View Full Version : iBook or PowerBook

Mar 12, 2003, 09:44 AM
I am planning of buying one of the 12 inch laptops and would like the group's advice. I will use the machine mainly on business trips for watching DVDs on flights, word processing, games (e.g. Stronghold, CivIII and SimCity when it arrives) and some airport based internet surfing around the house. My desktop is a new PowerMac with airport extreme (so that difference does come into play). I also travel with my work-issed IBM Thinkpad, so the (slightly) smaller size of the PowerBook is a plus as well. For a price difference of $500, which is the smarter buy? Is the display any different?

Mar 12, 2003, 10:33 AM
I own both of the 12' ibook and powerbook. I love 'em both for different reasons. For your needs is sounds like you don't really need a PB's G4, but the Airport Extreme may by a worthwhile feature. The ibook should still meet all your needs (the only drawback is the trayloader, which can be a pain in airplane seats). If I had to choose one given your needs, i'd still go for the ibook - but remember they will likely be updated in the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Mar 12, 2003, 11:14 AM
i just decided to buy an ibook 12" 800 - no 12" powerbook. i have a powerbook titanium and it has died... i was taken this with me for everyday and that was to much for this machine. even i have to make business-presentations, i go now for an ibook - it has much stronger case.
well, if you travel a LOT with this thing then go with the ibook, if you just have it with you from time to time, take the powerbook: it's an up to date machine.
but by the way: i do not care about ibooks are getting updated in the near future (every mac will, sooner or later...)

Mar 12, 2003, 12:38 PM
Airport Extreme is the only reason you need. Portability and G4 make your decision for you. Cost is the only factor, so if it's not a factor, there you go.