Buying The 17in PB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Tre-c, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2003
    Im planing on buying a PBg4 17 inch by sept due to school cus my sony vaio isnt cutting it. Someone said there probably wont be a update for another 6 months or so which is ok with me. I just want others oppinions on this aswell. Should I go ahead and buy. I do know if i do buy i wil be so happy with it no matter what.
  2. macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    well with whats goin on with the 15 inch powerbooks nobody knows what apple is up too. many of us have been saying laptops will be updated but updates never have come. the 17 is a great laptop right now. dont be scared about a g5 or anything being in it soon. the only thing that would probably be changed is a faster processor, faster and better GPU and little first revision quirks being squashed, although i havent seen many. 17 is great now and just wait and read the rumors when it comes time for you to buy.

  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Tre --- the 17" can handle ANYTHING!!!!

    if you're just doing word processing and internet, then buy it now (speed won't make a difference on that)

    it will already do a great job with video and DVD-burning, but a faster bus will help that......... so if you're doing that kind of work, and you can manage to wait, then wait until late sept (when they'll probably come out)

    otherwise --- its a WONDERFUL and AWESOME machine already....... even buying it now, you'll be happy
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2002
    in Limbo
    Tre, you could wait till the Apple Expo in France, maybe Apple would announce new PowerBooks then. It's not too much of a wait though, you don't want to rush in and buy the 17" PowerBook as they might get upgraded soon with the video card also being upgraded. "Haste make waste", or I could be palin wrong.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    i broke down and bought a 17 after weeks and weeks of waiting with zero word from apple on new 15".

    the 17 is a beast! it's got amazing firepower. the screen is gorgeous. it gets a ton of looks. it burns dvds.

    it's pretty damn amazing.

    seriously, if you've got the cash, you should just pick one up.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Rumor has it that the current Rev of the 17 is EOL'ed.

    Meaning new ones may be coming.

    You can do one of three things:

    1. Buy the 17 now, and have a 17 now.
    2. Wait a bit, and exploit a price drop.
    3. Wait a bit, and get an updated 17.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    Do keep in mind that if you need it by a certain date, avalabilty may be important. If the current 17's have EOL'd and stock runs low and the new 17 doesnt ship right away (apple is known for this) then you might not be able to pick one up for a while.
  8. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2002
    I just bought a 17" yesterday and its an amazing machine. I highly recommend it. Do you really thinkt that Apple would update their 17" in 6 months time, I mean, the machine was just launched. Wouldn't it do harm to their sales of the 17'. They just released it! And plus the fact that people would get highly annoyed as well. I've had my PB 1ghz for about a year now, and it took only about a year for its line to be updated, so im thinking that it will take roughly a year for the 17" to be updated, however I might be wrong (by updated, i mean by hardware, not software like os x 10.3). I also think that the new 15" would still retain the g4 chip due to the simple fact that if they were to introduce the g5's, it would harm sales of the 17" and 12" that i iterate were just released. Just my 2 cents. I might be wrong though... only time will tell :cool: :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    Just buy it

    All anyone is really expecting on the 17" is a processor bump. Other than that, it's the most "up to date" of all the PowerBooks. I'd just do what I could to snag one now and enjoy the next few months. Waiting might get you a slightly faster machine. MIGHT.

    Good luck
  10. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    advancing technology is a fact of life in the computing world. 6 months is quite a long time in the technology time scale and it would not be out of line at all if apple updated the 17". it will do apple more harm not to update regularly -- look at people waiting for the new 15". people who'd really get annoyed at this update cycle don't know enough about computers. sure, people will be a bit jealous of faster or cheaper machine, but they just move on. afterall, updates don't make their "old" machines slower or obsolete.

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