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Old Jul 24, 2003, 12:28 AM   #1
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ibook vs. powerbook ... heat dissipation

i initially was looking into a 12" powerbook

but i was swayed by comments that it got very....sometimes unbearibly hot

a 12" ibook would suit my needs... i think and
with its better battery life, better airport reception, and heat dissipation it would be better for me
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 12:54 AM   #2
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Well, I am sure with either computer you would be happy, and I personally wouldn't be swayed by others comments, but if you can find that you like the iBook feature set better, and can save some coin as well, I would say congrats and enjoy your mac.
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 12:57 AM   #3
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if you need airport extreme, bluetooth or the power of the g4, go for the PowerBook, otherwise get you the ibook.
If it is only a mobile station for you, personnaly I think you don t need the dvd burner, the ultimate cpu power, or ae on the road. If however the Notebook will be your main station, get the PowerBook.
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 01:08 AM   #4
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Well if you know that the iBook has all the features you want (no Superdrive, no APExtreme), then get the iBook. The large majority of people don't take advantage of APExtreme anyway. Most people are fine with Airport. You sound like you would be fine with Airport, too. Also, iBooks are sturdier for students, in my opinion. Its a better solution for students not doing graphics or video work regularly, IMO.

Save the money and get an iBook unless you're doing something mega, something hardcore like porn , 'intensive' Photoshop renders (lighter work is fine), digital video, or music production. The iBook will generally do everything else quite well. Of course, I'm one of those people who are happy with their AMD 650MHz PC with 256MB RAM. It actually feels faster than "faster" PC's and Macs that I've used, even an 800MHz iMac.

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Old Jul 24, 2003, 03:27 AM   #5
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thanks for your help

and yes it will be my main station... my only one
i'll be a college student in september
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 06:05 AM   #6
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It depends on what you do with the 12" PB

My sister has had one for a week now... when she first got it, and was setting it up (reading from the Jaguar CD for a while, doing whatever it has to do) it got rather warm in the front left hand corner.

It gets a bit warm if you import cd after cd into iTunes so the processor is working hard encoding.

All the other times, it's very cool to touch (and to look at!)

800Mhz 17" iMac / 768mb RAM / 200GB HDD
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 10:53 AM   #7
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The bottom left hand corner (under the left palm rest) is where both the iBook and 12" AlBook get the hottest. That's where the hard disk is located in the machine. It's actually the ONLY place I've ever noticed any heat on the outside of the case on my 12" iBook.

My recommendation? If you're doing video editing or heavy-duty Photoshop work, get the 12" PowerBook. If not, save a few bucks and get the iBook. Spend the savings on an iPod.
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