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Apple iBook G4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1271 reviews of Apple iBook G4. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and price. The design and usability also get good comments, whereas the touchpad and connectivity get critical opinions.

performance, usability, design, price, reliability

keyboard, connectivity, touchpad

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the durability and portability are overall positive. The performance and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, performance, portability, durability

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iBook G4 - PPC G4 1 GHz - RAM 256 MB - HD 30 GB - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - MacOS X 10.3 - 12.1" TFTApple iBook G4 - PPC G4 1 GHz - RAM 256 MB - HD 30 GB - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - MacOS X 10.3 - 12.1" TFT

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iBook G4


alaTest has collected and analyzed 544 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the design and reliability are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, but there are some critical opinions about the connectivity and keyboard.

performance, usability, price, reliability, design

keyboard, connectivity

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iBook G4 1GHz 256MB 30GB CD-ROM 12.1" Airport OSX - GRADE BApple iBook G4 1GHz 256MB 30GB CD-ROM 12.1" Airport OSX - GRADE B

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: abaxter (

Apple iBook G4 12″ Reviews


Need a well built, affordable and portable 12" screen notebook? Give the Apple iBook G4 a look:iBook Review 1 / iBook Review 2Apple iBook 12" G4 Pricing

Sep, 2006

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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

Jan, 2005

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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

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: soulreaver99 (

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...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: abaxter (

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...

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,...

Dec, 2004

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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

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Apple iBook G4 (12-inch)


Apple Computer Inc., $1,099 direct 1.0-GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB DDR SDRAM, 30GB (4,200-rpm) hard drive, 12.1-inch display, 802.11g wireless, 4.9-pound system weight (5.7-pound travel weight), 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9200, DVD/CD-RW combo...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: John Rizzo (

Apple G4 iBook series review:


Light; long battery life; slot-loading combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive; solid keyboard; fast video card; 802.11g networking option.

640MB maximum RAM; no option for an internal DVD burner; weak support offering.

The Apple iBook G4 is a rugged laptop, well suited for students and home users who want a small, affordable Mac laptop.

Feb, 2004

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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.

Expert review by: Luigi Lugmayr (

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.

Aug, 2010

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


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


Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.032


Country Kits:Latin America/United States
Model:G4/G4 Combo Drive/G4 SuperDrive
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iBook

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:133MHz/142MHz


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


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


Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.33GHz/1.42GHz/1GHz/800MHz/933MHz
Processor cache type:L2
Type:PowerPC G4


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.25GB/1.5GB/640MB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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