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May 1, 2004, 07:54 AM
For my new 1.5 15" pb, is it really worth it to have the 5400 rpm drive or would i be perfectly ok with the 4200?

May 1, 2004, 09:13 AM
I might as well go down in a blaze of glory on this one..

I chose the 4200rpm because I wanted more battery life. The 5400rpm will definitely yield more performance, but it also reduces battery life marginally. I'm mobile a lot so battery life is more important.

And, to be quite honest, I run Word, Excel, Netscape, iCal, Mail, Remote Desktop Connection, MSN Messenger, iTunes, and Terminal constantly, and I notice no performance issues.

May 1, 2004, 09:56 AM
If you do HD intensive tasks (photoshop, audio/video editing...) often, get the 5400. If you surf, email and write the majority of the time, save your cash and get the 4200rpm drive.

May 1, 2004, 10:35 AM
ok thanks guys, i don't really use a lot of heavy duty applications like photoshop and video editing and stuff like that. I'll mainly be using it for music, typing, watching movies, and gaming.

May 2, 2004, 03:03 AM
Most high speed drives have extensive power saving features; It's said that a laptop running the hitachi 7K60 (7200 rpm notebook drive) runs for about 15 minutes longer than the stock 4200 rpm Apple drives.