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Apple iBook G4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Apple iBook G4. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the price and reliability. The design and usability also get good views, whereas many are less positive about the keyboard.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple iBook G4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iBook G4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the price and reliability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the keyboard.

performance, usability, design, reliability, price

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9009LL/A (900-MHz PowerPC G3, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive)Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9009LL/A (900-MHz PowerPC G3, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: JOE (newegg.com)

NEVER AGAIN

 

I BOUGHT 2 OF THESE FROM HERE, THE FIRST ONE THE HINGE WAS BROKE AND THE SECOND THERE WAS A BIG BLACK SPOT ON THE SCREEN. I DON'T BLAME THE MANUFACTURER SINCE THEY WERE RECERTIFIED (WHAT A JOKE) AND YOU CAN NOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK. SORRY THERE ARE NO...

I BOUGHT 2 OF THESE FROM HERE, THE FIRST ONE THE HINGE WAS BROKE AND THE SECOND THERE WAS A BIG BLACK SPOT ON THE SCREEN. I DON'T BLAME THE MANUFACTURER SINCE THEY WERE RECERTIFIED (WHAT A JOKE) AND YOU CAN NOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK. SORRY THERE ARE NO...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: SUE (newegg.com)

BEWARE

 

NONE

I WENT THROUGH 2 OF THESE THE FIRST ONE HAD A SPRUNG HINGE THE SECOND ONE HAD A BIG BLACK ON THE SCREEN. I WAS NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY IT A THIRD TIME,YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND YOU HAVE TO PAY RETURN SHIPPING EVERY TIME AND NO REFUND SO YOU ARE...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: f801 (newegg.com)

The worst Recertified item I have bought

 

I won't buy Apple certified any more!

Originally good design

The worst Recertified item I have even bought in my live. The shell was broken, and the screen have several big spot of bad area. And you can't return it for replace another

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: C_G_K (newegg.com)

Nice Laptop

 

Overall pleased with the purchase. It's a nice laptop... rock solid, but with some limitations as noted

Small, light and fairly powerful. For me, it's a cheap way to cut my teeth on a mac and become more Apple literate. Excellent battery life, around 4 hours. Came with 768 MB RAM instead of 512 as advertised

It's older technology. Many software makers no longer support power pc based macs, so you can't use the latest flash player or latest versions of other popular software like web browsers. Flash player works like c rap on this thing. These laptops have...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: Joseph (newegg.com)

These were nice...

 

I would not give this such a low rating if it were 7 years ago.

These were nice machines about 7 years ago. If you want to see what is good about them look up an old review

There is absolutely no reason to buy this notebook this day and age. I could not see this notebook doing anything besides word processing, not to mention that PowerPC CPUs are not supported by Apple anymore meaning no support for Mac OS X 10.6 or...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Nice!

 

Compact and sturdy

Needed to put "$" in front of WEP wireless key when entering it. Didn't see that documented anywhere

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: iCal (newegg.com)

Tech Spec for iBook G4

 

In responds to (Dick - 3/6/2011 12:23:47 PM), most newer routers will work with Wireless a/b/g/n, if the router only support Wireless N or configure for only Wireless N, then Wireless a/b/g will not work. This product can only communicate with Wireless...

Great product that works

For the price of the unit, you're better off buying a New Netbook or a cheaper PC notebook

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Rob (newegg.com)

In response

 

Mostly I'm writing this in response to the last poster. While not simple, it is possible to upgrade the wireless card, or use a wired/wireless adapter. So, it's not useless, just not what you expected. Remember, this model is quite old. When it was...

It's a good piece of Apple History. Upgrade the RAM, and you'll have a pretty decent little tyke computer, or secondary computer. Small size is similar to that of a netbook, but you get a good bit more out of it

It's pretty old tech. Remember that Apple ditched the IBM PowerPC chip in 2006

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Alex (newegg.com)

Apple iBook G4 NoteBook

 

Apple makes a reliable product that will last for a long time. They are also very good about customer service and repairs

This computer is for things such e-mail and low-stress items. More of an entry level laptop For the cost of $500, you can get a much better machine that will run more things, and at a quicker pace ; Cheap processor ; Very small HDD (40GB) which is only...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Dick (newegg.com)

re-certified product

 

The seller is not forth coming with the details of the lack of product compatibility. Less than acceptable business practice Newegg.

