German Consumer Magazine recommends iBook

Stiftung Warentest is a independent german consumer organization which runs comprehensive tests on all sorts of products and publishes the results in the monthly magazine "test". The iBook Special edition stacked up very well against its Windows Multimedia notebook competitors - look at the (funny) Google translation. The iBook had the best battery life, and its rock solid construction and multimedia capabilities impressed the examiners. Disadvantages were the lack of a floppy disk drive and the small display.


One of the first beloved Clamshell websites,, which provided a lot of information, is gone. When i got my first iBook it was the first resource of information. No longer updated for years, it stayed online for historical and entertainment purposes, but now it is permanently unavailable. You can still recover some information using the Wayback machine Addendum: Good news - bad news! is back (end of June 2008). The new Blogger Design is a drawback, and the new owner is "borrowing" content from my website word-by-word without even asking. I refer to my article concerning Harddisks larger than 128GB. Stay away !

RetroMacCast: iMac to Go

If you like audio podcasts and vintage Apple Computers, take a look at RetroMacCast. In episode 27 James and John are taking a closer look at the presentation of the Clamshell in 1999, discussing the pro's and con's of the new iBook.

Just another Clamshell Clone: HP Mini 100e

More than 10 years after the release of the original iBook, Hewlett Packard launched the HP Mini 100e (Education Edition). The design replica even has a integrated handle and is targeted towards education market. Technical specs: Intel Atom N455 Processor (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache), up to 2GB RAM. A 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Windows 7 or Linux OS.

Read more: Just another Clamshell Clone: HP Mini 100e

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