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mrmids
Apr 2, 2008, 12:12 PM
Ok i have a 12" PowerBook, the description is on my signature. I mainly use it for making music on Reason and surfing the web. Should I upgrade the hardrive to 100/120/160gb for about 100 uk pounds or put that money towards buying a blackbook and selling this beloved 12 PowerBook, which IMO still looks the business, but is a little weak on drive space and speed :cool:



Adokimus
Apr 2, 2008, 12:21 PM
Ok i have a 12" PowerBook, the description is on my signature. I mainly use it for making music on Reason and surfing the web. Should I upgrade the hardrive to 100/120/160gb for about 100 uk pounds or put that money towards buying a blackbook and selling this beloved 12 PowerBook, which IMO still looks the business, but is a little weak on drive space and speed :cool:

My immediate response is "save your money for the macbook" as I can't imagine upgrading such an old system. I think a lot of people will tell you to upgrade to intel. But, how long will it take you to save up for a macbook? 100 pounds is a lot less than 1,000 and I don't know your income level. If you make a lot of money, then go macbook. If making music on your laptop is how you make your money, then go macbook. If you are on a very tight budget, and the PB meets your needs nicely except for the HDD space, then get the larger HDD.

my 2 cents.

brn2ski00
Apr 2, 2008, 12:22 PM
Sell that for around $400 - $500 and then take the $$$ and buy a refurbed MacBook.

GimmeSlack12
Apr 2, 2008, 12:24 PM
Buy a new MB, your PB has served you well, but after you go through the trouble of installing a new HDD you'll see shortcomings in other areas that'll never end. Save your $$$$ (or your Sterling) and get an MB.

How do you do the British pound sign on a US PC keyboard?

SuperCompu2
Apr 2, 2008, 12:26 PM
I agree with selling the computer, it's worth a good 200-250 in my opinion, as people still go nuts for the portable design. I think as far as post-recording goes, you'd benefit greatly from the speed of the newer machine as well as the more generous HD space.


P.S. control+3 does the for me here in the US :)

Adokimus
Apr 2, 2008, 12:30 PM
I agree with selling the computer, it's worth a good 200-250 in my opinion, as people still go nuts for the portable design. I think as far as post-recording goes, you'd benefit greatly from the speed of the newer machine as well as the more generous HD space.

I just bought my used 1.5 GHz 80GB PB for $470 US, which was a little bumped around the edges. I think that demand for anything under 1 GHz is significantly lower however. But, yeah, see what you can get for it.

leekohler
Apr 2, 2008, 01:24 PM
Gotta agree with everyone else- sell it and get a BlackBook. You'll be glad you did.

UberGeek9
Apr 2, 2008, 01:29 PM
I also have to agree with everyone else... You should save up for the Macbook. I just got one about a week ago (my first Mac) and I have to say I love it!

leekohler
Apr 2, 2008, 01:58 PM
oops- double post

twoodcc
Apr 2, 2008, 02:11 PM
yeah, i'd say sell it. if it was a little faster, i might say upgrade it

lord patton
Apr 2, 2008, 02:43 PM
If it was a 1.5 GHz processor with 1.25 GB of RAM, upping the hard drive would be an effective way to get another year (or maybe 2) out of your PB.

But that's not the case. Sell the PB, get the MacBook. I've been seeing the 2.2 SR BlackBook refurb in the US for $1050. That's the sweet spot, IMHO.

mrmids
Apr 2, 2008, 03:17 PM
thanks for the responses everyone, yeah, I will go for the blackbook, have been thinking about doing this for a while, my flatmate is getting quite annoyed with my constant questions about his, but have now been nicely nudged to do so, so farewell to the powerbook, going to get a refurb or new one in the Q3 of the year, but feel quite sad that I have to let this little workhorse/exceptional piece of design go....gotta move forwards:p

mrmids
Apr 2, 2008, 03:19 PM
How do you do the British pound sign on a US PC keyboard?

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