Help! 12" or Macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by snh628, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. snh628 macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I have a 12" PB that Apple has agreed to replace (I've had many problems since July). They also said that I could apply the value of my 12" towards something else, so I'd pay $450 for a new Macbook. If you were me, what would you do? Would you swap out the 12" and get the new one or get the Macbook? I need it to last me through my comps, proposal and dissertation (so like 3-4 years).

    I'm a doctoral student and my main applications are mail, Firefox or Safari, iTunes, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat reader (for articles) and Endnote (it interfaces with Word for my references). I also have a Treo which I synch with iCal and the Address book. I have an external display and an external ergonomic keyboard for long writing sessions.

    Thanks in advance for your advice and help!
     
  2. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    I say stick with PowerPC. See if they'll let you bump up to a 15" without additional cost :D. Some will say that first revisions have all sorts of speed bumps along the way (referring to the Macbooks), others will contest that "since it's Intel" there won't be any/as many. I tend to think there will be several significant issues to be worked out and would rather invest in what works well for the time being, then upgrade to a Macbook once a few revisions have taken place.

    Based on the software you use, I don't really think using an Intel Mac is going to hamper you much (if at all).

    Just my opinion, take it as you will.
     
  3. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I asked, and they wouldn't let me bump up to the 15" at no cost :(. They should after all of the trouble I've had! I appreciate the advice - anyone else?
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Wait a minute... are you talking about the current 15" MacBook Pro or a future released 12" MacBook (or MacBook Pro)?

    If they'll change the 12" for the new MacBook Pro, and you don't mind the larger screen/form factor then $450 for a spanking new MacBook Pro is a very good deal... IMO... :eek:
     
  5. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, it would be the current MacBook (15"). I don't think I want to/can wait a few months to see what happens because my hard drive and logic board are messed up!
     
  6. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Well I have the current 12'' laptop, and would trade it + $450 for a Macbook Pro in a heartbeat.
     
  7. Mord macrumors G4

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  8. Gordy macrumors 6502a

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    Macbook

    I've just got rid of my 12in pb just waiting for the macbook to arrive now :(
     
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    There is no current MacBook (15"). It's either the new Intel driven MacBook Pro (only in 15") or the good old PowerBook G4 (15", which also comes in 12" & 17").
     
  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    macbook pro. If you want this to last another 3-4 years go with the brand new tech, not the stuff that's already over a year old.
     
  11. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, I forgot the "Pro", yes, it would be the MacBook Pro.

    Thanks for all of your feedback everyone!
     
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  13. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    macbook

    macbook, itll be a lil slow with rosetta but for what ur doing word etc its not gonna make a diff.
     
  14. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Huh?

    I'm sorry, but, um, what does this mean????
     
  15. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    IBM (PPC) old CPU's
    Intel (x86) new CPU's
     
  16. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I kind of thought so, but then I wanted to make sure I was thinking the right thing. I'm sorry that I'm being so wishy-washy. I've had such a terrible experience with my 12" PB (first Mac since 1998) that I'm feeling a bit gunshy. I just don't know...
     
  17. DJ Bliss macrumors newbie

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    Definitely MacBook Pro

    Staying with the 12" PB would be a terrible decision. Even the newest Powerbook is way too slow. Apple had been falling behind until the MacBooks came out. DEFINITELY get the MacBook. Now that they are available they make the powerbooks almost worthless. Powerbook is a safe bet because it is familiar and proven to be reliable. But there is no good reason to think the MacBook Pros will have any problems. A MacBook would last many many years longer than a powerbook, especially with newer software eventually only being written for x86.

    Just my $0.02
     
  18. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    MacBook Pro...1 reason you will wish you had in a few months
     
  19. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely get a MacBook. For that price you will never be able to beat, plus it will set you up for a long time and just think how much faster it'll be! :D
     
  20. danny_w macrumors 601

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    While I agree that the PB was falling behind and the Macbook Pro will undoubtedly be faster, I seriously question your statement above. If past history of Apple's first revision products in any indication at all, there is a lot of reason to believe that there may and probably will be problems. Just look at the first revision iMac G5 as an example. IIRC, Apple has had issues with just about every first revision product that they have built in at least the past several years. OTOH, the OP has had issues with his current PB, so he may be no worse off.
     
  21. themacman macrumors 6502

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    i have a new 15'' powerbook and if i was offered to upgrade i would do it because the macbook pro really has some sweet features like frontrow, photobooth, and not to mention its going to be about 5X faster then you 12'' powerbook.
     
  22. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Thanks everyone - I appreciate hearing all of the opinions on both sides. Oh, and I'm a she, not a he :). Of course you can't tell from my name.
     
  23. NeuronBasher macrumors regular

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    The difference between previous Apple products and the new Intel based products is that Apple was the only consumer of the technology before. They had custom motherboards, chipsets, and the whole nine yards. With the new Intel systems, they're using Intel chipsets and designs that are very close to what the rest of the Intel world is using. I agree with the others that say that there is no reason to think that there will be significant issues with the Rev. A MacBook Pro.
     
  24. snh628 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I've decided to get the entry level Macbook Pro. I will let you all know how it is when I get it. Thanks again for your help.
     

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