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Tuesday, October 23, 2001
IMG Reviews the iBook 2001
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When Apple introduced the original iBook in 1999, it was an instant hit among price conscious consumers looking for a reasonably priced yet stylish portable. Apple followed the iBook with the iBook 2001, unveiled at Macworld Expo San Francisco last January. With a completely new sleek form factor and snazzy new features, the iBook 2001 has won numerous awards and outperformed sales expectations, in spite of the recent economic downturn.

IMG's Andy Largent has reviewed the iBook 2001 and offers his thoughts from a gamer's perspective. Here's a tibit from the review:

One of the biggest advances for gamers using the iBook 2001 is the upgrade to ATI's Rage 128 Mobility chipset. The 8MB of video RAM may seem paltry, but it doubles what was in the previous iBook. Since the video on a portable can't be upgraded, I wish Apple could have used a more powerful chipset like the Radeon Mobility, but price concerns made it impossible. The 1024x768 screen is very sharp and I have yet to find any bad pixels in it. It's especially nice since OS X takes up so much more screen real estate that 800x600 just won't cut it anymore.

The DVD player works great under either OS 9.2.1 or 10.1, and I'll admit this is my first DVD unit of any kind. While it may not be a huge deal to gamers --since you can count the number of Mac DVD games on one hand-- it is very cool to be able to hook the iBook up to a TV to play movies. Throw a wireless mouse on the coffee table and you've even got a makeshift remote control. Unfortunately, Apple chose not to include the A/V cable, so plan on shelling out anther $20 if you want to enable this feature.

For more, be sure to check out the complete review of this exciting new machine.

IMG's iBook 2001 Review

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