15" 1.0GHz PB or 12" 1.33GHz PB?

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  1. DanTheMan macrumors member

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    Price being the same which one is the better deal? I plan on using it to supplement my Dual 1.8 G5 and use it for web browsing, lite Photoshop, lite DVD Studio Pro, and maybe some lite Motion. The specs are as follows and both are new:

    15" PowerBook G4
    PowerPC G4 Processor 1.0GHz with Velocity Engine
    256MB DDR-333 RAM
    60GB Hard Drive
    Combo 8x24x10x24 DVD-ROM/CD-RW Drive
    Integrated 4x AGP ATI Mobility RADEON 9600 Graphics Chipset (64MB VRAM)
    56K v.92 Modem
    10/100/1000 Network Adapter
    Bluetooth 1.1 Adapter

    12" Powerbook G4
    PowerPC G4 Processor 1.33GHz with Velocity Engine
    256MB DDR-333 RAM
    60GB Hard Drive
    Combo 8x24x16x24 DVD-ROM/CD-RW Drive
    Integrated 4x AGP nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 Video Chipset (64MB VRAM)
    56K V.92 Modem
    10/100 Network Adapter
    Bluetooth 1.1 Adapter
    AirPort Extreme 802.11g Wireless Network Adapter
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Get the 12". It's more portable, and it's faster. That'll come in handy when you're using PS or Motion....

    I would suggest some more RAM, though. 256 is unacceptable...
     
  3. vraxtus macrumors 65816

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  4. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    Yep...

    I agree with underpants man. Considering you already own a G5, you don't need to worry about getting more screen space. The extra speed will definitely help with the type of work you're doing. I own a 14" iBook, but am wishing I would have gotten the 12". Anything bigger than that is just a bit clunky and clumsy to carry around with you. Go with the 12". ;)
     
  5. DanTheMan thread starter macrumors member

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    Confirms what I was thinking...

    I checked some of the speed tests and the 1.33GHz makes a BIG difference over the 1.0 GHz processor. So that being said I have another question:

    Should I buy a stock model from Amazon.com or an upgraded HD (80 GB 5400 rpm) model from Apple.com?

    Price per Amzon.com: $1449 (including Tax and Shipping)
    Price per Applie.com: $1637 (including Tax and Shipping w/ Edu Discount)

    Basically is $187.74 more for the HD upgrade worth it?
     
  6. lazymuoio macrumors member

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    get the 12inch if you have apowerful desktop you should get a portable laptop the 15 although some claimit is is not nearly as portable as the 12inch if you have a desktop you dont need the extra hard drvie spac you could alwways save files to it through a network which im assuming you have set up and save the money and put more RAM in the 'book buy the ram from crucial not apple they over charge

    heres a convient linke www.crucial.com
     
  7. DanTheMan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup already planning on that...

    Lazy, I was planning on getting some additional RAM from Crucial, a 512MB stick, but thanks for the tip.
     

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