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Joch
Sep 27, 2005, 01:45 AM
Hi everyone!

I am thinking of buying a 15" PB during this week. I will mostly be using office programs and movie watching on the PB. Because this is going to be my first mac I have some questions:

1) I just wonder if there is a big difference between 128 vs 64 MB in Vram when you run on dual monitors? (does Tiger/Exposť run smoothly?)

2) I also wonder if its worth to buy the high-end or if I should pick the low-end 15" but with SP?

3) How much harddisk space do you have left after the Tiger has been installed?

4) Do you know any good backpack for a 15" PB. It should have plenty of room for books while I am in collage.

5) How long do you think the delivery will take if my order will include:
iPod 20Gb - engraved
Powerbook 15" - BTO
MightyMouse


Looking forward to switch to mac, finally! :D



chucknorris
Sep 27, 2005, 02:29 AM
Hi everyone!

3) How much harddisk space do you have left after the Tiger has been installed?

5) How long do you think the delivery will take if my order will include:
iPod 20Gb - engraved
Powerbook 15" - BTO
MightyMouse


Looking forward to switch to mac, finally! :D

3) You'll be left with (assuming you get the stock HD) about 65 GB after Tiger is installed.

5) The delivery will come piece by piece with the PowerBook coming last, and the Mighty Mouse coming first. You should expect to see the mouse 2-3 days after you order, with standard shipping, while the computer may be a week or more. The iPod will come somewhere in between.

I think the 15" is the best value in the PowerBook line right now. I personally would get the 1.67 GHz model with 100 GB hd and 128 MB of VRAM, but that's probably just my desire to have something top-of-the-line.

Wait as long as you possibly can for updates, because you'll certainly regret jumping the gun if they come shortly after your purchase. I waited two months for my iBook and don't regret that in the least.

panda
Sep 27, 2005, 02:32 AM
welcome to mac... you're gonna love it!

i second the thought of getting the higher spec 15"er :)

rjc
Sep 27, 2005, 02:46 AM
2) I also wonder if its worth to buy the high-end or if I should pick the low-end 15" but with SP?
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4) Do you know any good backpack for a 15" PB. It should have plenty of room for books while I am in collage.
[snip]
Looking forward to switch to mac, finally! :D

Welcome to the macintosh platform. I like it, and I hope you will, too.

The low-end 15" with SuperDrive is what I'd get, but if you're running dual monitors the 128 MB VRAM will come in handy.

As for backpacks, I hear that Waterfield Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) makes good bags. For serious protection Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) has a sleevecase that seems incredibly sturdy. Those are at the high end, though... There are many bags that will give you enough room; obviously, a sleevecase is essential for protecting your $2K laptop within the bag, and those two companies I mentioned have bags with extra padding besides. There's a somewhat overwhelming list at this Macnn forums thread (http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=178702), if you want to check out some options.

I am one of those stupid people waiting for the next update before buying a PowerBook. The current PowerBook update has apparently been postponed, but whether for days or weeks or months--that's the question. Like everything else, it's a trade-off--if you need the computer now, you may as well get it. I have the luxury of not needing an immediate replacement for my laptop... which is not to say I'm not counting the days until I can get rid of this HP and switch back to mac.

Good luck!

mad jew
Sep 27, 2005, 02:47 AM
Okay, well if you are spanning screens then I recommend as much VRAM as you can handle. Go for the 128MB card. :)

I suppose it's a case of may-as-well when it comes to getting the high end specs.

MacPassion
Sep 27, 2005, 04:29 AM
I am one of those stupid people waiting for the next update before buying a PowerBook. The current PowerBook update has apparently been postponed, but whether for days or weeks or months--that's the question. Like everything else, it's a trade-off--if you need the computer now, you may as well get it. I have the luxury of not needing an immediate replacement for my laptop... which is not to say I'm not counting the days until I can get rid of this HP and switch back to mac.

Good luck!

I'm going to get rid to this HP and switch to the mac too...and i'm waiting for the update too....we are not stupid at all: the current pb are overpriced given that they are 8 months old....

KittenKrusher
Sep 27, 2005, 12:38 PM
I'm going to get rid to this HP and switch to the mac too...and i'm waiting for the update too....we are not stupid at all: the current pb are overpriced given that they are 8 months old....

They are overpriced, however an update might only bring a speedbump... nothing more. We shall never know though. If they simply bump it to 1.7 GHz... would that really be worth waiting for maybe a few weeks or months.

dustininsf
Sep 27, 2005, 01:54 PM
>4) Do you know any good backpack for a 15" PB. It should have plenty of >room for books while I am in collage.

You should definitely check out BOOQ bags - http://www.booqbags.com/index.html

I wish I had a backpack/computer bag this nice while I was in college.

