Global Shopping Center
Home - Office Products - Brands Help

1-20 of 187       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20

click price to see details     click image to enlarge     click link to go to the store

Too low to display $256.94 list($349.95)
1. Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital
Too low to display $268.50 list($299.99)
2. Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A
Too low to display $315.99 list($349.99)
3. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
4. Apple iPod mini Second Generation
Too low to display list($1,800.00)
5. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20"
Too low to display $775.00 list($1,099.99)
6. Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder
Too low to display $948.95 list($1,000.00)
7. Apple iBook Notebook 12" M9623LL/A
Too low to display $2,090.00 list()
8. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2"
Too low to display $1,499.88 list()
9. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1"
Too low to display list($1,500.00)
10. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17"
11. Apple iPod mini Second Generation
Too low to display $423.00 list($449.99)
12. Apple 60 GB iPod Photo M9830LL/A
$114.99 $114.59 list($129.99)
13. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger [DVD]
$99.99 $96.99
14. Apple 512 MB iPod Shuffle M9724LL/A
Too low to display $455.99 list($599.99)
15. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital
Too low to display $1,999.88 list()
16. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2"
Too low to display list($2,799.99)
17. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook
$515.99 list($599.99)
18. Apple 60 GB iPod photo
Too low to display $1,635.34 list()
19. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1"
Too low to display $1,170.00 list($1,300.00)
20. Apple iBook Notebook 14" M9627LL/A

1. Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $349.95
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OD3JY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

This Canon PowerShot A95 5MP digital camera lets you capture all of your important images, from their first steps to graduation day, in crisp, bold color. Its 5.0 megapixel resolution gives you larger and more detailed images. It is also equipped with a 3x optical/4.1x digital/12x combined zoom power that gets you closer to the image. Camera also includes a 1.8” TFT color LCD screen, VGA-size (640x480) movie mode, 9-point autofocus plus FlexiZone, built-in flash, has auto and red-eye reduction on/off operation modes and is PC and Mac compatible. Accepts a CompactFlash Type I memory card. Imported. 2-1/2Hx4Wx1-2/5D”. ... Read more

Features

  • 9-point AiAF plus FlexiZone AF/AE for off-center subjects
  • New Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloads
  • Highly advanced 5.0-megapixel digital camera camera with 3x optical/4.1x digital/12x combined zoom
  • 14 shooting modes, with special Scene Modes for spectacular shots in special situations
  • New, larger 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD monitor for easier image preview and review

Reviews (73)

1-0 out of 5 stars Camera burnt internally after 3 months
This camera was good for 3 months. I had taken it to LA last week and took a few snaps at the beach. I did NOT drop it in the water or anywhere else. After some time I started hearing clicking noises and after that there was a louder noise along with a burning smell.

Maybe the other review about moisture affecting the camera is true.It would be pathetic if you can't take pictures on the beach or near the pool etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best camera on the market in price-range
After weeks of research on the web (here at amazon and at other places) reading reviews, comparisons, etc. I came to the conclusion that this is the best camera on the market for the price.

I bought mine here through amazon about 10 days before I was to leave for a long road trip from Oregon to Hollywood through many great stops such as the Redwood Forest, Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, and other great sites. Thus I was very anxious for my camera to arrive.

One week after ordering, I checked to see how far along the way it had come - I was hoping (and expecting) to get it any day. To my disappointment, it had only been shipped the day before (5 days after I placed the order) and I was certain it wouldn't arrive on time for my trip.

To my great surprise and relief, the camera was delivered by UPS only a few minutes before I was to leave. (I was packing up the car and seriously on my way out the door when he came.)

The point of my long story is that I had no time to read the instructions before leaving, so I had to rely 100% on the camera being self-explanitory and very easy-to-follow for people like me who had frankly never used a digital camera before.

Suffice it to say that it was VERY easy to learn, and I was able to get by on my 3,000 mile trip using only the auto functions.

Take a look at my pictures (uploaded to the images section for this camera) to see the results.

The only features I couldn't find (without looking it up in the manual) were: 1) the self-timer. 2) speed-shooting multiple pics pushing the button once (a series of pictures only miliseconds apart from each-other).

As you can clearly see, I am not very experienced with cameras and I don't even know what half the features are called. But I was able to take magnificent pictures without even opening the manual! :)

The things I learned that I wish I knew earlier on are:
1) when taking night shots, use a tripod or lower the ISO. It was very hard to keep might shots from becomming very blurry. (The shutter is generally opened for longer to allow in more light.) If you are taking pictures of moving objects (such as people) in the dark, and don't want to use a flash (to keep more of the background in or for whatever other reason) you can lower the shutter speed beforehand. Look it up in the manual because it's not easy to explain or very intuitive.
2) Most of the time pictures will look better without the flash, but (as mentioned above) you need a steady hand or a good tripod. Sports mode helps a bit as it lowers the shutter speed some.
3) When you take a landscape picture where the mountains (or whatever) are dark and the sky very bright, you will notice that the exposure tends to be lighter, taking out much of the detail from the mountains. To fix this, you lower the frame a bit (focus on the mountains with the sky barely visible in the shot) and then lightly press the shoot button and hold it down while the camera focuses. Then (still holding the button half-way down to keep camera focused) slightly raise the camera so your frame is now half landscape and half sky. Then finish pressing the shoot button completing the picture. The exposure stays locked to the darker mountains allowing for more detail in the shot.
4) For landscapes or anything more than 10 meters from your camera, everything will automatically be in focus so there is no need to worry about it. (In Yosemite I was often worried that if I focused on a waterfall, rather than the rocks around it the shot might turn out strange, but it all was crisp and beautiful regardless of which I chose to use as the focus point.)

Last minute advice: Make sure you...
1) get one (or more) 256 or 512 flash card as the measly one that comes with the camera only allows for about 20-30 pictures. I recommend SanDisk 512 which Amazon currently sells for under $40. 512 Mb will give you well over 350 pictures on the default settings. (I believe I got 385 or so on mine.)
2) get 2 sets of rechargable batteries and a car-charger.
3) get a case with a silky lining that snugly fits your camera so as not to scratch anything. And make sure it has an outside pocket for extra batteries and an extra flash card. I recommend one that closes completely (with a zipper) so it will get protected from rain or if you drop it in a puddle or something.

That's all. Happy photo-shooting! :)

2-0 out of 5 stars hope this one don't break!
Well, just got my A95 in the mail. I was VERY reluctant to buy it, since I bought the Powershot A70 only a year and a half ago and already it is broken.The only reason I went for the A95, after feeling burned by the A70 (same at A95, except with 3.2 MP and no flip LCD) was because I had already spent lots of money on Compact Flash cards and this was one of the few that still uses CF.
Frankly, I'm really pissed off at Canon for making a camera that didn't even last 2 years under normal usage.Now all my shots have these horizontal lines across it that ruin every photo. The guy at the camera shop says it must be some problem with the chip and I can send it back to Canon for $160+!! I had heard such good things about these cameras, but I guess durability is not one of them.I'm hoping I was just unlucky with the A70 and my A95 lasts longer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon is the best...
I can blindly purchase Canon's Digicam, they are so reliable. I was looking for a camera that can provide me the a resolution together with a proper zoom.

This camera comes my way as it provides 3x optical zoom solving my purpose and a good resolution with 5MP at a pretty reasonable cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can't Buy A Better Camera For Less Money
Nobody knows more than I, what I don't know.That's where Canon comes in.Easy, economical, low carb technology that's easy on the draw, low tar, and has a taste that's right for me.

The Canon PowerShot (not to be confused with the Canon MoneyShot), brings affordable, big box technology, big bam boom.

So, if you want all of your days to seem sunny as summer weather, make sure, when there's housework to be done, that you do it, together! ... Read more


2. Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OZXHO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 7
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

The Apple iPod 20GB digital music player puts a world of music in the palm of your hand. Able to store 5,000 songs and weighing just 5.6 ounces, the newest iPod gives you up to 12 hours of playing time on a single battery charge. It also now incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Playlists and thousands of songs can be quickly accessed without lifting a thumb from the wheel. Features an intuitive user interface, a 2" backlit grayscale LCD screen, 25 minutes of skip protection and seamless integration with iTunes. iTunes allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital music collection, and makes it easy to add to your collection via the Apple Music Store. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 or later recommended). iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC, MP3, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Feature upgrades from previous version include new Click Wheel, slimmer case, and easier navigation
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable (dock not included)
  • 20 GB model holds up to 5,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Up to 12 hours battery life when fully charged (typically 4 hours); fast-charge in as little as 2 hours
  • Mac OS X or Windows 2000 and XP compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available

Reviews (300)

2-0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE,UTTER.........
HYPE! the ipods good, but not that good. it looks nice and thats its main selling point, but it is actually below average as an mp3 player. no fm radio or extras like that, rubbish battery life (apple seem to think that people don't want a lot of battery life to listen to their music, when the battery dies they can just stare lovingly at their ipod instead...), and when your battery finally goes completely kaput, you've got send it to apple and shell out $100. the logic in that please??????? oh yeah apple get money...but what about the customer and their music? they can wait can't they, and then they can stare at their ipod in beautiful green or whatever. EVERYONE HAS ONE THEY ARE BORING AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY CAN DO YOU REALISE..not much. there are way better mp3 players out there, so my advice, ignore your friends and do a little research. only for people who like to follow the crowd and like being told whats cool e.g morons. Good luck to you if you choose to buy this. and no i'm not apple's rival company, i'm just tired of people dissing other mp3 players and saying that ipod is the best, just cos evryone has one! Enough with the sh*t!

5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough in digital music!
This is by far the best MP3 player on the market. Please don't be fooled by the price. It can hold up to 5,000 songs, which is approximately 357 CD's. If you were to go out to the store and by 357 CD's, it would cost you about $4,285!!! So rethink the price. It's a good deal.

When I first bought my iPod, I was worried that I wouldn't understand how to download and transfer the songs to the iPod. About a half and hour- fourty-five minutes after I took the iPod out of the box, I was a master at transfering songs from my CD's to the iPod. About an hour after I took it out of the box, I was downloading songs off of apple.com.

The iPod is really simple to use. Just pick the order that you want to list your songs(by artist, alphabetical order, by album, etc) and pick the song that you want to play. Or choose randomize to play all your songs in a random order. There are also extras to the iPod like a calender and a couple of cheap games like bricks and a quiz.

The iPod has a very neat design. It has a wheel on which you move your finger to scroll. As your finger moves around one way, the iPod scrolls down through your playlist. As your finger moves around the other way, the playlist scrolls up your your playlist. You also do that to change the volume level.

The iPod is better than iRiver, Creative Labs, Sandisk, and Dell. As simple as that. I have listened to all of them and found that the iPod has:
Better sound
Is more durable
EASIER TO USE!!!
SO BUY AN iPOD ALREADY!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars The Software Interface from Hades
This is my 3rd iPod 20GB unit .. won't even begin to address the problems with the first two, except to say most (not all!) problems have been related to the software.This third one works fine, except for one small detail .. every time I try to add songs from an updated iTunes, I get a message saying "...this iPod needs to be reformatted for use on your PC.Check the update button..." which then forces only one option .. a complete reformat of the unit.In other words, if I have 1000 songs loaded on the iPod and wish to add 2 more, the required protocol is to completely erase the existing 1000 songs and then upload 1002!!Again, this happens EVERY time, even if the next update attempt happens immediately after the previous one is concluded.
What an overpriced piece of junk!Fortunately, I have 2 other MP3 players .. a Creative Zen 5 GB Micro and an iRiver 1 GB 899 flash player, both of which are outstanding and are BUTTER SMOOTH when it comes to software interfaces.My plan for this iPod is to just leave it as is and use it as a "jukebox"; i.e., just keep the same songs on there and use it as a traveling automobile player.The iPod is great as long as you already have songs loaded on it and have to connect it to your PC as little as possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars 20 Gig Just Right!!
The Apple iPod is a great little invention. I love the click wheel and the backlight is perfect. 20 GB of space is HUGE, capable of holding some 10,000 songs, and iTunes is relatively simple to use. However, I don't recomend buying and iTunes, because you can just download music and get music off CD's. Besides, who would pay a $1 for ONE song?!?
I already have some 2,000 songs on my iPod and have only owned it for 5 days.

It's great!
Buy one...or a mini.

3-0 out of 5 stars love - hate relationship
Love: I got my ipod 4 months ago and have loved it dearly. I have grown very dependent on it and bought some of the accessories to go with it, it has become quite an investment. I even use it for work. It is very easy to use and I can't tell you how easy it has made carrying around my music as opposed to carrying all those CDs.
Hate: However, a few weeks ago my ipod completely froze (remember it is 4 months old),thank goodness I bought the service plan! So, it was sent back for repair. That was 2 weeks ipod-less, very upsetting when you have a dependancy. I was happy to see it arrived back to my house after the repairs (without my music of course) so I reloaded all my music and 4 days later the exact thing happened (that was this morning so I am still fuming!).Of course, the store I bought it from could careless, thier 30 day refund/exchange plan has expired, all they will do is ship it off to who knows where for 2-3 weeks. Now that I have read all your reviews about how horrible Ipod service is, I am not expecting much from them either. So, just wanted to put a warning up to those thinking of purchasing ipod. I love it (3 stars for its ease and potiential to be great if it worked) but hate that is may still be a very unreliable product. You might want to wait to see what else comes on the market or at least shop around. ... Read more


3. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007KX4TC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 7,500 songs anywhere you go with the 30GB iPod photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes earbud headphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable and Getting Started Guide. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later; or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP with SP2; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 30 GB model holds up to 7,500 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours

Reviews (31)

4-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT BE CAREFULL
I have no too much to say becouse my englush SUCKS, i have this baby since 1 week ago, it's just fine, nothing new, same as any other mp3 player, just more hard drive, and more size as well, I remember gozilla prewiew SOME TIMES SIZE DOES MATTERS,,this thing is extematelly big and heavy, hard to keep on you, forget about running with it,,, also, for those that have a computer with small hard drive, you better upgrade it to a biger capacity, you will need it, becouse when you upload your music to your computer from cds or from net and you put it on your ipod you will have to keep these music always on both devices,pc and ipod, if you delete any song on your computer, or make any change, it will affect your library on ipod as well,,so, if you are having 25gb of music on your ipod you need to have at least40 gb free space on your computer, it sucks to me, doesn't it,,, well, see you later, if some one finds that Im wrong or I am using this thint the way I don't supssed to be, let me know, I may need some orientation,,, thanks,, jose_ambriz@yahoo.com

5-0 out of 5 stars 20 GB v. 30? Go with 30
I bought a 20 GB iPod a couple months ago and i was very sad when it was stolen. But now i bought a better, color Photo iPod and im definitely happier. The screen, while the same size, is color, and for only 50 bucks u get 10 more gigs and acolor screen. It's practically the same size so its pretty much the same. Great Price Too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool, simple and endearing
What do you say for one of the most popular products on the planet? You can't but fall in love with it.

I had bought a iPod mini thinking 4GB is all that I want to store my music. With a few hours, I had used up more than 30% of the space! I decided to exchange the mini for a 20 GB iPod ($299). At the store, I saw that you get an extra 10GB and photo-storing/viewing abilities for $50 extra. I don't regret that decision.

There are many credible reviews that compare the features of the flavors of the iPod and I am not going to do that here. This is my first impressions, much like 'Love at first sight'.

Most of us know the iPods to be a MP3 player. The iPod Photo variety isn't as much familiar or advertised. The color screen is extra sweet compared to the B&W regulars. You can transfer your digital photo images to the iPod Photo using the same iTunes software but setting some additional options - it is pretty straight forward. The photos appears delightful on the 2 inch screen. It is a great pleasure to carry around all your photos in your pocket. Next time I visit my grandmother, she can look at all the photos I have without having to use a computer.

