The 'Book Review

Atom CPU Runs Cooler and Longer, MacBook Air a Supermodel, 2008 MacBook Migration Tips, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2008.04.04

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

General Apple and Mac desktops is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review.

News & Opinion

Reviews

Apple Updates

Products

Software

Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

Intel Atom Processors Promise Cool Running, Long Battery Life

Intel has announced at its Developer Forum at Shanghai, China this week a new Intel Atom family of low-power processors designed specifically for laptop computers and other mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

Intel says the Intel Atom processor is based on an entirely new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel Core 2 Duo instruction set compatibility consumers are accustomed to when using a standard PC and the Internet. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that measures less than 25 mm2, making it Intel's smallest and lowest power processor yet. Up to 11 Intel Atom processor die - the tiny slivers of silicon packed with 47 million transistors each - would fit in an area the size of an American penny.

Intel Centrion AtomThese new chips, previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufactured on Intel's 45nm process with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have a thermal design power (TDP) specification in 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds depending on customer need. By comparison, today's mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors have a TDP in the 35-watt range.

"This is our smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors," said Intel Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney. "This small wonder is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience on these new devices. We believe it will unleash new innovation across the industry."

Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology

The Intel Centrino Atom processor technology brand represents Intel's best technology for MIDs. Formerly codenamed "Menlow," Intel Centrino Atom processor technology includes the Intel Atom processor, a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, and thinner and lighter designs. Together, these components are designed to enable the best mobile computing and Internet experience on these new devices.

These dramatic low-power levels are achieved as a result of several major processor design power management techniques such as Intel Deep Power Down Technology (C6), CMOS mode, and Split I/O power supply. When combined with Intel's unique and reinvented 45nm high-k metal gate transistor formula, the chips are very energy efficient and smaller in size, and enable longer battery life and sleek designs.

Intel expects demand for a new category of low-cost, Internet-centric mobile computing devices dubbed "netbooks" and basic Internet-centric desktop PCs dubbed "nettops," will grow substantially over the next several years. The Intel Atom processor is perfectly suited to meet these new market segments.

The earliest we would see Atom-based MacBooks would probably be early 2009, but in the nearer term, the IDF, Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobility Group, discussed new notebook and netbook products coming to market later this year. Intel will deliver its next-generation "Montevina" Intel Centrino 2 processor technology for notebooks in June providing faster performance and longer battery life.

Centrino 2 will be the first platform from Intel to offer an integrated Wi-Fi and WiMAX wireless access option that is expected to be available in certain notebooks in the second half of the year (my guess is that we'll see Montevina MacBooks some time in the fall). Other options for Centrino 2 include the processor and other components that are about 40 percent smaller, making them ideal for the mini- and sub-notebook categories like the MacBook Air. Perlmutter shared details in graphics quality and native hardware support for high-definition entertainment using Blu Ray*, and demonstrated Intel solid state drive technology.

Looking ahead Perlmutter offered a first peek at Intel's 2009 notebook platform codenamed "Calpella." Before that and toward the end of 2008, Perlmutter said the company will bring Intel Anti-theft Technology to complement and enhance existing solutions by leading computer makers and software vendors. The technology focuses on asset recovery, theft management and data protection and will arrive in laptops by year's end.

Scientists Want Your MacBook for Earthquake Detection

Wired's Erik Vance reports:

"Seismologist Elizabeth Cochran and a few colleagues hope to add a few seconds to earthquake detection, thereby getting word out faster to a large number of people.

"Everybody knows you can't predict an earthquake. The only way would be to get inside a time machine, go into the future, and send back a message.

"So seismologist Elizabeth Cochran of the University of California at Riverside will use thousands of computers to do just that.

"Well, it's not exactly a time machine. Cochran and Stanford seismologist Jesse Lawrence have made use of the sensors built into many new laptops that sense when the computer is being dropped, and turned them into earthquake monitors....

"Cochran's system makes use of the accelerometers - tiny motion sensors - built into many modern notebooks, including Apple's MacBook and Lenovo's ThinkPad, as well as the iPhone and Nintendo's Wii. Accelerometers detect movement and translate it into digital signals....

"...So in 2006 when Cochran saw a program called SeisMac, a light went on. SeisMac uses the accelerometers in Mac computers to let people shake their computers and watch the motion translated on screen into a graph. Cochran wondered if the same technology could be used in earthquake sensing, and suggested the idea to colleagues at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where she was working at the time."

