WSJ: Is Apple's New PowerBook Too Large to Be 'Mobile'?

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Date: Friday, April 4th, 2003, 00:00
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Walt Mossberg’s latest column takes Apple to task for the size of the new “Aircraft carrier” PowerBook (the 17-Inch).


Walt Mossberg’s latest column takes Apple to task for the size of the new “Aircraft carrier” PowerBook (the 17-Inch):

I am typing these words on Apple’s latest PowerBook, the first laptop with a huge, 17-inch, widescreen display. This rectangular, high-resolution screen is simply breathtaking — vivid, sharp and oh, so roomy. It’s big enough to comfortably display two Word documents, or two Web pages or e-mail messages, side by side. And DVDs look fabulous on it.

But the generous screen stretches the width of the laptop so far that the machine is a long, narrow rectangle. Even some of its fans have nicknamed it “the aircraft carrier.” It’s a little odd, but not really difficult, to carry or to use on your lap. But it is too wide for my trusty old computer bag.

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