Executive Summary

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-02-24 Print this article Print

: 12-Inch PowerBook G4"> Executive Summary: 12-Inch PowerBook G4

Usability Good
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Fair
Security Good
Apples 12-inch PowerBook G4 is being billed as the smallest notebook Apple has yet shipped—although larger than ultralight PCs, this PowerBook is among the slimmest full-function mobile computers available and a very attractive one at that. Paired with new application flexibility, thanks to the BSD underpinnings of OS X, this unit is a compelling mobile system for the enterprise.

Cost Analysis

The 12-inch PowerBook costs $1,799, or $1,999 for the DVD-writing Superdrive model. Both compare favorably with similar-size portables and come in at a price point significantly lower than the initial PowerBooks.

(+) Compact size; integrated Bluetooth; affordable price.

(-) Gets a bit hot to handle; lacks PCMCIA slots.

Evaluation Short List

  • Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.s Portege 4010

  • Fujitsu Corp.s Lifebook P2000


    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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