Cracked MacBooks: Looking More Closely

The Guardian says:

"Apple's being evasive about what's under the lower front right-hand side where cracks occur . . . but we found out.

"Over the weekend we noted that there's been what you could call an issue with cracks occurring on the casing of Apple's low-end MacBook laptops - frequently on the right-hand-side of the lower side.

"We asked Apple about this, putting four five questions:

  1. what structure is below the lower right-hand side of the MacBook casing (hard drive, power converter, etc)?
  2. is Apple aware of MacBook case cracking as a product issue?
  3. is Apple taking any action in its manufacturing to reduce the incidence of this cracking?
  4. does Apple have any idea why this cracking might occur?
  5. is there any manufacturing process reason why this cracking might occur (eg finish line of a mould, etc)?

"Apple's response? 'If a customer experiences an issue with their MacBook they should contact AppleCare.'"

Reviews

MacBook Air 'Has No Clothes'

The Apple Core's Jason D. O'Grady says:

"There. I said it.

"After using the MacBook Air intensely since it arrived in February, I am beginning to feel the limitations of its pokey 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I knew what I was getting into going in, but I was convinced that I could make it work. Initially the tradeoff of less CPU and RAM was worth shaving two pounds off my daily notebook heft but as I use the MBA more and more I'm increasingly frustrated by its molasses-like performance....

"...I can't help but think that I have a mild case of battered MBA-owner syndrome. 'No officer, I don't want to press charges against the MacBook Air. I fell down the stairs. Honest.'"

MacBook Air: 'It's the Supermodel of Laptops'

Adelaide Now's Chris Oaten says:

"Apple's MacBook Air isn't for everyone, so let's save some time with a quick Q&A.

"Hands up, all of you who travel a lot, or who don't travel a lot but want a stunning, sexy laptop to score some style points with.

"OK, keep your hands up if all you really need a laptop for is business or basic personal software - email, Office, web browser, presentations, that sort of thing.

"Keep those hands up if you consider battery life of about four hours is adequate for your needs (bearing in mind you'll rarely be very far from a power point, you office-hopping style maven you, so it's not that critical).

"Great. OK. Now put your hands down if you reckon you'd be better off with a gimped screen and keyboard, as you might find on a smartphone pretending to be a computer.

"One more thing . . . In Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the human race was stereotyped by its fascination with the digital watch, which it regarded as 'a pretty neat idea'.

"Put your hands down if you consider the compact disc to be a 'pretty neat idea'."

Optimizing the MacBook Pro

Macworld's James Galbraith reports:

"We've seen what Intel's next-generation of Penryn chips can do to the performance of both MacBook Pros and MacBooks. But that testing focused on the standard configurations of Apple's revamped laptop offerings - there are also build-to-order configurations. And now we've gotten our hands on such a system, a customized MacBook Pro, to see how optimizing the hardware translates to performance gains.

"Specifically, we received a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a speedier processor, faster (though smaller) hard drive, and more memory. Our build-to-order laptop sports a 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor; the standard MacBook Pro tops out at 2.5GHz. We've also swapped out the standard 250GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive for a 200GB model that runs at 7,200 rpm. And our customized MacBook Pro has been maxed out to 4GB of memory, up from the 2GB that ship with the standard version.

"This souped-up MacBook Pro costs $3,199 - $700 more than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo chip. But that extra money gets you the fastest portable Mac we've ever tested."

MacBook Pro 'Just Feels Right'

Adelaide Now's Chris Oaten says:

"Owners of long-in-the-tooth G4 PowerBooks who have been holding out for the right time to update to a MacBook Pro should bite the bullet. The time is now.

"Connect took delivery of the latest MacBook Pro recently along with the Air and consumer MacBooks to take a look at the product line-up and while the Air impressed with its sexy lines and the MacBook also stepped up a notch in overall quality and performance (and perhaps you noticed the price drop), it was the Pro model that impressed the most....

"The most appealing facet of the MB Pro is something that can't be measured in benchmarks. It just feels right, as a mature product should feel....

"I expect the 38cm (15in) 2.6GHz MacBook Pro will enter the fray when, at some future date, there comes the argument about which of Apple's laptops were its best. It just feels like a classic...."

