我几乎毫不犹豫地提到这一点,以免星期五大多发光15英寸PowerBook评测be perceived as my shilling for Amazon affiliate spiffs, but if you’re considering a new PowerBook (or any other new Mac for that matter), Amazon is currentlyoffering some very nice rebates (PDF form)

The rebates are good through 20 December 2005, and must be redeemed before 20 January 2006.

The only downside to ordering a new Mac from Amazon instead of Apple.com is that you can’t get build-to-order options; so, if you want one of the larger/faster hard drive options, you can’t do it at AmazonBut if you want the stock configuration, you’ll beat Apple’s price by up to $200, you’ll probably save a bundle on taxes, and at the same time you’ll help support 万博manbetx贴吧 by using the above links to get to AmazonThe $200 rebate on PowerBooks will nearly cover the cost of upgrading to 2 GB of RAM from a good memory vendor likeOWC要么DMS(我从OWC支付了226美元。)


Entirely unbeknownst to me while writing the review, new PowerBooks now support a new “Safe Sleep” mode, where the contents of RAM are written to disk before sleep, so that if the battery is completely depleted during regular sleep, the computer will still “wake up” and restore your session when you plug in a power adapter or fresh batteryIt’s not something you have to turn on, or a new way to put your computer to sleepIt’s something that kicks in automatically if you run out of juice while in normal sleep mode.

这个Apple支持文档has a photo showing the special “waking from Safe Sleep” progress bar, and a description of the featureI haven’t yet tried it, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

马特约翰斯顿有一份完整的报告on the feature, including unsupported Open Firmware hacks to enable it on many recent Macs running 10.4.3 or later(As he points out, this is not supported by Apple on any machines other than the new PowerBooks.)


After writing about the clever ways that PowerBooks take advantage of external displays, I asked if any readers knew whether any PC laptops supported similar functionalitySeveral readers replied that some PC laptops support this (readers specifically mentioned Dell and Sony), and that it works pretty well, albeit not quite as automatically as on Apple’sTwo readers specifically mentioned that Windows sometimes refuses to let them change on which display the Start bar appears, for example.


Readers offer two reasons for the growing trend of super-high-gloss displays on Wintel laptopsOne is that they offer superior contrast, blacker blacks and brighter colors than on traditional non-glossy displaysThe second is that it’s a marketing gimmick, designed to make the glossier displays look better on showroom floors; i.e. similar to the way that when compared side-by-side in a showroom, typical consumers will choose a new television with over-saturated colors over one that is configured for truly accurate color representation.

Judging from the response amongst DF readers, most consider it a gimmick, but a vocal minority is hoping to see such screens appear on Apple laptops in the futureI personally find these screens a bit repulsive, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried using one for an extended period of time, and it’s entirely possible that this is the direction in which all LCD screens are moving.



这是我第一次使用Apple的新Mac OS X.Migration Assistant,它就像一个魅力I wanted to mention this during the review but forgotIt’s worthy of praise — I moved my entire user account over from my previous machine via FireWire target mode and it all just workedI suspect many long-time Mac users are somewhat skeptical of Migration Assistant — I certainly wasBut I figured if I was dissatisfied with the results, I could easily restore the PowerBook to factory state and do the migration manually, as I have with previous new Macs.

Jon Hicks买了同样的PowerBook(replete with 7200 RPM drive upgrade), and is similarly delighted by the Migration Assistant.


Speaking of the 7200 RPM drives, I mentioned in the review that there are two 7200 RPM 100 GB notebook-size drives on the market, the日立Travelstar 7K100,和希捷Momentus 7200.1, and that I was happy that mine came with the Seagate, as benchmarks showed it to be faster than Hitachi’s 60 GB 7200 RPM drive.

与日立相比,结果是这样100 GBdrive, however, the Hitachi is slightly faster比照基准点光鲜的汤姆的硬件And, it ends up that some people are getting the Hitachi drives in their built-to-order PowerBooks; Apple is using both, and there’s no way to tell which one you’ll get until your PowerBook arrives.

However, I’m still glad I got the Seagate: Bare Feats’ report indicates that the Hitachi drive is noticably louderTo my ears, the Seagate in this PowerBook is the quietest laptop hard drive I’ve ever used.

读者Joshua Bryant发来电子邮件:

With the 7200 drive, the reason you are hearing complaints as to the noise is because the Hitachi is ridiculously loud! I have the same PowerBook as you and I too got the 7200 drive except I ended up with the HitachiIt is so ridiculously loud that after using Audio Hijack Pro to record a speaker phone interview, I couldn’t make out some of the interview listening later due to the loud click of the HD when it is accessing the disk听起来很糟糕。


A few readers defended the Enter key Apple places next to the right side Command key, most of them arguing that it’s convenient for dismissing dialog boxes without having to move your hand off the trackpadBut if it’s so great to be able to dismiss dialog boxes without moving your hand, why don’t they have similarly-conveniently located Enter keys on desktop keyboards? I still say the answer is to make it configurable, which ought to please everyone.



However, occasionally drags don’t seem to register on the trackpad — I’ll drag one finger across the pad, but the cursor won’t move at all on screenI’ll immediately repeat the same finger drag, and it works.

Ends up this is caused by the “Ignore accidental trackpad input” option in the Keyboard & Mouse System Prefs panelIt’s on by default; turning this off has made the problem go away for meI can’t recall ever having problems with “accidental” trackpad input, so this feature was clearly causing me more harm than goodThanks to the slew of readers who pointed this out.


Matt Gessford发来电子邮件:

关于您的第一个脚注,请快速说明You say: “… the 15-inch model remained stuck with the inferior prone-to-flaking Titanium case for another eight months.” In my experience, this is falseI have had my 1 GHz TiBook since July 2003, and have not had a single paint issueI don’t recall reading any paint problem posts on the Apple Discussions from anyone with the last version of the TiBookI think this issue was finally stamped out when the DVI model was released, but I’m not positive of that.

我有所纠正But this backs up my assertion that it’s often better to wait for RevB or C models of brand-new generation Mac hardware.