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Apple Powerbook G4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1375 reviews of Apple Powerbook G4. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and usability. The portability and performance are also appreciated, but the touchpad and price get negative comments. Reviews about the sound and battery are different.

design, performance, portability, usability, screen

price, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple Powerbook G4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 544 user reviews of Apple Powerbook G4 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Opinions about the reliability and portability are generally positive. The usability and design also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the touchpad and sound.

performance, design, usability, portability, reliability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple PowerBook Laptop 15.2" M8981LL/A (1.25-GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD-R/CD-RW Drive)Apple PowerBook Laptop 15" M9422LL/A (1.50-GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple PowerBook Laptop 15.2" M9677LL/A (1.67 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

Nov, 2015

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Apple PowerBook G4


Even without Intel inside, this longer-lasting and higher-res mobile Mac is a winner.

Longer battery life Brighter, high-resolution display • Tiger OS • Still the thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook

No memory card slot Sluggish gaming performance

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: ernest (

Apple PowerBook 15-inch Widescreen Notebook Review (pics, specs)


I have used PCs almost all of my life, and have never owned a Mac. I had bought an HP dv1000 laptop 3 months ago, but soon decided I wnated something that had more performance. After using Macs in the school computer labs I investigated Apple and was...

Overall, this notebook is thin, light, beautiful and a powerhouse. Given the high price tag, I don't expect everybody to be able to afford this, but if they can, I urge them to get it. It is definitely a magnificent machine that is well worth the...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

Apple PowerBook 17-inch


This is a great update to a much-loved and successful laptop.

Bright screen. Backlit keyboard with ambient sensors. Relatively lightweight. Excellent bundled software

No TV tuner. No Front Row. Only two USB ports

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Adrienne Robillard (

Apple 15-inch PowerBook G4 review: Apple 15-inch PowerBook G4


Apple PowerBook G4 (15-inch, SuperDrive)

Beautiful sleek-and-slender design; robust software package, including Mac OS X Tiger; illuminated keyboard and scrollable trackpad; SuperDrive DVD burner.

Expensive; only 90 days of toll-free technical support.

The high-performance, fully loaded, simply beautiful 15-inch PowerBook G4 will satisfy students and creative professionals who can afford to sacrifice cash for style.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

Apple PowerBook 15-inch


The PowerBook is better than before, with new features like the scrolling touch pad and the Sudden Motion Sensor that protects your hard drive.

Hard drive protection. Enhanced Bluetooth. Scrolling touch pad

Only two USB ports. A bit pricey

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Apple PowerBook G4 (12-inch)


There's a reason you see so many actors using Macs on TV shows and in movies—Apple has the coolness factor covered. And for students, that counts for a lot. The Apple PowerBook G4 (12-inch) doesn't disappoint, with its elegant, anodized aluminum case,...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

Apple 17-inch Studio Display


ADC cable ; USB hub ; Excellent color and viewing angle ; No external power supply

Short standard warranty ; Large footprint

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Eric Butterfield (

Apple Powerbook G4 Notebook Computer


WHAT'S HOT: With an eye-catching anodized aluminum case and its unusual dimensions, Apple's largest PowerBook G4 oozes cool. But this Macintosh desktop replacement is also packed with standard features that appear only as options--or are...

In low light, the screen automatically dims slightly for more comfortable viewing, and the backlit keyboard glows. On our unit, however, we couldn't readily distinguish some of the letters or identify the function keys in a dark room

Jun, 2003

Expert review by: Eric Butterfield (

Apple PowerBook G4 (17-inch)


This PowerBook's 17-inch-wide screen makes movies look tantalizing.

This PowerBook's 17-inch-wide screen makes movies look tantalizing.

Jun, 2003

Expert review by: Eric Butterfield (

Apple Powerbook G4 Notebook Computer (Apple-M8793LLA)


With this system, Apple is first out of the gate with cool new features like the 17-inch-diagonal screen, 802.11g, and FireWire 800, all wrapped in an alluring case. But some basic design and usability flaws mar its attractiveness.