The photos can be viewed as a slide show. As with the music, the photos can be displayed in a random order. Different transition effects while switching between photos makes the viewing interesting. Coolest thing is that you can connect the iPod to a TV using an optional Audio/video cable and play as background music one of your playlists.

The color screen makes a lot of difference when you use the other features of the iPod Photo - calendar, contacts, games, etc. With 30 GB space there is plenty to store music and photos and data. I wish all iPods were compatible with earlier versions of USB ports. It comes with earphones, a firewire to USB 2.0 connector and an adapter for charging. The product description gives you a thorough description of the accompanying parts, so I won't re-describe them.

Apart from the A/V cable, you will want to buy a sleeve for the iPod and preferably a scratch protectant for the screen as you will be using the iPod to view your photos quite a bit.

Music and photos to carry along wherever you go - yummy! Now what can we expect more from Apple? An iPod Photo that is a cell phone too and cool like nothing else but an Apple! Just Love it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ipod 30G Photo
I have a first generation Ipod, and decided it was time to upgrade.The ability to save photo's without a PC was key.
the Ipod ships with a USB cable.Now, I have friends using the USB cable with no problem, but, the ipod would not recognize for me (I use a Belkin USB/firewire card).It would recognize in another PC using Usb 1.1.In looking at Apple's discussion forums, I wasn't the only one with USB issues.I went to the Apple store, picked up a Firewire cable, and it worked like a champ.I wish Apple wouldn't even bundle a cable, and let the user pick up the cable they need.I now have a USB cable that is useless for me.Other than that, this thing ROCKS!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I waited.
I have wanted an iPod for a long time, and was planning on getting the 20gig B&W.Not that there's anything wrong withthe 20gig version, but for just a few dollars more, you can get the 30gig version.I have not put any pictures on the iPod, but its nice to know you have the capability of doing so.I apprecite the color screen, even if it is just for making the music slelection.The include iTunes software is pretty awesome.It took a little time to copy almost 300 CD's to my computer, but the iTunes interface between the computer and the iPod always updates the iPod with no hassles.I have used about 17gog, so, with the 30gig iPod, I will never have to worry about running out of space.The iPod is also very versatile.I hav an adaptor to play it through my boom box, and an adaptor to play it through my car's cassette player.It makes long drives very bearable.Finally, I like the way the iPod autmatically organizes all of your music, by artist, composer, genre, album, etc......The shuffle function, and the playlists are also great.This is one of my best purchases. ... Read more


4. Apple iPod mini Second Generation - 4GB
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00083XCUY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

The Apple iPod mini music player just got better, brighter and longer lasting. The Apple iPod mini can easily manage about 1,000 songs on 4GB of space. It features the Click Wheel-enhanced durability and sensitivity (complete with color coordinated icons), and uses little space, so you can scroll single-handedly. The iPod mini plays up to 18 hours of play on a single battery charge, which is more than twice than the last version. Plus, with up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you won't have to worry about missing a second of your music. You can also charge and sync the mini via one simple USB 2.0 connection. Using the included iTunes software you can easily manage your digital music collection. Organize your music by genre, artist, or album; or build your own dynamic playlists. Music and playlists transfer quickly and automatically from a Mac or PC to the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches. Also includes a Text Notes function for reminders, 4 popular games for on the go, a sleep timer and calendars and to-do lists to stay organized. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with USB 2.0 or FireWire port and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later. iPod for Windows requires a PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2. Supports AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible and Apple Lossless audio formats. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores about 1,000 songs on 4GB
  • Play up to 18 hours of tunes on a single battery charge
  • Seamless integration with iTunes for Mac or Windows
  • Compact design, only 3-3/5Hx2Wx1/2D" and 3.6 oz.
  • Includes Earbud headphones, belt clip and USB 2.0 cable and iTunes software for PC and Macintosh computers

Reviews (86)

4-0 out of 5 stars As usual, Apple scores again
The iPod has been an extreme success over the past two years and it seems no matter what competition comes in, Apple is still going to win.

This is the second edition of the iPod mini. It still has the same, durable, and fashionable design, and the easy click wheel to navigate from music to the calendar to the games.

The battery life is up to 18 hours, which is excellent. Some other MP3 players won't even last 5 hours, which is pretty lame becuase you need (or as I'm agreed with) at least 5 hours of playback.

The sound quality is very decent. Not the best sound quality, but still has bass and clear treble to it.

The price has been lower to $199, but still, the price seems a bit overpriced...as most 4 GB MP3 players are lower priced.

Another big drawback is that the AC adapter and the FireWire cable is unincluded. THis means you need to pay an extra $50 for these needed accessories. Also, the iPod Mini can ONLY be used with iTunes, though, iTunes is a nice software, if you haven't used it before, re-iding your tracks will become a pain.

Also, as most people know, all iPods are FM tuner free. This is poor because 80% of MP3 players out now have some tuner in it.

Overall, the iPod may not have FM tuner, the decent sound, stylish design, game features, and a strong battery life to be happy about. If you really careless about a radio tuner, and have some cash on hand, the iPod Mini is a fantasic choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound at a fair price
I got my silver 2nd generation 4gig last month. The sound quality is great and I'll end up being able to hold around 850 songs with my better quality files.

Battery life is good-- around 15 hours with some backlight use in my experience. I wouldn't have bought a first gen mini with only 8 hours of power at most.

A great buy if you know you'll use it a lot. If not, get a Shuffle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good MP3 Player for Decent Price
If you don't want to pay $299 for a regular iPod. I would go with this. It holds about 1,000 songs. I bought a silver iPod mini about a month ago. It worked perfectly. Yesterday I just exchanged it for the 20gig iPod because I wanted for room, but if you think 1,000 is enough...buy this. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A teen's review
I have to admit that I absolutely adore iPods. I have what you could call a "fetish" with them. I remember early last year, when I first saw the advertisement for the Apple 20GB model, I was almost drooling. Every time I saw a picture of an ipod on the side of a bus stop or an apple store, I would linger and wish I had one. Because the iPod is more than just a music player- it's a fashion accessory, a symbol that you're cool and up with the trends, and an amazing little piece of technology that lets you be yourself, no matter what type of music defines YOU.

At first, the prospect of owning an iPod was a dream. I can't tell you how many people I freaked out on the street, spotting the distinctive white earbuds and staring at them 'til I lost sight. About halfway through last year, a friend of a friend signed onto MSN Messenger with the screen name, "OMG I HAVE AN IPOD!". My reaction was nothing short of overwhelming for her. I attacked her with questions, everything from "how much does it weigh?" to "does it look nice?", only to find out it was actually an iPod mini, and a PINK one at that. I was seething for a week. Guranteed way to make a teen girl jealous- tell her you have the latest piece of technology in a colour she absolutely loves.

Towards the end of last year, the dream slowly start to take place as reality. I watched as one by one, my closest friends slowly started to fall into the iPod mini trend. The 20GB version seemed too much- it was a little too big, and only came in white- but the iPod mini was PERFECT for giggling schoolgirls. I made sure to take note of what colour everyone was buying- the agony of choice between all the pretty metallics was the hardest part of buying one. In my spare time in between school and daydreams about iPod players, I moved over my Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne cds, and began to pay a lot more attention to my dad's enormous cd collection. (Now, I have to admit, that I am the biggest 14 and a half year old Beatles fan that you have EVER seen.) My dad noticed the considerably larged-sized dent in his collection, and that was how I finally got to tell him about my love for the Apple iPod.

Christmas came and went, I gathered cash slowly and steadily. My birthday was approaching, my father made a deal with me ("ok, you be good and i will pay for half of it"), and I realised that in late February I was really and truly going to have an IPOD MINI!

It was surprisingly difficult to buy one- we must have gone to about seven stores until we were told that the second generation of iPod minis were about to be realeased, which was why there were no first generation iPod minis in stock. I ended up ordering an iPod mini off the Apple website, along with a Griffin FM transmittor, and recieved it delivered to my door only 3 days later.

I figured out how to work it extremely quickly, for someone who has not even grasped the concept of the cheese grater yet. On the first day, I'd gotten about two-thirds of my beloved Beatles collection on it, as well as my still-loved Avril Lavigne. Four months later, I now have 542 songs on it (and there are more to come!).

PROS:
1) The battery life is very good, in comparison to the first generation of iPod minis. I listen to my iPod mini for at least 5 hours a day (straight), and it lasts me approximately 5 days until I have to charge it again. I do think it lasts longer than the advertised 18 hours, and it only takes about an hour for it to be three-quarters charged (if I don't have four hours to wait for it to be fully charged).
2) For some reason, it's quite a bit cheaper than the previous model as well. (and I had a good reason to laugh at all my friends who went out and bought the previous models.)
3) It's well-sealed in a gorgeous metallic case, and VERY durable indeed. I've dropped my iPod countless times (even on tiled floors), gotten the headphone cords stuck on doorknobs, had it bouncing around in my schoolbag, etc, and it still looks as new as the day I got it.
4) It's MINUTE- about the same size as my mobile phone, with a bigger screen- and incorporates a whole heap of features into one little package. I can easily fit it into the pocket of my school uniform or my jeans, so it goes everywhere with me.
5) Navigation is wonderful- it's so easy and so fast. The click wheel is a wonderful idea, I can go all the way from "A Day In The Life" to "Your Mother Should Know" in my Songs list in seconds. Plus, on iTunes it's so easy to organise playlists. I have a playlist of songs I listen to when I'm sad, one for when I'm happy, hyper, angry, etc....
6) The colours on the new model are just plain cute. I chose a silver one, and don't regret my decision one bit, as it goes with every outfit, is a totally classy colour and I love buying colourful cases for it. I had a tough time choosing though, because the sweet blue and pink ones are adorable. And wherever I go, I can always be guranteed an, "Oh, wow, you have an iPod!"
7) It's extended my love of music considerably. With my old cds, I couldn't be bothered changing cds so often. Now I can flip to any artist or genre I want so easily- and I have discovered so many new artists that I love, trying to build up my music collection, that now Simon and Garfunkel cds have replaced my Hilary Duff ones.

CONS:
1) I only have one complaint, and that's about the charger- you always need a computer handy if you want to charge your iPod, and that's not always possible. I recommend buying a power adaptor for wall outlets, as that's often easier and you don't have to leave your computer on for hours at a time. My family also travels a lot, and I like buying the wall-plug converters you can get at the airport for ten dollars, so my iPod will definitely work in every country.

I've read reviews complaining about the battery life, comfort of the earbuds, etc, but have to say that I haven't had any difficulties with these issues whatsoever. Battery life will depend on how you use your iPod (don't keep the backlight on... it's a waste of battery and really unneccessary unless you're listening to it in bed :D). And with earbuds, it's personal preference- I find them very comfortable, as does my brother (who, having limited music tastes, owns an iPod shuffle) and my friends, but if they really bother you, it's a standard headphone jack and you can fit any pair into there.

Overall, I love this thing. I take it everywhere and listen to it all the time (my parents think I'm antisocial, but I'm not really!). Apple iPods were definitely my first love.

3-0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear Lord. Ok music player.
Ok. I just bought the silver 4GB model iPod mini. There is some good features and some bad ones.

Pros:
-Light and Compact.
-Backlight
-Easy touch pad.
-Stores lots of songs.
-Comes with iTunes.
-Earphones are good, light.

Cons:
-Litheum battery is not good. Lied about battery life-"Up to 18 hours of music playback." But I tested this thing out and it only lasted about five hours. After five minutes, the battery bar goes down 1/4. Then after five more minutes it's halfway down. And if you have the backlight on, it doubles the battery use. I think it's a waste of money to buy a popular music player that everyone has that only lasts about 5 hours.

-Too expencive. One hundred ninty nine dollers for a hard drive that only last five hours. I bet iPod makes a profet because it's so cheap to make them. My Sony Cd player owns the iPod mini, 53 hours of batter life.

-Head Phones. Personally the headphones suck. They don't snug into my ears. They feel very loose. I know I said the headphones are good on my pros, because I've heard people say they fit perfectly.

-iTunes Store. Rip off for one single song. Think about it fellows, 99 cent for one song. You could either go to the go to the library and wait for the album that contains your favorite song and add the track/tracks to your music library and update the songs on your iPod. Or for you obsessed impatiant people who can't wait, waste 12.00+ on that CD that contains your song. The only thing I like about iTunes is the free weekly single track, even they all suck, it's free and you don't have to wait.

-------------
Even though I'm a kid, these facts are all right except for the headphone one. Trust me, think about it before you buy an iPod. I can't believe people say "AMAZING" "SPECTACULAR PLAYER" ect...the good comments, because all out, the Apple iPod need's redoing.
-------------
-Adrian ... Read more


5. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,800.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HU49E
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

iMac G5 Desktop, PowerPC G5 2GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive, Built-in 20-inch LCD Monitor, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4 ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dual-Layer DVD Burning
Should be noted: This iMac comes with a Dual-Layer DVD burner. So it will not only read and write DVD+/-RW - but also will burn dual-layer discs which hold about 8.5 GB in capacity. Amazon does not mention this in the description, but it is in the product manual that can be downloaded.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAC 101
It has been three years since I bought my last Apple computer.

When I saw this G5 20" widescreen that now comes fully loaded, I was very impressed. It was loaded with TIGER (OS X.4) which ran like a Benz!

Thats before I got this big boy home!

Wow, loaded with wireless networking, bluetooth and a fast DVD double sided burner using a high speed connection, it is rocket fast and a state of the art machine!

It was easy to connect and all I needed for my own taste was an extra 512 meg of ram at $75.00.

I can now use Adobe Photoshop along with iPhoto and other applications all at the same time, and the spinning wheel is a thing of the past. The iMac is now a VERY fast aand smooth running machine.

I have the wireless Apple keyboard and mouse that came with mine and it only adds to the thrill of this zoom computer.

I could go on and on...but....

Pro's- the entire iMac !!!!
Cons? None! This is a thing of beauty and performs so well that I am truly amazed. Its the best computer I have ever owned or for that matter ever used!\

THIS IS A MUST SEE -MUST USE AND A MUST OWN!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars High-Grade Materials Shine
After owning PCs since 1987, I finally was persuaded by techie friends to get an Apple. The advantages were a lack of Internet viruses, incredible tech support (very true), and high-grade materials. Indeed, my techie friends proved correct. The glass coating on the iMac is like an expensive Italian coffee table or a modern sculpture. The hefty feel suggests it's made of some adamantine gemstone. Very good.

But the 512 mg of RAM is too slow even for a low-tech guy like me who prints and surfs Internet. Definitely upgrade the RAM to at least a gig or maybe 2.5 gigs if you're running a lot of visual software. You'll want to upgrade BEFORE the iMac is delivered. Putting it in yourself is nerve-racking, especially when you know you can void the warranty if you screw up.

Also I recommend the 130-dollar Apple-Care program, which is essentially unlimited tech support. All of the techies at Apple have proven to be very articulate, helpful Apple lovers who apparently have a passion to promote their love of Apple in part by making their customers happy. Surveys support my individual experience. It's also nice not to have to call someone to your house everytime you have a problem.

Last bit of advice. Buy a 30-dollar USB port so you'll be able to attach more gadgets to your Apple. Most importantly, get a Flash Drive to back-up your files. I have a Kingston 512 mg. and I can use itbetween my Apple and any PC. It stores in a split second and you no longer need floppies or discs.

