This was written with a splash of humor and a pinch of sarcasm. But I am indeed, quite perplexed. Enjoy! The 12" Powerbook. The proud baby-brother of Apple's professional line of laptop computers. Used by mobile writers, students, and designers all around the world, the owners of this fine machine's "D" revision now have even more reason to smile. Its 1.5 GHz speed rating is faster than ever. Hurray! But... what's this? A gimped, wooden leg; a weak, flighty heartbeat; the nVidia 5200 FX Go. Apple shamelessly advertises its power, as if this processing relic was given its Power just because it says Apple, and has the approval of Mr. Jobs. "Now with... 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with mini dvi. Now starting at $1499." It is all too evident to those who monitor the GPU industry how sinister and twisted a company must be to incorporate this technology in its latest and greatest machines. Originally intended to be an entry-level chipset in March 2003, it has had a long life because of its early-adopter DX9 compatibility and use of pixel shaders. Why, then, would Apple be using this now? Surely it must be size or weight; afterall, this is Apple's professional line. But alas, even Sony offers a laptop which weighs less, and incorporates the mighty Radeon 9700 for a similar pricepoint, albeit its 13.3" screen size. Perhaps Apple was concerned about price. But, then, isn't that what the iBook is for? More likely, Apple has been unable to fit ATI's new chipsets in the current design, and defaulting to the Mobility 9700, kept the Go5200 in use as a cruel reminder of little brother's place in the family. Another possibility is that Apple is saving this extra power for the next planned update. We may also find insight in the fact that Apple still includes the 5200 chipset in the flagship PowerMac G5. A marketing conspiracy? Nothing more than stupidity, and even haughtiness for offering this to pro customers? The world may never know. Now, I don't pretend to know everything. There may be a detail I am missing here. But why not the 9600? Or ATI's newest PCI Express line for notebooks? Are Freescale's newest dual-core chips not PCI Express compatible? I know the 12" PB was never intended for high-end graphics purposes; but this is simply ridiculous. I can't wait to see how Tiger runs on this gimped excuse for a GPU. And what about a backlit keyboard for the 12", Apple? Where's the love?