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  Apple's PowerBook G4, it's simply gorgeous 
  Aug 14, 2003, 09:30am EDT 

Getting to know a Mac

By: Sander Sassen

I often get asked the question what product I find truly original or genuinely innovative, and with the current economic recession that list of products grows increasingly small. Nevertheless the PowerBook G4 would be on that list, not because it is an Apple, and not because it is original, as Apple has had PowerBooks for a while, but because it is genuinely innovative. I say this without any reservations, and in case youíre wondering not because Apple graciously donated us a PowerBook G4, it sadly has to go back on Monday. After having seen the bulk of Pentium-4M and Centrino notebooks from all of the reputable and not so reputable manufacturers, which didnít really excite me, the PowerBook G4 shows that technology, design and ergonomics can be combined to make an excellent product.

Left loudspeaker

Next to the keyboard we find high quality loudspeakers on both sides of the PowerBook.

Apple power button

The power button is located in the upper right corner right next to the loudspeaker.

Connection right side

Plenty of connections on the right side, DVI, S-Video, USB, Gigabit LAN and firewire.

Connections left side

The left side features another USB connection, as well as a 56K V92 modem connection.

I judge this by the single fact that a product that is genuinely innovative keeps me coming back for more; I simply canít get enough of working with it. If I buy a new notebook, which so happens I just did, I usually install all my applications, make sure it works, and then use it as the tool it is. Not so with the PowerBook though, Iíve found myself working on it well into the late hours for three days straight, so yes, it is addictive. Not because I had to reacquaint myself with the Mac and the new Mac OS X operating system, but simply because it kept me entertained and eager to try new things, and that, frankly, doesnít happen very often.

1. Introduction
2. Getting to know a Mac
3. Using the PowerBook
4. Summary
5. Pricing Information

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