Apple iBook G3 (PowerPC G3 600 MHz)

The Good Great display; decent battery life; impressive performance.

The Bad Limited expandability; keyboard flexes too much; skimpy support policy.

The Bottom Line Cheaper and more portable, the iBook is a more than worthy alternative to Apple's top-of-the-line PowerBook.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 6.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Apple iBook G3 (PowerPC G3 600 MHz)

Sep 2002

Is a bigger notebook always better? That depends on your priorities. Apple's charming 12.1-inch iBook fits perfectly on an airplane tray table and the home, small office, or student lifestyle to boot. Meanwhile, the slightly more expensive 14.1-inch version offers a longer battery life and a crisp, larger screen. But regardless of size and weight, the iBook presents an attractive, inexpensive notebook alternative to Apple's top-of-the-line PowerBook. With its new, sleek, white design, the iBook eschews the colorful clamshell look that made it seem less than business class. It's now a stylish and ultraportable powerhouse, and although its value rating is only average, we feel the iBook holds its own in the price category, even against budget PC notebooks. Both iBooks feature the same overall design, with a gleaming white, scratch-resistant Lucite case.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,799
  • Brand Apple
  • Type PowerPC G3
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Edition MacOS 9, MacOS X 10.1 Puma
  • Capacity 20 GB
  • Diagonal Size 14.1 in
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