Apple iBook Laptop 12.1″ M9164LL/A (800-MHz PowerPC G4, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processor.
System Bus Speed: 133 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 800 MHz (Built-in)
L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 256k (on chip)
RAM Speed: 266 MHz
Details: Supports a single 200-pin PC2100 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory module.
Maximum RAM: 640 MB*
Video Card: Mobility Radeon 9200 VRAM Type: DDR SDRAM
Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.
12.1″ TFT XGA active-matrix display with a 1024 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 640 by 480 and 800 by 600 when scaled.
Standard Hard Drive: 30.0 GB Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/100
Standard Optical: 8X/24X/24X/10X DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive.
Standard Modem: 56k v.92 Standard Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11b/g (Optional, not installed) Standard Bluetooth: 1.1 (Optional, not installed)
Details: Internal support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1, although neither was pre-installed.
USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire “400″ port.

Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has 77 (US) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys, and an embedded numeric keypad. The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Battery Type: 50 W/Hr LiIon Battery Life: 6 Hours
Details: 6 hours under “normal usage conditions” as estimated by Apple.
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.3 Maximum MacOS:
MacOS 9 Support: Classic Mode Only Windows Support: Emulation Only
Details: The iBook G4 models are capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the MacOS X “Classic” environment. They cannot boot into MacOS 9.

Dimensions: 1.35 x 11.2 x 9.0.6 Avg. Weight: 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg) Those who’ve considered Apple’s amazing new PowerBook G4 series of portable computers but can’t quite justify the expense would do well to explore its less expensive, slightly less capable sibling, the iBook G4. Available in three flavors, the iBook G4 doesn’t sport PowerBook amenities such as DVD burning and massive widescreen displays, yet all three models feature superb connectivity, subcompact dimensions, and impressive battery life. This particular unit, the entry-level iBook G4 12-inch M9164LL/A, is the most affordable mobile computer in the entire Apple roster.

Featuring a spry power section consisting of an 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor and 256 MB RAM (expandable to 640 MB), the system packs enough raw muscle for most typical mobile computing tasks. However, the real surprise comes in its 3-D rendering capabilities. Unlike many comparably equipped notebooks, the iBook G4 12-inch features an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 video chipset with 32 MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM memory. Thusly, it will efficiently handle demanding applications such as 3-D drawing and even some 3-D gaming.

At just 11.2 by 9.1 by 1.3 inches and a scant 4.9 pounds, the iBook G4 12-inch is downright tiny. Yet when you flip the lid you’ll find such desirable perks as a full-size 77-key keyboard with 12 function keys and four arrow keys, a trackpad with double-tap and drag capabilities, a smallish but crystal clear 12.1-inch display capable of 1024×768 resolution, and a combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive through which you can burn audio CDs, archive files and play the latest Hollywood blockbusters. For storing your files, Apple has installed a serviceable 30 GB hard disk — enough space for general use but too little for serious multimedia archiving.

Connectivity options include an integrated 56K modem for dial-up communications, a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port for LAN and high-speed Internet and email, and two high-speed USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port for external high-tech toys such as scanners, digital cameras and digital camcorders. Users can also purchase an Apple AirPort Extreme Card for wireless communication and an internal Bluetooth module to interact with future cordless Bluetooth devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

Bundled software includes Apple’s newest operating system, Mac OS X v.10.3 Panther, and a broad range of highly useable multimedia utilities. Under ideal conditions, battery life is estimated at a stunning six hours.

Product Features

  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 Processor
  • 256 MB RAM (expandable to 640 MB)
  • Bundled software includes Apples newest operating system, Mac OS X v.10.3 Panther, and a broad range of highly useable multimedia utilities.
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 video chipset with 32 MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM memory.
  • wireless

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3 Responses to Apple iBook Laptop 12.1″ M9164LL/A (800-MHz PowerPC G4, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

  1. NutMac "NutMac"

    Solid, Fast & Stylish I just recently purchased an ibook G4 coming from a 2.4GHz pentium 4 desktop at work. I decided on the ibook because I wanted something small, reasonably priced, with a high level of quality for my home/sometimes work use. I had a chance to take a good look at Dell laptops that were recently purchased at my work and was not very impressed with the solidity of the small, lightweight laptops. They have also had their share software glitches which did not impress me and needed external CD/DVD drives. I’ll tell you, it was a bit scary to move to the Apple machine, but so far it has been a happy marriage. This machine says quality. For the applications I use (spreadsheets, word processors, net, games…) you cannot tell there is a speed difference between the P4 desktop. This comuter is plenty fast. Surfing the net (unlike other reviews) is a breeze and is as fast as the desktop through the cable or T1 connection I use. The things I like are the size, speed, keyboard, battery life, stability, feel, as well as the looks. I also can access our Windows based network to retreive e-mails, etc. without any problem. Apparently the Panther 10.3 OS provides superior security when surfing which is nice, since I do a lot of shopping over the net. This was a concern I had with the latest Windows OS. Also, some people have commented that the white keyboard can get dirty fast. I have not experienced this problem yet (washed hands?), but when shopping for a computer, I actually looked for a light colored/white keyboard so I could tell when the keyboard is dirty. Who knows what sort of junk is on a black keyboard! In any case, the keyboard pops out and is easy to clean.

  2. Most value packed Apple Let us raise the glass: long live the G3 processor, for it is dead. Apple’s iBook was the last holdout to G4 processor. It is G3 no more.

  3. Pretty Darn Impressive (Updated) From 5/03 to 11/03 I owned a 14.1″ G3 iBook. That was a nice laptop but certainly had some annoying quirks and was really out-of-date (described later). I also wanted to get a smaller laptop and also get Panther. So “upgrading” or “downgrading” to this 12″ G4 iBook made a whole lot of sense for me. Here is my review based on comparison to the old G3 iBook.

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