In conclusion, I'm glad I made the switch to Apple.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, fast and a pleasure to work with
I am mainly a PC person that purchased this iMac to have in addition to my PC, not to "switch".
The 20" iMac is beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use.It took me about 10 minutes to set it up after booting.Right out of the box I was able to plug in my DV camcorder, use iMovie and iDVD and edit and create a DVD.That's how easy it is to get started on the Mac.I really do like OSX so far.
I would really recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 1GB but the included 512MB is good enough to get the work done.The extra RAM helps the overall feel and helps when using the iDVD/iMovie etc...
You will not be disappointed with the G5 iMac!Plus, it looks really nice.
Oh, I also purchased the Bluetooth keyboard to further minimize my wires.It is great!Now, if Apple could just make a two button wheel mouse... But that is minor.I just used my Logitech MX510 and it works great.
Lastly, I plugged in my 8 in 1 USB 2.0 reader to access my microdrive and SD cards and it worked without a hitch.Also, I was able to connect and browse my HP iPaq HX4700 with little effort.It will not sych though.More software is needed for that and I am still working on that.Still, the iMac gets 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars pc magazine's take
I don't have this iMac but rated it at 5 stars in honor of PC Magazine, which calls it "excellent" and gives it an editor's choice award:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1822054,00.asp ... Read more


6. Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $1,099.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007LZGD8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 9
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

records high-quality DVD-Video * records to mini DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, and DVD+RWs * recording capacity of one disc: 20 minutes at HQ setting; 30 minutes at SP setting; 60 minutes at LP setting * digital photo mode * 2-11/16" widescreen color touch-panel LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • 10X optical zoom
  • 2.7 inch, 16:9 aspect display
  • Dolby digital 5.1 audio recording
  • DVD + RW / -RW media
  • 3.3 megapixel CCD

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Point-And-Shoot Camcorder
Prior to buying this particular Camcorder I have owned over the past 6 years 2 digital Mini DV Camcorders from Sony, but felt the media is now outdated for the multimedia environment of today, so I opted for the Sony DCR-DVD403, in the belief that Sony's DVD Camcorder design is now on a par with Mini DV Camcorders. I must also add that I was looking for a small point-and-shoot camcorder, and not a Pro-Cam.

I was initially pleasantly surprised by the small size of the Camcorder and its simple interface. I was also impressed by both video picture (3.3 mega pixel CCD) and sound quality. The DVD is a real plus for me as I use DVD+RW, and these are both re-recordable and recognizable by my laptop (Sony Vaio), so I have no compatibility complaints. Overall, I rate the Sony DCR-DVD403 very highly for those who want a quality point-and-shoot camcorder that is easy to carry around.

3-0 out of 5 stars But doesn't it take time to spin up?
I am still at the verge of buying this product because I'm wondering how long it take from the time you turn it on to the time you can capture your first picture. If you have to wait for the DVD to spin up, that must be some time! Otherwise, this product looks fantastic!!

Would someone please respond who owns this camera/camcorder?

1-0 out of 5 stars It drops frames.
I just received the camcorder yesterday and I tried shooting some video at High Resolution and was surprised to find some frames being dropped when playing back on my DVD player. When the scene is fairly static the video is fine but when there is moderate movement I see occasional drops (about one frame every minute on average).
You have to however really watch for it to notice the drops (since it only drops one frame now and then). This appears as a sudden jump of a moving object as opposed to a smooth movement.
Just to rule out the possibility of bad media or the player I tried different media as well as another DVD player with the same results.
I hope this is only a problem with my unit, I'm going to try and exchange it for another one. Those of you that already have the camera please check your videos again carefully to see if you notice any sudden jumps and post your results.
Other than this problem the camera is great but for a camera at this price point dropping frames is unacceptable.

One other thing I have to mention about this camer is its awesome multi channel audio. I recorded some scenes outdoors with kids playing and birds chirping all around, then I played it back at home with 5.1 channel speakers and it sounded like I was back outdoors!. The surround effect was simply incredible.

UPDATE: I tried the videos with a Sony DVD player and I stopped seeing the dropped frames. So, there could be compatibility issues with DVD players (the other players I used were one from Apex and another from Samsung).

5-0 out of 5 stars Advice?
I love this camera, but can't seem to get the settings right for good night video and video stills. Does everyone have their settings on auto for exposure, white ballance, Program AE etc. I know this thing rocks, I just have gotten a little aggitated with the manual because it involves several models, not just the 403. Additionally, has anyone bought a external flash and if so which one and how much? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars Shoot, Finalize, Play, be Amazed.
I can't believe how easy this camera is to operate.

I received the camcorder last night and was anxious to get some test footage of my daughter before she went to bed.To save time, I skipped reading the directions and went straight to fiddling with the camera.With absolutely no difficulty or direction I was able to snap on the battery pack, plug the camera to AC power, pop in a disc, and begin recording my daughter's silly bed time antics.

Now it was time to play it in the DVD player.A freind had told me that you need to "finalize" the disc before you can play it in a DVD player.So, after a moment of hunting in the setup menu I found and selected the "finalize" option.A little whirring and a grave warning not to vibrate the camera, and a few minutes later the disc was done.

I placed the disc in the DVD player still believing this was too good to be true, but there it was.My daughter giggling and singing in 16:9 aspect ratio on my big TV, with no wires and no need to boot up my computer.Within 30 minutes of pulling the camera out of the box I was playing a freshly recorded movie without having to glance at the manual.I can't say enough about the ease of use.

And, the quality is top notch.I'm no expert but I have an older Sony Mini-DV and I've been exposed to home movies made on a number of different cameras.The picture quality on this one is as good or better than any video camera I've ever seen. But it was the sound quality that shocked me.

As I sat watching my daughter sing on camera I heard her singing in front of me.Then, I was startled to hear the sounds of my wife and I laughing and coaxing her comming from the surround speakers behind me.That's right, this thing records in Dolby 5.1 surround sound!

So far, I've only recorded two discs worth of material, and I haven't even gotten into exploring the more advanced features of the camera, but it does everything I want it to do.Incredible ease of use.High quality digital picture and sound.The only drawback I see is the $5-$8 price tag per blank disc.But as one reviewer mentioned you can transfer your movie to a much cheaper full size CD-R using a DVD recorder or your computer.Then you can reuse the same $8 mini disc over and over again.

Either way, it's a small price to pay for such a convenient and high quality product. ... Read more


7. Apple iBook Notebook 12" M9623LL/A (1.2 GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB RAM, 30GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive, Built-in AirPort Extreme)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,000.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002A6YVC
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

iBook G4 Notebook, PowerPC G4 1.2GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 30GB Hard Drive, 12.1-inch XGA TFT Display, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (61)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is GREAT!!!
i just got this computer today june 15, 2005 its absolutley amazing everything spectacular i would highly recommend this computer for students. It never freezes up. No virus or spyware this computer is great but windows has alittle more options but this computer is very good. Its better than my dell d600 laptop which has 512mb 30gb also 1.6ghz processor and it dosent even come close to this ibook this is GREAT

4-0 out of 5 stars Still getting used to this
Overall the iBook is wonderful.The only computer I've owned was the Mac 512k back in 1985.Since then I've worked on various pc's in corporate america.I struck out on my own just recently and needed to purchase a computer and decided on the iBook for several reasons;price and the stability of the OS.I like the iBook 12" but it's taking some time to adjust to it.My previous pc was the Toshiba M100 and it costs roughly twice the iBook, so keep that in mind.The factors I'm adjusting to are:
*The iBook is 4.9 lbs, which is pretty light except when you've been carting around the 2.5 lbs Toshiba.The Toshiba does this by having a shorter battery life and no built in drive.But now the iBook feels like it'll throw out my back when I carry it around.
*I'm disappointed with the fit and finish of the iBook vs the Toshiba.The edges are a bit sharp and I'm getting used to the less precise feel of the track (mouse) button.Also I'm afraid the white surface of the iBook will show dirt and stains more easily than the black and sliver colored surface of thee Toshiba.
*Someone told me that I'd miss the right click button.They were right.
*I also need to get more RAM because the iBook is very slow with just 256k.Originally I was going to get an additional 256k but now I'm leaning twards 512k or 1meg.

My gut reaction is that chosing an Apple computer was the right move vs a pc and that it's just a matter of adjusting to the new OS.But I really wish that the Apple OS could be installed onto non-Apple machines.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple IBook - Two Thumbs UP!
Really enjoying this IBook. It's small and very light. I just took it on a trip and was glad to have it with me.Mine came with a built in wireless card and I was able to utilize wireless hotspots on my trip.Watched a DVD on the plane and listened to some tunes with ITunes.Don't be fooled into thinking a 12" screen size is too small(everyone seems to want larger these days. The graphics are really sharp. The battery has been lasting about 4 hours. Best of all I got mine through one of those Offercentric sites.My friend received one that way, so I signed up.[...]

Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Computers work alike
I work with Mac OS X in my school, and I have found it to be very good! It is very convenient and easier to use than Windows (I'm not saying Windows is bad). I can write essays, get pictures, and go on the internet without being confused.

The iBook is no different than An iMac or eMac. I can do anything I want and store it anyplace since it is so compact. You can also have good functions on an iBook and it will look styling.

Tip: Don't use Appleworks. Get Microsoft office teacher student edition. Microsoft office is a lot easier to use than Appleworks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Apple...I now believe there is a GOD!
Okay, all jokes aside. This Apple ibook is really one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I had a Compaq Presario 2500 with an 80GB Harddrive, 15" screen, 64MB graphics card, 768 MB RAM, with wireless internet and a 1400 by 1050 resolution. This Apple ibook beats the pants off the Compaq in almost every category.

1) Price: The Compaq cost $2,200 when I bought it a little over 2 years ago as opposed to the Apple which cost me $900 on eBay and came with 1.25 GB!!!! of RAM. Just for a side note, the Apple ibook that I got on eBay was 3 months old and I didn't actually pay $2,200 for the Compaq since there was a glitch on their website and I paid $500. Otherwise, nobody should buy a Compaq ever!

2) Portability: The ibook weighs 4.9 pounds as opposed to the 7.5-pound Compaq. In addition, the ibook is smaller by far and I can actually take it to class without having to hurt my back.

3) Noise level: The Compaq was so loud that I would hear a noisy fan almost every time I turned the machine on just to type up a paper or to browse the net making it useless for taking to class since people would stare at me. When playing video games such as Warcraft 3 or Counter-Strike the Compaq would run so loudly that I would have trouble hearing the game or thinking. The ibook is noise free when I type papers; browse the Internet, or most anything else. The only time that the ibook makes a sound is when a disc is inserted and the very quiet fan comes on only after a while of playing Age of Empires 2.

4) Screen size and resolution: The Compaq did have a better resolution of 1400 by 1050 compared to the ibook's 1024 by 768 but I have not really cared since the ibook's resolution is what I would normally use on the Compaq anyways. Just because it can have a better resolution doesn't mean that I will use it. Plus, I assumed that switching from a 15" to a 12" would be hard especially for a gamer but in fact it's not a big deal to me even when I play games on the ibook. The change from a 64MB onboard card to a 32MB onboard card was not great but when running games at the highest resolution, the ibook has a good enough display to make it worth keeping.

5) Battery life: The Compaq advertised 2 hours of life but usually put out 1 hour if I was typing or listening to music. The ibook advertises 6 hours and constantly puts out 4.5 hours of battery life while typing and a little less if playing music.

6) Operating System: While I thought that Windows XP was a step up from previous versions and that the Apple OSX would not be worthwhile I soon realized that I was wrong. My Compaq always had software compatibility issues with other devices, random warnings that I didn't understand, and random crashes while I was playing Warcraft 3 even though I had updated all of the software for the computer and the graphics card. The ibook does not crash, randomly scare me with warnings, and is very compatible with all my devices including my HP 1200 LaserJet. Also the Dashboard on the OSX is very useful with a calculator, stickies, a clock, stock tracker, weather, dictionary, thesaurus, and many other helpful tools that appear and disappear in one click. What's more the Spotlight lets you search your entire computer quickly and easily unlike windows, which is a pain and doesn't actually find what you're looking for.

7) Virus's, spyware, Worms, and other junk: The Windows system always lets all sorts of nasty programs into the Compaq through Activex or many of its other holes. The Apple OSX does not do that because every time that I download a program that could possibly give my Apple a Virus or some other nonsense, I am asked for a password. That is why Apple's don't have Virus's. I used to spend at least $60 a year on Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall software, now I don't need to.

8) Compatibility: Apple works with most hardware out there such as printers, mp3 players, and mice such as my Logitech (don't buy the apple mouse). Most software such as Warcraft 3, Microsoft Word, and Age of Empires 2 can be bought for OSX.

9) Speakers: The Compaq's speakers do sound a little better when listening to music but only when it's really loud. Yet the ibook has great speakers that are of almost equal quality and may actually be better for listening to audio books or radio. My Compaq speakers had static when turned up all the way and went bad several times. The ibook speakers do not hurt my ears with static and have not gone bad.

10) Laptop looks, keyboard, and durability: The ibook is much more beautiful with its white sleek looking case and light up apple on the back. It doesn't look like it would scratch up like the Compaq or those silver Powerbook's. The keyboard on the ibook is better than Compaq's but worse than the Powerbook's not in terms of wearing out but that the Powerbook has those quiet keys. My Compaq had dirty palm prints all over its case from wear and this white ibook is doing much better but that may be because I've had it for a shorter period of time.

11) Harddrive space: I had 80GB on the Compaq and have 30Gb on the ibook but I still use only 15GB on both of them. So what does it matter whether I have 30GB or 80GB?

If you're thinking about getting anything besides an Apple (including a Dell) go for either an ibook or a Powerbook. If you're making the choice between an ibook or a Powerbook, consider this: The Powerbook has a 64Mb graphics card (32MB in ibook), a better screen resolution, a faster processor (1.2 vs. 1.5) but is louder, hotter, more expensive, and has 90 minutes less battery life than the ibook. Check out the Apple discussion boards for yourself. I hope this helps and don't hate the Apple, hate the Game. ... Read more


8. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2" M9677LL/A (1.67 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer

our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HU48U
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 5
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Affordable portable performance.

Fully loaded with a powerful G4 processor, a 5400-rpm 80GB hard drive, 512MB of memory, a faster-burning 8x SuperDrive and a nifty scrolling trackpad, the 15-inch PowerBook G4 boasts features few notebook computers can match.

With a processor speed of 1.67GHz, DDR RAM capacity up to 2GB, a light 5.6-pound weight and thin 1.1-inch design, the 15-inch PowerBook gives you the ideal balance between power and portability. Work and play in millions of colors on a stunning 15.2-inch (diagonal) widescreen display with 1280 x 854 pixel resolution that’s ideal for watching movies in their original wide-screen format. You can also make movies of your own with the included iMovie HD software, or get Final Cut Pro HD for more advanced video editing, compositing and special effects. And thanks to its built-in DVI port, you even have the option of connecting your PowerBook to Apple’s breathtaking Cinema Displays. Add optional dual-link DVI capability and 128MB of graphics memory and your 1.67GHz 15-inch PowerBook even supports the massive 30-inch Cinema HD Display.

As Smart as It Looks
The sleek exterior is as stunning as ever. The 15-inch PowerBook G4 comes with all the refinements and esthetic touches that make it the most coveted full-featured notebook computer on the planet: elegant aluminum construction, 1.1-inch thin design, slot-loading 8x SuperDrive and a brilliant illuminated keyboard. On the inside, a faster PowerPC G4 processor, a standard 5400-rpm 80GB hard drive, powerful graphics, up to 2GB of RAM and Mac OS Xthe world’s most advanced operating systemcombine to deliver off-the-charts performance.

Built for Speed
Inside the 15-inch PowerBook G4 is a screamingly fast 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine. Advanced processor design and memory architecture are among several core advantages that enable the PowerBook G4 to pack
... Read more

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great computer for anyone in your home.
Being a technician on many products, I've come to learn that computers are tools. I came to work on Apple products through the years but recently my job functions required more hands on use of the G4. Mac Office 2004, which you have to buy on the side doesn't have a good ODBC plugin that makes it hard for people in finance to do their job. That is unless you buy a third party plugin for Office. Some of the features loaded on OS X are not fully developed and seem to be added just so they can add it to the ever-growing list of features. I'd say the top programs I use are Terminal, iTunes, iPhoto, Adium, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Quicksilver.

