PowerBook G4 (17” 1.33GHz)

Introduced: September 2003
Terminated: April 2004


A speed bump on the original PowerBook G4 (17”), the PowerBook G4 (17” 1.33GHz) ran at 1.33Ghz and had a 80Gb hard drive.  There was 512Mb of RAM.  It had internal BlueTooth, AirPort Extreme and a slot-loading SuperDrive.


The PowerBook G4 (17” 1.33Ghz) had the largest screen ever seen in a laptop.  In addition to it’s huge 1440 x 900 resolution screen, it was had a number of features that made it one of the highest end laptop Apple ever produced.  Geared towards design professionals and other buyers who needed top-of-the-line features.


PowerBook G4 (17” 1.33GHz)


Processor: PowerPC 7447 (G4)
Processor Speed: 1.33 GHz
Benchmarks: 1.33 GHz: 689
Cache: 64 KB L1, 512 KB on-chip (1:1) L2
System Bus: 167 MHz
Hard Drive: 80 GB 4200-rpm or 80 GB 5400-rpm
Media: 2x/8x/16x/4x/24x DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.8 lbs., 1” H x 15.4” W x 10.2” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 3.1 kg, 2.6 cm H x 39.2 cm W x 25.9 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.2.7 (6R55)
Later Mac OS:—
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (PowerBook) 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.5
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 2.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 2 - PC2700 DDR333 200-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed:—
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Card Model: ATY,RV350M10
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 64 MB DDR
Built-in Display: 17-inch (diagonal) TFT
Resolutions: 1440 x 900 (native), 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640 and 800 x 600 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
Display Modes: Dual display extended and video mirroring
Display Connection: DVI (Max 24-bit 2048 by 1536 non-mirror), S-video
Expansion Slots: Single Type I or II (CardBus compliant)
Expansion Bays: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Motion Sensor: None
Backup Battery: 922-6064
Power Adapter: 65 W Apple Portable Power Adapter
System Battery: 58-watt-hour lithium-ion prismatic
Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours
Max Watts:—
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Built-in AirPort Extreme card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth 1.1
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: 56k v92
ADB: 1 - Internal for Trackpad
Serial: None
SCSI: None
USB: 2 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire: 1 - 400 MBit/s, 1 - 800 MBit/s (14W total power)
Security Slot: 1 - Kensington cable lock
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, Built-in microphone (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 2 - Built-in speakers (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in September 2003, the PowerBook G4 (17” 1.33Ghz) was discontinued in April 2004 to make way for new models.



  • The PowerBook G4 uses the PowerPC G4 processor, initially produced by Motorola and later by Freescale, after Motorola spun off its semiconductor business under that name in 2004. 2004 is shaping up as a year of incremental improvements, at least judging by the first round of PowerBook updates. Instead of new designs or breakthrough technologies, Apple has delivered modest improvements in performance. Thumbs up! ReputationAdvocate

    chesterfoster had this to say on Aug 25, 2011 Posts: 27
  • Excellent archive. I was using this model still 3 years ago. Stanisław

    Alpina had this to say on Oct 23, 2011 Posts: 154
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