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    1. Apple iBook Notebook 12" M9623LL/A
    $28.99 $27.92 list()
    2. Targus CVR600 Groove Notebook
    $1,939.00 list($1,799.99)
    3. Sony VAIO VGN-S360 13.3" Notebook
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    4. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1"
    $25.99 $20.99 list()
    5. Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook
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    6. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2"
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    7. Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1"
    $1,449.00 list($1,499.99)
    8. Toshiba Satellite M45X-S351 15.4"
    $36.99 $30.24 list($59.99)
    9. POWERBOOK IBOOK AC ADAPTER ( PS-AC4
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    10. Toshiba Satellite M45X-S331 15.4"
    $16.99 $14.99 list($19.99)
    11. Targus Ultra Mini Optical Mouse
    $58.99 $57.10 list($69.99)
    12. Targus TXL617 XL Notebook Backpack
    $21.99 $12.99 list($28.00)
    13. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini
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    14. Apple PowerBook Notebook 15.2"
    Too low to display $1,294.00 list($1,300.00)
    15. Apple iBook Notebook 14" M9627LL/A
    $28.99 $24.90 list()
    16. Targus CityLite CVR400 High-Density
    Too low to display list($1,499.99)
    17. Toshiba Satellite A75-S211 15.4"
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    18. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20"
    $44.99 $42.06 list()
    19. Targus PAUH212U 7 Port USB 2.0
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    20. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook

    1. 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
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    2. Targus CVR600 Groove Notebook Backpack - Black (High Density Nylon)
    by Targus

    our price: $28.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001H27PS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 395
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Padded Sleeve Protects Notebooks with Screens Up to 15.4"
    • Front Storage Section Includes Padded CD & Mobile Phone Pockets with Port Hole for Headphones, Pen Loops, and Key Clip
    • Extra Pocket for Files or Accessories
    • Side Pocket for Extra Storage and Water Bottle Transport
    • Durable Pvc Bottom to Protect Against Water and Wear

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Targus CVR600 Is Versitile, Well Made And Inexpensive
    This is the least expensive Notebook Backpack that I could find but it's surprisingly well made and stylish. It looks much better than its picture...MUCH better. I like the numerous zippered pockets. There's a place for everything, digital camera, cell phone, papers, books and even a mouse. I prefer taking an external USB mouse instead of using the touch pad on my Notebook. There's three nice bubble type pockets, one of which fits my optical USB mouse nicely. My big Laptop with its 15.4" wide-screen fits inside the Backpack's built-in sleeve like a glove with no room to spare. Another nice feature is the PVC coated bottom. This will protect the computer if you inadvertently set the pack down on wet ground. Most Notebook Backpacks are considerably more expensive without giving you more. The Targus CVR600 was a perfect fit for my budget. Plus it's easy on the eye with good quality and plenty of compartments. I give it my highest recommendation. (Note: Amazon had the best price after FREE shipping was factored in.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for 15¨ labtops !!
    It's incredible, I was a littler worried about the size of my 15¨ Toshiba A45 S151 but it fit perfectly!! It has space for other thinks like my camera, books, my cell phone and a lot of extras.
    For my use it is better than a suitcase because it is not heavy, it's sport stile and less expensive ... Read more


    3. Sony VAIO VGN-S360 13.3" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 735, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
    list price: $1,799.99
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    Asin: B00079F7J8
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 30
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Equipped with the productivity tools that keep you going, the S360 is the notebook for those who will not sacrifice function for performance or convenience.Integrated multimedia features, wireless capability and advanced technologies make the S360 notebook your ideal companion for enhanced productivity and entertainment at home, in the office or on the road. An upgraded hard drive and graphics card will improve your notebook experience whether you are using it for business or pleasure. The 13.3" widescreen display and generous keyboard won't cramp your style whether you're on a plane or at a hotspot. The integrated CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive gives you the power to view, play or store the information you need to disc. At 4.2 pounds, the S360 will be easy and convenient to bring with you wherever you go. ... Read more

    Reviews (11)

    2-0 out of 5 stars don't buy this nootbook
    I read the comment about the fan noise this computer has, but I didn't care and bought this computer anyway. I just got this laptop today and the first thing I noticed is how ridiculously loud the fan is. I have a Dell laptop, but I can't hear the fan on my Dell's even when I press my ear against it. I called Sony's Service Center, they told me that alot of customers have called them complaining about the fan problem and a investigation is underway, but I am so pissed off right now because this product has a blatantly defective fan and Sony has failed to pull it out of the market.
    Honestly, the fan makes so MUCH noise that this computer is not even worth buying.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Notebook
    I got this notebook (one generation back - the S260) and it's great! The widescreen is absolutely beautiful and it's light, powerful and has a good battery life. The only issues I have with it are that it does not have a DVD burner and it lacks (at least the s260 model) bluetooth. Also there's no keyboard light like the IBM thinkpads have. Other then that, it has everything I ever wanted in a notebook! I highly recommend this product. Also, thier support is GREAT. 24/7 support and onsite assistance. I've already used thier support once, and I was truly impressed (and it takes a lot to impress me).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    First, I have to say that I have a customized S-Series notebook from Sonystyle.com and not this particular configuration. It's more or less similar, though. I have more RAM, a DVD Burner and Bluetooth. My wife bought one last month after a year of laptop envy and is equally pleased with her configuration. Point: the core components here are solid.

    I have personally never owned a laptop that was consistently as reliable as this one. Yes, there is fan noise but it's nowhere near as loud as some reviews make it out to be. To answer another reviewer: there are 2 USB ports and 1 Firewire port. I benchmarked all the hardware using Norton Utilities (yeah, yeah) and everything but the speed of my DVD Burner came up with excellent ratings.

    The Xbrite monitor technology is great for using this laptop under high sunlight conditions outside. I also use it for Photoshop and feel that, despite its size, the 13" screen is ideal compared to the pixilated, grainy appearance of most other LCDs. My only major complaint about this laptop is that it does not have a DVI output for connecting it to something like an Apple Cinema Display. It does, however, have a standard RGB monitor output that works fine.

