Difference between 1.2GHz and 1.33Ghz iBook

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  1. myshoeshurt macrumors regular

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    How noticable is the speed difference between the 1.2GHz and 1.33GHz 12" iBooks? Is this a good deal for $675?

    1.2 GHz G4, 512 MB SDRAM, 60 GB HD, 32 MB VRAM, Combo Drive, Airport, Bluetooth.

    I could upgrade the RAM which would speed it up... but should I just go with the newest rev. (1.33GHz)?
     
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    I've owned both machines. That is a pretty good deal for a 1.2ghz -- does it still have apple warranty or applecare?
    If not, keep in mind that the bluetooth is only 1.1 and their is no scrolling trackpad or sensor motion. I like both those features. also, you get 1.5 gigs of ram in a 1.33ghz -- if you max it out. Only 1.25gigs in a 1.2 iBook.
     
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    The 1.33 GHz also has the improved video card and of course comes with Tiger. Not sure about the 1.2 GHz model.

    I would go for the 1.33 at $799.00 to get the latest model available at a fantastic price.
     
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    The processor speed difference could be negligible, but the graphics card on the 1.33GHz has a clear advantage (Radeon 9550). It's even faster than the one in the 12" Powerbook (Geforce Go 5200), despite the difference in VRAM (The Powerbook has 64MB, whereas the iBook has only 32MB).

    But for $675, I think it's a good deal.
     
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    there is no motion sensor but you can enable trackpad scrolling with a driver hack. I find it excellent especially the two finger right click which apple don't provide on their scrolling models.
     
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    It doesn't matter if it's "even" faster than a 5200 Go with 32 MB of RAM, because they're both obsolete video cards anyway. Neither the 9200 in the older iBook, the 9550 in the new iBook, or the 5200 Go in the PowerBook (which is the same card that came in my 2.5 year old 12" PowerBook", by the way) are fast. It's like saying, "Hey, this piece of isht smells a little better than the other piece of isht."

    However, iScroll2 IS the answer for trackpad scrolling, so that's an idea. However, it has a habit of making some computer unusable. I've had that experience. My computer would instantly go into a kernel panic every time I restarted from a previous kernal panic. I had to reinstall everything (archive and install). This problem may come after a OSX update from Apple. I personally don't trust it since I have experienced problems with it, like many other people have after updating to 10.4.2 (if I remember correctly).
     

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