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Apple PowerBook G4 12.1" Laptop - M9691LL/A (January, 2005)

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Since you carry your world with you in your laptop, you cannot afford to be stuck with a machine that is slow or outdated. Work speedily on the go with the Apple PowerBook G4 laptop. On the 12.1-inch TFT screen of this Apple notebook, images and texts are clear and distinct. Powered by a 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, this Apple 12.1-inch laptop lets you work at a consistently speedy pace. You can transfer data wirelessly from this Apple notebook to your mobile phone, as it is Bluetooth enabled. This Apple 12.1-inch laptop has a 5 hour battery life. Your virtual characters will not lag or appear blurry, as the Apple PowerBook G4 laptop is fitted with Nvidia GeForce graphics chip.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
Product FamilyPowerBook G4
Model IDPowerBook5,6
Model NumberA1104

Processor TypePowerPC G4
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Number of CoresSingle-Core

Bus Speed167 MHz

Display TechnologyXGA TFT Active Matrix
Display Size12.1"
Display Color Support24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Display Max. Resolution1024 x 768

Technical Features
Security FeaturesKensington Lock Slot, Slot For Cable Lock
Expansion Ports1 x IEEE 1394a (FireWire 400), 2 x USB 2.0, DVI (Digital Video Interface), Mini-DVI, RJ-11 (modem), RJ-45 (NIC), S-Video out, VGA out
Expandability1 x Type I/II PC Card Slot

Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity80 GB
Hard Drive Rotation Speed 5400 RPM
Storage Controller TypeUltra ATA, Ultra ATA 100

Installed RAM512 MB
Max Supported RAM1.2 GB
RAM Speed333 MHz
Installed Cache Memory512 KB

Optical Drive TypeDVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive Read Speed24x (CD), 8x (DVD)
Optical Drive Write Speed24x (CD), 8x (DVD+R), 8x (DVD-R)
Optical Drive ReWrite Speed10x (CD-RW), 24x (CD-RW), 4x (DVD+RW), 4x (DVD-RW)

Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
Installed Video Memory64 MB
Graphic Bus InterfaceAGP x4

Audio Output TypeAnalog Audio, Headphone, Headphones, Sound card, Speaker(s), Speakers
Audio Input TypeLine In (3.5mm), Line in, Microphone, Microphone

Modem TypeFax / Modem
Analog Modulation ProtocolITU V.92

Networking TypeBluetooth, Integrated Wireless LAN, Network Adapter
Data Link ProtocolAirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, EtherTalk, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Battery Run TimeUp to 5 Hours
Battery TechnologyLithium ion

Depth8.6 in.
Height1.18 in., 1.2 in.
Width10.9 in.
Weight4.6 lb.

Release DateJanuary, 2005
Input MethodKeyboard, Keypad, Trackpad
Mobile TechnologyWi-Fi Certified

eBay Product ID: EPID78131756

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Created: 12/31/10

Good laptop for the money!

This is a good little computer that was ahead of it's time. Very few laptops made six years ago still hold up. This one does. The processor is fast, ram upgradable and a decent sized hard drive allows multi-tasking; jumping from photoshop, word programs, the internet, imovie all the while playing music and burning a dvd is effortless. Because of it's age the price is right. Used units go from $175-$325. Again, because of it's age, do not expect much battery life if the battery is original. The unit is also a bit heavier than other macs and the design isn't the most durable laptop Apple has made. As long as you don't expect to be unplugged for long periods of time and don't drop the laptop, this is a great machine.

Pros: Fast, plenty of memory, plenty of ram space, beautiful aesthetically, screen is a great size, crisp and clear with anti glare finish, speakers sound surprisingly good for a laptop, wireless ready, plenty of software, superdrive is awesome with dvd and cd burning capabilities. Overall a well made and easy to use computer.

Cons: Again because of age, battery life (if original), keyboard is not lit, no cam, slightly fragile. Apple's word program 'pages' sucks. Bad. Considering how often a word program is used, this is a big deal to me. Appleworks (6) was a much better program.


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Created: 02/02/10

Good computer, outdated

This is a great little computer. It has a great form factor, and the keyboard is one of the nicest I've ever used on a laptop. However, because it is several years old, it's not a great performer. Also, the original battery very likely needs to be replaced at this point.

This particular model has a DVD burner, but it's not a dual layer burner, so you are limited to 4.7GB DVD's. Usually that isn't a problem. This model also has the two fingers scrolling trackpad, which is a great feature to have and is a staple on all new Macs.

If you're going to get a Powerbook G4, this is the one to get, especially with the fastest 1.5Ghz and upgraded memory. However, if you think you need a Powerbook G4, you should really think over that decision.

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Created: 02/21/12

bottom line it works, its fast, it will last you a few more years to come.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

this model came out in 2005, its 2012 now, i remeber how fast this was back in the day, i recently let go of my netbook which has high specs then this. this has a full keyboard, not like the netbook. bluetooth unlike netbook, and is built with the same metals found in the newer macbook pros i ran linux and windows on that machiane but its not as fast and relibale as mac os x. trust me, i use my custom built nettop for windows gaming this powerbook for ebay amazon skype facebook downloads uploads editing and runs amazingly better. my only grib is the weight but its build to last. take it from a geek i own alot of tec, tablets handles anything from ios driod os to osx windows linux. if you ae a person who doesnt want viruses and dosnt wanna games this is perfect for you, just max it out then BAM itll last you a few more years

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Created: 08/19/12

great value

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

upon owning other apple products and other laptops and tablets, I give the powerbook g4 an great rating only thing I gont like is the poor battery life, but other then thast, if you get an older laptop they are slow but this is actually pretty good speed considering the mhz actually is doubled not like windows laptops, dents easy though.
pros speed, size, value,
cons, battery doesnt last long, dents easy, feels as not enough air flows through metal gets hot fast, cant upgrade to newest version of ios, cant change to intel so have to stay as ppc

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Created: 04/06/11

Great product.

This computer is exactly what I needed. Not tons of bells and whistles, but it's a Mac and it works incredibly well! Very happy with the computer. So excited about it! I'm having a little trouble learning my way around the computer, setting up certain things, but I think I just need a mac tutorial! Love it!

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