Timely purchase and shipping

Product is not compatible with newer wireless modems ; Will not recognize security system required ; Return of re-certified products will not be accepted ; I now own a product I can not use ; Nice way to flush your money down the drain

Mar, 2011
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Product Specifications

For a laptop, the inside of a backpack presents a jarring environment filled with shifts, bounces and the occasional bump. That's why Apple engineers designed the iBook G4 from inside out to stand up to the rigors of a strenuous life on the go. After all, you shouldn't have to walk softly just because you're carrying the world's most appealing notebook. Made of ultra tough polycarbonate plastic - the same high-grade material used in bulletproof glass - the iBook's sleek white case resists impact. While that measure alone might have allowed iBook to comfortably survive everyday use and abuse, Apple engineers took the idea of protecting your investment quite seriously. Inside, a sturdy magnesium frame provides superior strength, while reducing the weight of the iBook G4 to well below that of other full-featured PC notebooks. Rubber mounted for added bump tolerance, the iBook's hard disk drive lets you store all of your digital goodies and still enjoy peace of mind. What's more, the iBook has no I/O doors or protruding elements - and no optical drive tray, either - to break or snap off when tucked into a backpack or briefcase. The optical drive in the top-of-the-line 14-inch iBook G4 is called a SuperDrive because it allows you to do so much. Quickly install applications from CD-ROM discs. Watch Hollywood's latest films on DVD and see how great the special effects look on iBook's brilliant display. Play music CDs. And import your favorite songs and albums into iTunes, where you can organize them into playlists to suit every mood and occasion. Every iBook comes with iDVD. One of the members of the stellar suite of iLife '05 applications, iDVD provides a simple interface for assembling a DVD that holds up to two hours of movies and thousands of digital images. You can create menus with up to six navigation buttons over full-motion backgrounds. iDVD comes with an array of professionally designed themes and also lets you create your own. The MPEG-2 encoder in iDVD and the Mac OS X architecture combine to provide fast encoding and accelerated DVD recording. And once you burn your projects to a DVD, you can pop them in the mail and send them to friends and family. That's because the DVDs the SuperDrive creates can be played on most consumer DVD players. The SuperDrive also writes to CD-RW media, discs that can be erased and then written to again. They offer the same capacity as CD-R discs, but because they can be written to multiple times, they're a great option for sharing large files or projects with others. Optical discs are ideal for backup because they offer huge capacity in a format that's both easy to store and lasts a long time. CDs can hold up to 650MB of data, more than 450 times as much as a floppy disk. DVDs can store a mind-boggling 4.7GB of data, the equivalent of about 18 Zip 250 disks or 3200 floppy disks. (In case you're interested, that's a stack of floppies over 40 feet high). With this kind of capacity, you can easily back up your entire digital photo collection, thousands of MP3 files or your iMovie HD projects - and store them safely for years.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB/512KB

Configuration

Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Unknown
TV Card:No / TV Card
Video Editing Card:No / Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
TV Output:Not Applicable / Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.2in/9.1in
Height:1.3in
Weight:4.9lbs/6lbs
Width:11.2in/12.7in

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3 / Unknown
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Not Applicable / XGA

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in/14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm/35.8cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

General Features

Convertible: No
Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition:No / Unknown
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Tiger / Unknown
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Mobility Radeon 9500 / Mobility Radeon 9550 / Radeon 9200

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:Latin America/United States
Localization:English/Spanish
Manufacturer:Apple
Model:G4/G4 Combo Drive/G4 SuperDrive
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Trackpad/Keyboard / Trackpad/Trackpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:133MHz/142MHz

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/16x/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4

Processor

Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.33GHz/1.42GHz/1GHz/800MHz/933MHz
Processor:G4
Processor Brand:Motorola
Processor Number:Not Applicable / Unknown
Type:PowerPC G4

RAM

Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.25GB/1.5GB/640MB
Technology:DDR 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:30GB/40GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:32MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon 9200/ATI Mobility Radeon 9550