Can the 17" powerbook get any better looking ??

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by babka, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. babka macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2004
    It looks so damn sharp. I wonder if the looks ( not internal components ) can even get any better! I mean 1 inch thick, futuristic-looking, sleek silver. Sony and other companies really have a long way too go to catch up.

    But I wonder if the new powerbooks these days will still look modern and not outdated even in 5 years?
  2. dotnina macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004
    I think they will look pretty modern, even in a few years. It's simple, sleek, and clean.

    I think the Powerbooks have the best look to date.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I think the 12"+15" PBs look great, the 17" I just think is too big :eek:
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I agree, the keyboard also looks too small..
    The 12-incher could be a little thinner, so the 15-incher is the best looking...
  5. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2003
    Long Beach, California
    I'm really curious about what they're going to do when they move to the G5. They'll probably keep the same Alu design, but make some minor changes, like what they did for the iBook G4. The current PBs look awesome.
  6. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Yeah, I think the Powerbooks look great as they are and it's hard to imagine how Apple can improve it, but I thought the same thing about the iMac G4!!

    When the G5 Powerbook comes out, I'll prob be initially unimpressed, then it'll slowly grow on me and after a week I'll be gagging for one, esp after I see it in the flesh! :p
  7. earthtoandy macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2003
    i agree... i dont see how it can be improved upon. it is perfect. so minimalistic and sleek yet bold! and that little apple that lights up is the icing on the cake.
  8. babka thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2004
    Yea but I cant imagine how much smaller or thinner the 1 inch 17" powerbook can get. Maybe lighter and faster, but smaller and/or better looking...I can't imagine. ;)
  9. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    don't forget the Ti

    Even the Titaniums are still better looking then most PC laptops. It was definitely the first that blew my mind in what the form factor of a laptop could be.
  10. earthtoandy macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2003
    hell the ibooks look better than pc laptops. powerbooks are lightyears ahead.

    i LOVE the moving of all ports to the side and no damn flap!
  11. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Don't you know size matters? :D

    Kiera's been lying to you... ;)

    The 17" is a great machine if you've got the right bag and you're over about 5'9", otherwise it bounces off your hip-bone when its in the bag.
  12. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    i think it would be nice if they moved to a touch-sensitive (like the mac-in-touch) backlit kb for all models. they probably won't but still...and also it would look even better if there was a choice of colors for the apple logo on the back like pink, orange, white, blue, etc
  13. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL

    In 5 years? Yah. Never underestimate the ability of Apple's design team. If they can come out with products like this:


    Whatever Apple comes out with its going to make current PowerBooks look old and dilapidated. That and eventually :rolleyes: PC companies will catch on and copy the PowerMac shell. Once that happens the PowerBook is just going to be another pretty face in the crowd. I mean right now there are PC laptops that are UNDER 1” thick. Once they decide a metal shell is a good idea *shrugs*
  14. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I would not buy that :eek:
  15. mms macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    I remember wondering how they were going to improve from the Pismo to the first G4 PowerBooks... and then how they were possiblly going to improve on the TiBooks... or from the G3 iMac to the G4... Come to think of it, I wonder about that every time a new design is about to come out. And the Apple design team manages to deliver every single time.
  16. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    I honestly dont think the PC industry will copy the Powerbook's design for a good while. It is just to expensive for them to do so. if you see the same spec'd laptop (on the pc side) the "typical" user would shrug it off.
  17. iceTrX macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2004
    Outside of Detroit.
    I don't see how the powerbooks could really be made to look better in their current form factor. Maybe we are in for a total redesign to the notebook. :D
  18. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    I would like it if Apple was able to some how encorporate the Xbrite technology into the powerbook screens. Then they would look amazing!
  19. NCTRNL macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2004
    Kansas City
    I would have to say that the current screens are pretty damn amazing...
  20. bdomz macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2004
    all of apples laptops look great. I think Dells Inspiron notebooks are just stupid looking and IBMs are so plain (although I kinda dig the simple black look of the thinkpads). It seems like every home decor magazine I look in always shows either a G4 imac or an Ibook on their computer desks or office equipment so macs must be the most stylish computers out there.
  21. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    I have always loved the TiBooks...but my 12" PowerBook is great too.

    My aunt has a 17" PowerBook and that thing is just plain GREAT! It is smaller than you actual use, I can hold it on my lap. It is the Rev. A BTW. It really is the best laptop I've seen in years.
  22. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I would like to see the 17 get an extra row so that the function keys are seperate.
  23. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    I guess at this point most of the improvements to any (future) PB's would be under-the-hood, so to speak and so I would assume that any cosmetic changes would be to deal with new technical issues.

    I would like to see:

    1. The return of black. I know there are many black laptops out there, but there are many silver ones too. I just like black. My pismo is black.

    2. Screen technology improvement. Whether it be OLED or something else, I would like thinner, more flexible and improved viewing angle and contrast, not to mention resolution. Possibly detachable, although I have no idea how that would be feasible.

    3. Super duper battery technology. Thin footprint, awe-inspiring battery life.

    there is actually very little to improve upon aesthetically...
  24. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Something better will always come along. Maybe they'll use another material, or add a USB port on the right side of the 12" so that my USB mouse cable doesn't have to reach over to the left side to plug into it. Of course, this is only a problem for 1) Right-handed people 2) People with no Bluetooth mouse. :(
  25. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    I have a friend (who's never had a Mac) that said when I told him I'd bought a 17" PowerBook, "why would you want something that huge?" He was shocked to find out once he saw it that it weighs less and is smaller proportionally in every way (except for the width) than the 15" PC notebook he carries around. :p I still laugh when I hear people say that the 17" is too big when it's only 1 pound heavier and 1.5 inch wider than the 15" PB.

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