Review: Apple PowerBook G4 15-inch Aluminum
September 25th, 2003
Steve Jobs introduced Apple's aluminum PowerBook G4 15-inch at AppleExpo Paris in September 2003, The PowerBook G4 15-inch represents the "mid-weight desktop equivelant" portion of Apple's professional laptop product line.
The PowerBook G4 comes in two standard configurations and can be custom configured at Penn's Apple Store.
What it has
What it doesn't have (that some competitors in the same laptop segment do)
The PowerBook G4 15-inch is offered in two basic configurations. The Computer Connection has specially-priced bundles (PennKey required for link access):
The PowerBook G4 15-inch forms the vital center of Apple's professional laptop line. Apple attempts to differentiate in this market by the addition of value-added features, such as:
Technical issues & recommendations
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) does not expect there to be significant hardware-related compatibility problems with the PowerBook G4 15-inch. However, it will have the same software-related conflicts that any Mac OS 10.2.x-based workstation, including the previous generation PowerBook G4s, would have.
ISC has tested the PowerBook G4 15-inch for compatibility with University-supported hardware and software. The PowerBook G4 15-inch is compatible with the PennConnect 2003 CD-ROM and Penn's supported network applications. Like other Power Macs released in 2003, the PowerBook G4 15-inch does not have the ability to boot into Mac OS 9.x. However, support exists for running Mac OS 9.x-based ("Classic") applications from within Mac OS X. Support providers should be aware of this limitation if they have any Mac OS 9.x-based applications that must run natively.
The PowerBook G4 15-inch is a excellent choice for departments or individuals who need high-end, near desktop-class processing in a portable configuration. The 15-inch PowerBook is a very capable presentation laptop.
These workstations meet ISC's Recommended Configurations for Mid-Weight 'Desktop-Equivalent' Laptop Workstations. As always, support providers should be aware of the technical issues associated with any new workstation design.
--John Mulhern III, Senior IT Project Leader, ISC Technology Support Services (September 25, 2003)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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