I'm sure I can get a lot of Mac enthusiasts to argue against me and flame me in every way possible. That's the beauty of this system; you actually have a fan base that most other systems don't. It's fairly easy to adapt to this operating system and hardware if you have patience. I think the nicest thing about this laptop is the DVD-RW that comes with it, Apple calls it a "Superdrive." Although you'd probably be recommended to buy Roxio's Toast program to burn cds. All in all you have to be ready to fork out some money when you switch.

Personally I love the G4, I have distanced myself enough to be very critical on some items but this is one product that doesn't have much criticism. Of course that is compared to almost every other system out there. They've embedded FreeBSD into the OS perfectly and makes it sound for developers to use and compile software. I do hope that in the future Apple fixes a lot of the minor glitches and becomes mainstream because this product is a very valuable tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Switching is easy
I was a confirmed PC-bigot since DOS3.1 and made the switch evetually after increased frustration with Windows led to several failed attempts to move to Linux.

My only chance to try a new OS was to buy new Hardware.

A year on I'm not disappointed.OSX is the best of UNIX under the covers with a GUI that's sweeter than anything MS could dream of. The bundled apps have enabled a novice like me to prepare printed books of photos, make DVDs of my photos and home movies and even dabble in making a little music with Garageband.

But it's not just about media...MS Office for the Mac blows the socks of the PC version in power and beauty.Apple ship the development tools CD with the mac as well, so for a programmer, I can get started right away coding lovely mac apps (in ObjectiveC), as well as C, C++, Python, Ruby and Java, all of which ship pre-installed.

As far as the hardware (this specific PB) is concerned, the machine is lovely to look at, ludicrously fast to wake from sleep, and the only times I've rebooted it in the last year are when the automatic software update system suggests I reboot after an OS upgrade. I can even swap batteries while the machine is on and running.The backlit keyboard and superdrive are extras I wasn't sure I would need, but I'm damn glad I paid for.

Do it.Do it now.I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A word of caution
Apple needs to improve quality control and product support. The superdrive stopped working when laptop was 6 weeks old.Sent to Apple repair on April 4 and was informed 5 days later after I called that replacement wouldn't be available until end of April. New Superdrive could be quality control problem like permanent white spots on screens and batteries that catch fire of earlier models. Pity, because everything else about the machine is simply superb.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Laptop Computing
I have a friend of a friend who works at an Apple store and just recenlty he let me play with all the new stuff, some old stuff too and here is my impression of the new, improved 15 inch PowerBook. First off, and I feel like shouting this, but I won't, "It's about time Apple put out a computer that had enough memory in it to actually run it!" I have an old G3, 14 inch iBook and right off the bat I had to buy more memory, bumping it up to 640 megs, so knowing this baby comes with 512 right out the door, will bring a sigh of relief to anybody thinking of buying one.

The screen on this baby is gorgeous, no reading glasses for me here. This machine is svelte and sleek, comes with Airport Extreme built in. Has all the usual ports, plus FireWire 800 and it's crowning jewel, in my humble opinion, is the backlit keyboard. Apple claims it's ten times brighter than the old model. I can attest to the fact that it's brighter, but ten times, I don't know, I didn't see it. However, it's plenty bright enough to work in the dark. This 1.67 GHz model comes with a Superdrive and a scrolling trackpad (which I didn't mention in my other reviews). I found the trackpad scrolling business to be a little annoying, but no matter you can turn it off in System Prefs if you want. However, I imagine once you get used to it, one might find it darned handy.

Compared to my aging, but still working like a champ iBook, this baby screams. And the 80 gig hard drive gives you plenty of room to load up those MP3s to play in iTunes.

This, in my opinion, is not only the best PowerBook of the bunch, but the best laptop ever made. It is truly the Holy Grail of laptop computing. Apple has really gone and got it right this time.

Jack Priest, Sailor home from the Sea

5-0 out of 5 stars tens years later... back from retirement
Had to return an hp laptop because it refused to cooperate.ProTools Le was too much for it.
I didn't want a powerbook, I needed one.
The blend of beauty and pleasure shocked me when I booted it up the first time.
Slipped in the gig of pc 2700 ram with no problems.
It hasn't complained once.
The superdrive is super-intuitive and easily backed up a full dvd in as much time as my pc would burn files to cd-r.
All my peripherals are compatible with osx.3.8 (which I had to download from apple...breezy.)
I'm enjoying the interface, a lot less clicks and menus to access files.
Got giggly about the zoom feature for the display.
When's the last time your pc made you smile?

In short, my g4 is the perfect houseguest.
... Read more


9. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1" M9690LL/A (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Apple Computer

our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007KX4WO
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 6
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Ultra-compact. Full-featured.

More. That’s the word that best describes the 12-inch PowerBook G4.

It has more speed, thanks to a 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor. It offers more memory: 512MB, to be exact. It provides more storage, with a standard 5400-rpm 60GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive. It boasts more power to burn CDs with its DVD / CD-RW combo drive. The only thing less about it is its affordable price.

As Smart as It Looks
Housed in a stunning, scratch- and stain-resistant aluminum alloy enclosure and weighing just 4.6 pounds, this diminutive powerhouse features a high-resolution 12.1-inch TFT XGA active-matrix display with brilliant 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. You’ll marvel at the way this supersharp display fits into such a remarkably small frame: just 10.9 inches wide, 8.6 inches deep and 1.18 inches thin. Perfectly smooth on all surfaces, the 12-inch PowerBook has no doors, protruding latches or levers to break, no external buttons to accidentally press and no sharp edges to catch on your clothing.

Built for Speed
The 1.5GHz PowerBook G4 delivers blazing-fast performance, thanks to the PowerPC G4 with Velocity Engine, which processes data in huge 128-bit chunks and accelerates the data-intensive processing required by next-generation video, voice and graphics applications.

Scroll Mate
Scrolling through web pages or large documents on a trackpad can challenge even the most nimble fingers. That’s why every 12-inch PowerBook G4 features a new trackpad with scrolling capability. Just drag two fingers over the trackpad to scroll vertically and horizontally or pan around any active window. Change this feature to suit your needs: Customize your trackpad settings or turn off scrolling completely via System Preferences.

Handled with Care
Now the 12-inch PowerBook G4 is equipped to help protect your most valuable asset: your data.
... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a laptop?
There is a lot of attention to the Mac vs Windows topic recently, as Apple has begun to gather attention as being capable of doing everything a Windows computer can - word processing, e-mail, Internet browsing, and everything else.For most Windows users, the Mac software will feel different, but essentially do the same thing.(To top it off, Microsoft Office is offered for Mac as well, presumably for former Windows users that are uncomfortable making the switch...but keep in mind that Apple has other programs that do pretty much the same thing.)

Now, I am looking for a laptop.Just because an Apple machine can do what I need doesn't make it my choice.It's a matter of which does a better job - Windows or Mac.

Since I am not one to rely on ultra-biased reviewers on either end, I have gone to visit the Apple Store a number of times, specifically to try out this PowerBook.I highly recommend that if you are seriously considering what will work best for you, do not just rely on other people - go see for yourself.

Having said that, instantly the differences were obvious.The programs I tried worked beautifully, even intuitively.Imagine not knowing anything about Windows and starting from scratch at computers - that is what I had expected.Wrong!Instead of the cluttered desktop, the long list of programs, and the general cheap and unorganized feel of Windows, I found Mac's operating system to be clean and efficient...everything was at my finger tips.In short, after fiddling with the PowerBook a number of times, I am convinced that it can not only do everything I need it to, but it can do it better than Windows can.Even more, Mac is more secure because most viruses are written against Windows, being that Windows is the majority.

I look forward to distancing myself from memories of Windows worries....For example, Windows Media Player doesn't work for me any more - I get a message saying "INTERNAL PROGRAM ERROR".Now, I'm no computer technician, but all I know is that such errors are frequent, I'm annoyed and hindered by them, and that typically, Microsoft treats it as my problem, not theirs."INTERNAL PROGRAM ERROR"?More like, "Microsoft can't write decent programs."Where Microsoft is infamous for the Blue Screen of Death, Apple is known to simply work.

Having seen that one computer company prides itself in that its programs actually work and lives up to that guarantee, I have no reason to put up with the cheap mess and insulting incompetence of Windows.I had thought Apple computers to be expensive, and still do, because $1500 is a lot of money.But, $1500 on a product that works is far better, in my mind, than any sum for a product that makes me mad, that is, Windows.

Now, maybe you are just fine with Windows, and somehow you have avoided the errors and you don't mind constantly downloading patches and service packs.Still, try out this PowerBook if you are looking for a laptop.See if it doesn't FEEL like a quality product.(Keep in mind, also, that some very serious people are users of Macs...namely, professional artists, schools, small businesses, the United States Military, and certain departments of Microsoft!)(I would post some URLs but it's against the rules.)

5-0 out of 5 stars it goes everywhere with me :D
i've been a mac user all my life, i have tried a few windows based systems but they just seem poorly integrated and clnuky and too much trouble, i don't mind playing with them at work for the 'geek factor' but i do all of my music and digital artistry on my macs and wouldn't have it any other way.

since the 12" powerbooks came out i have been drooling over them, but i had a 15" titanium powerbook and then recently got a g5....but when my titanium powerbook practically fell apart, i decided to buy the 1.5hz 12"pb (combo drive).

i absolutely love this thing, its so small and cute but it can handle anything you throw at it, i thought the screen would be too small to do my graphics work on it but i can easily sketch away with my graphics tablet wherever i am.

the battery life is good, its compact and relatively lightweight, made of metal, built very solid and runs osx.what else could you want?!

the one thing i was a little unhappy with was the screen because its just a regular lcd, alot of 'windoze' notebooks are using those nice shiny 'crystal bright' displays.
if apple had those displays in a widescreen form factor on this thing, it would be absolute perfection, bar none.

but overall im very happy with it and its abilities to perform anything i throw at it.
if you are considering one then go to an apple centre and play around with one for a while...i bet you will go home with one, or want to :D

osx tiger is fast, sleek, powerful, futuristic, beautiful.
and below the hood in the terminal you have access to its darwin/unix.
ive never had a virus EVER in my life thanks to being a mac user, no spyware, MUCCCH less chances of being hacked, my titanium powerbook only crashed once in the whole 3-4 years i had it, and my g5 and 12" powerbook have NEVER crashed.
sure it is possible to get a 'lemon' and have problems, it IS a computer afterall and there can be things that go wrong, but overall....macs just work. and in doing so they let you work without screwing around with settings and troubleshooting.

i honestly dont know why people still bother with windows, its primative compared to osx.

5-0 out of 5 stars A TRUE Switcher!
I am writing this review in order to give you my thoughts on this powerbook versus the last guys that wrote a review about switching. First off there's no way you can compare apples to oranges, or in this case Apple to Windows computers. Because first off Apple's processor is much more efficent in the way it handels information. You can not look at Gzh! there are many more steps involved than just that. Now I will go down the line of "cons" that superman2k3 had.
1 - The screen is small, there's no doubt about it but that's what you have to sacrifice for the smallness of the 12 inch powerbook, and I still do not know what he means by clearity in the font, I can easily read what I am typing, what folders say on my desktop and anywhere else there is typing of FONTS!.
2 - I have 512 mb of RAM in my powerbook. It runs perfectly smooth and flawless. My powerbook 1.5 ghz runs faster than my neighbors 3.0 ghz pentium desktop!
3 - First off with the accessories the $60 mouse he's talking about is the Apple bluetooth wireless mouse. You can get a corded mouse much less. And second of all you DO NOT have to buy just Apple accessories. I have a mini wireless mouse that I got when I had a windows laptop (with windows XP) and to use it on the windows laptop I needed to install drivers and other software, well one night I decided to try it on my powerbook and it worked GREAT! with no drivers, nothing. The manufacturers website never stated it made for a Mac! Only for windows 98, 2000, ME, XP ect.
4 - Now I don't know about you but I personally don't have any reason what so ever to get to my hard drive. With 60 or 80 gigabyte discs I don't think I will be randomly droping new ones in. In fact I don't think I will ever even open up my RAM slot for more RAM. There is just nothing inside the computer I would ever want to mess with. Instead I would just send it in to Apple.
5 - Well in a way this is true. Most software for Windows won't work for a Mac but you can however get a $80 software called Virtual PC made my Microsoft for the Mac computer. This program enables you to run every program made for a PC. And when you buy future programs you will just buy the mac version instead.
6 - What do you mean NON SCROLLING. This trackpad in my powerbook has a built in scrolling function. Just drag two fingers over it in a webpage, a word file (yes Microsoft makes all of the Office suite, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, ect. for Mac) pdf's, Jpegs, you name it it works. And I know it only has a single button but if you need a sort of "right click" just hold down the Ctrl button at the same time. A list (just like on a Windows) pops up.
7 - As I stated earlier you can't compare apples to oranges. The Apple computer will run faster, smoother, and is already pre-loaded with amazing applications that would cost you hundreds of dollers on a PC like iPhoto, but mostly like iMovie and iDVD.
8 - Innovation, give me a break!!! Apple invented the personal computer. They wrote the Mac Operating System (OS) that Microsoft eventially copied back in the 80's. In fact there was a huge lawsuit over it. You can search Google if you want to learn more! And Apple has to compete with PC's everyday. I mean you think about it, a person is not going to buy both an Apple laptop and a PC laptop together! THINK HERE MAN!
9 - You DO NOT have to order any more warrenty from Apple, Apple gives you a one (1) year warrenty for your machine already, in fact better than most PC manufactures, however you may want to purchase the extended warrenty because laptops get a more rugged approach to them then desktops. Now this would be the same case as if I were buying a Dell, HP, Compaq (owened by HP so is relativley the same machine) or any other PC. And they're all in the same price range for the extended warrenty.
10 - As I stated earlier (I seem to have to repeat myself a LOT!) almost all hardware devices work both ways. And software, if you want to keep your PC software you can purchase an $80 virtuall PC software that will run it just fine!

Now I hope I did not make anyone angery by this, it's just the facts. And in conclusion the Powerbook is a remarkable tiny, shiny, all around great machine that has the looks and feel of Apple all around, from the hardware, to the OS it is all Apple (with no viruses or spyware) and the best part of it is that if you ever have any problems at all, because Apple makes the whole thing (inside and out) there is just one (1) number to call for anything dealing with it. Try doing that with a PC company. They'll just refer you to another company who will refer you back. That's if you get an actuall representative! Not just a computer on the other end. Well I hope this helps to clear up any thoughts you may have. I am a TRUE switcher. I went from a PC for five (5) years to a mac for now my 3rd month. And I LOVE IT!

One more thing "Once you go Mac, you'll never go Back!"

~God Bless!~

5-0 out of 5 stars Faster than My Old iBook, that's for Sure
I have a friend of a friend who works at an Apple store and just recenlty he let me play with all the new stuff, some old stuff too and here is my impression of the new, improved 12 inch PowerBook. First off, and I feel like shouting this, but I won't, "It's about time Apple put out a computer that had enough memory in it to actually run it!" I have an old G3, 14 inch iBook and right off the bat I had to buy more memory, bumping it up to 640 megs, so knowing this baby comes with 512 right out the door, will bring a sigh of relief to anybody thinking of buying one.

