ibook V. powerbook [again]

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by atacinus, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. atacinus macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2003
    New York City
    Okay, here.s a question...I.m looking to get a 12' book to do some video editing on the go...now as of now I can afford one of the two -

    either a 12' iBook with 80gb hard drive and 1gb ram


    a 12' powerbook with 60gb harddrive and 512mb ram

    I might be able to upgrade the powerbook ram later, but that is a maybe...which should I go with?

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Hmm... The iBook is very tempting but the PowerBook would be slightly more competent so long as you promise to upgrade the RAM. Video editing is all about RAM and hard drive space. :)

    The iBook really should suffice unless you want to start using external displays which is when the better graphics card and the inbuilt spanning feature really would help.

    Have you used a 12 inch screen before? Do you think you'll be fine working from one? It's not nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be however I've got very good eyesight. So, if you think you'll be needing an external display, get the PowerBook with 1GB of RAM at least. Otherwise, get the iBook.
  3. javiercr macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2005
    if the powerbook has the superdrive then the powerbook, writing DVDs can be useful to export the movies and also to save data and free up the HD.
  4. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    If you can afford the PowerBook, get the PowerBook.

    64 MB vs 32 MB VRAM, up to 100 BG HD and mainly the DVI out

    are all important factors to consider.

    12" is highly portable, but small for long projects, so the PowerBook's

    DVI out and better VRAM would sway my decision to upgrade.
  6. switchr92 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005

    I would say powerbook. It has a superdrive, double the vram, slightly faster processor, and spanning. The superdrive is very important for video editting, the combo. (slightly) faster processor and double the vram will make it a better preformer, and the spanning will come in handy when you want a bigger, easier to use screen at the desk. I would definetely wait for the update. I know that everyone thinks it's going to suck, but i think it will be at least a little better. Good luck with your purchase!
  7. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    If you need a superdrive, the ability to span to an external monitor (not using the hack) or the ability to input audio without using an imic then go with the powerbook. For what you say you are going to use it for, I would get a powerbook.
  8. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Go with the PowerBook. Sure, I made be biased because I love my PowerBook, but it is a pro tool and should help you to get more work done. Plus, the Aluminum is pretty ;)

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