No one wants to fix your PowerBook. Apple’s charge for repairing the screen of a 15″ PowerBook equals the cost of a new one. Fortunately, there are 3rd-party techs who can provide customer service at a reasonable price. Read more…
WiebeTech is now shipping a 200GB 7200RPM UltraGB+ portable drive enclosure that is accessible through a FireWire 800 interface (400 compatible). UltraGB+ is bus-powered, allowing you to access massive amounts of data without carrying an AC adapter.
When attached to an adequately powered FireWire host port, it will function just like any other desktop drive. It features our toughest desktop enclosure with FlexMount? anti-shock protection that protects the hard drive from external bumps and vibrations. The aluminum case provides durability as well as heat dissipation.
First announced in January at MacWorld, all versions of UltraGB+ are now shipping, including this new 200GB version. UltraGB+ is the world’s highest capacity, bus powered FireWire 800/400 drive. UltraGB+ is available in three different capacities: 120GB, 160GB and 200GB.
I have been using one of WiebeTech’s ToughTech (non bus-powered) FireWire 800 desktop hard drive enclosures for a few months now and love it. An empty ToughTech enclosure costs US$119 and numerous drive options are available including a 250GB 7200 RPM (8MB Cache) that sells for US$339.
I purchased a 250GB, 7200 RPM Western Digital drive, installed it in my ToughTech enclosure and it totally saved me from near catastrophe when my 80GB internal hard drive went bad. The ToughTech is super fast (FW 800), quiet (it’s fanless) and the unique FlexMount anti-shock protection keeps my drive safe from shock and also reduces enclosure noise.
Apple this morning announced a new 6GB iPod mini at the same price (US$249) as the previous 4GB model and a 30GB iPod Photo that retails for US$349. Curiously, Apple bagged the gold colored iPod mini and reduced the line to four colors (pink, green, blue and silver) but they added color-coordinated icons on the touch wheel and extended the battery life to 18 hours. The new iPod Photo 30GB is much thinner than the 60GB model and comes in at a low US$349 price point. The 60GB iPod Photo has been reduced to US$449.
Apple Unveils New iPod mini Starting at Just $199
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XLR8YourMac.com is covering quality issues with Apple’s 2005 PowerBook G4s including trackpad issues, hard drive noises, AC adapter and performance issues:
The first of the new Powerbooks we had in our showroom was a 15″ which suffered from the trackpad issue mentioned on your page recently. We sent it back as DOA and when I arranged to have it picked up, Apple were “unaware of the problem”.
I had found a discussion thread on the subject on the Apple support site which mentioned the trackpad would ‘go to sleep’ when the ‘book was left alone for a few minutes. The discussion metioned static as a factor. Every time I touch any ‘book in the showroom it tends to shock me, but if I first touched the older 12″ Powerbook next to the new one, got a shock and then went to the new one, the trackpad functioned perfectly normally.
My colleague (who rarely gets shocks -due to his shoes according to him) had trouble getting the problem to repeat itself when he used the 15″.
I therefore suggest that the new pads are overly sensitive to static electricity. The second new powerbook we got had no issues. Dan
Apple has four products in Mobile PC’s “Top 100 Gadgets of All Time” list including the PowerBook 100, released in 1991, which tops the list. Also on the list are Apple’s iPod (12), PowerBook 500 (22) and Newton MessagePad 120 (39).
Apple boosted the processor speeds of its PowerBooks in its most recent update to the laptop line. Will the faster processors mean a measurable jump in performance? Macworld Lab has completed its initial testing of the updated PowerBooks and is ready to report on whether the new laptops measure up.
Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.
TechRestore, Inc has begun offering a worldwide PowerBook G4 LCD hinge replacement service using stainless steel hardware. The replacement stainless steel hinge assembly is over 50% stronger than the standard hinge and offers the ultimate in protection against future failures according to Tech Restore.