Apple iBook

Apple iBook
  • Apple iBook
  • Apple iBook
  • Apple iBook
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Solid range of features, stable

Cons

  • Not incredibly fast, no DVD-writer

Bottom Line

Apple's iBook range offers solid features and functionality for anyone that spends a lot of time on the road and doesn't demand blistering performance.

Would you buy this?

Apple's iBooks are designed to offer a less-expensive alternative to the impressive flagship PowerBook range. The company offers two models - fitted with 12- or 14-inch displays, and either a 1.33GHz or 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 processor.

The 12-inch review model boasts a 1.33GHz processor with 512MB of memory and a 40GB hard disk. It comes with an impressive array of ports including a Kensington lock, modem, Ethernet, Firewire, HDMI and 3.5mm Walkman connectors. Two USB ports are also present on the left face, with a slot-loading CDRW/DVDROM drive on the right. Bluetooth and 802.11g Wi-Fi are bundled in as standard, too.

The graphics subsystem features a capable ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 graphics adaptor driving a 12.1-inch TFT display at a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Though the screen is relatively small, the resolution allows ample desktop real estate, and the machine doesn't feel cramped in use. The white keyboard is well-spaced and comfortable to type on for longer periods, and the sensitive touchpad features scrolling functionality to help navigate large documents or web pages.

The iBook ships with Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, and a standard bundle of Apple extras including iLife '05, AppleWorks, Apple Hardware Test and a 30-day trial of iWork '05. The suite is adequate to get most users up and running and will suffice for surfing the net, handling email, or light office tasks.

The iBook is built to take a bit of abuse and doesn't feature any protrusions that could snag on the way in or out of a notebook bag. The white polycarbonate plastic shell is reinforced with a magnesium frame, which Apple claims is extremely rugged and durable. Apple's engineers have also worked in a clever Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS), which automatically detects when the machine is dropped and parks the hard disk heads automatically to avoid damage (and subsequent data loss).

In testing, we found the iBook responsive, easy to use, and stable. The Li-Ion battery allowed the machine to kick on for over five hours of operation with aggressive power saving enabled, and a shade over two and a half hours of DVD playback. It's not incredibly fast or powerful, but at around 2.3KG, the 12-inch unit is a delight for a less demanding user that spends lots of time on the road.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?