17" PB... Should I?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by EricBrian, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. EricBrian macrumors 6502a

    EricBrian

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    Heya,

    I want to buy the new 17"PB but don't know if I should. My 12" PB, that I am so in love with, is only 6 months old. I bought it the day Tiger was released.

    If I do buy it, what should I do with this 12" PB?

    Specs: 1.5 GHz 12" PB G4. It is with the CD burner and not the DVD burner.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. munkle macrumors 68030

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    If you really want the 17", sell your 12" to help finance it. You'll take a bit of a loss, it's up to you whether it's worth it or not.
     
  3. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Um, what is it about the 17" PB that your 12" can't do? ie, what do you want to use it for?
     
  4. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    DL DVD burner (I very much hate schlepping my DL burner around) and the extra screen space.
     
  5. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    why not buy an iMac instead and keep your powerbook?

    the iMac is a fair amount more powerfull then a new pb, and if you've already got a pb for a portable, why not?
     
  6. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried that... keeping them sync'd doesn't work for me.
     
  7. GroundLoop macrumors 68000

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    If you want the 17"....I say get it. They are cheap and have a ton of nice features. When they PBs go to Intel, you can bet on a semi-significant price increase.

    Hickman
     
  8. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    Arn't The MacTel's supposed to be Cheaper?
     
  9. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I ordered it. I just hope that I can sell my 12" PB pretty fast. :)
     
  10. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    dang that was quick. hope your happy with it. i kinda in the same boat you are, except for the 15". i might buy one soon also.

    congrats
     
  11. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hehehehehe... I've been thing about it since the newest models came out. But like I said, I need to sell my 12" PB now! I think CraigsList.com will help. :)
     
  12. budugu macrumors 6502

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    I say keep the 12". You will really appreciate when you are travelling. With all the cramped space on planes, trains and buses you are 300% more likely to nick, scratch dent your 2.2k laptop and also it will no fit any where period. You will probably get a 1k for your powerbook. I say go easy on other expenses for a couple of months and keep it. And mirror your most important work. leave the videos etc on 17".
     
  13. DJY macrumors 6502a

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    I concur!
    Life is too short and the 17" PB is too great!
     
  14. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  15. Sic macrumors 6502

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    is that an exact figure?! :p

    i should be getting my new 15" PB in the next coupla weeks...cant wait :D
     
  16. budugu macrumors 6502

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    if you assume that there is an exponentially increasing probability density function once you move out the limit of the 12" pb that fits the tray and then integrate over the area. Yes you will get the 300% answer. if are interested in your 15" powerbook the answer is more likely at 60-100% ;)
     
  17. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I second the motion to keep both. I have both a 17" and a 12" and I wouldn't want to give up either one. The 17" travels with me back and forth to the office and the12" when I want to lie on the couch or the bed to surf the internet or when I am traveling. If your budget will allow it I say keep both.
     
  18. RHMMMM macrumors member

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    I love my 17" - I'm so glad I bought it over the 15"
     
  19. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Me too. :)

    The 17" is amazing.
     
  20. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool. It will ship on Nov 3rd according to the Apple Store Online. And, I added another 512 MB for a total of 1GB RAM.
     
  21. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, btw, how do I get all of my programs and data off of this one onto my new one?

    Thanks.
     
  22. plasticparadox macrumors 6502

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    Check out this Apple Support article. It may or may not be helpful to you, depending on how you like to transfer your files/programs.

    I personally like to start fresh with each new OS X install/new computer, so I use FireWire target disk mode. You'll need a FireWire cable - the one that comes with the iSight will work fine or you can pick one up at the shop. In the PC world, FireWire often goes by the memorable 'IEEE 1394', so look for that if you can't find FireWire. This is the fastest way to transfer data. Other methods - external hard disks (eg. iPod), DVD, network file transfer (don't even consider this one unless you have Airport Extreme).

    You can simply drag and drop files and most programs. Some popular exceptions are Microsoft Office, Adobe, and Macromedia. You'll have to install these ones again from the original media.

    Now, if you are fine with doing a quick migration, check this link out. OS X Tiger includes a Migration Assistant that walks you through migrating your files. This is probably the easiest way.

    Good luck.
     
  23. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    Did you get the 7200 100GB or the 5400 120GB? If it were me I would do the 7200.
     
  24. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Ah the eternal question: Larger or Faster?

    While I understand your faster desire, I would go for the larger space so that I can have more stuff loaded on my HD.

    Sushi
     
  25. EricBrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with Sushi and I went with the larger HD. I figure 5400 rpm is fast enough for anything I do.
     

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