12 vs 14 Which is a better buy??

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  1. Peter Griffin macrumors regular

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    Let's say money isn't an issue. Judging from the latest revision, which iBook do you think is the best buy? Why? Just curious since I'm trying to figure this out myself.
     
  2. finalcoolman macrumors 6502

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    Unless it is your main/only computer; 12". If you already have a nice desktop PC/Mac there's no reason to want a desktop type replacement, much better to go for the portability.
     
  3. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

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    I'm going to say 12"

    The 14"'s minimal processor upgrade is something you won't exactly notice, and they both only have a max resolution of 1024x768.

    It all comes down to whether you really need a DVD burner or not.
     
  4. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    It's all about if you need to burn DVDs in the future, or would like to have peace of mind incase you EVER need to burn a DVD. I just bought the computer in my sig (G4 1.42GHz iBook) and since purchase I've burned 6 DVDs very fast and accurate!

    It all comes down to the SuperDrive, really.
    Because the extra 90MHz isn't worth the money.

    Hope that helps!! :)

    BTW, use the search fuction, there have been MANY posts about this. :)

    EDIT: neoelectronaut beat me to it :(
     
  5. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

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    Heh. I was planning on picking up an iMac G5 soon, but I've changed my mind to an iBook 12". I'll keep around the eMac for DVD purposes. :)
     
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  7. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    To me, it doesn't seem right that Apple won't offer a higher resolution on the 14". That is the only reason I would hesitate to choose it over the more portable 12".
     
  8. gregorydanger macrumors member

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    Go to an Apple store and compare both models side-by-side -- that's really the best way to judge which model, for you, is a better buy.
     
  9. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well this will be my primary machine...

    I don't really have a need for the Superdrive but as someone said earlier it is good to know that it'll always be there.

    I'm leaning towards the 12 inch since it offers the same resolution in a mroe compact case. The onyl reason why I'm so hesitant is because the 14 inch looks like a better bargain. What do you think?
     
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    Great MR name Peter ;) I say check it out in person if you can. The 12" is more portable but after using this 14" screen for awhile I actually find the 12" screens to be too small for me anymore. It really just depends on your preference.
     
  12. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...most seem to say go for the 12" and I don't necessarily disagree but I will say that you should *look* first...even though the screen on the 14" runs at the same rez as the 12" to some people this is an advantage if their eyesight is slightly "gone." People in here sometimes harp on about the resolutions of Apple's laptops (and personally, I'd buy one with a higher rez) but I can tell you that where I work supporting a large network of computers I am most often asked to "make everything bigger" - very very few seem to want to run their computers at the native resolution...this is of course not an absolute, but something to keep in mind - look at what works for *you*....oh yeah!
     
  13. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    If you don't need the superdrive you can order it BTO without one and save $100 (90 edu).

    Take into account the difference in the hard drive sizes ($50/$45) and you'll find that the 14" is $150 ($115 edu) more than the 12". For that you get:

    a minimally faster computer. And a larger screen.

    So with the 12" you get:

    a lighter, more portable computer, and $150 or $115.
     
  14. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've just put down an order for the 12 inch....Someone please tell me I made the right decision :)
     
  15. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    I've had a 12" iBook for over 4 years, and I've never liked a computer more.
     
  16. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do your eyes ever feel strained from using a 12 inch screen for long periods of time?
     
  17. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    how many times are we gonna hash out the 12 vs 14...? :rolleyes:

    get the 14, the 12 is too small for comfort, in my opinion
     
  18. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    ^^^ he wanted this...

    Not this: :rolleyes:
    :rolleyes:
     
  19. godbout macrumors regular

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    I think that you made the right decision! Both are awesome, both are great deals. Everyone has thier opinions about whether the 14" screen is too big for 1024X768 but if you are used to looking at a regular 15" or even 17" LCD on a desktop that is what many of them run. If you feel that you need a dvd burner you can always grab a Firewire/USB 2.0 one they are becoming dirt cheap. Also if you would like a bigger screen save up and get a nice ACD :D (or some other less expensive LCD) and then you have the best of both worlds! I have had the iBook in my sig for 5 years and it is a great little machine. You can bring it everywhere and even if you beat the tar out of it, it will be no worse for the wear. Good Luck with your purchase!
     
  20. 512ke macrumors 6502a

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    You will love your purchase either way. I've had tons of Macs, and the iBook is the best (maybe tying with my G4 iMac). We use all kinds of Macs at work, but I've found the iBook to be a great, well-designed, rugged machine. You may want to max out the memory like I did. It makes everything run _really_ smoothly. You'll also dig the battery life and the wifi reception. It's great. Enjoy.
     
  21. ph0rk macrumors 6502

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    Remember the laptop superdrives still aren't DL; for less than the price difference between the 12" and the 14" you can get an external DL burner (and make backups of 9GB DVDs). And, if you feel the need to copy a DVD while out and about, just make an image and burn it when you get home.

    And, assuming your eyes are fine, the 14" screen is a waste, imho.
     

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