    The chassis is light and very sexy. Along with the new Sony T Series latops (midget versions of the S series) I can honestly say there is no better slim notebook for Windows users. I also own a 12" Apple Powerbook G4 that I use for travel and, despite its reputation for being the sexiest of the ultra-lights, I still much prefer my Sony S.

    The Intel 2200 Wireless Lan is really great for using wi-fi hotspots. A friend has a lower end Intel Wireless LAN and can rarely even detect hotspots that my S-series simply connects to automatically.

    If you mainly want a light computer for wireless internet, iPoding, running business apps and editing digital photos, the canned configuration offered by Amazon.com will do fine. If you want to really trick out the guts of one of these, go to Sonystyle.com.

    One word of advice I can offer to anyone interested in any version of this laptop is: buy the extended life battery (sold separately.) It's worth every penny. My G4 goes through two whole battery cycles in less time than it takes my extended life Sony battery to run down once. It's like the energizer bunny on steroids.

    3-0 out of 5 stars fan is problem
    This is one of the best laptops I've had....BUT...the fan can drive you crazy! I cannot take this to the library because people might think there's a race car in the computer - that's what it sounds like and it's constant and annoying! Sony says on their support site that the issue is "under investigation" so I didn't want to wait for the results and returned this beauty...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Questions for owners
    Two questions for current owners of the S-360 only:

    1) A reviewer listed it as having only (2) USB 2.0 ports but the specs list (3). How many?

    2) Another reviewer was turned off by fan noise. Do other users experience the same problem? ... Read more


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

    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007KX4WO
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    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 (6)

    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.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Items to get with your 12" PowerBook G4
    There is no question this is one of the best laptops available at a great price. I have a new Sony Vaio laptop as well, which has an outstanding screen, but all comparisons stop there. The G4 12" wins hands down on all other counts, from the full size keyboard, easily accessible ports, etc.
    The point of this review, however, is to suggest several items I use with the G4 12". First, a Tom Bihn "Brain Cell" laptop case... works well on its own but even fits in my backpack. This case is light but still strong; I never have to worry about my laptop while on the road. Second, an XT-Stand from GJB enterprises. This raises the laptop to a nice angle and allows heat dissipation while maintaining stability, and is nicely portable as well. Third, a Targus (or other reputable brand) optical two-button mini mouse, which I prefer wired so as never to have to replace batteries (a problem for wireless bluetooth or IR models). That's all you really need. ... Read more


    5. Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad
    by Targus

    our price: $25.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AKA8Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 1364
    Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Prevent Overheating: Two-Fan Cooling System Pulls Heat Away From The Notebook and Prevents The Cpu From Overheating During Use
    • Protect Your Workspace: High-Heat Generating Notebooks Can Damage Furniture Surfaces; Using The Chill Mat¿ Protects Furniture From Heat Damage
    • Powered By Your Notebook: Plug Into The USB Port for Power, and Turn On The Fans with The On/Off Switch
    • Power: 1.05 W

    Reviews (21)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well designed but expensive piece of plastic
    I found this when searching for something to rest my laptop on during road trips. I couldn't find any "bean bag" lapdesks - kids already in school, all sold out at [local store], etc. This item works fine. Compact (but not so lightweight). Pretty pricey ... for just a piece of molded plastic with rubber skids. Works well on a desktop (or hotel room table) with folding configuration. Keeps your lap cool, protected from laptop heat. If I can find a comfortable bean-bag, kid's style lapdesk for [less money], I'll probably take this back but will sacrifice portability in the process. Targus lapdesk is best for hardcore travelers. ...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as you think but not too bad
    I hardly use my laptop at a desk. This product isnt that great if your looking to place it on your lap and use your mouse on it. I find that its not very comfortable and the mouse doesnt work very well. If you do use a mouse it really needs to be a mini opti mouse! I mainly use this to set my laptop on to keep cool as I usually have it on the floor, the bed, an ottoman, etc and it can get pretty warm. This product does work in preventing it from getting too hot so that your laptop doesnt overheat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Coool Chill Mat for my Sony VAIO TR3A!
    I LOVE my Targus Notebook Chill Mat! The silver color blends perfectly with it, and it is very lightweight & portatble, and ultra quiet. Perfect for small notebook owners. I was amazed at how cool it actually keeps my VAIO. When I first got my notebook, it was running really hot and my dining table was getting hot too. Now I have a place to put my notebook on to protect my work surfaces and more importantly, keep the notebook cool!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Notebook Lifesaver
    Its a rare day when Im willing to give something 5 stars. Today is one of 'em.

    I have an Emachines laptop with a 15.4" widescreen and plenty of processing power. Meaning my laptop is about as wide as they come, and runs about as hot.

    Summer just came round my neck of the woods, and in my hot little house, my hot little laptop couldnt hack it. I had it on a table, and by mid afternoon, it shut down. And wouldnt restart. The top was hot to the touch, and the bottom just as bad. So I got one of these Targus Chill Mats, figuring a couple little fans would help a bit.

    They did more than help. Im convinced they saved the life of my laptop. My once hot-enough-to-fry-a-pie harddrive now tops out at a reasonable warm. Id say the air under my machine went from 95 to 60. Its not cool enough to refresh a beer, but its more than cool enough to allow my machine to stay on and operational all day.

    At 11 3/4" by 9" its smaller than my laptop, but the feet on my machine still fit on it just fine. As I wouldnt expect Targus to make these in 3 sizes I think they chose a good route. Slightly smaller means itll fit nicely under any laptop, is more likely to fit in accessory pockets in bags (its only 1/2" thick), and leaves more room for the airflow you obviously need. So I cant fault it there.

    Between my machines feet and the little rubber bumpers on the Mat, my machine is stable on it, and its stable on its own feet. I cant tell the difference between typing on it, or on a table. Despite the slightly smaller size.

    Only having one little cable (which I keep bundled and twist-tied to the shortest length possible) running between the two is totally unobtrusive and easy to deal with. And dont even think about the sound. I honestly didnt even realise it was on at first.