PC Magazine Reviews Axiotron Modbook

PC Magazine's Cisco Cheng reports:

"Apple has long neglected the tablet community by not offering a tablet PC of its own. But now, another company has stepped into the breach with its take on a Mac-based tablet PC. The Axiotron Modbook ($2,629 list) is certain to pique the interest of Mac-based graphics designers and illustrators who prefer to work with a pen rather than a keyboard. Axiotron literally took an Apple MacBook 13-inch (Core 2 Duo), ripped off the lid, and fused a Wacom digitizer screen to the chassis. The Modbook is a slate tablet (rather than a convertible tablet that would have had the benefit of an integrated keyboard), but it's a better alternative to plugging a Wacom device into an Apple computer. This slate tablet doesn't come cheap, though, and it's available only through Other World Computing, an online Mac retailer."

Review: Axiotron ModBook

Cnet's Dan Ackerman and Matthew Elliott report:

"Axiotron aims to fill some of the gaps in Apple's lineup with the ModBook, a 13-inch MacBook reworked into a slate-style tablet PC. It's a clever bit of engineering, taking the guts of a MacBook and removing the lid, omitting the keyboard and trackpad, replacing the display with a Wacom-enabled LCD and digitizer, and adding a scratch-resistant magnesium shell to the top."

Apple Updates

2008 MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air Migration Options

Apple Support says:

"FireWire connections are still the fastest way to migrate applications and data from an older computer to your new computer, however, these new models now offer the ability to perform a system migration over network connections. This gives you more choices and flexibility in migrating your applications and data.

"Products Affected: MacBook Air, MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)"

Products

802.11g WiFi PC Card for G3 and G4 PowerBooks

PR: This card offers full wireless networking capabilities, full compatability with AirPort base stations, and the entire 802.11 network system.

Why did you get a PowerBook anyway? Cut that dang cable and be free!

This card offers full wireless networking capabilities, full compatability with AirPort base stations, and the entire 802.11 network system.

AirPort Extreme - 54mbs Transfer rate - cruise the web wirelessly as fast as your cable or phone line can connect!!

Belkiin WiFi cardRare card - Belkin 802.11g card. Works with PowerBooks

  • G3 Wallstreet
  • G3 Lombard
  • G3 Pismo
  • G4 Titanium

System requirements: OS X 10.3+ Compatible. No drivers needed.

No software needed. Completely compatible with OS X Panther & Tiger (10.3 & 10.4). No software installation - just slide the card in and reboot! This is the only current card which is fully interoperable using your AirPort menu on the screen.

OS X 10.2 is compatible, but requires minor scripting. We'll include instructions for 10.2, but we don't offer technical support for 10.2.

Windoze users: Win2k, XP support is included in packaging

$39.99

Spring Upgrades for Pismo PowerBooks

PR: Wegener Media announces:

Greetings from South Carolina, where spring is in the air - and the weather is already warming! We've had a few days of near 70° F here-a bit early for us, but hey, we'll take it!

We want to let you know of some fabulous savings options we've been able to compile for a handful of PowerBook upgrades. These are all for the Pismo PowerBook, and we're offering up to $90 in savings on items like our G4 upgrade card, 1 GB RAM upgrade kits for $99, and our famous slot-load optical kits which allow burning CDs or DVDs on your Pismo.

This offer will run for only a limited time, so don't delay. Now is the perfect time to get the most power out of your old but useful PowerBook.

G4 Pismo 550mhz upgrade card - as low as $169

Slot-load Combos & Superdrives for your Pismo starting at $59.99 when purchased with other items!

In addition to these upgrades, we've got some great deals on HDD's for the Pismo..

160gb HDD (2.5" IDE, either a Western Digital Scorpio 5400rpm or a Samsung 5400rpm Momentus) for $89.99 if ordered with another upgrade.

If you're looking for a high-speed WIFI card - we've got 'em. PCMCIA 802.11g Belkin card for your PowerBook.. Just slide in and run - no software needed for OSX use.

If you're considering upgrading to a MacBook or MacBook Pro, check our site - we just received hundreds of MacBooks and MacBook Pros!!

Have a great spring!

Processor & RAM

G4 Processor upgrade kit and 1gb RAM.
$275 after rebate ($30 discount).
$60 core charge added - will be rebated after you send the good core back to us.
$274.99

Processor & Combo

G4 Processor upgrade kit and 24x Combo Slot Kit
$265 after rebate ($40 discount).
$60 core charge added - will be rebated after you send the good core back to us.
$264.99

Processor & Battery

G4 Processor upgrade kit and 6000mah Battery
$260 after rebate ($50 discount).
$60 core charge added - will be rebated after you send the good core back to us.
$269.99

MacService 24 Hour Screen Replacement Program for MacBook Air

PR: MacService has announced a MacBook Air 24 hour screen replacement program. You can now replace your cracked MacBook Air screen via their nationwide mail-in repair program for $445. All prices include free roundtrip shipping, installation and a laptop shipping container. All screens come with a one year warranty and a MacService exclusive Zero Dead Pixel policy.

