View Full Version : powerbook or macbook/macbook pro?

Oct 15, 2006, 12:31 PM
I'm wondering if anyone can help me, please - I am currently using an ibook G4 12" with 1G of RAM (moved over to a mac 6mths ago from windows) which works brilliantly except that I would like a larger screen area with a bit better resolution as much of my use on the computer is to do with imaging (not video though). I am torn now between upgrading to either a macbook or macbook pro but also wonder about buying a powerbook 15" from apple's refurbished website as it's size seems perfect. Any thoughts?

Oct 15, 2006, 12:51 PM
Well the macbook pro and powerbook are the same size, so I say go for the macbook pro.

Oct 15, 2006, 01:29 PM
Thanks - that rather than the macbook?

Oct 15, 2006, 01:42 PM
I would say go to the MBP, The macbook screen doesn't seem THAT much bigger than a 12 inch iBook. Another option would would consider is buying an external moniter since the specs on the iBook are pretty good and it would be cheaper than either option.

Oct 15, 2006, 11:26 PM
I had a 15" Powerbook for about 3 years and recently upgraded to a MacBook. The screen size difference isn't that big of an issue (for me anyway). I think it feels a bit bigger than the 12" screens mainly due to the widescreen form factor - which is MUCH nicer than the standard.

Also, as mentioned, you may want to consider getting an external display. I'm using my 17" Dell display for now until I can get my hands on a 20" Apple Cinema Display.

Oct 16, 2006, 02:27 AM
Thanks for all those helpful comments - it seems as though to go backwards with a powerbook is not the answer - it'll be probably be the mbp but I might wait a few weeks as there seem to be rumours re it's update(?).

Oct 16, 2006, 09:31 AM
If you prefer the matte finish screen for color accuracy, then you'd want to go for the MBP in matte finish.

If you're budget is tight and you don't qualify for the education discount, then consider a new model refurb.

Oct 16, 2006, 09:33 AM
Another thought is that you can get a Powerbook that is a year old for around $1200. That isn't bad all things considered. I just picked up a 1.2 year old 17" Powrbook with 1GB RAM for $1,000 on ebay. This is still a good machine with lots of life in it. You could save some dough and get a Powerbook and still get a MBP down the road.

Oct 16, 2006, 09:49 AM
yah, go with the MacBook Pro... it has a lot of awesome features that the PowerBook doesn't and it's up to date... well worth it

Oct 17, 2006, 11:36 AM
You could also look for deals on websites like smalldog.com