    The best $30 Ive spent on my computer in a long time. And spending that now sure saves the cost of replacing burnt out parts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely cool!
    I have a Fujitsu Lifebook C-Series that I was unable to sit with in my lap for more than a few minutes at a time without my thighs feeling like the skin was about to peel off. This "Chill Pad" has saved the day! ... Read more


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

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006HU48U
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 6
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    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
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    Reviews (11)

    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.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Apple PowerBook Notebook
    This is one of the best notebook PC's on the market. This has a 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 Processor which isn't too fast but it's pretty fast for the Apple computers. 512 MB RAM is just perfect but I would recommend 1GB or 2GB. 80 Gigabyte Hard Drive is really nice and it's almost the largest hard drive (100GB is the largest). It has a SuperDrive which can do whatever you want it to do. The styling on this notebook is no wonderful and comes with all the ports and features. 15.2" is pure beauty and the graphics on this thing are great. Here are the specifications of this laptop.

    Processor| PowerPC G4
    Screen Size (Inches/Diagonal)| 15
    Optical Disc Drive| DVD+-RW / CDRW Combo
    Hard Drive (GB)| 80
    Memory - Processing RAM included| 512MB
    Memory - Processing RAM Maximum| 2GB
    Memory - Video RAM| 64MB Dedicated
    Screen Resolution - Maximum| 1280x854
    Wireless Capability| Built-in
    Connection - Wireless Network 802.11| 802.11b / 802.11g
    Connection - Wireless Bluetooth| Yes
    Connection - Sound| In/Out
    Connection - RJ11| Yes
    Connection - RJ45| Yes
    Connection - Video| Out
    Operating System| Apple Macintosh OS X
    Software| Pre-Installed by Manufacturer
    Unit Dimensions - High| 1
    Unit Dimensions - Long / Wide| 14
    Unit Dimensions - Deep| 10
    Unit Weight - Approximate with Battery| 6.0
    Manufacturer's Warranty - Hardware| 1 Year
    Manufacturer's Warranty - Software| 1 Year

    Source: www.jr.com

    3-0 out of 5 stars if you're a heavy pc user, don't switch
    I have Powerbook G4, purchased Nov 04, Mac OSX 10.3.8, 1.5 Ghz, upgraded RAM to 768MB.
    If you're new to computing, or use Mac for non-business applications (heavy on graphics and creative work) it's probably a good choice.If you use Outlook (not Express) heavily, or use Powerpoint, Excel, and Word a lot and like XP, then the Mac is a snoozer.
    reasons not to buy:
    1-you pay a lot to get it to do the things a PC with updated Microsoft Office Professional Suite already does, and it never is quite as good...Mac Powerpoint feels pokier (saving, just in keeping up with my typing), Mac Excel toolbar gets on top of/in the way of my worksheets (haven't figured out how to make it go to the back), Outlook just isn't replicated at all on the Mac (unless you get Virtual PC)...Entourage just lacks the functionality
    2-doesn't seem to handle the WEP password protocol on my Linksys wireless home network...even the folks at the Apple store said I wouldn't be able to get the DHCP security to work with my PC-based home network
    3-Filevault....oooh, what a liability. Much touted file encryption will scramble and destroy files that are open if the Mac also goes into the won't-wake-up-again-sleep mode problem that it has. Though I never diagnosed this completely, I lost a number of key working files that may have been open when the Mac went into sleep mode (read:crashed) while I had Filevault going.I lost saved versions, and they're completely unrecoverable.Later the guys in the Apple store said they never use Filevault...it's "scary", they said.
    4-Certain applications, like Visual Basic, aren't available for the Mac yet.
    5-switching cost is high...getting contacts and files migrated over to the Powerbook took me a long time, and some of it is never the same. The contacts from outlook to entourage aren't organized the same (due to the fact that entourage contacts aren't as full-featured, lack some key fields), and the pc directories are only useful as read-only...I can't edit files in my pc folders and save them back into those folders (must have been some drive formatting issue that carried over); ripple effect of switching means you have to buy a lot of stuff new (back up drives, antivirus software, disk management software, backup AC cables, if you travel, etc.)
    6-if you like XP, the Mac is NOT intuitive.What used to be left is now right, what's top is now bottom.I keep my mouse to the right of the screen (out of the way of typing)...but now important buttons like close/minimize are on the left, increasing mouse travel time.PC's usually have a disk drive light that lets you know the PC is working on something that involves the drive.I liked that...very intuitive way to let me know the PC is busy.No such light on the Mac.
    7-you may have problems listening to Sirius radio on Safari; I needed to use Internet Explorer (Hah!much touted Mac browser useless for audio?), and even then can't get fully functional display due to some Mac technicality, according to Sirius techs.

    reasons to buy:
    1-Largely virus-free because virus writers get more leverage attacking pc's (more market penetration and more business focused); this is a blessing because I found Norton AV '04 to be dysfunctional, glad not to have to deal with it anymore.
    2-Supposedly faster processing due to more streamlined operating system, though I don't find the mac to be any more responsive than even a lower priced pc
    3-Faster boot-up and shutdown.
    4-Fewer crashes-true, though not infallible either; mac's version of the PC blue screen is that some won't wake up after going to sleep
    5-cool keyboard, backlit in the dark; very romantic and pretty.

    Rating of 3 stars indicates sameness...it's as good as a PC, just different.I wouldn't recommend it for someone who's switching from XP expecting something superior. ... Read more


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

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007KX4WY
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    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 (7)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Super Slow
    The Apple 8X Superdrive only burns at a speed of 2X!!! Many owners are having that problem and Apple refuse to address it to the public.I suggest people that are thinking of buying this unit save the $200 and buy an external burner, you can burn DL disk and at a faster speed.

    (...)

    Everything else about the computer im happy with, but if I know it takes 35mins for me to burn one full dvd I would saved my money and buy a faster external drive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's the Battery, Stupid
    Apple still can't seem to include a reliable battery in anything they produce. I've begun associating their products with the old adage: "Die young and leave a good looking corpse." This is because the damn things just don't go the distance without being plugged in constantly. Apple continues to use poor batteries in the iPod (sure they last longer on a charge, but see how many charge cycles you get before a single charge begins to take twelve hours to complete and then only three hours to drain.)

    The saga continues here. I take this laptop into school and rarely do I reach the end of the day before the damn thing croaks off into sleep mode due to a drained battery after maybe four hours of use. For a product whose main purpose is to provide mobile computing in a solid, sturdy frame, this kind of battery life is just pathetic. I find myself all-too-often picking and choosing times to use it so I can make it last all day. This is not the kind of "freedom" I enjoy in my over-priced, ultra-portable computer (especially when numerous PC laptops go twice the distance for less cost.)

