iBook vs Powerbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by riggers, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. riggers macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2004
    I've been looking at buying a PowerBook (15.2") I was starting to lean towards the 1.25 GHz rather than the 1 GHz.
    But due to the fact that I should probably not be spending 1500 ukp on a new computer i started to look at the iBook 1 GHz model.

    I then found some performance stats comparing the iBook 1 GHz to the PoweBook 1 GHz and I can no longer see any compelling reason to buy a PowerBook unless I go for the 1.25 GHz PowerBook.

    Does this all sound right?

    I got the stats from:

  2. thatwendigo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Sum, Ergo Sum.
    Barring the usual cries of 'wait, and update is coming tommorrow/next week/before we die,' I think that you're probably going to be alright with the iBook if there's even any question in your mind. Short of cache-intensive tasks, the two are pretty comparable, and you could even take the difference and buy a faster hard drive and slot it in the iBook.

    Oh, and the numbers look reasonable to me. :cool:
  3. boomtopper macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2004
    UK Huddersfield
    If you go for the powerbook you will have more upgradabillity. Like for example you can upgrade the memory to 2 gig and the ibook maxs out at 640mb. You can also get a 7200 rpm hard drive for the powerbook. I am not sure if you can get a faster hard drive for a ibook. And also the powerbook has a larger cache memory which is 512 kb compared to the ibooks 256kb. I hope this helps
  4. upperblue79 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2004
    Little Rock, AR
    working for a reseller I get this question alot, besides the more options to upgrade as just mentioned, the powerbook has the option of a superdrive, and it has bluetooth built in. Also, keep in mind how and where you will be using it, because the shells are two different materials and that can come into play. If you are looking at the 15" don't forget about the illuminated keyboard on the 1.25 ghz and the widescreen looks pretty darn good when watching DVD's. Just a couple things to think about.
  5. riggers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2004
    Thanks for all your help.
    I've now gone for a refurb 15" 1.25Ghz from apple, hopefully it should arrive soon!
    Hoping I do not find the switch to taxing!
  6. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    doesn't G4 ibook also have the internal bluetooth module?

    ibook G4@800 matches powerbook G4@667 pretty much equally. that's how much better internal structure the power series has (+20%) over the consumer line - so if you use applications that drive cpu load constantly over 50% [pro audio & video] then you'd be happier with powerbook. but if the most intensive task you can imagine would be applying some photoshop filter, then ibook will do fine.

    superdrive is for powerbook only, so if that's a must, then it will be easy choice.
  7. dudeami macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2004
    If you are interested in saving money, and getting an iBook. I would suggest maybe even dropping down one notch further. The 933 MHz iBook. If you don't need the extra 20 GB of hard drive space, the performance reviews have been remarkable similar with the 933 MHz and 1 GHz iBooks. As may be expected, since the processor is only 7% faster on the more expensive model. You said that you have done some research. Have you looked at the Xbench results comparison site? This might help in comparing the 933 MHz and 1 GHz iBooks. Some people have posted the titanium Powerbooks in the iBook section, so don't use those when comparing the iBooks. You can see the results of the larger level 2 cache in the powerbooks when comparing laptops at this site. The Powerbooks are faster, but as you already know more expensive.
  8. Danrose1977 macrumors regular


    It's optional, must be bought on purchase, can't be retrofitted.

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