I have a BP3 system (you can customize the color of the bag) which includes the backpack, the Viper sleeve (perfectly sized for the PB15 - I get "ooh, ahhh" reactions whenever I take it out of the bag) cases for cellphone and pda (I use them for storing assorted cables - keep all my iPod related cables together, etc) and for a limited time, an iPod case (which my bundle didn't include).

It's a bit pricey at $179.99 (and expensive shipping), but it really is one of the best constructed bags I've ever seen - sturdy, well thought out, stylish in a non-computer geek way (it's not like an oldschool targus/kensington/etc bag). The shoulder straps are also really reinforced and padded, so if you're loaded down with several textbooks, your back will thank you. It's not the biggest bag out there, but should hold what you need to carry...

[I am not affiliated with BOOQ in any way other than being a happy customer]

hhlee
Sep 27, 2005, 02:00 PM
office programs + movie watching + dual monitors < 64 Megs VRam.

I dual everyday, all day, with more or less the above usage (+coding). you don't need 128megs of vram but yeah, if you have the extra bucks spend it. i'd personally go with more RAM tho.

i like the timbuktu bags with built in sleeve - my bag is for the 17'' because i need the space for books!


Hi everyone!

I am thinking of buying a 15" PB during this week. I will mostly be using office programs and movie watching on the PB. Because this is going to be my first mac I have some questions:

1) I just wonder if there is a big difference between 128 vs 64 MB in Vram when you run on dual monitors? (does Tiger/Exposť run smoothly?)

2) I also wonder if its worth to buy the high-end or if I should pick the low-end 15" but with SP?

3) How much harddisk space do you have left after the Tiger has been installed?

4) Do you know any good backpack for a 15" PB. It should have plenty of room for books while I am in collage.

5) How long do you think the delivery will take if my order will include:
iPod 20Gb - engraved
Powerbook 15" - BTO
MightyMouse


Looking forward to switch to mac, finally! :D

DC06
Sep 29, 2005, 10:18 PM
I've heard the 128 MB VRAM drains the battery faster. Has anyone noticed this??

mad jew
Sep 29, 2005, 10:21 PM
I've heard the 128 MB VRAM drains the battery faster. Has anyone noticed this??


I've never used a 128MB and a 64MB PowerBook side by side, doing similar tasks before. I doubt I'm in the minority.

I wouldn't have though a GPU with slightly more VRAM would be all that taxing on the battery though. :)

Bear
Sep 29, 2005, 10:27 PM
Hi everyone!

I am thinking of buying a 15" PB during this week. I will mostly be using office programs and movie watching on the PB. Because this is going to be my first mac I have some questions:

1) I just wonder if there is a big difference between 128 vs 64 MB in Vram when you run on dual monitors? (does Tiger/Exposť run smoothly?)The more VRAM, the better.

2) I also wonder if its worth to buy the high-end or if I should pick the low-end 15" but with SP?High end...get the VRAM.

3) How much harddisk space do you have left after the Tiger has been installed?Depends on what size drive you have. OS X and all the software (iLife, and other stuff) that comes with a PowerBook takes up about 10 gigs these days

4) Do you know any good backpack for a 15" PB. It should have plenty of room for books while I am in collage.Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) makes some excellent laptop bags. Their Brain Bag holds an incredible amount of stuff and holds up well - I've had mine 4 years.

5) How long do you think the delivery will take if my order will include:
iPod 20Gb - engraved
Powerbook 15" - BTO
MightyMouseThat depends if you tell Apple to ship everything at once or not. And of course if you pay for faster delivery service or not.

xparaparafreakx
Sep 29, 2005, 11:05 PM
More VRAM = a little more frames in UT2004. I belive the difference is 2-5 frames but don't quote me on that, look at barefeats. Doesn't hurt to get the 128 for this reason only, what if you want to hook up a 30" monitor? Atlease you know you will be able to with a 128MB on your powerbook.

widgetguy
Sep 29, 2005, 11:31 PM
welcome to mac... you're gonna love it!

i second the thought of getting the higher spec 15"er :)


yes he will , you'll nevere look back ever

budugu
Sep 30, 2005, 12:00 AM
I've never used a 128MB and a 64MB PowerBook side by side, doing similar tasks before. I doubt I'm in the minority.

I wouldn't have though a GPU with slightly more VRAM would be all that taxing on the battery though. :)

I had 2 dell inspirons (9300s); one with 64MB and other with 128MB X300. The 128MB discharges a little faster but i think it is more because of the WXGA+ vs WUXGA+ rather than 128MB. It is worth about 50$ or if you want to use really large monitors (WUXGA - 1920x1200 ~23" Apple Display or higher). The best way to save battery (and probably screw your eyes :rolleyes: ) is to reduce the brightness of the screen. Even couple of points lower also go a long way.

I just checked the price difference with 128MB (250$?? @2400) even factoring the superdrive! It is just not worth it. if you are not keen on "new" mac & Super drive. Check out the refurb 15" for 1450$ that should save enough cash to get you 20" display + mini even or applecare!. just get a external DVD burner later (~100$).