Pros Brilliant Screen, Fast, Light up keyboard.
Cons A bit on the large side for mobility
Summary Cnet rates things in ways that make no sense. First they give it praise for all it's new features and say it's less expensive then they give it a 6.9 rating. This is a superior pro machine. Funny thought, had this been a Dell with less features and higher cost it would have gotten at least an 8.0 rating. Cnet is Dell biased, I think they have a deal with Dell to rate their products high regardless of the quality.
Pros Extremely fast, display is AWESOME, very quiet
Cons Pricy, almost too big (huge portable laptops tend to defeat the idea of "portable")
Summary CNET's reviews are worthless. They gave this steller laptop a 6 because it has "only" 2 USB ports and no TV tuner? Let's see... what percentage of laptops out there have a TV tuner? Less than 1%? How many people even need to buy a laptop because it comes with a TV tuner? Am I going to watch TV during class or at a business meeting when I'm using my laptop?
And who cares about 2 USB ports? The Sony VAIO VGN-TX670P has 2 USB ports, and that didn't stop CNET from completely neglecting this fact and rating it an 8. Am I going to carry a mouse, printer, and external keyboard along with my laptop when I leave my home?
CNET needs to quit listing pathetic excuses to bias certain devices, such as this PowerBook. This is one of the BEST laptops anyone could ever own. While it is portable, it's much more of a hassle than carrying around smaller notebooks--you can't just slip this into a bookbag and walk out the door. I consider it more of a desktop replacement than anything due to it's size. On that note, this notebook is easily faster than nearly all of the desktops being sold online at Gateway, Dell, HP, etc. Can this even be compared to Dell's $299 desktop? That's like comparing a BMW to a used skateboard. Even a typical $1,000 "powerhouse" desktop system won't stand a chance in performance to this Apple Powerbook.
The display on this notebook is amazing. Pictures are incredibly crisp, and the resolution can be set higher than the max res. on my 19 in. monitor! This PowerBook runs superfast with hardly any noise--you'll only hear the fan if you actually try to, and that might be a challenge. The biggest downside (or upside?) of the PowerBooks is their very high cost, but you must remember: you get what you pay for. If you buy Dell's $299 notebook, you WILL get a $299 dollar notebook, and if you buy a $2,000 Apple PowerBook, you WILL get a $2,000 notebook!
Pros Huge screen, excellent resolution, powerful
Cons More expensive than other laptops
Summary This is a great computer! I've had it for a year and it just keeps on impressing me.
The fact that it only has two USB ports is not a drawback as I have a hub and my 23" cinema display has USB ports on it as well.
Of all of the laptops that I looked at, this has the best display and an amazing OS.
Internal storage capacity could be bigger now that saving music on your computer is the norm. Speed wise I have'nt been wanting either (and I work in CAD and 3D rendering programs). If this was a little less expensive, I would have bought it sooner. If you're a Mac user than you are less concerned with cost anyway (because you have no choice!).
Pros Great Laptop.
Cons Would be nice to have a keypad.
Summary I cannot believe Cnet and its review. Please tell me that they were over tired when they wrote this one. Not sure and maybe i am behind the times, But I don't recall any laptop computers coming with a TV tuner. Maybe a desktop but not a laptop. If there are Laptop PC's with Windows OS that have TV tuners that are a standard, please by all means tell me. A keypad say like the one on the HP widescreen models of the same size would be the ideal draw back. I mean come on. They actually say lacks a tv tuner? As for the price of a Macintosh. Yup they are a bit expensive but when you work with one you know you have a solid computer that is gonna last a long while. Unlike the cheap sub $600. Laptops you might find at say Dell?
Pros Beautiful screen, reliable hardware and software
Cons 3 dead pixels in 6 months
Summary 5yrs with Apple. FCP/iLife 05
I use this for remote site standard definition video work and it has been very reliable and powerful. I thought the screen might be unwieldy to transport when I first purchased it, but
I find I have gotten so used to the real estate - and compliments - I'm glad I didn't go smaller.
Honestly, Apple's software and harware are so well integrated with each other and so consistantly cutting edge it's worth getting their best hardware.
I have consistantly used my apple computers for 3 or 4 years after purchase. They are like buying a mercedes - expensive, but you get what you pay for.