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New PowerBooks - Finally

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Apple updated their PowerBooks today, after much anticipation.

All three models were updated:

12" PowerBook, 1GHz PowerPC G4, 512K L2 Cache, 256MB PC2100 Memory, NVidia GeForce FX Go5200 (32MB), 40GB Hard Drive, Built-in Bluetooth, Airport Extreme Ready.
Combo Drive: $1599. SuperDrive: $1799.

15" PowerBook, 1.0GHz PowerPC G4, 512K L2 Cache, 256MB PC2700 Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (64MB), 60GB HD, Combo Drive. Built-in Bluetooth. Airport Extreme Ready. $1999
15" PowerBook, 1.25GHz PowerPC G4, 512K L2 Cache, 512MB PC2700 Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (64MB), 80GB HD, Super Drive. Built-in Bluetooth and Airport Extreme. Illuminated Keyboard. $2599

17" PowerBook, 1.33GHz PowerPC G4, 512K L2 Cache, 512MB PC2700 Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (64MB), 80GB HD, SuperDrive, Built-in Bluetooth and Airport Extreme. Illuminated Keyboard. $2999
 

bignumbers

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The $2599 15" has a superdrive, not combo...

15" PowerBook, 1.25GHz PowerPC G4, 512K L2 Cache, 512MB PC2700 Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (64MB), 80GB HD, Combo Drive. Built-in Bluetooth and Airport Extreme. Illuminated Keyboard. $2599
 
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Chaszmyr

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Aug 9, 2002
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I really wanted the G5 powerbooks... And i atleast wanted backlit keyboard on the 12''...

I am a little disappointed, but it's not a bad update
 
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mvc

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Jul 11, 2003
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Less is less

A very long wait for very little results. I struggle to see why that took soo long to achieve.

I presume it was the supply issues with Rottenrola. The sooner we get G5s across the board the better.
 
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arby

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Feb 13, 2002
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Happy days!!! New Powerbooks!!!

I'm off to the Apple Store to put in my order for a brand new 15" PB, after month of waiting. Not a bad graphics card either.
 
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elkoreano

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Sep 16, 2003
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NOTHING GREAT on 12"

well, let's see what the 12" powerbook got..

1) alittle teeny bit of speed
2) more memory expandability, but we could have upgraded to over 640 with the previous model anyway
3) dvi output (HOORAY!!)
4) diff 32mb video card

i was hoping for:
1. pcmcia card slot to expand to firewire 800 or other things later
2. the same monitor they use on the 15" and 17".. it doesn't look like they used the same once again for the 12".. if someone can dispute this, please make me happy and tell me otherwise.. i'm talking about the quality.
3. 5200 rpms please..
4. speed up the combo drive will ya?
5. L3 no? come on..
6. backlit keyboard? don't discriminate!!

wow, i think that'd be the perfect 12" with those mods.
 
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Nicky G

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The question is, does this particular iteration of the 7457 chip support DDR?

Very nice lineup, however -- the 12 finally got DVI, which is really slick. ATi 9600 in the 15 and 17. Not too much to complain about! However, I am surprised that there's no 1.33 in the 15.

Wow, very nice machines, though -- I like how they are available today! Motorola finally put out.

And the prices?! Is this the cheapest the lineup's ever been? Best value, definitely -- I can't believe the 17" is $3K, with Superdrive and 512MB! Holy Cow!!!

Lotsa people buyin' Powerbooks today, fo' sho'. :)
 
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Tiauguinho

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Mar 5, 2002
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Originally posted by red_wedge
Why did they dump the L3 cache? That's a major pain!


Completly agree with you. It might have 512k Cache L2 but the L3 gives a push too. They should add at least 1MB of L3. Oh well.
 
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coolbreeze

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Originally posted by red_wedge
Why did they dump the L3 cache? That's a major pain!
Yeah, reading the tech specs, I don't see L3 cache? That's a step forward in technology? Please tell me I'm misled or somthing... (referring to the 15").

I have been at work since 1am, so I could have missed it...
 
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true777

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Broken link on Apple's new PB page

So... do the 12' models also have the new xx57 processor??

I'm wondering, since the 12" 1 Ghz uses PC 2100/266 DDR memory w/ 133 bus speed, and the 1 Ghz 15" has PC 2700/333 DDR w/ 167 bus. Seems to point to different architecture, no?

I wanted to look up processor specs at apple.com, but the links from the powerbook model pages to the processor spec pages for the various models are broken. Weird, they're usually so careful about broken links. What could that mean?
 
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sacrilicious

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Jul 10, 2003
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That site is freakin' lagged. It's almost as bad waiting to get the site to work as it is to wait for the update itself.

3-5 business days for me, an EDU American, for the 512x2 RAM. With a 1gig SO it was 4-6 weeks.
 
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crees!

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15" HD's

So on the 15" you can have a 4200rpm 80Gig or a 5400rpm 80Gig drive. How much hotter and wear on the battery life do you all expect the faster drive will have?

PS - And the buy a bundle and save a bundle deals are still in effect. The rebate date is based on your purchase date and not received date right? I don't want to buy the iPod then not get the rebate because it didn't come in time.
 
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peteMG

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Mar 22, 2002
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Re: New PowerBooks - Finally

Thank goodness they're not G5s. Now I don't have to get one. External DVD-R plus my tibook is good enough, though i am still itching for:
  1. a non-scratching paint job
  2. a non-flexing case
  3. 80G internal (but I can get that by itself, weeee
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chazmox

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Feb 4, 2003
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So... does anyone know if increasing the L2 and dropping the L3 is an improvement???

Is this the 7457 or the 7447...
 
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gloftis

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Sep 12, 2003
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New P-Books

So far, nobody seems to have noticed that the WiFi Ghz gap has closed.

The Wintel notebooks with the "New Technology" Centrino processor comes in about 1.4 Ghz, with the bogus hyperthreading system to "accelerate" its effective clock speed.

The PB 17 is now nominally just .67Ghz off that figure with a proven ability to blow the doors off a P4 at 1 Ghz.

I doubt we'll see a PB G5 because of the heat issue, but alll you whiners do a search on the IBM PPC 750VX, which, by some estimations, could reach clock speeds of 3Ghz+
 
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