The screen is too small for my tired eyes, but if you're young and seeing 20/20 or don't mind reading glasses that shouldn't be a problem. This machine is small and sleek, comes with an Airport Extreme card built in. This model comes with the DVD/CD-RW drive instead of the Superdrive, so you can't record video, but for an extra 200 bucks, maybe you don't want to. Compared to my aging, but still working like a champ iBook, this baby screams. And the 60 gig hard drive gives you plenty of room to load up those MP3s to play in iTunes.

The machine does not, however, come with one of those nifty, light up in the dark keyboards and you don't get a FireWire 800 port, 400 only, but I guess Apple had to give them up, due to size considerations. But as I said, this machine screams, really screams and for 1500 bucks, it's a deal. It would have been nice if Apple could have figured out a way to engineer a G5 chip into the machine, but, I suppose they are still too hot and a fan or fans would have made this silent marvel both noisy and bigger. Anyway all in all I have to say, well done Apple. Five stars and worth every one.

Jack Priest, Sailor home from the Sea

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll fall in love with this go-anywhere Powerbook!
I made the "switch" last fall when the 20" iMac G5 was released, and was looking to pick up a laptop with the same quality hardware and OS. I knew I wanted an ultra-portable laptop, partially because of the price and partly because a laptop is just not meant to require a desk to use it. (In my opinion, anything over 15" or 6 pounds is a desktop-replacement). I had originally considered the 12" iBook, which is a great value (1.2 GHz + Airport Extreme!) for the money. In the end, after getting the "i"Mac, I though I'd go with the "Power"book. My decision was partially due to the realization my 15 GB iPod is about 60% full, so importing the iTunes collection would have taken up a good chunk of the iBook's 30 GB drive.

It's quite a bit more expensive than the iBook, but you get a faster processor, a disk drive that twice as big and faster, Bluetooth, and an aluminum case that looks stunning. Also worthy of mention would be the new features in the 2005 Powerbooks, namely a scrolling trackpad (I wish my iMac had one now!), Sudden Motion Sensor that'll park the disk heads if it senses that it might have just been dropped, and Bluetooth 2.0, a standard so new there's no peripherals that'll use the 2.0 speeds, only its 1.1/1.2 legacy support. 512 MB is finally enough for standard usage (I can't endorse anything less than 512 MB for OS X), but I still upgraded the memory. Too bad Apple still has 256 MB built-in, as I had to pull the socketed 256 MB SO-DIMM to put in a 512 MB SO-DIMM, unlike the 15" and 17" which come with a single 512 MB SO-DIMM and an open slot.

If you can afford the extra money over the iBook and need the features, this machine will quickly become your pride and joy. If a 30 GB HD is big enough and you won't be doing heavy-duty iMovie editing, I still believe the iBook is an unbelievable price/performance value. ... Read more


10. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17" M9844LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,500.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006PK8IS
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 8
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

iMac G5 Desktop, PowerPC G5 2GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive, Built-in 17-inch LCD Monitor, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4 ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I absolutely love this laptop.I did a lot of research and it is the best on the market!

5-0 out of 5 stars New faster iMac G5 from Apple
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. A recent article in Consumer Reports identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers and PC Magazine user surveys have reached the same conclusion. Furthermore, PC Magazine regularly designates the iMac G5 as the best all around desktop computer. Now the ultra-reliable, user friendly iMac G5 has an even faster G5 processor.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you really want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs (including regular virus attacks) -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to viruses? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. This new iMac G5 is Apple's latest and fastest iteration of the innovative iMac series of compact, user friendly computers at reasonable prices. Like all G5-powered Apple computers this new iMac is a very fast computer -- more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed -- and has a state-of-the-art 64-bit processor. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Apple G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a fast, versatile, easy to use computer, want to stop worrying abut virus attacks, and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this elegant and now faster new iMac G5. ... Read more


11. Apple iPod mini Second Generation - 6GB
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00083X75E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

The Apple iPod mini music player just got better, brighter and longer lasting. The Apple iPod mini can easily manage about 1,500 songs on 6GB of space. It features the Click Wheel-enhanced durability and sensitivity (complete with color coordinated icons), and uses little space, so you can scroll single-handedly. The iPod mini plays up to 18 hours of play on a single battery charge, which is more than twice than the last version. Plus, with up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you won't have to worry about missing a second of your music. You can also charge and sync the mini via one simple USB 2.0 connection. Using the included iTunes software you can easily manage your digital music collection. Organize your music by genre, artist, or album; or build your own dynamic playlists. Music and playlists transfer quickly and automatically from a Mac or PC to the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches. Also includes a Text Notes function for reminders, 4 popular games for on the go, a sleep timer and calendars and to-do lists to stay organized. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with USB 2.0 or FireWire port and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later. iPod for Windows requires a PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2. Supports AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible and Apple Lossless audio formats. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores about 1,500 songs on 6GB
  • Play up to 18 hours of tunes on a single battery charge
  • Seamless integration with iTunes for Mac or Windows
  • Compact design, only 3-3/5Hx2Wx1/2D" and 3.6 oz.
  • Includes Earbud headphones, belt clip and USB 2.0 cable and iTunes software for PC and Macintosh computers

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!
Ok, I bought my iPod mini 6gb (Pink)to hold my favorite songs to listen to on the go, in the car, etc. I cannot stress enough how much fun this amazing little thing has been. This is the best thing I have ever spent my money on.

iTunes is incredibly easy to use. I was able to easily convert my songs from Windows Media Player over to Apple's iTunes with no problems. Just make sure you go to the Tools Option in the task bar on Windows Media Player, then to Options and then to the Copy tab and turn off the Copy Protect music (for all you Windows Media Users). Windows, by default, automatically protects your music to keep you from being able to use other formats.

I have around 1200 songs loaded on my iPod and still have a little over 1 gb left. I like to keep it in the shuffle mode to mix up music and listen to things I have not heard in a long time. I am actually purchasing my husband one for his birthday/Father's Day because he loves mine so much. He owns an iPod shuffle, but would prefer a mini.

The iPod mini seems sturdier than my 20gb iPod. I use a case for it occasionally. It has yet, knock on wood, to be scratched. It works superbly and right now I am getting over 24 hours on one battery charge. I find my iPod mini impossible to live without. I take it everywhere and use it for hours every day. It comes in handy when you have to wait in long lines or shopping alone, etc. I also use it in the car with the Belkin TuneBase FM modulator for the iPod mini. It works well and holds the iPod in a slot so it does not slide around the car and get scratched. It also works as a charger.

I feel you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It can be pricey for some people, but it will be well worth it in the long run. If you have a really large music collection, I recommend buying a 20, 30 or 60 gb iPod. But, if you have a smaller collection, or only want your favorite songs in one place, the iPod mini is perfect. I know most people eventually own two. A large one for the entire collection and the mini to hold your workout, driving, etc. playlists. So, good luck and have fun with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsomelittle gadget
I just got a silver ipod mini for my 13th b-day, and it is way cool! I was going to get an ipod shuffle, but I am so glad I went with the mini. I was frusterated at first, because I couldn't figure out how to transfer songs onto it. However, my mom finally figured it out. It sounds great! I did not use the headphones that came with it, 'cause they didn't seem very good. It can fit in my pocket, and I don't have to worry about getting to many songs on it. Way to go, Apple!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
The iPod mini is a wonderful invention - thank you Apple.I'm a Windows user, so when Mac came out with the Windows version of iTunes, it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.The iPod mini is the best music product on the market for people who only have time to list to 1000+ songs - you never get through them all.

If you're looking for a great piece of software for it too, check out (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars practical and easy to use
let's put it this way, if you want to store all your music in your ipod ( and when i say all your music, i mean ALL), thenthis ipod mini is not for you, 'cause as you guys know, this ipod mini only holds up to 1,500 songs (6gb). Now,that's a lot of songs if you ask me, that's an entire week of music, i love classic rock and i filled my ipod mini with all of my favorite songs, you know how cool it is for me to take this everytime i go to the beach or if i'm having some company, i can just press shuffle and enjoy without the hassle of getting up everytime, you know to change cd's??, so if you're looking for something that's not that expensive and just want to have a good time and easy to use then i recomend this little item!! Respeta a un varon!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding MP3 player.
I began looking into an iPod purchase over a year ago, and was almost sold on the 4th generation iPod.I liked the colors of the mini and was okay with 4 GB of storage (though that was a tad on the small side), but the main thing that deterred me from the mini was the less-than-desirable 8-10 hour battery life.

Then the 2nd generation mini was released.Apple seemed to fix and improve every little thing I had held against the original.They made the colors brighter, increased the hard drive space to 6 gigs, and most importantly, at least to me, increased the battery life two-fold.

The 18 hours that Apple advertises is EXTREMELY conservative.If you're content listening to music and don't need the backlight for more than a minute or two every hour, the battery can run for about 24-25 hours.I can go a week and not have to worry about recharging my battery.I could listen every waking moment of my day and never have to stop and recharge before I went to bed.It's a wonderful thing.

The blue is very bright and pleasing to the eye--I've seen the pink and silver versions and they too are visually appeasing.6 gigs is nothing to shake a stick at--on the contrary, I've found that 6 gigs is just about the perfect size for someone who has a vast number of interests musically but doesn't have thousands upon thousands of CD's to rip and upload.Unless you have literally hundreds of CD's in your collection that you plan on putting on your iPod, I'd recommend the mini, since you'd more than likely end up with half the space on your regular iPod sitting unused.

Despite the fact that the iPod scratches easily, there are several cases which work extremely well...I'm partial to the ones made by Power Support, though you have to import them from Japan.Uploading your songs is quick and easy.Navigating the menus takes about 15 minutes to master.There's really nothing more I can say that can do the iPod mini justice.

I will make a quick note and add that I'm not an Apple fanatic.I think that Apples are good computers, but I'm still attached to my PCs.However, when it comes to MP3 players, there's really no comparison; it's going to take many many years before Microsoft or any other competing company can put out any MP3 player nearly as nice as the 2nd generation iPod mini.

Also, if you have a friend that's a teacher in a school, look into the education discount on the Apple website.It ends up being 20 or 30 dollars off. ... Read more


12. Apple 60 GB iPod Photo M9830LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $449.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007KX4TM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 195
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 15,000 songs anywhere you go with the 60GB iPod photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes earbud headphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable and Getting Started Guide. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later; or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP with SP2; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 60 GB model holds up to 15,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's about the iPod, not the reviewer...
Just ignore the simpleton from June 12, 2005 who talked about the iPod charger being incompatible with overseas 220v.Like your laptop, all you need is a cheap adaptor and plug it into the wall socket.There's absolutely no risk of damaging a US spec iPod if you travel outside the country - I`ve done it plenty of times.On the other hand, taking your iPod on vacation without your charger is a tad foolish - hardly Apple's fault!

I'm often discouraged to see people who post reviews on Amazon that are more to do with their own shortcomings rather than the product itself.The 60GB Photo is my 2nd iPod.Yes it's a little expensive, but I use it daily and find it to be a first rate MP3 player.

2-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for quality and -1 star for design = 2 stars
The Ipod is great only when you are being around your house or the car. What about people, who are going camping, or flying overseas (the charger is not compatible with 220V) The battery is not removable!!!

I went on vacation and forgot my charger. Boy was I disappointed especially finding out that I didn't charge the unit before I left.

Apple did not make the battery removable at least I could buy an extra one, like Treo 650 a cell phone and MP3 player.
After a year or two the rechargeable battery needs to be replaced with the new one by sending the unit to Apple. Is Apple moving back to 30 years old technology???
I am sure that a lot of people thinking about it, but they are still buying Ipods because of the marketing and good sound of the unit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unacceptible
My music collection spans well over 5000 songs, very close to 6000. The ID3 tags in my collection are an utter mess.Some songs are from Japan and their ID3 tags have the original kanji for their title/artist/album.Some of the artist tags are mispelled, which makes an extra entry in the artist list which makes lists longer and finding specific songs harder.Some songs just don't have any tags in the artist/album field at all.

For a library as large as mine, I use a broad genre>artist>album nested format, which means I never have to look at more than 50 choices at a time and I can use any folder manipulation to make broad changes instead of having to find id3 tag editors and correcting each and every file.Unfortunately, I have to abandon all of this and spend countless hours fixing all 3000 or so incorrect tags if I want to get any usefulness out of my ipod. Singles, normally stored away in their own folder just for such, instead add an extra entry to the artist or album lists just for one or two songs.

To add icing on the cake, there doesn't seem to be any meaningful manipulation of the music library possible with the ipod itself.If you messed up a playlist, you're stuck with it until you can get to a computer.There's an "on the go" playlist that can be built with the ipod itself, but that's about the extent of its usefulness.

It'd otherwise be a nice, stylish and compact player, but there's no way to make use of 60 gigs with an interface this clunky.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great iPod .....but
I bought my iPod Photo 60GB last week and it gave me a lot of problems from the start. I charged the battery for over 5 hrs until fully charged and 5 mins later the ipod was telling me to charge again saying the battery was empty.I got a new replacement within 3 days and charge the battery to full.The next day I was listening to my ipod for almost 2hrs & 15 mins and the battery icon was down to red meaning the battery was almost empty.This didn't make me happy at all when the ipod was suppose to last anywhere from 12-15 hrs.I will return the 2nd ipod I got from Amazon.Too bad....I really wanted to keep it, but with the battery trouble....I'm returning it.

5-0 out of 5 stars the scoop on the good, the bad, and the ugly
Apple Computer's iPod Photo: GOOD.

Getting sucked into an unscrupulous marketing ploy: BAD.

The flood of unwanted email, telemarketing calls, and faxes you'll receive after signing up for an "offer": UGLY!! ... Read more


13. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger [DVD]
by Apple Computer
list price: $129.99
our price: $114.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002G71T0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Mac OS X Tiger, Version 10.4 ... Read more

Features

  • Safari RSS technology that delivers the latest news, information and articles from thousands of web sites in one simple-to-read, searchable article list right to your Mac.
  • The latest iChat AV delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with true-to-life picture and sound quality.
  • Revolutionary Spotlight technology that lets you search every corner of your Mac instantly: files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications. Even save results as Smart Folders that update automatically.
  • A set of nifty, beautifully designed mini-applications called widgets for checking stocks and weather, looking up phone numbers, performing calculations, finding dictionary definitions and more — with one click right from your personal Dashboard.
  • A personal assistant for automating all of your time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks efficiently and effortlessly. It's simple to create custom Workflows just by dragging items, pointing and clicking.

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Clear Winner
This is an excellent operating system and worth far more than the price.I'm sure nearly everyone has heard of Spotlight by now but I really have to say that it simply works.It's fast and excellent at finding little files hidden all over my hard drive, it makes the Google Desktop software on my Windows PC laughable.Next, with Dashboards' widgets its certainly nice having these all these programs right at your fingertips to find weather, stock quotes, or movie times.Additionally the new programs like Automator and Safari with RSS are also great additions.My computers' overall speed seems a bit faster now, although I have noticed a few bugs they were minimal and should soon be patched.Bottom line is this is a great upgrade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiger and me...
Yeah it sounds a little egotistic, but I don't mean it that way. I have a G3 (digital audio), G4, and a G4 PowerBook. I put Tiger on all three machines -- with very different experiences and consequences. I tend to upgrade my CPUs regularly in spite of the occasional warnings that may appear on the web.

First, my office G4 installed Tiger flawlessly and has performed since without incident. It's fast, Spotlight is the much powerful search engine in the universe -- I am sure. I can find very elusive files with it, and the G4 does this quickly. The other search engine (cmd-F) behaves snappy as well, but it's interface is different and a bit more elaborate. Dashboard is not slow for me; to the contrary, it's quick once it's retrieved the temp, etc. I don't overload it with widgets: I have about 6-7 of them. The psuedo-integrated apps like Preview, Mail, Safari, all seem to operate quickly as well. Preview works better and gives you more controls than before. I do remote connections between computers frequently, and these have also functioned smoothly and quickly (via DSL).

