Portable supercomputing power with Apple's PowerBook

Apple is giving Mac enthusiasts the option of carrying the supercomputing power of the G4 around in a light, titanium case.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  January 14, 2001

It is hard to imagine carrying the superpower of an Apple Macintosh G4 around in a small, light case, but Apple has come up trumps again with the new PowerBook G4.

At just 1-inch thick and weighing in at just 5.3 pounds, the PowerBook is 99.5% pure grade CP1 titanium. “The all new Titanium PowerBook G4 is the most revolutionary portable computer ever created,” says Steve Jobs, Apple CEO.

“Its a ‘supercomputer to go’ in terms of performance, yet it’s thinner and sexier than the best subnotebooks.”

The PowerBook offers speeds of up to 500MHz using the PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and 100MHZ system bus with 1MB of backside level 2 cache.

Other features include up to 30 gigabytes of hard disk space, room for up to 1 gigabyte of RAM, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM drive, as well as ATI RAGE Mobility 128 graphics, FireWire, USB, and PC Card slot.

The PowerBook offers a 15.2-inch mega-widescreen format with 1152x768-pixel resolution, and comes with built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet for quick access to a corporate network, DSL modem or cable modem. The built-in 56K V.90 modem allows for dialup connectivity on the road.

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