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PowerBook G4 Q&A - Updated February 26, 2007

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What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "1.5/1.33" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on April 19, 2004?

Please note that the 12-Inch, "1.5/1.33" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models were introduced on April 19, 2004 and discontinued January 31, 2005.

The awkwardly dubbed "1.5/1.33" PowerBook G4 models formally refers to the PowerBook G4/1.33 15" (Al) and PowerBook G4/1.5 15" (Al) but the PowerBook G4/1.33 12" (Al) and PowerBook G4/1.5 17" (Al) were introduced at the same time.

The "1.5/1.33" PowerBook G4 models are similar to the "Firewire 800" models that the line replaced, but the "1.5/1.33" have faster logicboard designs -- complete with faster processors and improved graphics. The 12-Inch model is equipped with a faster system bus and faster RAM than its predecessor -- the PowerBook G4/1.0 12" (DVI - Al) -- which brought it into line with the rest of the series. Higher-end configurations received faster optical drives as well.

The major differences between the "1.5/1.33" PowerBook G4 models are summarized below:

PB G4

1.33 12"

1.33 15"

1.5 15"

1.5 17"

Processor:

1.33 GHz

1.33 GHz

1.5 GHz

1.5 GHz

System Bus:

167 MHz

167 MHz

167 MHz

167 MHz

On-Chip L2:

512k

512k

512k

512k

Memory:

PC2700

PC2700

PC2700

PC2700

Std. RAM:

256 MB

256 MB

512 MB

512 MB

Max. RAM:

1.25 GB

2.0 GB

2.0 GB

2.0 GB

Display:

12.1"

15.0"

15.0"

17.0"

Resolution:

1024x768

1280x854

1280x854

1440x900

Video Card:

Go5200†

9700†

9700†

9700†

Video RAM:

64 MB

64 MB

64 MB

64 MB

Hard Drive:

60 GB

60 GB

80 GB

80 GB

Std. Optical††:

8X Combo

8X Combo

4X Super

4X Super

802.11g:

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

Bluetooth:

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.1

PC Card:

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ambient Light:

No

Optional

Yes

Yes

Battery Life:

5 Hours

4.5 Hours

4.5 Hours

4.5 Hours

Width/Depth*:

10.9x8.6

13.7x9.5

13.7x9.5

15.4x10.2

Height*:

1.18

1.1

1.1

1.0

Weight:

4.6 lbs.

5.7 lbs.

5.7 lbs.

6.9 lbs.

Model No:

M9183LL/A

M9421LL/A

M9422LL/A

M9462LL/A

Orig. Price:

US$1599§

US$1999

US$2499

US$2799

† 12-Inch model has a NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 video card, the 15-Inch and 17-Inch models have an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 video card.
†† "Combo" drive is capable of reading DVD-ROM and writing CD-R(W). "SuperDrive" is capable of reading and writing DVD and CD media.
* Width x Depth x Height (while closed) is provided in inches. For dimensions in centimeters, please refer to the specs page for the model of interest.
§ This model also was available with a 4X "SuperDrive" for US$1799.

Please refer to the Ultimate Mac Comparison feature to dynamically compare any PowerBook G4 model to any other G3 or later Mac.

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