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Apple iBook G4

Apple iBook G4
alaScore 82

922 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 922 reviews of Apple iBook G4. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews.

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iBook G4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

Feb, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iBook G4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 423 user reviews of Apple iBook G4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

Feb, 2018

Expert review by: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

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

Expert review by: Stephanie Bruzzese (cnet.com)

Apple 14-inch iBook G4 review

 

Apple iBook G4 (14-inch)

Solid case design; respectable performance and battery life; ample software package; Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; hard drive-protection application.

Lacks audio input and multimedia controls; mediocre sound; free telephone support lasts a mere 90 days.

The attractive 14-inch iBook G4 has most of the features, performance, and battery life a basic user will need, but Intel Core Duo-based iBooks loom large on the horizon.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple iBook G4 12-inch (1.33 GHz)

 

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

Reduced battery life. Aging design.

Check out the Apple iBook against other ultalight laptops in our side by side comparison table.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

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

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

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: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

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

Expert review by: Omar Cintron (pcmag.com)

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

 

If aesthetics are important to you, Apple's got you covered, once again.

Good performance and design. Very sharp and clear screen.

Needs bigger battery

Although its weight and small hard drive keep it from being an ideal ultraportable, the iBook G4 is a good choice for Apple users who care about style and affordability. (At press time, the Apple's price was lowered to $999 for models with a 1.3 GHz...

Nov, 2004

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Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple iBook G4 (12-inch)

 

The cool factor of this notebook has withstood the test of time.

If mobility is at the top of your list, the wee iBook is the perfect notebook to tote. And its battery will get you through class, and then some.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: John Rizzo (cnet.com)

Apple G4 iBook series review

 

Apple G4 iBook series

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

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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.

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

Audio system:Stereo / Stereo 16-bit / Stereo speakers / Sound card / Microphone.
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):6
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

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:ATA/100 / Ultra ATA/100

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Contrast ratio (typical):750:1
Display Diagonal:12.1 / 14 / 14.1
Display Resolution:1024 x 768

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

Energy Management

Power Management:Energy Star

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon 9200 / AMD Mobility Radeon 9550
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.032

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:ATA/100 / Ultra ATA/100

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

Keyboard

Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard type:Built-in full-size
Number of keyboard cursor keys:4
Pointing device:Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:133MHz/142MHz

Memory

Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM

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
Networking features:AirPort Extreme ready, Bluetooth ready, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/AirPort Extreme / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45 / -25 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-25 - 45 / -25 - 60

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10 / 16 / 8
CD write speed:16 / 24
DVD read speed:8
DVD write speed:10 / 4
DVD-R speed:8
DVD-RW speed:4
DVD+R speed:8
DVD+RW speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD-ROM / DVD-RW

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

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Mac OS X 10.3 Panther / Mac OS X versie 10.3 "Panther" / Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther”
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.2 x 9.06 x 1.34 / 12.7 x 10.2 x 1.34
Display:LCD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.92 / V92
Power Requirements:100V - 240V AC/ 50-60Hz
TV in port: No
Type:Notebook
Wake-on-LAN ready:No / Yes
Wake-on-Ring ready:No / Yes
Weight:4.85 / 5.95
Wireless Technology:802.11b/802.11g

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 PIN FireWire\n2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A\n1 x display / video - VGA\n1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11\n1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45\n1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm / 1x FireWire\n2x USB 2.0\n1x RJ-11\n1x RJ-45\n1x S-Video\nBluetooth 2.0+EDR\n / One FireWire 400 port at up to 400Mbps; Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480Mbps each \nVGA, S-video and composite video output Video mirroring supports VGA video out to an external display or projector., USB, FireWire, RJ-11, RJ-45 / One FireWire 400 port at up to 400Mbps; Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480Mbps each, USB, FireWire, RJ-11, RJ-45 / One FireWire 400 port\nTwo USB 2.0 ports\nRJ-11\nRJ-45 / One FireWire 400 port\nTwo USB 2.0 ports\nRJ-11\nRJ-45\n / USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FireWire
Microphone in: No
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Wired communication type:AirPort Extreme

Power

Power Management:Energy Star

Processor

Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.33GHz/1.42GHz/1GHz/800MHz/933MHz
Processor cache:0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor frequency:0.8 / 0.933 / 1 / 1.2 / 1.33 / 1.42
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

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader, FAXstf, Apple QuickTime, Apple iTunes, Otto Matic, Apple Mac OS X Mail, Apple Mac OS X Chess, Apple iPhoto, PixelNhance, Apple iMovie, Deimos Rising, Apple iChat, Apple iCal, Apple DVD Player, Apple Safari, Apple Sherlock, AppleWorks 6 / iLife '05 (omvat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD(5), GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, Adresboek, AppleWorks, iWork-proefversie (30 dagen), Classic-omgeving, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac (evaluatieversie), XCode Developer Tools en Apple Hardware Test / iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD (5), GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test / iLife ’05 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh, 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools & Apple Hardware Test / iLife ’05 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD,iDVD, GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh, 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools & Apple Hardware Test / Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD (2), GarageBand), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Microsoft Internet Explorer, World Book 2004 Edition, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, MS Office Test Drive, Zinio Reader and Apple Hardware Test CD / Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Adresboek, QuickTime, iLife (omvat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD en GarageBand), iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, MS Office Test Drive, Zinio Reader, Apple Hardware Test / Mail, Safari, iChat AV, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, and Classic environment; Microsoft Internet Explorer, AOL, Quicken 2004 Deluxe, World Book 2003 Edition, Microsoft Office 4.X Test Drive, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, Deimos Rising, Sound Studio, and Zinio Reader; Apple Hardware Test / Sherlock, Adresboek, QuickTime, iLife (omvat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD(2) en GarageBand), iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, MS Office Test Drive, Zinio Reader, Apple Hardware Test
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Storage

Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Total Storage Capacity:30 / 40 / 60

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.2 / 9.06
Weight:4.85 / 5.95
Width:11.2 / 12.7 / 12.8