Macintosh PowerBook G4

At A Glance

The Macintosh PowerBook G4, launched in 2001, delivered a powerful combination of 15.2″ screen with a 1″ thin, 5.4 pound titanium design. With a PowerPC G4 processor, battery life up to 5 hours and Mac OS X. Read the original specifications of the Macintosh PowerBook G4 (M8858) at the Apple support site.

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Original Specifications

  • Processor:
    • 867MHz or 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
    • 1MB DDR SRAM level 3 cache
    • 133MHz system bus
    • 256MB or 512MB of PC133 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 1GB
  • Storage:
    • 40GB or 60GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/66 hard drive
    • One of the following slot-loading optical drives:
      • Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW); reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at 8x speed, reads CDs at 24x speed
      • SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW); writes DVD-R discs at 1x speed, reads DVDs at 6x speed, writes CD-R discs at 8x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 4x speed, reads CDs at 24x speed
      • Communications:
        • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
        • Built-in 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11 connector)
        • Built-in 11-Mbps AirPort Card (IEEE 802.11b compliant) in 1GHz model; 867MHz model is AirPort ready
      • Expansion:
        • One 400-Mbps FireWire (IEEE 1394) port
        • Two 12-Mbps USB ports
        • One PC Card/CardBus slot supporting one Type I or Type II card
      • Video & graphics support:
        • Built-in 2D/3D graphics acceleration through an integrated ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 32MB or 64MB of DDR SDRAM video memory
        • Support for dual display and video mirroring: Millions of colors on the built-in display and on an external display at up to 2048 by 1536 pixels
        • Support for a single external display: Millions of colors on an external display at up to 2048 by 1536 pixels8
        • DVI output port
        • VGA output with included DVI to VGA adapter
        • S-video output port
        • Composite video output with included S-video to composite adapter

  • Display:
    • 15.2-inch (diagonal) built-in TFT display
    • Support for millions of colors at 1280-by-854-pixel resolution
    • Support for resolutions of 1280 by 854, 1152 by 768, 896 by 600, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio
    • Support for resolutions of 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Audio:
    • Audio line in (minijack)
    • Headphone out (minijack)
    • Two built-in stereo speakers
    • Internal omnidirectional microphone
  • Battery and power:
    • 61-watt-hour lithium-ion battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5 hours of battery life
    • Power adapter with cable management system
    • Power adapter port
  • Security:
    • Kensington cable lock slot
    • Keyboard lock
  • Keyboard and trackpad:
    • Built-in full-size keyboard with 77 (U.S.) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded keypad
    • Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
  • Electrical & environmental requirements:
    • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
    • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
    • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
    • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
    • Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F (–40° to 47° C)
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
    • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
    • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
  • Size and weight:
    • Height: 1.0 inch (2.6 cm)
    • Width: 13.4 inches (34.1 cm)
    • Depth: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
    • Weight: 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg) with battery and optical drive installed

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Check out an awesome array of photos of the PowerBook G4 over at Flickr.


YouTube has a massive collection of G4 related videos including PowerBook G4 ads on TV, interview and Steve Job’s presentation of the G4 when it was released.
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