Jun, 2003

Product Specifications

Miraculously engineered, the ultralight 17-inch PowerBook G4 is just 1-inch thin and 6.9 pounds, making it the thinnest and lightest notebook with a 17-inch display on the market today. The first thing you'll notice is the megawide display - the largest ever in a notebook. This PowerBook's stunning display gives you the same viewing area as a 19-inch CRT monitor. And as for the amount of information you can see on the screen at one time, the 17-inch PowerBook supports a resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels - an eye-popping 1.3 million pixels appearing on the screen simultaneously, with room aplenty for your menus, toolbars and palettes. Featuring a powerful 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor, up to 2GB of DDR RAM - and with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth built in - the top gun of notebook computers has it all. The 17-inch PowerBook features a fiber optic backlit keyboard that's right out of the future. Built-in light sensors automatically adjust the keyboard illumination and your screen's brightness based on the available ambient light. You'll appreciate this breakthrough feature when you're working in a low-light environment such as an airplane cabin or a music or video studio. The 1.5GHz processor gives a tremendous performance boost with an advanced cache memory architecture that provides ultrafast dedicated memory with massively enhanced throughput. The 17-inch PowerBook G4 comes with 512MB of DDR SDRAM, expandable to 2GB of RAM - allowing you to run several RAM-hungry applications simultaneously, or to store an entire graphics project in main memory for fast image manipulations. The 17-inch PowerBook G4 comes turbocharged with the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor. The Mobility Radeon 9700 features a number of cutting-edge graphics technologies, including programmable pixel and vertex shading for lighting and shadow effects never seen before on a notebook computer. It dramatically enhances all aspects of your visual experience in every application, perfect for photorealistic 3D games and cinematic-quality video. The 17-inch PowerBook comes standard with AirPort Extreme built right in, so you're ready for 54Mbps wireless networking out of the box. And with thousands of wireless-enabled "hot spots" in hotels, airport lounges, coffee shops and bookstores around the world, you can get online from practically anywhere. What's more, you can use your PowerBook G4, AirPort Extreme and Rendezvous (which seamlessly recognizes and links computers and digital devices to each other) to create your own secure wireless network. In addition to AirPort Extreme, you'll also find Bluetooth built into the new 17-inch PowerBook G4. Bluetooth lets you connect digital devices wirelessly. For example, you can use iSync, which comes bundled with all PowerBook G4 configurations, to synchronize your personal information among various Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your PowerBook, mobile phone and Palm OS-based handheld. And Bluetooth lets you take advantage of GPRS connectivity to check your email from anywhere - a benefit that comes in handy on those occasions when an 802.11 wireless hot spot isn't available. The PowerBook G4 features FireWire, for connecting external hard drives and DV cameras, and USB, for connecting graphics tablets, digital cameras, printers and scanners. With more than 30 times the bandwidth of the popular USB 1.0 peripheral standard, FireWire 400 has become the gold standard for high-speed data transfer. And Apple ups the ante, effectively doubling data throughput with FireWire 800. The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 has two FireWire ports - one for the hundreds of FireWire 400 peripherals already available and the other for the coming generation of FireWire 800 peripherals. In addition, the PowerBook G4 offers the fastest connection to USB peripherals with two 480 Mbps USB 2.0 ports. Your PowerBook G4 with SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) comes loaded with iDVD software. Use it to burn DVDs that can be played in most consumer DVD players. You can also use iTunes to burn your own CDs, or the Disc Burner feature in Mac OS X to burn data CDs. The SuperDrive reads DVD titles at 8x, and writes to 4.7-gigabyte DVD-R discs at 4x speed.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)/5.5hour(s)/5hour(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/12in/15.2in/17in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.5cm/30.7cm/38.6cm/43.2cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1152 x 768/1280 x 854/1440 x 900/1440 x 960/1680 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display:No/Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


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

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:100MHz/133MHz/167MHz


Color:Gray metallic/Titanium


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


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

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 6x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/10x (CD) / 4x (DVD/16x/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/4x/8x
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 2x (DVD)/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/8x/8x (CD) / 2x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS X/Apple MacOS X 10.2/Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4


Clock Speed:1.25GHz/1.33GHz/1.5GHz/1.67GHz/1GHz/400MHz/500MHz/867MHz
Type:PowerPC G4


Installed Size:128MB/256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.25GB/1GB/2GB/640MB

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:100GB/10GB/120GB/20GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Small business/Education / Home use/Small business / Corporate business

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/32MB/64MB/8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon 9000/ATI Mobility Radeon 9600/ATI Mobility Radeon 9700/ATI Radeon 9700/ATI RAGE Mobility 128/NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200/NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go/NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go