Over the years, a whole bunch of notebooks based on the x86 architecture have been reviewed here. From the days of the Pentium II to the current darling, the Pentium-M, notebooks based on this age-old architecture have been tweaked, fine-tuned and given a new lease of life by new chipsets and processors. With the advent of Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, performance/battery life ratio has finally been brought to a new level worthy of notebooks to flaunt their full capabilities. Thus, it's no surprise that these notebooks have been very well received and are the talk of the town ever since their inception.
Besides Intel Centrino based notebooks, the vast majority of other notebooks are also based on the x86 CPU architecture akin to the desktop market. Hence it is easy to understand why Microsoft has the lion's share for operating systems in both the notebook and desktop segment.
However, x86 notebooks are not the only type of notebooks around and two good examples are the iBook and PowerBook from Apple Computers Inc. Although these machines are not designed around the x86 structure (and obviously don't use Microsoft's OS), nonetheless they have been enjoying a steady increase in the number of followers. Much of their success lies in the branding, design and multimedia capabilities of the notebooks. However looks aside, these mobile platforms do have some powerful components under the hood that are most worthy of a mention.
For our review today, we'll be taking a look at the 17-inch version of the PowerBook G4, which is Apple's top-of-the-line PowerBook. In addition to highlighting its design and hardware components, we will also touch upon the operating system and the installed software.