    Aside from the battery issue, this is an excellent machine that delivers all the TV-commercial whiz-bang that it promises. If you use Toast, this burns CDs way faster than comparable PCs. The included software also blows doors on anything you'd find in a prepackaged PC. The keyboard is really nice and really takes a beating (unlike the iBook keys whose letters wear off the keyboard.) It has all the ports you need and none you don't. The aluminum body still looks sharper than any PC on the market and, although tiny, this laptop still feels like a tank without packing on the pounds.

    As for faults, the WIFI detection could be stronger and the monitor lacks sharpness in outdoor areas while losing all contrast when subjected to even semi-direct sunlight. In other words, don't confuse these laptops with Apple's Cinema Displays. DVD playback is fine but will suck down the battery in no time.

    Now that Tiger has been released, consider waiting until it comes pre-loaded. I've had my G4 for two months and definitely feel cheated about my newly-old Panther OS. Being the only major company to produce its own OS and the machines it runs on, it surprises me that Apple doesn't take better care of its hardware customers by offering free upgrades to very recent computer purchasers. Being asked to pay $130 for Tiger less than a month after the G4 hits my credit card bill is not a great way to convert me into a Mac Evangelist. I also own a PC am not loyal to either format.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Apple's are the best
    If you are looking for a worry-free and just plain out fun computing experience then look no further than this Powerbook, or any mac that you can afford. I own the 1.33ghz 12" PowerBook and upgraded the RAM to 512mb - For those of you new to the Mac World 256 just won't cut it when it comes to OS X. I just installed the new version of Mac OS X Tiger on my PowerBook Today, and boy does it fly. This PowerBook is Perfect for Students (Like myself) I use to have a 15" but it use to weigh me down everyday walking around Campus. If you have an external Monitor buy the 12" load it up with as much RAM as possible (1.25gb) and you've got your self a great desktop replacement, and a great portable notebook. - Battery Life: Between 3-4hrs depending on what I'm doing. All in All a Great Notebook, Just get a good case for it and a Sleeve, because the Aluminum Case dings real easily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super Fast, Super Compact, Super Computer
    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 a Superdrive and that, plus the fact that you get twenty more gigs of HD space with this model, is the only difference between it and the one selling for 200 dollars less. So if you don't want to record DVDs you might want to look at the more inexpensive model.

    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.

    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 1700 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

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best gets better
    I bought the second generation of 12" PowerBook (1.0GHz) and just upgraded to the latest version of the same laptop (1.5GHz).To the Windows fan who says the fonts look bad and that there is no software, I say quit trolling and learn the facts.To everyone else I say that Apple's smallest PowerBook is a terrific machine, running a terrific OS.

    Now the XP guy might say that I'm just another Mac zealot, but that is not the case.I am actually writing this on an IBM ThinkPad, and always own one laptop on each platform (I have no use for desktops, though).The simple fact is that some things are better on the Mac (stability, lack of viruses, user interface) while others are better on the PC (games, compatibility with unusual devices, availability of obscure software titles).The Mac is a better system, in my opinion, for the average home user, but for advanced users it will depend on what you do and what you like.

    While Apple does have the better operating system, their hardware is sometimes second-rate.Yes, the 12" PowerBook is lovely, but the aluminum enclosure transmits heat (its a conductor) and while not hot enough to damage anything, it does get hot enough to be uncomfortable on your lap.It is also heavy at 4.6lbs where many 12" laptops, even those with optical drives like the PowerBook weigh less than 4lbs.Finally, my ThinkPad only requires one screw and no dissassembly to replace the hard drive.Seven screws and no dissasembly to replace the keyboard.Keyboards are one of the most common items to fail on laptops, and as programs get larger and people collect more music and video, many users want to upgrade their hard drives, not to mention replace a failed or older drive that is getting noisy.

    No computer is perfect, they are all trade-offs.In the grand scheme of things, I give the current 12" PowerBook 4 stars.or the frequent traveller who wants an optical drive built-in, it is not the lightest choice, but it is the best. ... Read more


    8. Toshiba Satellite M45X-S351 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 740, 512 MB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Drive)
    list price: $1,499.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00070PDGY
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 29
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Satellite M45 is highly mobile, outperforming many desktops with technology designed specifically for mobile PCs. All systems include a 15.4" wide-screen TruBrite display to make images brighter and more vivid. Push this machine as far as you want; it can take it! ... Read more

    Reviews (3)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Stripped OS
    I'm generally happy with the hardware. The computer has many nice features for the price. But, all of the features of Windows XP Home edition were not preinstalled. Toshiba does not include the OS on CD ROM, only a recovery disc. Customer Support told me that I would need to purchase XP in order to obtain all the features of the OS, like the ability to Back-up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased.
    Screen is great.Love the WI-FI.Slower on boot-up than I
    expected, but I still think it's a nice machine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great laptop
    Its my first laptop and makes me want to never use a desktop again. The keyboard is slightly different but you quickly adapt.
    Its quick and quiet.The screen is wonderful for photo work. ... Read more


    9. POWERBOOK IBOOK AC ADAPTER ( PS-AC4 )
    list price: $59.99
    our price: $36.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001YXWVO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Mace Group, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1124
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    MacAlly (PS-AC4) POWERBOOK/IBOOK AC ADAPTER ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars nice deal

    - while lacking the green/amber light on the end of the plug, it *does* have a bright blue LED on the brick itself. the LED doesn't change color according to what the powerbook is doing, it just indicates if the brick itself has power.

    - it produces 2 amps, rather than the 2.65 put out by apple's. this means that while it's ok for older ibooks and tibooks, for the new albooks it's slower to charge the battery if the machine is on, and for some machines like the newer 17", may not be able to charge the battery unless the laptop's asleep.
    (this can be annoying at times, but for less than half the cost of apple's adapter and cheaper than most other 3rd party adapters, I think it's a fair deal)

    - the wire on the powerbook side twist-locks into the brick, so you can't yank it out accidentally.

