"a much better value than the reviewer would have you think"4.5 starson by BarkinJ
Pros: very thin and light for such a full-featured notebook; OSX Tiger; class
Cons: aluminum can be tough to clean
Summary: The author states, "...on a pure hardware basis, the PowerBook G4 comes at a premium: a similarly configured ThinkPad T43, for example, costs $500 less."
This is a ridiculous comparison. The ThinkPad T43 is far from "similarly configured." The ThinkPad mentioned has a 14.1" screen (compared to the PowerBook's 15.2" widescreen). The ThinkPad also has a 60GB hard drive and lacks Firewire (IEE1394) ports. The PowerBook in question comes with an 80GB hard drive (no small difference in a laptop) and both Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. Admittedly, the ThinkPad has a lot more mouse buttons, a more cramped keyboard, and a parallel port (does anyone use it any more?). Of course, the Powerbook comes with built-in Bluetooth (something I'll actually use).
I'm on my second PowerBook and I would buy a third. It's easily portable, light, fully featured, and a good value for the money.