12" PB vs 14" iBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Majikthese42, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Majikthese42 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2005
    I had been planning on buying a 14" iBook while I'm waiting for the Intel Macs, nothing special, I don't need to impress the guy or gal in the next airplane seat, but I thought I'd wait until the new PBs were released before I ordered. The new, larger PBs were underwhelming, at least when it comes to my particular needs, but then I noticed that they dropped the price on the unchanged 12" PB by $200.

    The Amazon price is $1499 - a $150 rebate = $1349 for the PB vs $1299 - $125 = $1174 for the iBook. No tax and free shipping.

    Apple Care is a few bucks cheaper for the iBook. The PB has the aluminum case, a larger hard drive and a slightly faster processor. Same screen resolution.

    So now for $175 more I'm inclined to order the 12" PB. Have I missed something?

  2. switchr92 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Go PB

    Definetely go PB. The much better deal of the two.
  3. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    If you can go PB.

    I don't like PBs do to this = easily to dent and warping

    I don't like the iBooks do to this = easily scratchable.

    I'd rather have an easily scratchable notebook rather than a dented, warped notebook.

    Just my 2 cents :)
  4. TaKashMoney macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2005
    I wnet 12 ibook with more ram and saved more than either. But if you need a superdrive, or some other features like native screen spanning id go PB.
  5. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    Excellent point. Performance wise, the two are all but indistinguishable right now.

    Don't buy the PowerBook unless you need any of the specific "pro" features it offers.

    My iBook does marvelously with the approximate same usage pattern.

    The unfortunate thing right now is that power users aren't going to be as satisfied as they once were with PowerBooks (marginally better for the 15" and 17" models).

    If you need Mac horsepower these days (until the big transition), you're stuck buying a G5 desktop.
  6. toezter macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2004
    Madison, WI
    another point, the 14" has the same resolution as the 12".

    IMO, if you're looking at the 14" ibooks, consider the 12" ibook, since its smaller and will be easier to lug around.

    i've owned a 12" ibook and powerbook. my friends have a 14" ibook. i would much rather go with the 12"ers. unless its a 15" WIDESCREEN pb with HIGHER resolution.

    get it?

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