Getting a new powerbook, but not sure what one.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by stevey500, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Okay, So... I'm getting a powerbook! I really want the 12" powerbook, mainly cause its so small and different from other laptops out in the world. I am going to get at least a 1.33ghz model so I can get the core video support. But I have seen some 15" models with better specs for similar prices. . .
    Lets say.. there is a 12" powerbook with the following specs:
    1.33ghz
    80gb hard drive
    Gforcefx5200 64mb vid memory
    Superdrive
    512mb ram

    and there is a 15" with
    1.33ghz
    80gb hard drive
    Radeon 9600 video card 64mb
    Dual Layer superdrive
    512mb ram
    Backlit keyboard
    ...
    they both have the same price, what one would you go for, even when you are someone that likes the looks and size of the 12" powerbook but also wants performance.. ? Is the Radeon 9600 anything better than the Fx5200 nvidia GPU ? This is kinda hard... lol please help. Thanks
     
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    devilot

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    Bam! That's your answer. No other laptop will feel as compact and tiny as the 12" PB... I would know; I had a 12" 1.33GHz PB and now I have a 12" 1.33GHz iBook. I still wouldn't trade my iB for a PB-- but I do miss the tiny form factor of the PB. :eek:
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    This gives a comparison:
    http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/images/portables_comparison_chart_np.html
    I don't think there's much difference in the video cards.
    Since you mention 1.33 GHz you must be talking secondhand. Lots of people think that prices will drop in January when Apple are thought to be releasing the first Intel based machines (possibly iBooks but who the hell really knows????). Might be worth waiting.....
     
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    Will Cheyney

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    I just REALLY wish that the 12" had a widescreen aspect ratio! That day that comes, I'll replace my trusty 500Mhz TiBook.
     
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    dmw007

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    Between the two systems, I would go for the 15" PowerBook G4 (for the nice big LCD & better GPU).
     
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    Well there's a lot of talk about a 13" iBook, possibly widescreen, so maybe that's the way the little PB will go as well.
     
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    SummerBreeze

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    I have a 12" PowerBook and I love it. So small, easy to take to class. If you like the look of the 12", I say go for it. You don't want to get a bigger computer and then regret it.
     
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    cycocelica

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    I would get the 15" one. I travel with it and I do not feel like it is a big burden. I think the 12" was too small for my taste, but I did like the lightweight and compactability. If I did minimal traveling I would have got the 17". That this is amazing.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    I would go with the 15" one too. I have worked with a 17" one and im not a very big fan of it. The 15" is just right!!
     
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    Jschultz

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    I like my 15" Tibook. I was afraid that going up a size would affect portability, but it doesn't one bit. The 15" is thin as a quarter (standing up of course!) and it's only 1 lb heavier than the 12".

    I could never go back, imho.
     
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    Okay, while I see some people say the 9600 is a faster GPU, is it significantly faster to the point im really gonna feel it in a game, rendering, etc... is it core video supported? Is the illuminated keyboard reaaaaaallly needed? Can I live without those two factors ? I dont mind the PC card slot seeing as I dont see much of a reason for it for me right now. I am buying this second hand :p

    I'm gonna go up state tonight and check out the powerbooks at compusa... Maybe I'll get a better idea :p thanks
     

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