MacService has announced a MacBook Air 24 hour screen replacement program. You can now replace your cracked MacBook Air screen via their nationwide mail-in repair program for $445. All prices include free roundtrip shipping, installation and a laptop shipping container.

All screens come with a one year warranty and a MacService exclusive Zero Dead Pixel policy. MacService certified technicians are the best in the industry and know your Mac inside and out. All repairs, upgrades and diagnostics are performed in a clean, organized and professional atmosphere.

How the service works:

MacService sends a custom laptop shipping container to you. Once it arrives, simply pack your laptop and send it back using the prepaid UPS shipping label. Once your laptop is back at MacService, a certified technician installs a new LCD screen. A Service Advisor will keep you informed every step of the way. After the service is complete, your laptop is cleaned, tested and sent back to you. All services are completed within 24 hours of arrival.

Based out of Santa Clara, California, MacService delivers complete repair and upgrade services for Apple laptop computers, and the leading provider of mail-in repairs and upgrades. Since 2001 they have serviced over 25,000 laptops working with consumers, education facilities and businesses throughout the U.S., building a reputation for quality, one laptop at a time. With an average 24 hour turnaround time and free roundtrip shipping, MacService makes the service process fast and easy. No phone trees, no runaround, just awesome service. Copyright 2001-2008 MacService. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

MacBook Air Accessories from Proporta

PR: Holding the record of being "the thinnest laptop in the world", the MacBook Air is able to fit into a manila folder and even slide under a door. Whilst many people think that Apple had to make various compromises to be able to fulfil the quota of creating the thinnest and lightest laptop ever made (which they may well have had to do), it still features a 13.3 inch widescreen, LED backlight screen that's instant-on, a built in i-Sight camera, a full-sized backlit keyboard and a trackpad with multi-touch gesture support. Not bad for something that doesn't look like it's seen a good meal in weeks.

The MacBook Air actually measures a tiny 0.4cm at its thinnest point and only 1.9cm at its thicker end; it has a length of 32cm, a width of 22.7cm and weighs in at 1.36kg.

Proporta realise the importance of keeping the screen of your MacBook Air fully protected, that's why they recommend their Advanced Screen Protector. The ultra high-clarity plastic it's manufactured from protects the precious screen of your MacBook Air like a dream, without impairing screen brightness or clarity. There's also no need to worry about the screen of your MacBook Air becoming scratched or damaged as these high quality Screen Protectors do their job to the finest

Okay, so we all love the new MacBook Air but let's face it, one USB port just isn't enough. That's why you need to get your hands on once of these: the 4 Port USB Compact Hub from Proporta.

Not only for use with the MacBook Air, it also partners perfectly with any device that only supports one USB port. It even features a blue LED light indicating when the device is plugged in, couldn't be simpler. Or more useful.

Now you can enjoy your MacBook Air or other such device safe in the knowledge that you aren't restricted to just the use of one USB port.

The Advanced Screen Protector, available as from next week, and the 4 Port USB Compact Hub, is available now.

Software

CPU Speed Menu Switch for CPU Performance Settings

PR: CPU Speed Menu allows you to switch between the different performance settings of your computer by a single mouse click. It is no longer necessary to open System Preferences, navigating to the Energy Saver pane and selecting the Options item. This is helpful for users who must switch between different speed settings very often, for example when temporarily performing processor-intensive tasks. Switching manually to a speed which meets your current needs best can improve battery load on portable computers, or avoid noise problems with cooling fans and power supply units on desktop computers.

CPU Speed Menu can be used on all Macintosh computers which support manual switching of processor performance. This includes all portable computers with PPC processors, as well as most G5 systems.

CPU Speed Menu is electronically distributed software. You can download the product and test it before you decide to purchase an unrestricted usage license.

You can download the application CPU Speed Menu for free. This allows you to evaluate the software to see if it suits your needs. The only restrictions are:

  • The application will quit after running five (5) minutes.
  • A demo mode panel will appear each time you launch the application.

CPU Speed Menu allows you to switch between the different performance settings of your computer by a single mouse click. It is no longer necessary to open System Preferences, navigating to the Energy Saver pane and selecting the Options item. This is helpful for users who must switch between different speed settings very often, for example when temporarily performing processor-intensive tasks. Switching manually to a speed which meets your current needs best can improve battery load on portable computers, or avoid noise problems with cooling fans and power supply units on desktop computers. This tool does not need any space in the Dock and does not consume processing power while it is running in the background.

