1ghz ibook g4 vs 800mhz powerbook g4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tbart1973, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
    I am in the market for a new (used) laptop and have a couple of lines on the two mentioned above. the thing is i just dont know much about processor speed, and how much faster the one is over the other... basically i like the look of the powerbook, but i am assuming the ibook is more advanced... i guess if anyone has an opinion on the merits of each i would be appreciative... thanks!
  2. macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    the 1Ghz would be better. even though the ibook is not as good looking as the powerbook i would go with it because it will be much easier browsing on a 1Ghz g4 than an 800Mhz.

    Another big thing is ram, nowadays its almost a must to have at least 1gb of ram so whichever you end up gtting, make sure you max out the ram

    good luck

    ps, i have used ibooks before and they are actually really nice
  3. macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Don't know what you're looking to spend, but I just bought the PowerBook in my sig. for $296 (after Bing cashback). I'm very happy with it. :)
  4. macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2008
    I would also recommend considering RAM quantity more so than CPU. If it's a G4 Powerbook it must be at least 867Mhz, there was never an 800MHz version ([EDIT - I was assuming an Aluminium 12", but now I see you didn't specify - maybe there was an 800MHz TiBook - I don't know), so it's quite close cut, but for most purposes the 1GHz iBook would be faster ASSUMING it has the same RAM quantity and hard disk speed. The graphics chip in the powerbook may be better - I'm not sure - the 1GHz iBook was quite a bit newer than the 867MHz PB.

    FWIW the iBook has better wireless reception (much better, due to plastic case), and ime had better battery life, though if the batteries are old that's probably a moot point. The Powerbooks were quite a bit more sturdy IME.

    The 12" PowerBook went up as high as 1.5GHz, whereas the iBook made it to 1.33GHz in the 12" and 1.42 in the 14". It might be worth hunting for other deals.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    What size powerbook is it? If its a 15", i'd get it over the ibook just for the screen size and higher resolution. The 200mhz isn't going to make that huge of a difference (they will both feel slow), but browsing the net will be much better on a 15" screen.
  6. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Yeah. And in some cases PB has faster bus than iBook.

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