View Full Version : Which should I buy?

May 21, 2004, 09:01 PM
I have been trying to decide for 2 weeks now which model to purchase, iMac or PowerBook. Now here's my dilemma...
I am in a job situation where my employer is willing to buy me a computer. I am torn between...
PowerBook G4 15in (TiBook)/1GHz/512/60/Superdrive/Airport
(includes no software)--$1499
iMac G4 15in /1GHz/512/80/Combo (Incld. mouse/keyboard/speakers/iLife '04)
Now I would snap the PowerBook up but I already have an iBookG4 800MHz and don't want to end up prefering one laptop over the other. I could use a new desktop, but I like the SuperDrive in the PowerBook. Also the PowerBook has double the VRAM. HELP!!! I CAN'T DECIDE AND I AM GOING CRAZEEE :eek: :eek: :eek: !!!

May 21, 2004, 09:10 PM
hey cowboy,

mind posting what your job is and how much you travel?

May 21, 2004, 09:15 PM
I'm a high school senior who enjoys taking taking a laptop on vactions and to the coffee shop every once in a while (and long walks on the beach, haha :D ). My job is a computer apprentice / repairman.

May 21, 2004, 10:04 PM
If your employer is willing to buy you a computer, then why not a G5? you have a laptop so why get redundant.

May 21, 2004, 11:14 PM
You can never have enough notebooks. It's all about mobility. Besides, iMac looks so dorky.

May 22, 2004, 12:35 AM
I'm kinda teetering towards the 1GHz TiBook, but then again I have done that for the last two weeks :rolleyes: . Mobility is a sharp edge to fight though, so the score currently is...

TiBook : 1
iMacG4 : 0

May 22, 2004, 12:44 AM

I'm confused on the accuracy of the prices you mentioned, but typically I'd say go with the iMac all the way. More bang for your buck. Also, couldn't you step up to a Superdrive for it? You do already have an iBook. And yes, you will stop using it if you get the Powerbook. One additional--perhaps hidden--advantage of getting an iMac is that its hard drive (Ultra ATA-100 @ 7200rpm) will be faster than that of the Powerbook (Ultra ATA-100 @ 4200rpm).

May 22, 2004, 02:26 AM
I'd vote for portability over desk based systems...

Whilst only a PC user - I have always had laptops...
Last computer purchase I bought a PC - and am regretting it ever since...
find my self having to go back to now a four year old laptop - with all the Microsoft / Windows hiccups... sigh

so much so I'm contemplating switching the the Powerbook myself!
I just can't decide between the 15" and the 17"!?!?!

May 22, 2004, 02:41 AM
powerbook powerbook

May 22, 2004, 11:22 AM
2 for iMac, 2 for PowerBook. If it makes any difference, I should mention that the PowerBook is a discontinued PowerBook from September that had the 1MB L3 Cache.

TiBook: 3
iMacG4: 2

May 22, 2004, 02:48 PM
I think I'll go for the iMac... if my mind doesn't change by the time of purchase... :p

May 22, 2004, 03:48 PM
Go for the PB its much faster thanks to a better VID card, also you have a super drive which is much better then the combo drive. Also the TiBook has a PC card slot so you can additional USB/Firewire ports if you need em, portability is KING! PS the PB is a better gaming machine in this case.

May 22, 2004, 04:11 PM
that's it, im getting the powerbook. POWERBOOK!!!! :p , a round of applause please, for the poor indecisive bastard :) .

May 22, 2004, 04:24 PM
The iMac is WAAAAYYY overdue for an update. It will probably get a heck of a lot faster at WWDC (June 28), and may even sport a G5, depending on who you believe. At any rate, the iMac is currently put to shame by every other item in Apple's lineup.

But, then again, it sure is sexy. If you must have it, wait until June 28. Then you'll have your choice of the faster, comparably-priced model, or the current model at a much-reduced cost.

If June 28 is way too long to hold out, get the Powerbook.