    - no, the plug isn't grounded... but then again neither is apple's flip-out plug.

    overall, I think this is a pretty good deal, and might pick up another.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Alternative PowerBook Power
    Accidents will happen. $500 dollars later, with my 12" powerbook 1 GhZ (purchased October 2003)repaired and with the internal pin shorn from inside the power connector, I started to explore alternative adapters, given that the Apple unit is around $80.

    I bought this unit--which I needed quickly-- with one day shipping and my total was still signifigantly less than purchasing another adapter from Apple, some $51.

    Sure, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Apple unit and it is a slight bit slower to charge the laptop, but the price makes it well worth it.

    If you are concerned about the plug fitting your computer, I've tested this unit out in my 12" PowerBook, a 14" Ibook, and even an older 15" TI Book--it fit them all and charged them, though I don't know how quickly it charged the 15" TiBook.

    The plug is also more reliable and sturdy. The cord is longer and less obtrusive than the mac power adapter--if I'd had this unit before, I don't think I would have even had the aforementioned accident! The Macally unit bundles nicely and fits most laptop bags well.

    Overall, I'm very pleased.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to the OEM charger.
    The power cords for Powerbooks and IBooks, though aesthetically lovely, are prone to damage. This is a good replacement unit, although it lacks the amber/green LED charging indicator ring around the connector. Makes up for it in durability and value (less than half the cost of Apple's - yikes!). I'm using this charger with my 12" 867Mhz G4 with fine results.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What it lacks in design it makes up for in durability
    At less than half the price of an Apple charger, Macally is a nice alternative.When my ibook charger's cord broke, I wanted to find something more durable.I miss the little feet to wrap the cord around, but the part that connects to the ibook/powerbook is thicker than Apple's and thus doesn't need quite as much care.Macally's charger is also white, which is a pleasant bonus, and comes with a blue light on the brick to let you know it's charging.Here's the basic breakdown.

    Macally:
    lighter
    cheaper
    more durable
    same 120/240 voltage
    same length (when compared to Apple's w/ the extension plug)
    no feet
    no charging light around rim of plug
    no plastic cover for plug tip (though the Apple one fits on it perfectly)
    the connection to the brick is not as sturdy because Apple's is built in and Macally's is plugged in, though it's never come out unexpectedly because the brick is so light.
    doesn't get as hot as Apple's charger
    the wall plug is not grounded

    If you need an extra or replacement charger and don't mind the difference in design then this is a great purchase. ... Read more


    10. Toshiba Satellite M45X-S331 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 730 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Drive)
    list price: $1,399.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00070PDAU
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 14
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Toshiba Satellite M45-S331 Notebook PC State-of-the-Art Computing At 6.2 lbs., the Satellite M45 is highly mobile, outperforming many desktops with technology designed specifically for mobile PCs. All systems include a 15.4" wide-screen TruBrite display to make images brighter and more vivid.Push this machine as far as you want; it can take it! Enjoy notebook-optimized Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, Microsoft Windows XP Operating System, hard drives to 100GB hard drive¹, and integrated high speed wireless LAN, all in one sleek chassis. The DVD-SuperMulti optical drive reads and writes to the most popular CD and DVD formats, making it perfect for movie making, or file archiving and exchange.At only 6.2 lbs., this system offers high-performance Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, Windows XP Home, an 80GB HDD, an IEEE 1394 port, and integrated high speed wireless LAN. ... Read more

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice for the money, but Tech Support is the pits!
    I purchased this notebook for my daughter less than a month ago.She was very happy with it, and I was pleased with what we got for the money.Then the DVD drive began having problems.To make a long story short, after several calls to Toshiba it was finally determined that the drive must be replaced.The closest authorized service center is almost 40 miles away, so we must send it off to Toshiba and be without it for up to 2 weeks.I have dealt with other computer manufacturers who have sent out a technician to correct a problem covered under warranty.Why can't Toshiba do this?Or at least have a few more authorized service providers.I'm not exactly out in the sticks.There are several businesses in my area who could provide this service for Toshiba's customers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A HORRIBLE Experience

    Sleek notebook, but that’s the only positive.My absolute worst fears all came true only three weeks after I bought it.

    Within three weeks the screen had died on me.Called the warranty service who advised me to send it to the Toshiba depot for repair, as opposed to taking it to a local service center.They assured me that the depot would have all the necessary parts, whereas a service center will have to order them and wait.They also assured me that I’ll have my notebook back in about a week.

    Three weeks later, after countless phone calls, and many promises of delivery “next week”, they finally told me that parts are still not available and that it would take two additional weeks before they get them.

    I called customer relations several times (get used to 45 minutes on hold, don’t bother leaving messages, they never return calls despite the promise of “within the hour”).Every time I was assured that this time they’ll get it right and that I’ll get my notebook within days.

    Needless to say, two weeks passed, and the assurances turned to be meaningless.Customer relations’ only job is to get you off the phone, not to solve your problem.So here I am with a brand new notebook that spent twice as much time in the repair shop than on my desk.I called customer relations again, and asked to speak to someone who will actually do something to solve my problem, perhaps send me a replacement unit.I bought the notebook because I needed it, and I just can’t defer using it indefinitely.Guess what they told me?There’s not such thing as someone who could do something.There is no replacement policy.I’ll just have to wait for the part until it arrives – whenever that is.

    A new notebook is not supposed to break right out of the box, but if it does, a respectable manufacturer should stand by their product and make up for the inconvenience to the customer. Toshiba has been utterly disappointing on all counts.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Battery + Lots of Junk.....
    Hi,

    The Batter Performance is Poor. The salesman at Circuity City will BS to get their product sold. It hardly lasts more than 80 minutes. The Laptop is loaded with JUNK. It sux!!!!

    I installed Red Hat Linux 9.0 and XP Pro with SP2.
    Their are no Network Card Drivers for Linux, so I can easily say forget about your wireless working on Linux. Shame on both Toshiba and Intel for not supporting the same.

    The system cannot hibernate nor turn itself off even after installing battry saver options that accompanied the CD.

    So I have had a horrible experience. Pretty much whatever I want I don't get.I will never ever BUY Toshiba.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love my Toshiba M45-S331!!
    After some research, I was down to Toshiba M45-S331 and Dell 6000. Finally got Toshiba although it was more expensive(especially considering Dell online deals). So far am very satisfied and love its built quality and feel as compared to others in the same price & specs range.

