Apple 12-inch PowerBook

Though more expensive than the more basic 12-inch iBook G4 and some comparable PC laptops, the 12-inch PowerBook G4's performance, solid set of features, and killer design will please intermediate and advanced mobile users.

Apple PowerBook G4 (12-inch)

Apple's most portable PowerBook has the same size and resolution display as the 12-inch iBook G4, but it's lighter, and it features better components: a 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor; an 80GB, 5,400rpm hard drive; 64MB of dedicated video RAM; and a single-layer DVD burner. In addition, the 12-inch PowerBook has a number of multimedia connections, including DVI, VGA, and S-Video. It also comes with a more business-oriented software bundle that includes Art Directors Toolkit, OmniOutliner, and QuickBooks for Mac. Take note: Like all Apple laptops, upgrading the 12-inch PowerBook G4's components gets extremely expensive in a hurry. For the basic user, the 12-inch iBook is a better deal, but if you need more professional features, a performance boost, or the most lightweight design available, the 12-inch PowerBook is a good choice.