Second, I upgraded my old G3 with no DVD drive. That was a challenge. But, if you put another computer in "target mode", turn it into a remote drive with a firewire connection to another computer (in my case my PB). Then I inserted the DVD in my PB, and upgraded the G3 that way. Worked like a charm. No incidents, no problems, and we are all happy.

Thirdly I need to talk about my 15" G4 Titanium PB (667 MHz). I think this PB is one of the best computers I have ever owned: I got it in the summer, 2002. And I love it: light, fast, and extraordinarily durable (except frame peeling problems covered under warranty). This is where all hell broke loose. I installed Tiger, but it wouldn't restart. It got to the spotlight icon at start-up, and would go no further. Sometimes I walked away for an hour and I came back and it had restarted. No way to use a computer. So I re-installed with archive. At this point, I had decided I should back up most of my files on my Firewire Le Cie Porsche drive (80 GB). It did the same thing: stopped at Spotlight icon with remainder of screen blank. Consulted the Apple web site, Googling in general, and could find no like circumstance. It would start up in "Safe Boot" (shift depressed during restart). But I couldn't do it for real. So after weeks of trying things, concluded it was time to do the total install (I think the old "clean install"). This worked perfectly. In fact, my PB runs faster now than before, and the crap on the drive is far smaller. I did import my user settings from the back up and this caused no problems. I didn't image the drive, just copied specific folder manually.

So why a 5-star rating when I had problems. Well, I guess I blame myself for potentially corrupt software or files somewhere -- I still don't know what caused it. But my computer is now so spry, Spotlight operates very fast: virtually immediatley. Other than the heavily advertised new things: Spotlight, Automator, and Dashboard, there have been large numbers of little improvements in all the other programs. I am still discovering them, and they're too numerous to list. System 9 applications still run well (I'm not holding my breath here). So what's the point? I gave it five stars because in spite of the PB quagmire, I am much happier than before. My full complement of programs work: MS Office, the Apple ones, and soon, the real test (based on other reviews), with by Adobe Creative Suite is coming up fast. That's in the next few days. I have some Chinese language programs that run fine, and I do use the character input systems that's about to be immediately tested.

So it's good to have a Tiger in my tank...

3-0 out of 5 stars Ehh.
It's a lot like Panther, only buggy. Certain things are faster but the system hangs at odd moments on odd tasks. Dashboard is cool but extremely slow most of the time, either to update or display at all. Spotlight is effective but too slow to search through its index. I don't use Automator. Mail is really ugly now. Tiger has horrible issues with Illustrator CS. If you use Illustrator CS be prepared to be infuriated every 5 to 10 seconds when trying to select or move objects. Just say no to Tiger if you rely on Illustrator CS, seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Overall I am more unhappy than happy.It took my Mac, which used to "just work" and now it just kinda works. I think Tiger is a waste of money at the moment. If you have Panther, you really don't need it. For the record I have a 1.33 Ghz 12" PowerBook G4 with an 80GB HD and 512MB RAM which should be more than enough Mac to run this thing. Supposedly if you wipe your system and do a clean install it runs much nicer, but I think that is unreasonable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Work
On the whole, OS X Tiger is a fantastic improvement on what was quite possibly already the most usable and elegant operating system on the market today.

The Dashboard feature -- which allows you to run small applications in such a way that they're only visible when you tap the f12 key (making them very easy to get to when you want them and not at all a source of clutter when you don't) -- is rapidly gaining a library of extremely valuable options that can allow you to look up information on the internet quickly, track useful information (weather, flights, packages, tv schedules), and other small utility functions that might otherwise clutter your desktop.I truly hadn't thought that I would get much use out of this, but tapping f12 to check in on the weather report or look up the exact definition of a word has become something I do regularly.

Spotlight works wonderfully to find practically any information that you could want on your computer, and it finds it amazingly fast. It brings back results that are both faster and more useful than any other hard drive searching method I've come across.

Automator is something that mostly power users are going to love, but it's a relatively simple way to make a series of actions you might do frequently into a process that you initiate and the computer takes care of the rest.

For those who like to develop applications or just try out writing a little bit of code, Tiger also includes a copy of the latest version of xCode, which is rapidly gaining popularity for developing OS X software (and it can easily be used to write and modify code in languages like Java that will run on other systems as well).

There's a long list of other improvements, though many of them are deep enough in the system that a casual user won't immediately notice them.What you will notice is that the applications you use are running faster than ever, because while Apple has released CoreAudio and CoreVideo so that developers can make better use of your video and soundcards and get some of the audiovisual load off of your processor.

OS X Tiger is now up to version 10.4.1, with 10.4.2 rumored to be in the pipeline on its way to release.So when you run Tiger, remember to click on the apple at the top left of your monitor and run System Update to be sure that you have all of the latest updates.

I simply cannot say enough about how well the Mac OS X operating system works. If you're switching from something else the first few weeks of a new operating system are always a little awkward -- even if you're very comfortable with computers in general -- but that rapidly passes and you start to notice some of the little but incredibly helpful ways that this operating system does its best to make your life easy and let you devote your energy to getting your work done rather than forcing you to fight battles with uncooperative software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Going Apple!!!
The first thing I noticed about Tiger after installation was that the GUI is a lot faster. The rolling dialog boxes come out and roll back quickly. Scrolling is also faster. Coming from an XP background and being used to a snappy interface, I always thought Panther was verging on sluggishness - to the point where I had to install Shape Shifter and use a blandish theme (for Panther, Shape Shifter is excellent - it makes your machine heaps quicker). Tiger UI has been improved, and is now nice and quick.

I use Dashboard all the time. I have the Dashblog widget installed, which automatically posts things to a blog. I have an idea that I want in my blog: just hit the corner of the screen, write the blog, hit post, corner again, and that's it. No desktop clutter. I use the Dictionary and Thesaurus widget extensively and they are great. There is a Wikipedia widget which is also excellent.

Now for Spotlight. I don't know what to do without it. I use it for opening programs, folders, files, email, changing settings, everything. It is faster and less taxing for me to use Spotlight than it is to use folders. I think this is so because it is easier to recall something about an object than where that object is. I don't have to think about locations anymore. I really noticed this today when I went back to my XP desktop machine and wanted to change the screen resolution. Becasue I have been using Spotlight extensively, as a reflex I went to hit command-space, and then remembered I was in XP. It was a real change of thought pattern, going from a "properties-based" search to a "path-based" search - and it took a significant amount of effort. I suppose a lot of peope who are constantly accessing the same files and changing their system settings will have memorised the paths to these things, but this happens over time and still takes longer to do than it does with Spotlight. For example, the other day a student asked me in what week did we cover a particular concept, and where could she find the notes for it. As I have all my class notes in pdf format, I simply hit command-space and typed in the concept. In no time at all I had clicked on the file and had it opened to the place where the keywords were situated. If I had been using Panther, I would have thought ok, we did that topic in week 6, then go to Finder, open the relevant folder and drill down until I found it (and then discover it wasn't week 6, but 7...). You should not be forced to have to think about where a files is. Spotlight keeps you focused on the file or program and what you are going to do with it rather than the path-based way that forces you think ok, I want to open that file and do this to it, but first I have to find it.

Spotlight isn't perfect - yet. I'd like it to have some sort of memory, so that if I select the same thing within a search over and over again Spotlight would remember and return it as the top hit. I'm also not sure if you can use logical operators to do search queries. However, Spotlight is powerful enough as it stands now, given the basic fact (and marketing slogan!) that it changes the way you use your computer by making you use it efficiently. It has been a revolution for me in that it has changed my ideas about file management. There is no "management" - there are simply files. I don't have to force my files to reside within a limiting set of categories or folder structures and then force myself to work and think within those limits. With Spotlight, I am free to think about my files in any way I choose.

Wisdom says that in life, it's not where you're at that matters, but how you got there. The reverse should be true for computing: it's not how you got there that matters, but where you're at! ... Read more


14. Apple 512 MB iPod Shuffle M9724LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAILY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 20
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Who'd have thought a music-listening revolution could come in such a sweet, compact package? Apple, again, leads the charge with the new iPod shuffle, a digital audio player about the size of a pack of gum, that mixes things up with the new random "Shuffle Songs" play mode. The iPod shuffle serves up the songs you've selected in a different order every time. Or, when you want to assume DJ duties, switch back to Play in Order mode. Carry about 120 songs, thanks to 512MB of storage, and enjoy up to 12 hours of continuous playback per battery charge. The shuffle supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV files. It's USB 1.1 and 2.0 ready and has an integrated USB connector. Includes earbud headphones, lanyard and USB cap. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 recommended). iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 3-1/3Hx1Wx1/3D". ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports) and Windows 2000 with SP 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with SP 2
  • Earbud headphones, lanyard, and USB cap included
  • 512 MB model holds up to 120 songs; supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life, with approximately 4 hour charge time
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatibility through integrated USB connector

Reviews (188)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great player, but some big negatives
The iPod shuffle is a great little MP3 player.First I must say I have the iPod mini (which I think is by far the best MP3 player around), but I use my friends' iPod shuffles a lot.I must say for some people buying the iPod shuffle is a great use of their money, but for others it is a total waste of money.The iPod shuffle is for you if you:
-like the shuffle mode
-want to listen to it when you work out
-like to listen to whole CD's, no skipping songs
-don't mind not having a display
The iPod shuffle is NOT for you if you
-want to always have total control of what song is played yet
-will put more than 50 songs on your iPod shuffle
-want to put audio books on the iPod shuffle
-mind not having a display
One way to see if you will like the iPod shuffle is play a CD on shuffle mode.I hope this review was helpfull for you!


3-0 out of 5 stars Ipod, The Cheap Way
MP3 players have really come in a long way since they were so popular a few years ago. It seems like everybody wants to buy one of these agdgets. but the prices are just too steep for just so many to afford. Apple definitely has known what it is like. With the mammoth success of the Ipod MP3 players, many people who want those MP3 players get them anyway they can. Although it has been a great ordeal, many just want a little more convience in the price, and also the size. Most of the Ipods are about the size of a walkman. Well, there is one that could be better, but is a good value for those who want the MP3 craze of their own.

Apple's Ipod Shuffle, is a more compact size MP3 player who want not just the convience, but the price as well. The device can hold as many as 100 different songs that can be downloaded from the internet, or burned to the computer from compact discs. The device is a little trickier to operate and is a little more of a hassle. One reason, is that it has a very short battery life. Only 12 hours of musical playback, where other MP3 players like Rio or Sony can have their devices with double, and possible triple the length of battery life. Another disadvantage is there is no LCD display. Unlike the other Ipods that show what is playing on the Ipod, this one makes it seem like a mystery to others who want to just guess on what the song is on the player.

All in all, the Apple Ipod shuffle isn't really all what is said it was cracked up to be. For those who want the MP3 craze, I honestly suggest you pass this one up, and consider with the Ipod Mini, or another MP3 player. This one is shuffled out of tune.

Price: B+

Easy To Operate: C

Convience: B-

Overall: C 1/2+

5-0 out of 5 stars ITS AWSOME!
I bought this today (6/13/05) AND ITS SWEET! im 14 and its perfect for stuednts that r on the run and cant take a cd palyer everywhere... love your music? same here! its skip free and its smaller than a pack of 35 cents worth of juicy fruit! its soo cool and im amazen that the 200.00 ipod mini only has 25 mins worht of skip protection, but the 100.00 is skip free! its soo amazing

1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Apple!
This piece of crap REQUIRES iTunes to load the music on it. If you don't use iTunes the iPod will not work.

Good design and nice looking but I regret my purchase because I don't want to feel limited in any way.

Also, sound with the included headphones isn't good.

Buy a Creative Zen instead (or anything else)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased!
What an awesome little device!I love it!It does exactly what it is advertised to do.I can't believe how great the sound is and how SMALL this thing is....3.5" x 1" x 3/8".It truly is the size of a pack of gum.It is so light too...probably weighs one ounce.

I completely filled mine up with songs and it does hold about 120.It is easy to use and if you have basic computer skills, you will find it very easy to figure out how to transfer songs to it.The only negative I have experienced is that the ear buds are rather uncomfortable...they are very hard plastic and they hurt your ears after awhile.The little soft removable foam covers that came with it don't stay on and they don't make a big difference in comfort anyway.

But otherwise...I just love it - especially for the price!Great design, great sound, great price and tiny as can be. ... Read more


15. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
by Sony
list price: $599.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007XY6QY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 29
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * 2-1/2" color LCD * MPEG Movie VX with audio * ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on Memory Stick Duo media; captures VGA audio-video clips (length limited only by media)
  • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Amazing compact design--camera is 3/8 inch thin at its narrowest and 5/8 inch at its thickest
  • Powered by rechargeable InfoLithium battery (included); comes with Cybershot Station for easy connection to computer or TV

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 5.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 5.1 MP is enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 6+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (7.2 MP won't come in handy unless you are making 15x20 prints or are a student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope--it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

2-0 out of 5 stars Super stylish body, super horrible picture quality
I was looking for a ultraslim camera to replace my 2 years old Canon S400 which is still too thick and heavy for me as a snapshot camera.When I first saw the T7, I was attracted to its super sexy style.So the T7 automatically sit on top of my short list for the next camera.(the others are Panasonic FX7, Canon SD400 and Nikon S1)Before I made the decision, I have read a lot of reviews online regarding the T7, people are either love it or hate it, and I understand why soon after I got my hands on the it...

I purchased the Sony T7 from a local store (although Amazon offer a better price, it would be a huge hassle if I don't like it and decide to return it).But soon after taking a few pictures with the camera, I discover that this is definitely not a camera for me.

For those people who highly rated this camera, those are the people who love sexy and stylish gadgets, in this category, T7 should be a perfect choice.It is super stylish, slimmer than anyone could imagine for a 5MP camera and it is definitely an eye-catcher and a head turner that people just can't keep their eyes off it!

However, after I calm down from it's stunning appearance and start using it, I immediately realize the reasons why so many users of T7 left negative feedbacks.The camera is too small that it is awkward to hold and take pictures steadily.Lens and the large LCD screen are prone to the fingerprints.All of the pictures took indoor is grainy and noisy, even with the help of flash.The flash is so weak that it hardly reach over 6 ft.Using the red-eye reduction function will further induce handshaking effects and ghosting effects when taking pictures indoor due time required to steadily hold the camera is longer.Ironically, a camera of it's size is prone to red-eye since the lens and the flash is so closely located.

In short, the image quality of all the pictures T7 took are disappointingly lower than the pictures took with my 2 years old Canon S400.The supporters of T7 may argue that T7 is much smaller than S400.That's true, however, personally, at this price, I would expect the picture quality is on par or at least come close to my 2 years old S400.

PRO
- Super slim, super stylish and attractive
- Body feels sturdy and well build
- 2.5" large LCD screen
- Very fast start time

CONS
- Difficult to hold steadily
- Weak flash
- Weak battery life (Additional battery pack cost $50)
- Use MS Duo/Duo Pro (Which costs approx 50% more than SD with similar speed)
- Pictures taken indoor are noisy and grainy
- Prone to red eye, but prone to hand shake when using red eye reduction
- Lens and LCD screen are prone to fingerprints

After playing with the T7 and the comparison tests with my old S400, it is very clear to me that T7 isn't a camera that worth its price.The bottom line, how good is a camera if it can't take even decent quality pictures even though it looks cool on the outside?I am going to return it to the store and luckly they don't charge for restocking.

I am going to continue my research on the other cameras on my list (Nikon S1, Panasonic FX7 and Canon SD400) which are just a little thicker than T7 and cost approx $100 less!So far, I have seen less complaints on each of these cameras than T7.