    PROS:
    1. Great specs for the price
    2. TruBrite screen
    3. Harman/Kardon speakers
    4. Keyboard Layout
    5. Bridge-Media Aapter

    CONS:
    1. PC2700 RAM instead of a DDR2
    2. Relatively less Battery Life. (< 3 hrs on a full-charge)

    I experienced the FREEZING/LOCK-UP problem on plugging the AC Power Cord and have seen numerous such topics online. Toshiba Support insisted its a hardware problem but was not convinced.

    Was finally able to solve this problem by tweaking the Power settings of the Laptop...

    1. Go to "Power Management Icon" from your system-icon-tray on bottom-right corner of the screen. (It gives information about Current Power Source, Remaining Battery and Power Profile)

    2. Right-click it and select "TOSHIBA POWER SAVER SETTINGS".

    3. Click "SETUP OPTIONS" button on bottom-left of the window

    4. "UNCHECK" the box marked "Change Power Source Profile Automatically".

    Once you have done this....you should hopefully no longer have the freezing or locking problem when you switch to AC Power.

    4-0 out of 5 stars new laptop
    This is the first time I purchased a laptop and cannot really compare to other laptops.However after a few minutes using this laptop, I realised that there was absolutely no noise coming from the laptop .. incredible .. very quiet!I was annoyed by the tons of software which were installed on it (most of them as trial) .. it took me a whole day to remove everything and install my software.

    Screen is wonderful and you have to get used to work on a wide screen.The touch pad is excellent. ... Read more


    11. Targus Ultra Mini Optical Mouse (PAUM01U)
    by Targus
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $16.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007LTAQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 520
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Ideal for Travel or Home Office: Small, Compact Design Is Perfect When Space Is Limited - - On an Airplane Tray, Desk or Home Office
    • Optical Sensor Technology: The Latest Optical Sensor Technology Ensures Perfect Response to Mouse Movements
    • Retractable Cord: Avoid Extra Cable Cluttering Your Workspace By Adjusting The Retractable Cord to The Desired Length
    • The utlitmate device designed for browsing the Internet, windows and long documents
    • Instant plug-and-play

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Laptop Accessory!!!!!!!
    I LOVE this little mouse. Its so compact but it doesnt feel too small. Portability is awesome as its cord is retractable. Theres not one downside to this mouse! I highly recommend this for any laptop user. This is also the first time I've owned an Optical Mouse and I will NEVER go back to a track ball mouse. You no longer have to drag the mouse everywhere and when using a laptop thats really helpful!!! You can also use this on almost any surface!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great size and useability
    This is a fantastic solution for a laptop. I don't like touch pads or even the stick in an IBM ThinkPad. I used to carry a full size mouse. This is virtually weightless and can fit in any spare part of a laptop bag. I initially found my hand felt cramped because I was trying to hold it with the same fingers I use for a full size mouse, but I consciously just rearranged my fingers and found it to be incredibly easy to use for long periods of time. The retracting cord is ingenious.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very pleased so far!
    I have rather sweaty fingers (I tell ya, this is really annoying), so it is essential for me NOT to rely on touch pad too much. This tiny mouse has been a life saver for me. It is rather affordable, and works pretty well with many (but not all; occasionally it doen't work on very, very smooth surfaces) surfaces. There are more expensive chordless models, but in many occasions, I'll be working on my notebook computer with limited amount of space, so having the "retractable" chord doesn't bother me at all.

    "Retractable" is indeed the key here. It's so compact that you don't feel that you are carrying around yet another tiny electronic gadget along with your cell phone, mp3 player, shaver, etc., etc. Anyways, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - so glad I bought it!
    I didn't think I really needed this for my laptop, since the touchpad does a decent job. But this makes navigating the desktop and surfing the web much faster and more comfortable. It's tiny, but feels just right. I don't even like using a regular sized mouse anymore. It is truly plug and play via the USB port - it doesn't require separate software or drivers, or even a system restart for that matter. I just hooked it up and was using it in less than half a minute. Both buttons and the scroll wheel perform admirably. The self-winding cord works like a charm too. It comes with its own carry bag which makes packing convenient. In essence, it's everything I was looking for in a mouse. I'm not usually terribly enthusiastic about gadgets, but this one is without flaw.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mouse Size is Great; Retracting Cord Broke Quickly
    Bought the mouse for a Dell Inspiron 600 because of size and retractable cord. The size fits in a laptop case easily and is far less bulky than others. While very small, it works well on small tables, on the computer itself and on an airplace tray. But, the lock on the cord rewind device broke within one month and I now have to tie a knot in the cord on both sides of the rewind section to keep it from snapping back against the computer when no in use. It didn't really cost that much, but, as it turned out, it was a waste of money. I no longer use it. When it worked, I would rate it a 5; broken a 0. ... Read more


    12. Targus TXL617 XL Notebook Backpack (Black)
    by Targus
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $58.99
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    Asin: B0001EMM10
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 1373
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Separate, Padded Notebook Compartment Compatible with Most Notebooks with 17¿ Screens
    • Main Compartment for File Storage Includes Soft Organizational Shelf
    • Extra File and Accessory Storage Throughout The Backpack
    • Side Water Bottle Pocket and Side Pocket Lined with Protective Material for Safe Sunglass Storage
    • Audio Player Sleeve with Line-Out Porthole for Headphones

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you are tired of carrying your 17" laptop (Order Now)
    I purchased a 17" HP loaded down with features and extra accessories and have been on the lookout for a quality case. I went to a competitor and bought this by trying out several different brands. Targus cases are built to withstand abuse and protect the equipment. The wheels that it uses are in-line skate wheels designed to handle bumpy terrain and the case is soft inside but rigid on the corners to protect the contents. I would highly recommend, the price is higher than the cheaper made brands but it has alot to offer and if you paid over 2k on your laptop it is cheap insurance. ... Read more