New in version 1.3 (Build 080320)

  • Added user preference to restrict the application to toggle between the speed settings Highest and Reduced only.
  • Added support for future power management features which will be available in Mac OS X Leopard or later.
  • Added support for new technologies available in Mac OS X Leopard.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later

System support: PPC/Intel

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

There are two different versions of WallStreet running at 233 MHz, the cacheless MainStreet version and the later Series II with a level 2 cache. It's not always possible to determine from the vendor's listing which is being offered, so we've included links within this paragraph to the two models. The same goes for the PowerBook G4/667 (VGA) and G4/667 (DVI), the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz, and 1.25 GHz to 1.5 GHz 15" PowerBooks.

PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook profiles linked in our Portable Mac Index.

Apple Store

Each model comes with an Apple one-year warranty, and ground shipping is free. Changes this week are the addition of a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo 15" MacBook Pro for $1,499.00 (my 2 cents: go for the 2.2 GHz Santa Rosa unit for fifty bucks less and get the LCD backlight), and a 2.6 GHz 17" MacBook Pro for the same price as the 2.4 GHz unit. ONly two MacBook models in stock this week. cm

  • refurb 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/SD, $949
  • refurb 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/SD, $999
  • refurb 15" 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,449
  • refurb 15" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $1,649
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,099
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz hi-res Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,299
  • refurb 17" 2.6 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,299

TechRestore

  • 15" PowerBook G4/667 (VGA), 256/30/Combo, $619.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/667 (DVI), 256/30/Combo, $629.99
  • 17" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/60/SD, $999.99

Wegener Media

  • 12" iBook G4/800 MHz, 256/30/Combo, $319.99
  • 12" iBook G4/1 GHz, 256/30/Combo, $349.99
  • 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 256/30/Combo, $399.99
  • 12" iBook G4/ 1.33 GHz, 512/40/Combo, APX, BT $499.99
  • 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/40/Combo, $499.99
  • 12" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 512/80/Combo, $549.99
  • 14" iBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/60/Combo, APX, BT $519.99
  • 14" iBook G4/1.33 GHz, 512/60/SD, APX, BT $549.99
  • 14" iBook G4/1.42 GHz, 512/60/Combo, APX, BT $529.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $599.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $629.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, $679.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/Combo, $699.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/Combo, $709.99
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 1 GB/80/SD, $739.99
  • 15" hi-res PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz 512/80/SD, $799.99

Baucom Computers

  • 12" iBook G4/800, 640/30/Combo, $379
  • 12" iBook G4/800, 640/30/Combo, APX, $410
  • 12" iBook G4 1.07 GHz, 640/30/Combo, APX, $505
  • 12" iBook G4 1.2 GHz, 512/30/Combo, APX, $599

Power Max

  • open box 2.1 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1 GB/120/Combo, $1,049
  • open box 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1/120/SD, warranty started, $1,099
  • open box 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 1/160/SD, warranty started, $1,129
  • open box 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook, white, 1/120/SD, $1,179
  • open box 2.2 GHz Core 2 MacBook, black, 1 GB/160/SD, $1,299
  • open box 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, 2 GB/80, $1,749
  • open box 15" 2.16 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/120/SD, $1,599
  • refurb 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,013.88
  • open box 17" 2.33 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,288
  • open box 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, warranty started, $2,399
  • 17" 2.6 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 2 GB/160/SD, $2,699

PowerBook Guy

  • clamshell iBook G3/300, Blueberry, 64/3/CD, $149.95
  • clamshell iBook G3/300, Tangerine, 64/3/CD, $169.95
  • clamshell iBook G3/366 SE, Graphite, 128/10/CD, $199.95
  • clamshell iBook G3/366, Key Lime, 192/10/CD, $259.95
  • 12" iBook G3/500, 256/10/Combo, $279.95
  • 12" iBook G3/600, 256/20/Combo, $319.95
  • 12" iBook G3/800, 256/30/CD, $249.95
  • 12" iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 768/30/Combo, $579.95
  • 14" iBook G4/1 GHz, 768/40/Combo, $579.95
  • 15" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 1 GB/80/Combo, AppleCare, $1099.95

ExperCom

  • 17" 2.5 GHz Core 2 MacBook Pro, 4 GB/200 7200 rpm/SD, $3,099

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