12" iB v. 14" iB v. 12" PB v. 15" PB - Let's figure this out

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smartgirlglasse, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. smartgirlglasse macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to replace my 12" powerbook (1 ghz, 512 ram), which had terrible build quality, resulting in a faulty CD Drive.

    I was waiting for the 12" PB updates on Wednesday; alas, none came. So, my options are to buy a fully loaded 12" PB, 12" iBook, 14" iBook, or 15" PB.

    Here's how they work out. Now, tell me, for a student that values portability, wireless connectivity, and the ability to work with large docs/graphics and run multiple programs (hence, needing RAM), which do you think is the best buy, and why?

    Specs are as follows, pulled from the apple site with my configs, edu pricing.

    iBook 12" 1.33GHz Combo - $1400
    1.33GHz PowerPC G4
    1.5GB DDR333 SDRAM (512MB built-in & 1GB SO-DIMM)
    100GB Ultra ATA drive
    Keyboard & Mac OS X - U.S. English
    Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
    Accessory kit
    12.1-inch TFT Display
    1024x768 resolution
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
    32MB DDR video memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme
    Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Scrolling Trackpad
    Sudden Motion Sensor

    iBook 14" 1.42GHz - $1600
    1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    1.5GB DDR333 SDRAM (512MB built-in & 1GB SO-DIMM)
    100GB Ultra ATA drive
    Keyboard & Mac OS X - U.S. English
    Accessory kit
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    14.1-inch TFT Display
    1024x768 resolution
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
    32MB DDR video memory
    60GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    Built-in AirPort Extreme
    Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Scrolling Trackpad
    Sudden Motion Sensor

    PowerBook 12" 1.5GHz SuperDrive - $1715
    1.5GHz PowerPC G4
    1.256GB DDR333 (256MB built-in + 1GB SO-DIMM)
    100GB Ultra ATA drive @5400rpm
    AirPort Extreme Card
    Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    12.1-inch TFT Display with 1024x768 resolution
    Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics card with 64MB DDR memory
    Full size keyboard
    10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    USB 2.0 and FireWire 400

    PowerBook 15" 1.67GHz SuperDrive - $2430/$2159
    1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor
    2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 - 2x1GB SO-DIMMs/1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
    120GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
    AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
    15.2-inch TFT widescreen display with 1440x960 resolution
    Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card with 128MB DDR memory
    Full-size, backlit keyboard
    Gigabit Ethernet
    USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 & 800
    Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
     
  2. swindmill macrumors 6502a

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    You would have to decide whether you want a 12" or otherwise. I personally like the portability of a 12" for use with school. Also, I would not buy the RAM from Apple if you are trying to keep costs to a minimum. The build quality of the Powerbooks is noticeably better than that of the ibooks, so keep that in mind. Some people are surprised at how different the two are in that respect. I would say the ibook fits your needs, but it also fits mine and I went with the Powerbook and I'm very satisfied with the decision. Sometimes merely meeting your needs isn't the only thing to consider.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    (*sigh* try using the search function...)

    you say you're a student who wants wireless and the ability to run 'lots of programs'... and work with large documents and graphics... are you some sort of graphic design student? or you just like to mess around with photoshop?

    usually, people who need a powerbook show up asking questions like- can it handle my RAW workflow? i need it to crunch and render this number of files in this ammount of time...

    i think an ibook would be plenty fast for you. get whichever size feels right.
     
  4. sethypoo macrumors 68000

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    If you think your 12" PowerBook G4 had terrible build quality, wait till you get your hands on a flimsy, plastic iBook. Now that will feel very, very cheap to you.

    I would recommend the new 15" PowerBook G4. Unlike the iBook, the PB will have a solid feel to it, and its keyboard will be a dream to type on compared to an iBook. Also, the extra screen real estate that Apple has just released will make it easy for you to spread out.

    Also, the more computer you buy now, the longer it will stay "up-to-date" in the real world. Max out your RAM after you get your PowerBook, too. Crucial.com is a good company to go with for that.
     
  5. PaRaGoNViCtiM macrumors 6502a

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    I totally concur with Sethypoo. If you're weary about the build quality on your 12" PB, I definitely don't recommend going with the iBook. I went to a 15" 1.5GHz PB from a 12" PB. I just couldn't handle how small the 12" was, and I just didn't like the looks of it. I'm also a student so portability is an issue for me, and I find the 15" Powerbook works out very, very nicely!!!!
     

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