    13. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini USB Hub
    by Targus
    list price: $28.00
    our price: $21.99
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    Asin: B00006B91Z
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 774
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Plug and Play Connectivity: Easy to Install: No Drivers Required- Plugs Into Your Notebook Computer's USB Slot
    • Portable Design: Small, Lightweight and Compact Design Allows You to Take This Hub Anywhere You Travel
    • Expand Your Capabilities: Connect Up to 4 USB Devices Like Mice, Memory Drives and PDAs On Your Notebook Computer Simultaneously
    • Suitable for PC or Apple laptops or USB-enabled desktop computers
    • 3.3 ft. cable

    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Device
    This is a great product at a great price. I bought one of these for my laptop to add to the number of USB ports available. I liked it so much, I bought another for my desktop to simply make the ports more accessible. The supplied cord is plenty long to reach the desktop on the floor and then I simply Velcro'ed the Targus to my desk to make plugging and unplugging USB devices much more convenient. The Targus works right out of the box, no install required and it works on every computer I've tried -- no problems. I must confess, the blue LED's look pretty cool too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely COOL!
    I am totally loving this little thing! Very slick design with those blue lights and the ability to put 4 different USB devices all into one super-mini hub. A must have for this price...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it is supposed to, at a good price
    I chose this just because I wanted something cheap. I have heard bad things about some other brands overheating or having various problems, but I have been using this a few months and found no problems whatsoever.

    It remains room temperature and has had no bandwidth or power problems for me. It appears to have a place to connect a power supply (not included), but that doesn't seem to be listed as a feature so I cannot guarantee it. It has two USB plugs so you can get the power from a second USB port if you need it. I have only needed one. My only complaint with the device is having that extra plug sitting around (attached to the cord), but of course that isn't a problem if you use it.

    It's cheap and it works, so I recommend this item.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SImple as can be!
    I just got this item after reading just some of the confusing reviews and other positive ones.

    It was inexpensive and worth the buy.

    Upon getting it I unplugged by Logitech webcam and plugged in the targus. I then plugged in mouse, digi camer and webcam and it worked as smooth as silk. It is most recommended!

    Works great!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Computer Hangs with Targus PA055 USB Hub
    The concept is great, use one USB port on the back to connect to the Targus USB Hub, and then from there you can plug in four additional USB devices.

    The problem I had with my Win98 SE machine, was when the Targus USB Hub was attached at bootup, my PC would not boot at all. Unplug the connection (either from hub itself or back of PC) and the computer boots fine. Once up, I can reconnect the USB cable to the Hub and use all connected devices, but then I have to unplug before shutdown or right before start-up which is a pain in the arse.

    Hey, if you have a solution, then email me at wilkc@yahoo.com. ... Read more


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

    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0006HU304
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 17
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    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 (8)

    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

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best laptops I ever used
    I am using this Apple laptop for some time and thought its time to right a quick review. Apple as always famous for excellent design did a good job here as well. Few things I love about this machine
    1. Very attractive look
    2. Backlit keyboard to use in the dark (my favorite feature to use on the plane)
    3. Good stereo speakers
    4. Excellent screen resolution
    4. Plenty of ports (Ethernet, Firewire, USB, speaker, telephone, etc.)
    5. Built in Bluetooth (I think it's the best way to connect to cell phone)
    6. Built in wireless (both 802.11b and 802.11g)
    7. Lots of printer/scanner work well with this out of the box
    8. Slot loading CD/DVD drive (I have DVD writer which works amazingly well and fast)
    9. Built in Modem
    10. extremely easy to change battery or memory, if you need to

    Only two things I didn't like about it
    1. Heats up fast and stays warm (and I read that its very bad for men to use a warm notebook keeping on lap)
    2. Wireless connection lose some strength (about 20%)

    As you see both the issues are because of the Aluminum case but it gives gorgeous look so I am ok with them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars long-time Apple user loves this G4
    I've owned Apple computers going all the way back to the Apple II+. Along the way, I have had the very rare bad apple. However, this PowerBook G4 worked great right out of the box. It was nice to find it fully charged and ready to go. These days I'm not really a 'power user. I'm not crunching any serious numbers or even much game playing, but I still appreciated the crisp speed of the 1.5GHz processor. I can see a noticeable difference between the 1.5GHz and my old PowerBook G4 500MHz. I also like the keyboard and how it lights up in darker rooms. Finally the PowerBook hasn't lost any of its coolness. I still get people commenting on how cool it looks. I have to say that this is one of the best Apple Products that I've owned in over 20 years of owning Apple products. ... Read more


    15. 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
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    Asin: B0002IONG2
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 3
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    16. Targus CityLite CVR400 High-Density Nylon Notebook Case (Black/Grey)
    by Targus

    our price: $28.99
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    Asin: B0001GZ87I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 1165
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Padded Sleeve Protects Notebooks with Screens Up to 15"
    • Front Storage Section Includes Business Card Holder, Pen Loops, Accessory Pockets and Key Clip
    • Divided, Expandable File Section
    • Luggage Strap for Easy Attachment to Rolling Travel Cases
    • Limited lifetime warranty, genuine Targus product

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Targus CVR600 Is Versitile, Well Made And Inexpensive
    This is the least expensive Notebook Backpack that I could find but it's surprisingly well made and stylish. It looks much better than its picture...MUCH better. I like the numerous zippered pockets. There's a place for everything, digital camera, cell phone, papers, books and even a mouse. I prefer taking an external USB mouse instead of using the touch pad on my Notebook. There's three nice bubble type pockets, one of which fits my optical USB mouse nicely. My big Laptop with its 15.4" wide-screen fits inside the Backpack's built-in sleeve like a glove with no room to spare. Another nice feature is the PVC coated bottom. This will protect the computer if you inadvertently set the pack down on wet ground. Most Notebook Backpacks are considerably more expensive without giving you more. The Targus CVR600 was a perfect fit for my budget. Plus it's easy on the eye with good quality and plenty of compartments. I give it my highest recommendation. (Note: Amazon had the best price after FREE shipping was factored in.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for 15¨ labtops !!
    It's incredible, I was a littler worried about the size of my 15¨ Toshiba A45 S151 but it fit perfectly!! It has space for other thinks like my camera, books, my cell phone and a lot of extras.
    For my use it is better than a suitcase because it is not heavy, it's sport stile and less expensive ... Read more


    17. Toshiba Satellite A75-S211 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium 4-M Processor 538 (Hyper-Threading), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Drive)
    by Toshiba
    list price: $1,499.99
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    Asin: B0006ZK3VK
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Ideal for CPU intensive programs, the Toshibe Satellite A75-S211 features a hyper-threaded Intel Pentium 538 processor, which offers a blazing fast 3.20 GHz clock speed. You also get Toshiba's DVD Super-Multi drive, which offers compatibility for both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats. It features a 15.4-inch TruBrite screen, offering high brightness, high contrast, wide viewing angle. It also is loaded with hyper-threaded Intel Pentium 4 532 processor, 512 MB of installed RAM, 80 GB hard drive, and integrated 54g wireless LAN. It's perfect for digital media enthusiasts, young adults, and families.

