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    Apple Powerbook Laptop Review
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: October 27th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: SLCentral took a look inside the Apple Powerbook 12" laptop, the smallest Apple to date. Our editor was impressed, this fast little machine performs well when the heat is on but what about the side effects? Read on to find out in our official review.......

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    Battery Life

    Battery life, as I expected, is pretty damn good. With Airport Extreme and Bluetooth turned off, I can get around 3.5 hours of battery typing in "TextEdit," the free word processor included with OS X. Turning Airport Extreme on cuts the battery to around 2.5 hours while surfing the internet, using AIM, etc. Bluetooth doesn't really change things at all.

    The thing that I found incredible about the battery life is the sleep mode. Before I went to sleep, I closed the lid of my Powerbook without plugging in the charger. 8 hours later, I opened the lid of my Powerbook, and I saw that my battery life was at 94%. I was shocked. I remember my Sony R505 laptop that I bought last year couldn't last more then 5 hours on sleep, this one worked overnight with a lot of time to spare. I was just too happy!

    When playing games, specifically Warcraft 3, battery life is really compromised. I got about 1.5 to 2 hours with Airport off when playing. While it's good for a laptop when gaming, I think that it can be improved over time.

    Heat

    It is common knowledge that laptops do get hot. The Powerbook 12" is an exception. It gets really hot. Burning hot. Crazy hot. OK, maybe I am exaggerating. Seriously, this laptop gets hotter then any other laptop I have ever used, specifically on the left side of the handrest. It can really burn. Being hot is one problem, but case warping is another. You read right, case warping. This laptop can get so hot that the case can warp and change the shape because the metal pretty much melts. In fact, my case has a slight warp already! It's crazy. I should advise you, though, that I have left my laptop on day and night for at least a week straight with no real problems, so don't be too worried. The case warping problem is known, and Apple covers it in their warranty.


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