Titanium: First Weekend Observations

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Stream of consciousness style, you know the drill 🙂

  • The PowerBook itself is very sturdy and feels solid. It slightly resembles a contractor’s aluminum clipboard/binder. You know, the ones that open up and store paper inside.
  • The battery ships three-quarters full, I immediately charged it to capacity. Lithium Ion batteries do not need to be fully discharged before being recharged.
  • Easily installed RAM, Airport and a hard drive. Check out the individual pages on those for more info.
  • Note: If you are installing a hard drive from a previous PowerBook (i.e. transferring your Pismo or Lombard HD to the TiBook) you will need to run the installer from the PowerBook G4 Software Install CD and update your system software to 9.1 with Mac OS ROM 6.6.1 for it to work in the PBG4.
  • Inside the bottom cover there is a sticker with numbers for “number” and “date” that are handwritten in pen. The date (on mine, 1-12 11:50) appears to be date of manufacture? Post your dates and numbers (and theories) in the feedback below.
  • My first battery time test was for during intensive use: installing software, about a dozen restarts and heavy CD usage – 3.5 hours. Decent considering the usage. (More battery tests this week).
  • It takes about two hours to fully recharge a battery while you are using the PowerBook and about 90 minutes while it is asleep.
  • The new trackpad looks sexy and feels slightly wider than the previous model, possibly to match the screen. It takes almost two full strokes to get from one side of the screen to the other. The trackpad is slightly more sensitive, too, if not a little jumpy. I am not sure which, but it takes a little getting used to.
  • The key travel and feel of the new keyboard is similar to the Pismo, quite firm. Occassionaly my fingers will catch just under the corner of an adjacent key top. Not sure if this is just something else I need to get used to.
  • In completely unscientific tests the Titanium 400 MHz runs about as hot as my Pismo/500 if not a little cooler. I have had it running for 72 hours straight, all weekend, and it isn’t too hot to use on my lap.
  • The fan has only come on once (that I have heard) and it is a little quieter than my Pismo fan was.
  • None of the temperature applications that I have used in the past (Thermograph 1.2.0, Temperature CSM, Metronome 1.4.5 or Newer’s Gauge PRO 1.1b2) appear to work with the TiBook. Post in the feedback if you have found something that works.
  • The clock appears to be losing time, occassionaly dropping 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Some of the new desktop pictures included with the OS, especially Heavy Petal 2 which I am using now, are awesome when combined with OpColourLight and PowerWindows 2.4.5. Go get some!

What nuances have you discovered with the new PowerBook G4 Titanium? Post your feedback using the link below.

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