    The Basics

    • Hard Drive: The spacious 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) offers more than enough storage for both your work and home files as well as a multimedia library.
    • Processor: The Intel Pentium 4 538 processor features a fast 3.20 GHz speed. It also offers Hyper-Threading technology, which allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking. It is well suited for professional-quality image, audio, and video editing. It also has A 1 MB L2 cache and an 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB).
    • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (1 DIMM, PC-2700 DDR333) is a good start for power users. It can be expanded to a toal of 1.5 GB.
    • CD/DVD Drive: The DVD Super-Multi drive is compatible with both DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs (as well as DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM). It offers a 4x DVD read speed, and writes at 2.4x for DVD+R/RW and 2x for DVD-R/RW. You can also burn CDs at 16x and read them at 24x.
    • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 85-key keyboard and electro-static two-button touchpad.
    Sound and Graphics
    The A75-S211 comes installed with an ATI Mobility 9000 IGP video/graphics card, featuring 64 MB of shared memory. It will deliver relatively strong 3D graphics rendering and it can can drive an external display. The 15.4-inch TFT WXGA display supports up to 16 million colors at a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. It also features an integrated Realteck ALC250 sound chip and built-in stereo speakers.

    Connectivity and Expansion Slots
    The A75-S211 offers a basic set of expansion and connectivity options, including a PCMCIA slot for one Type II PC card and the following:

    • 3 USB 1.1 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
    • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
    • 1 RGB monitor port
    • 1 TV-out (S-Video)
    • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
    It also has an Integrated Atheros 802.11g wireless LAN supporting Atheros SuperG technology (which is compatible with the more widespread 802.11b and offers faster data transmission rates), integrated 56K modem (V.92), and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

    Preloaded System and Software
    The A75-S211 comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also includes Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Norton Antivirus 2004 (with 90 days of complimentary live updates), Quicken New User Edition, Napster online digital service (30-day trial), Adobe Acrobat Reader, InterVideo WinDVD (for playing DVD movies), ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD, and Sonic Solutions RecordNow Basic.

    Dimensions and Weight
    At 8 pounds, the A75-S211 is on par in weight with other notebooks in its class. It measures 1.8 x 14.4 x 10.8 inches (H x W x D), which is a little wider than other notebooks in its class.

    Power
    The included 12-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery has an approximate 2-hour battery life (during normal use). It also comes with a 120W AC adapter.

    What's in the Box
    This package contains the Toshiba A75-S211 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It's backed by a 1-year warranty for parts and labor. ... Read more


    18. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
    list price: $1,800.00
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0006HU49E
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 2
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    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 (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Macking301
    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 Biggest fastest iMac G5 now even faster
    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. A less expensive model of the faster new iMac G5 is available with a 17" screen. ... Read more


    19. Targus PAUH212U 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub
    by Targus

    our price: $44.99
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    Asin: B0001DI6FW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Targus
    Sales Rank: 878
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 40 Times Faster Than USB 1.1: Supports USB 2.0 High-Speed Data Transmissions Yet Is Backward Compatible with USB 1.1
    • Expand Your Capabilities: True Plug and Play ¿ Connect Up to 7 USB Devices Like Mice, Memory Drives, Keyboards, and PDAs to Your Desktop or Notebook Computer
    • Prevent Shutdowns: Overcurrent Protection for Each Port
    • Certification: FCC, CE
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, XP or Mac OS X

    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Device
    This is a great product at a great price. I bought one of these for my laptop to add to the number of USB ports available. I liked it so much, I bought another for my desktop to simply make the ports more accessible. The supplied cord is plenty long to reach the desktop on the floor and then I simply Velcro'ed the Targus to my desk to make plugging and unplugging USB devices much more convenient. The Targus works right out of the box, no install required and it works on every computer I've tried -- no problems. I must confess, the blue LED's look pretty cool too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely COOL!
    I am totally loving this little thing! Very slick design with those blue lights and the ability to put 4 different USB devices all into one super-mini hub. A must have for this price...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it is supposed to, at a good price
    I chose this just because I wanted something cheap. I have heard bad things about some other brands overheating or having various problems, but I have been using this a few months and found no problems whatsoever.

    It remains room temperature and has had no bandwidth or power problems for me. It appears to have a place to connect a power supply (not included), but that doesn't seem to be listed as a feature so I cannot guarantee it. It has two USB plugs so you can get the power from a second USB port if you need it. I have only needed one. My only complaint with the device is having that extra plug sitting around (attached to the cord), but of course that isn't a problem if you use it.

    It's cheap and it works, so I recommend this item.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SImple as can be!
    I just got this item after reading just some of the confusing reviews and other positive ones.

    It was inexpensive and worth the buy.

    Upon getting it I unplugged by Logitech webcam and plugged in the targus. I then plugged in mouse, digi camer and webcam and it worked as smooth as silk. It is most recommended!

    Works great!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Computer Hangs with Targus PA055 USB Hub
    The concept is great, use one USB port on the back to connect to the Targus USB Hub, and then from there you can plug in four additional USB devices.

    The problem I had with my Win98 SE machine, was when the Targus USB Hub was attached at bootup, my PC would not boot at all. Unplug the connection (either from hub itself or back of PC) and the computer boots fine. Once up, I can reconnect the USB cable to the Hub and use all connected devices, but then I have to unplug before shutdown or right before start-up which is a pain in the arse.

    Hey, if you have a solution, then email me at wilkc@yahoo.com. ... Read more


    20. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 750, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
    list price: $2,799.99
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    Asin: B00079F7G6
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 25
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    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

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    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


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