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Apple iBook G4

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Apple iBook G4 (Courtesy Apple)



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Sunday, July 11, 2004; Page F06

Price:$1,178.

Weight and screen: 4.9 pounds (5.4 pounds with power adapter), 12.1-inch LCD (1,024 by 768 pixels).

Processor and memory: 1 GHz G4 processor, 256 MB memory, 32 MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics.

Storage: 27.9 GB hard drive, 24x/16x/24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM combo drive.

Communications: 100-Mbps Ethernet, 802.11g WiFi, v.92 modem.

Expansion: One six-pin FireWire port, two USB 2.0 ports, one VGA monitor/composite video/S-video port.

Support: One-year warranty. 90 days of 9 a.m.-9 p.m., toll-free phone support; $49 per issue afterward.

What to say about the Apple iBook G4? It's an Apple -- well put together, good fit and finish, with better software integration than you're likely to see on a Windows machine and great battery life. It also features Apple's characteristic little design refinements, such as a subtle, barely visible apple logo on the lid that glows when the laptop is in sleep mode and a charging light around the power connector plug.

And, of course, it's white.

The iBook is a relatively light, at just under five pounds without the AC adapter (which itself adds just half a pound, much less than most laptops' power bricks). It has fewer expansion options than many competitors -- no PC Card slot and two USB 2.0 ports instead of three -- but many users may not notice the difference.

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