3-0 out of 5 stars I got what I expected I suppose - cool but disappointing
$500, and I expected great performance as well as the latest gadgetry.

Plus side:Small, easy menus, light, quick docking, good performance in bright light outdoors

Down side:Sliding cover turns on too easily accidentally and already poor battery is flat when you want to use it.Flash doesn't carry but 5ft which is a problem because though the camera has a good quality Carl Zeiss lens, it is very small and the max apertures are not great which means in practice that the flash cuts in all the time when on auto and if it doesn't and its not bright sunshine, then you get camera shake.Worst I've yet seen for that.

My battery gives about 80 min on the readout after a full charge in picture mode, but if you use the flash, it murders it in no-time at all.

Though the menus are easy to access, certain functions like increasing the exposure one stop etc... are several levels down and are hard to find. Conversely, it is very easy to change picture size, flash setting etc...

I bought this as I have a young daughter and wanted to be able to capture shots even when I didn't have my Canon EOS D60 available.I bought it to replace an Olympus C-2000 2.1 Mp which I gave to my parents.Though the new sony is very compact and dead cool to have out, I'd probably rather go back to the 2.1Mp Olympus if I needed to get a great shot.1600x1200 is quite enough for the average person as long as the quality is good. 2592x1944 is great for cropping but doesn't replace a quality image to begin with.

Herewith the big proof that the "how about another Megapixel" game that the manufacturers play is to be avoided.If you want to take very specific types of pictures, outdoors bright sunlight or indoors portrait close flash, it does very well.The full screen video is actually quite good as long as you have great light too.
Everything else I found very disappointing.If you're considering this as your only camera I would look much more carefully and look at a Canon Powershot, Nikon coolpix, Olympus C-xxxx or similar or you will most likely be disappointed too.

Oh and as the 1Gb Pro Duo memory sticks are back ordered forever (to quote my dealer), be sure to check eBay or equivalent to make sure you will have one in time for your first shooting trip because not many 5Mb pictures fit on the 32Mb card!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, wait for a latter version...
OK, so your thinking of buying this camera... well, its understandable, its a beautifull camera, has tons of features and it will make you the envy of every other digital camera holder... BUT what's to happen when you print your photos? They come out sub par. I have a SD10 from Canon, wich is an older model and takes better pictures then this one.

Image Quality will get about a 6/10
Looks 10/10
Battery life 4/10
Flash (wich affects picture quality) 3/10

I recomend holding out till they make a newer model. Why? Battery life and flash are things camera makers usually correct with time... why spend around $450 bucks for a camera thats going to have a better and improved model in a few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
What I like most about this camera is that it is so small yet built very well indeed. After reading some of the reviews on the net I was willing to take a chance on a 500.00 credit card sized machine! I have to say that I tested it under many conditions, outside light, outside dark, inside bright, dark, etc. From the box the camera is stunning but when you mess a bit with the options you can get better quality. Out of the box quality is amazing enough that you would never need to change a thing! I do have to agree that you will need a spare battery for this puppy as it did seem to go down like a rock... but then again most cell phone batteries will die in the same or less time with constant use... so it isnt a bid deal. Also the memory stick is great, you can hold over 100 pictures in 1m mode (im not sure why anyone shoots 5m pics anyway...) and are great for general use on the computer or for tv. The video works great as does the recorded sound. I really cant say enough about this baby, I am sure the nerds will gripe about small things but then again someone can always bitch about something! You will love this camera, it is great! Small, well built and shoots QUICK and great quality pics. ... Read more


16. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2" M9676LL/A (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Apple Computer

our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HU304
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 18
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

PowerBook G4 Notebook, PowerPC G4 1.5GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, 15.2-inch WXGA TFT Display, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it Love it
nd The Powerbook is the third notebook I have ever owned. My last one was a Tablet PC, it was a good PC, i couldn t get enough of the pen, but this Powerbook beats it outright. First off it is Apple beautiful, the pictures on the web do it no justice. It has a georgeus alumiminum finish, that doesn t seem to stain, in addition it has zero protruding parts, it is smooth and sexy. OSX is a joy to use, believe the people who sing its accolades. One example, on my previous notebooks it was a chore and a half to file share between my main PC and my notebook PC, on my two Apples, it takes zero effort. As soon as I took my Powerbook out of the box it discovered my Imac G5 and i could immediately start moving files over my wireless network. It took me less then 20 mintues to move all of my important settings and files. The new two finger scroll pad, has totally changed my opinion on scroll pads, being able to scroll long web pages without pressing the mouse button is something I cannot remember how I did without. One last thing, the beauty of this laptop garners a lot of books, i always felt like a geek when using my windows notebooks in cafes and such, using this Powerbook, I feel like a stud. if you are trying to decide between the 12 inch and the 15 inch, go with the 15 inch, the widescreen is very useful, particually for Graphics work, if you are in school the wide screen is useful because you can open a web page on one side and your word processor on the other. Very useful. This is a definite must buy. Apple is the bomb.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wintel to Win OSX Switcher
My first computer was a Wintel and so were my second, third, and fourth. My brother decided to take the fourth one away from me just a couple of weeks ago, so I had an opportunity to buy a new computer. A few of my college friends were boasting about their Apple Powerbook G4s, and being the Wintel user that I've been all of my life, I was curious. I did a lot of research - looked at reviews, literally studied every tech specs on the Apple Powerbook website, asked around, etc. Then, OSX Tiger came out that week and every tech website that I went to was boasting on and on about how wonderful thisnew operating system is. I decided that I HAD to give it a try and so I did!

My Apple Powerbook G4 15" came last week with an additional 512MB ram (1GB memory total) and I have to say, I'm pretty satisfied with it. Everything is amazingly easy and I love the dock! All of the programs that I use daily are only 1 click away and it makes my desktop looks uncluttered as compared to my Windows XP's desktop. Everywhere I've taken this baby, people have been amazed as to how thin and beautifully designed this is! Compared with other laptops, this baby is extremely light too! To think, my dad, who wanted me to stay with Wintel, wanted me to buy an 8lbs. Toshiba laptop. For my very petite size of only 5'0 and a little under 100lbs., I don't think I would've been able to carry that Toshiba in a shoulderbag around school. In addition, Apple makes wireless connection so easy to install and use! My friend, who owns an iBook with the same Airport installed in his computer says it's so easy to steal other people's wireless internet with an Apple. I don't know if this is true for Wintel laptops, but immediately when I'm near a place with wireless internet installed, my Airport automatically "discovers" it for me and I don't have to enter any usernames or passwords or anything! That's how easy it is. Not only does Apple make wireless connection easy to use, but a lot of Wintel users don't know that Mac is not as vulnerable to viruses as they are! About almost 75-95% of viruses created are made to target Windows users. This is why you don't hear any complaints about Macs affected by viruses. Now, isn't that wonderful?

However, I do have some minor complains though. First, this laptop DOES get pretty warm if you set it down on a flat surface or on your lap even because of the aluminum metal. Just make sure you don't wear short shorts and it shouldn't be too hot or purchase a laptop stand. Secondly, I do miss the right-click option on Wintel a whole lot. Now, I always have to CTRL + CLICK everything if I want to right-click and it can be a chore sometimes.

During my first week that I got this Powerbook, I was wondering why my battery life was so short since I only used iTunes, iChat, and Safari, and Airport wireless at the same time. I did some research and found out that the best way to maximize your battery's energy span is by FULLY DISCHARGING it, LET IT GO TO SLEEP, and PLUG IN THE POWER ADAPTER and let it charge until FULL. This should only be done once during your first week with your battery or any new battery. I've also read that if you're not using Bluetooth or Airport, remember to disable them so that you don't waste any energy.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with my Apple Powerbook G4. I saved $200 with the Apple Education discount so if anyone is planning to buy one soon in the near future, remember to take advantage of the discount (even if you're not currently enrolled in school; just pick any school - a school your children go to or a school that you went to and you'll still get the discount)!It cost me $2,050 total including the 1GB memory upgrade and tax altogether when it should've cost me $2250-$2300. This is a great investment and I hope any Windows user with curiosities about switching to Mac should go to the Apple store and try it out for himself!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Like another reviewer before me, I too have owned Macs for 20 years [at home].I also have worked with PCs at work for the past 20 years as well.I have watched and worked with the evolutions of the hardware and the operating systems.Both Wintel and Mac products have been, more or less, just fine.

I just purchased a month or so ago from Amazon.com [a good point of sale] a Powerbook G4 1.5. and of course Mac OS 10.3.8.

Yes, there are Wintel laptops that offer, at a higher price, brighter, sharper screens.Yes, there are laptops that offer, at a higher price, slightly faster operations than the Powerbook.But, if you combine the solid "feel" of the hardware with the absolute elegance of Mac OS 10, you have a combination hard to beat.

The more I work with this system, the more I am impressed.Two quick examples: I am studying Spanish and trying to practice writing sentences.Lo and behold I discover that OS 10 allows me the option of changing my keyboard from English to Spanish [or German or any one of scores of other languages] and thus I can type the Spanish punctuation [upside down question marks, for example].

I also had occasion to set up bluetooth devices on a PC and on my Powerbook.With the PC I had to insert a CD, go through a relatively elaborate set up process.It worked just fine, but with the Mac, there was no driver set up needed, just a 10 second "pairing" process and the blue tooth mouse was scampering across the table top.

These are not "assets" advertized or promoted.I just discovered them and I feel like I have a lot more pleasant discoveries ahead of me.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only computer you'll ever need
I'm just a regular person with no training in graphics or computers. Apple has changed all that. I used PCs all my life and now realize that I wasted my time & money. PCs will never compare to Apple, and frankly, I don't undertand why people bother. I thought buying a G4 desktop was the best purchase of my life. But this powerbook (PB) is an even better purchase. Since I've bought it, I have totally (and I mean "totally") ignored my G4 desktop. I do all my computing from the comfort of my couch. I do everything wirelessly. Apple's OS X is unbelievably stable. This PB is great for the user who enjoys using higher end digital equipment and software. Apple software is simply the best. The graphics intense power simply sits on your lap. iPhoto is easy to use and with a .mac account, you can share your photos on the internet in just a few easy minutes. With music, garageband allows me to plug in my guitar and record my music. Then I use gargeband to add some bass, drums and other instruments. I then save it in iTunes and post my music on the internet where friends can download my music onto their iPods. I'm not even a good guitar player but garageband turns me into a musical genius. As for digital movies, I download my footage into Final Cut Pro and edit my movies while sipping latte at Starbucks. I then use my PB to burn my movies on a DVD and share them with friends and family. And I'm just getting started! As life goes on, Apple continues to improve and so do I. I highly recommend this powerbook. It will change your life...

5-0 out of 5 stars A PowerBook to Die For
I have a friend of a friend who works at an Apple store and just recenlty he let me play with all the new stuff, some old stuff too and here is my impression of the new, improved 15 inch PowerBook. First off, and I feel like shouting this, but I won't, "It's about time Apple put out a computer that had enough memory in it to actually run it!" I have an old G3, 14 inch iBook and right off the bat I had to buy more memory, bumping it up to 640 megs, so knowing this baby comes with 512 right out the door, will bring a sigh of relief to anybody thinking of buying one.

The screen on this baby is gorgeous, no reading glasses for me here. This machine is svelte and sleek, comes with Airport Extreme built in. Has all the usual ports, plus FireWire 800 and it's crowning jewel, in my humble opinion, is the backlit keyboard. Apple claims it's ten times brighter than the old model. I can attest to the fact that it's brighter, but ten times, I don't know, I didn't see it. However, it's plenty bright enough to work in the dark. This 1.5 GHz model does not come with a Superdrive, but for an extra two hundred bucks you might not care.

Compared to my aging, but still working like a champ iBook, this baby screams. And the 80 gig hard drive gives you plenty of room to load up those MP3s to play in iTunes.

All I have to add is to say, well done Apple, you have created a PowerBook to die for. Five stars and worth every one.

Jack Priest, Sailor home from the Sea ... Read more


17. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 750, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
by Sony CE
list price: $2,799.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00079F7G6
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 55
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

The Sony VAIO A Series Digital Studio PC is a premier notebook, designed to offer the cutting edge of technology and performance with incomparable style. The AV entertainment dock plugs you into a powerful TV tuner and personal video recorder, letting you watch and record your favorite shows. The 17" widescreen LCD display with XBRITE technology lets you enjoy crisp images and vivid colors. More than a PC, more than a TV, it's a feature packed multimedia solution. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY A SONY.
DO NOT BUY A SONY UNTILL YOU CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING LINK.
THIS LINK HAS HUNDREDS OF CONSUMERS(50 PAGES OF COMPLAINTS) WHO HAD TO PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR A LAPTOP FOR WHICH THEY'RE PAID IN EXCESS OF THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BEGIN WITH..

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/5449/?o=0


I purchased a Sony pcg-grz630 laptop which started freezing every few minutes around 2 years after purchase. This is a manufacturing issue, wherein the memory slot seems to be loosened with time, as hundreds of people over the internet have reported this same issue. Sony's customer service is a total fortress, which you cannot access if you're not willing to pay for each call !!


5-0 out of 5 stars Great laptop if you're willing to spend the money.
I was planning on picking up a laptop at the end of 2004 or early in 2005, but learned about Intel's new mobile chips that feature more cache. So I waited and picked this up from Sony, which has the Intel M 750 at 1.86 Ghz and 2MB of cache. It also has Intel's 915PM chipset, which is Intel's better chipset for mobile applications. It has a great screen and plenty of power and memory.

I also like the fact it has a new 128mb video chip from ATI (X600) that supports PCI Express. This laptop has 1GB of memory, which I would recommend since 512MB is barely enough today. The hard drive also has plenty of space at 100GB and seems to be fast enough running at 5,400 rpm with SATA interface.

The Sony software for audio and video and editing seems pretty good and I haven't had any problems so far. One thing, I have Office Professional, so I deleted the lame 60-day Office trial package that came with the computer before I could fully access all the programs in my Pro suite.

One of the big selling points of the computer is its excellent 17" wide screen. Out of the box, it looks very good and I haven't even tried to optimize it yet. I'm thinking that the ErgoBright technology, while good for certain areas since it automatically adjusts brightness, compromises maximum picture quality. This feature could be defeated. Generally speaking, these types of auto adjustment features are best left inactive when viewing movies. I find this to be the case with widescreen TVs also. The docking station and speakers are also a plus. Sound from the speakers built into the laptop is only average. I haven't tried headphones yet or the speakers that come with the docking station and I can't yet vouch for the quality of the laptop's internal sound. However, I might pick up an Echo Indigo IO audio pc card. Laptop sound quality is generally average at best, and this add-on card could be a nice upgrade.

This computer is also very quiet, relatively speaking, which is very important to me since I don't like noisy computers. Overall, it is a well thought out design and Sony definitely didn't skimp on the components. ... Read more


18. Apple 60 GB iPod photo
by Apple Computer
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAEY0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 3865
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 15,000 songs anywhere you go with the 60GB iPod Photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes iPod Photo dock, earbud headphones, carrying case, AC adapter, FireWire cable, USB 2.0 cable and AV cable. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod Photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod Photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours
  • Compatible with Mac OS X or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, a carrying case, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AV cable
  • 60 GB model holds up to 15,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds approximately 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought my first Ipod for my wife birthday gift and was stunning with the amazing exclusive shape of the product. I can say this product has been well manufactured. It is really beautiful & looks expensive. Mine comes with craddle, power adapter, A/V cables, firewire cable & usb2 cable (60GB Ipod Photo,1st edition). Great deal for $389(shipped).I don't think this product different than the 2nd generation ipod photo. the only different is the packages that comes with ipod (much better on 1st generation) & the ipod firmware. The firmware itself is upgradeable and very easy to do it. You can store all photos, songs, even you can use this machine as portable hard drive to store any type of files. Some review said this machine can only be used for 1 computer only and I found this is not true. you just have to play with it for a while. Simply Great product & worth of penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars A proud owners testimony
There are a lot of great reviews on this post, describing the functionality, pros and cons, etc., that I won't be repetitive. I've decided to share my personal testimony on the 60.

