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Apple iBook G4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1294 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and performance. The usability and value for money also get good views. Some have doubts about the resolution and touchpad. There are some mixed opinions about the connectivity and sound.

design, value for money, usability, performance, battery

touchpad, resolution

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iBook G4

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 22 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, performance, design, screen

keyboard

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: APPLE IBOOK G4-1.33G 512MB 40GB COMBO (DVD/CDRW) Optical Drive Airport Xtreme BlueTooth 56KApple iBook G4 - PPC G4 1 GHz - RAM 256 MB - HD 30 GB - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - MacOS X 10.3 - 12.1" TFTApple I-BOOK G4/800 12.1 Apple PPC 30GB NOTE 256MB TFT Portable PC

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iBook G4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 555 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

performance, value for money, usability, design, screen

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iBook Laptop, G4 iBook 1.33GHz Processor, 1GB, 40GB, 12.1" 1024x768 Display, Combo Drive ,WiFi, 56K Modem ,10/100 Ethernet , Bluetooth, OS X 10.Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9848LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9848LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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Apple 12-inch iBook G4

 

A value-priced stunner.

Very compact Good performance• Impressive graphics• Great software bundle

Mediocre speakers No PC Card or flash memory slots• Only 90 days of free tech support

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Apple 14-inch iBook G4

 

The original is still a champ.

Stable, Unix-based OS Quick new G4 processor• Bright, beautiful screen• Still stylish, inside and out

A little heavy Only 256MB RAM Standard• No PC Card slot or memory card slot

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Apple iBook 12" Review (pics, specs) -- Time to Give Apple a Chance?

 

Being a diehard PC user for over 15 years, I had never considered switching to an Apple Mac or EVER using an Apple product. In fact I avoided using Quicktime as much as possible because I always thought anything made by them was a joke. I mean, my...

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Apple iBook G4 Review -- 12-inch Screen Version (pics, specs)

 

Getting an Apple laptop was unthinkable for me at first. I felt nothing from Apple's clever Switch ads, and as with many fellow PC/Windows users, I thoughts Macs were for newbies, graphics designers, grannies, and others who couldn't handle more than...

Cons Battery life Durability and design Software, and stability Support Price

Battery life Durability and design Software, and stability Support Price

It's hard to make a direct comparison between the iBook and competing PC products. However, it's clear that Apple has done it's homework and provided an affordable laptop with everything a student needs. I am far from becoming a rabid Apple fanatic,...

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Apple iBook G4 (12-inch) (Iss. 21 2004)

 

The iBook G4 is a great purchase for users seeking decent performance for everyday apps at an affordable price.

Good performance and design. Very sharp and clear screen

Needs bigger battery

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Apple iBook G4 12 inch

 

The latest Apple iBook (12-inch) may look the same on the outside, but some significant changes inside make it all the more impressive. Upgrades like a processor bump, added hard drive space, and more memory, along with several features passed down...

Budget price. More hard drive and memory options. Hard drive protection

Reduced battery life. Aging design

Plenty of upgrades, all internal—yet price is still under $1,000.

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Apple iBook G4 (PowerPC G4 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD)

 

Though it looks much like the 12-inch model, the 14-inch iBook runs a pound heavier and comes with some higher-end components, including a marginally faster 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a 60GB hard drive, and a single-layer DVD burner. The 14-inch...

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Refurbished Apple iBook G4 1.33GHz 12" Laptop for $269 + free shipping

 

Note: A 90-day Geeks warranty applies. Also, this item is listed as B-Stock, which means it may have cosmetic blemishes.

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12" iBook G4 1.33GHz

 

Power users beware; this laptop is clearly delineated for light, mobile computing

Scrolling Trackpad, built-in Bluetooth 2.0 and AirPort Extreme, good battery life, strong wireless reception.

An iPod would sniff at the 40GB hard drive, only 32MB VRAM, slows down a great deal with multiple applications running.

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Review: iBook G4 and Mac mini

 

No update to Mac product lines escapes our attention-especially when it's the first revision of the Mac mini, with previously optional features for a low price. Bigger news is the iBook G4 line getting the PowerBook treatment with some high-end...

Very good value ; adequate memory ; small and light ; good video-out options ; excellent design ; fast enough for basic tasks ; large hard drive ; AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.0 now standard ; SuperDrive DVD burner

No audio-in port ; modem not included (optional)

The iBook G4 line has been streamlined to two models: a $999 computer with a 12-inch display, a 1.33GHz processor, a 40GB hard drive, a CD-burning Combo drive; and a $1,299 model with a 14-inch display, a 1.42GHz processor, a 60GB hard drive, and a...

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

Dimensions & Weight

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

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

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

Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.33GHz/1.42GHz/1GHz/800MHz/933MHz
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