/256KB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in/14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm/35.8cm
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


Product Type:Notebook battery
Subcategory (AG):Batteries


Country Kits:Canada / United States/France/United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple/Apple iBook/Apple PowerBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Keypad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Trackpad


Data Bus Speed:100MHz/66MHz




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.17 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.90/ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.34bis / ITU V.90 / k56Flex/ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex/ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b

Optical Storage

Read Speed:20x/24x/24x (CD) / 6x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/8x
Rewrite Speed:10x/4x/8x
Write Speed:16x/24x/4x/8x

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 8.5/Apple MacOS 9/Apple MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS X / MacOS 9/Apple MacOS X / MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS X 10.1 / MacOS 9.2/Apple MacOS X 10.1 / MacOS 9.2.1


Clock Speed:233MHz/500MHz/600MHz/700MHz/800MHz/900MHz
Type:PowerPC 750CX/PowerPC G3


Installed Size:128MB/256MB/32MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:192MB/320MB/512MB/576MB/640MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy/None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:10GB/12GB/15GB/20GB/2GB/30GB/40GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Education / Home use/Education / Home use / Small business/Home use/Home use / Small business/Small business/Small business / Corporate business

System Requirements

OS Required: None

Video Memory

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

Video Output

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