I've been on the fence with the entire iPod series since it's introduction. It wasn't until 2/05 when I finally took the hit with the 20 gig iPod.Once getting it home and syncing the unit to my Apple G4 (via iTunes), I began uploading all my CDs until I realized that I was starting to get the fever for what the iPod was beginning to do . . . CHANGE MY LIFE and the way I would listening to MUSIC forever.

I slept on it for that initial night and I couldn't help but to realize that 20 gigs wouldn't be enough for what I was getting myself into.Instantly I packed up my 20 gig iPod and headed for the apple store for a quick return and upgrade to its big sibling 60 gig iPod photo.As I hinted before, I was that consumer that despised forking out $300 for the 20 gig but once I understood what meaning and functionality these units would play into my needs . . . it wasn't no thing to pay the difference on the upgrade to the 60 gig.The expression on the sales associate when he said to me "Oh, it didn't work out for you . . ." and I replied, "Well it actually did but . . . I NEED MORE SPACE", "Give me the biggest iPod you have"!!! What an expression he had, quite funny.

At that time I paid $599, but with the current price reduction this creates a whole new temptation for those of you who haven't acquired one yet!

I use my iPod for various applications and its versatility is amazing.It's my jogging partner, my continuous music playing at home, my business sidekick when I take music business meetings.That's the coolest part because prior to the iPod, I've always had tons of CDs and artist pictures/promos in my attaché case.Now before I walk into an executive's office I will brief them that I will bring my iPod Photo to display songs, tracks, and pictures . . . and they're happy to say just plug in and let's hear what you have and let's see the pictures of artist I'm producing or managing.
With the iPod Photo being a hard drive, I've had the ability to transfer and backup Pro Tools sessions and omit providing several DVD-Rs to the engineer.

Along side my activity in music business, I also play in several bands.With the iPod on my hip, I've taking last minute gigs as a substitute that I wasn't quite sure of the music and will listen to the tunes with one ear bud in on stage, or listen to recorded practices.I've played piano for many open mic nights and I can't list how many people who asked me do I know this song or that . . . I simply say to them "I have my iPod and that album, let me listen to it real quick".Very nifty!

I haven't showcased to my family yet, but I'm looking forward to this year's gatherings to display our family pictures via connecting my iPod to granny's television. Showing pictures (in slideshow format) archived on my iPod I have the option to play some of my family's favorite tunes simultaneously.


I can go on and on with how my iPod fits into my daily regiment but I'll end with this last note.The iPod and iTunes has provided a way for me to continue studying music history, for instant I've purchased more music CDs or downloaded music in the iTunes music store.Sometimes we hear something on the radio we're not familiar with or forgot about one of those songs we adored as a youngster.I believe I have to tools to research and collect the music I enjoy or even an artist I haven't tapped into yet . . . I can import their selections on my iPod and listen to it in any environment to become accustomed to their music.

I'm a proud owner of the 60 GB iPod photo and I'm currently at 10,000 songs.The moment I max out the 60 (probably in a few months) I hope Apple release a 100 GB iPod.If not I'll just purchase another 60.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great deal
When Apple first released this 60gb ipod it was $599. They came out w/ a newer model 60gb for $449 but they striped out about $70 in accessories (dock, some cables, etc) This deal is for the old $599 release marked to $399 - its a great bargain on a great ipod.

very happy w/ my purchase. This is the 2nd ipod i've bought, and both times amazon has had the best deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is it, folks
This is the best MP3 player on the market. 60GB of storage for your MP3s and data files? How can you go wrong. Add to this the color screen and you have a player that is unmatched. Personally, I don't care for carrying photos, the color screen and size are all I'm after. I originally purchased the 30GB model and decided that this fit my needs better. I carry about 20 or so music albums and a ton of personal and professional development audio on my 60GB. As the previous reviewer stated, do yourself a favor and get a case the moment you get this. Another essential item to purchase with this is the Griffin iTrip FM transmitter (also available on Amazon).

5-0 out of 5 stars 60GB is just the ticket!
I just got my new 60GB iPod Photo (soon to be renamed iPod color so I am told) and I must say that I am absolutely ecstatic about this thing. Sure its a few millimeters thicker than the 30GB but for the extra capacity you will be far happier with this one, trust me!

My only gripe is that the boffins at Apple didn't think to put a protective screen film on as they have with the click wheel. Get a protective case the moment you open this thing (preferably before you open it!) as it marks-up really easily. ... Read more


19. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1" M9691LL/A (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer

our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007KX4WY
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 9
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

PowerBook G4 Notebook, PowerPC G4 1.5GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, 12.1-inch XGA TFT Display, 8X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for portability
This PowerBook packs a great punch for its size!

I am impressed by the speed, and I love the fact that they put in a MINI-DVI port, allowing you to plug it into almost any large screen LCD display or TV

If you need a portable solution now, then look no further!

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Mac convert
This is the first Mac I've ever owned and truthfully, I was forced to get it for my particular school.I disliked it in the beginning few weeks when I was getting readjusted, but now I'll never go back to the land of PCs, ever.With that said, this is an excellent laptop.I'd give it a 5 just for looks.I don't do anything too fancy on it and it works for me.The color screen is brilliant and the OS/setup easy to use.Walk into any hip coffee shop and all you see are these babies.
For technical details, go read someone else's review, but after using this for two years, I have a few complaints.The laptop gets very hot to the touch (especially the left side where you rest your palm) after a few hours of being on.This is slightly irritating, especially to other people who occasionally use my computer.I just put the keyboard cover over the area though.Hopefully this can be addressed in the next generation of 12-inch Powerbooks.Secondly, after a while, the silver chassis gets a bit dull with use, probably due to sweat and dirt.Haven't figured out how to clean it, or if can be.And the pointer touchpad goes a bit wacko sometimes.Besides that, I've been very happy with this laptop and look forward to buying more products from Apple again.

4-0 out of 5 stars FYI: this system ships with Panther, not Tiger
fortunately you can get an upgrate to Tiger for $10:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/

It's a bit of a hassle, but still the best deal (after rebate) for this system right now.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great computer for anyone in your home.
Being a technician on many products, I've come to learn that computers are tools. I came to work on Apple products through the years but recently my job functions required more hands on use of the G4. Mac Office 2004, which you have to buy on the side doesn't have a good ODBC plugin that makes it hard for people in finance to do their job. That is unless you buy a third party plugin for Office. Some of the features loaded on OS X are not fully developed and seem to be added just so they can add it to the ever-growing list of features. I'd say the top programs I use are Terminal, iTunes, iPhoto, Adium, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Quicksilver.

I'm sure I can get a lot of Mac enthusiasts to argue against me and flame me in every way possible. That's the beauty of this system; you actually have a fan base that most other systems don't. It's fairly easy to adapt to this operating system and hardware if you have patience. I think the nicest thing about this laptop is the DVD-RW that comes with it, Apple calls it a "Superdrive." Although you'd probably be recommended to buy Roxio's Toast program to burn cds. All in all you have to be ready to fork out some money when you switch.

Personally I love the G4, I have distanced myself enough to be very critical on some items but this is one product that doesn't have much criticism. Of course that is compared to almost every other system out there. They've embedded FreeBSD into the OS perfectly and makes it sound for developers to use and compile software. I do hope that in the future Apple fixes a lot of the minor glitches and becomes mainstream because this product is a very valuable tool.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice laptop!
It's a nice laptop.Most of the other stuff has been said, but I will comment about battery life remarks:

The ultra portable "PC" laptops that get "double" the battery life mentioned by one poster, are most often pretty stripped- no CD, etc- with everything turned off.We have one model ultraportable laptop at work that does have a CD/DVD and it gets great battery life- all day on battery, plug it in O/N, go all day again- but it's a cutting edge, top of the line PanXXXXic, costs close to double what this 12" powerbook is going for today.

In my use, this is a great little laptop, with the DVDR and firewire etc, it's a small light bundle with all the bells and whistles I wanted. ... Read more


20. Apple iBook Notebook 14" M9627LL/A (1.33 GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive, Built-in AirPort Extreme)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,300.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002IONG2
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 3
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

iBook G4 Notebook, PowerPC G4 1.33GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, 14.1-inch XGA TFT Display, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is cool get it!!
This iBook is the best computer i have ever used. The os is great Much beter than xp. My dad gave me two getting an c- on the ITBS. Apple's great macintel !!!!!!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Shiny Apple
Elegant.That's the word I've used to describe this laptop since buying it.You can put Jane Hathaway in a ball gown, but she's still homely.This thing is more like Jackie Kennedy.It's got the ball gown, but it also speaks French and doesn't snort at dinner parties.

I've read quite a few of the reviews for the iBook 14".I, like many reviewers, I am a new convert to Apple.I used the old (first generation?) Macs in college in the mid-80's, and loved them then.PCs were just bulkier, uglier, and tougher to navigate.PCs have obviously come a long way, and so have Apples.

I bought my iBook at CompUSA, which had an 18 month no interest promotion on all computers, which got my attention.I'm not a huge nerd, but I do spend a lot of time online and do a lot of digital photography.I also am president of my homeowner association, so I do quite a bit of writing--meeting minutes, newsletters, etc.I talked with the nerds (IT guys) at work, telling them that I was about to buy a laptop.We use Dell at work, and I found a great deal on a Dell at Costco.com.I showed them the deal, and they agreed it was a good price, but I might need a few upgrades.Several of these IT guys mentioned an Apple as a choice.I didn't feel like learning a new operating system, so I actually placed the order for the Dell.

Believe it or not (and I hope this doesn't turn too many people off), it was Rush Limbaugh who made the best arguments for Apple for me.He was talking to a listener who had called him asking which computer would be best for his daughter who was entering graduate school.Rush (a technophile) suggested the PowerBook and went down a laundry list of reasons to choose Apple over PC.At the top of the list (like many of the lists here) is the fact that there are virtually no virus issues with Macs.I turned the car around and went to CompUSA to check out the (small and somewhat neglected) Mac department.I cancelled my order for the Dell and bought my friendly little iBook.

There's no vert like a convert, and I'm convinced.I've always thought Apple people were just a little too fanatic.Now I see why.Frankly, I wish Apple would just offer a serious money back guarantee.I'm convinced that once most people get one of these things home and find out that there's NOT much of a learning curve, and the lack of heat, exceptional speed (I did upgrade to 768 MB RAM), and available MS Office for Mac, they'd forget all about getting their money back and decide they got a realy good deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars, but this iBook Wants More Ram
I have a friend of a friend who works at an Apple store and just recenlty he let me play with all the new stuff, some old stuff too and here is my impression of the new, improved 14 inch iBook. First off, and I feel like shouting this, but I won't, how come Apple is still putting out iBooks without enough ram to run them properly? After all these years of releasing underpowered machines, they finally came 'round right with the PowerBooks by bumping up the ram to 512 megs instead of the lousy 256 they're pushing the iBooks out the door with. So add another 75 bucks to the price. Which is still a pretty good deal, considering now that Apple has built in Airport Extreme. This machine comes with the combo drive and unless you need to record video it'll do you fine and you'll save a couple hundred bucks to boot over the model with the Superdrive.

This G4 is way speedier than the old iBook 700 I'm still using. That old G3 processor just does not measure up to the G4. However the screen seems brighter and crisper.

I'd just love to give this computer a five star rating, but shame on you Apple for not bumping up the ram. You have made a darn fine machine, otherwise, and the ram required to run System X right would have made it just about perfect.

Jack Priest, Sailor Home from the Sea

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't make the mistake of the masses, switch to a Mac
After all of my life using Windows software, Windows-based OS, systems built for the flawed programs and having my computers overtaken with spyware, bugs, worms, viruses, adware etc...I did about a years worth of on-line research and took the plunge into buying a laptop that only 5% of the population acknowledges.I am thoroughly impressed and surprized at how happy this computer has made my computing needs enjoyable.
First off,as other readers have said 1.33 GHz vs. 2.whatever processer speeds don't really mean a whole lot.(compared it to friends 2.4GHz and my ibook was faster)So, don't let these well publicized numbers sway you

Second, NO VIRUSES!Let me say that again...NO VIRUSES!The platform apple uses for their OS is rock solid.Most Mac users use no anti-virus, spyware, adware etc.programs because there is not (to my knowledge) a way to infiltrate the system. NO VIRUS CONCERNS!!!

Third.The programs in the mac are so intuitive...The computer was built by Apple, the programs were built by Apple...so everything is where it should be.It is easy to find everything you want and nothing you don't.This part is hard to put into words.Basically, if you need a file you can find it, easy.

Fourth.Other computers may look initially enticing by their low prices...but buyer beware...don't compare apples to oranges.The only two purchases/upgrade I think are essential are to max out RAM (which should be done by yourself to save big $$$, which doesn't void your warrantee (apple actually gives you directions to do so and it's very easy)) and to buy Microsoft Office if you must comply with most who use Microsoft for easy cross communication between platforms.

I will NEVER buy another computer system which solely operates on Microsoft products, with viruses, files scattered throughout, crashing, etc...I wouldn't even consider it.

Do your research, talk to some apple owners, you won't miss you're PC for a minute once you have that beautiful mac in your possession.

So many other reasons to switch...once you own a Mac, you'll never go back.

2-0 out of 5 stars iBook review -for those looking to "switch"?
Let me qualify this review by making it clear that I am not a Mac user. My only experience with Mac's is a few mins spent each time I visit Apple store. I am writing this for those thinking of a switch from XP to Mac. I know it will be unpopular with Mac fans but hope it helps you XP users make the right decision.

iBook pro's,
1. It looks sleek, smooth and sexy. Nothing in PC world is this well designed.
2. No weekly patches coming from Redmond to apply.
3. No anti-virus or anti-spyware needed (?)
4. Longer battery life than PC laptops but not by much.
5. Can't really think of anything else other than the different and coolness factor.

Con's,
1. Screen, screen, screen. The 14" ibook just look awful with Mac OS X's anti-aliased fonts. XP's Cleartype seems really really clear in comparison. (Search for "Quartz Extreme" for more details on Apple's website)
2. Need to spend $160+ to put in 1GB RAM (in contrast XP runs similarly fast on just 512MB, about $30 expense for an extra 256MB stick).
3. All accessories are extremely high priced. How about $60 for a mouse?
4. No upgrades, everything except RAM slot is very hard to reach. 2 dozen mini-screws before you reach hard disk!
5. Need to buy new softwares, I have almost everything needed for XP already.
6. Non-scrolling & single button touchpad.
7. Paying atleast 30% premium compared to similar hardware with Wintel laptops.
8. Stuck with propreitary things Apple does, no innovation or competetion like in PC world.
9. Need to buy Apple's extended warranty because very few people can open or repair it. And laptops can't be fixed at home unlike desktops.
10. It is heavier than many Wintel laptop with low volt processors like Pentium M.
11. Lots of softwares and devices just don't work on Mac.

>>What good is a laptop that would give you strain with its tiny fancy fonts?

>>What good is wasting your hard earned money for nothing special?

>>What good is a fancy laptop if it can run only propreitary software from Apple and very little else?

In short, don't fall for that iPod "halo effect" that Wall Street analysts are talkin about. The iBook/Powerbook look very good but are no good for most XP users, unlike iPod. XP itself is very stable by now, just needs lots of patches/updates. Don't waste your time & money on this. ... Read more


1-20 of 187       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20
Prices listed on this site are subject to change without notice.
Questions on ordering or shipping? click here for help.

Top