Macbook vs. iBook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by opik, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. opik macrumors member

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    Hello,
    I bought the last model of iBook G4 14" back in December and now I have this craze to to sell and get the macbook. Can someone please compare the $1299 macbook to the laptop i have? ..not the configuration, i meant the insider's pros and cons & defects.

    also...when is a good time to buy a new mac? every four years?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Do you need Classic Mac OS Support? (Yes/No)
    2. Do you need a SuperDrive? (Yes/No)
    3. Do you WANT black or white? (Yes/No)
     
  3. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    Well, with the macbook, you have all these reports of mooing and whining, which may be few and far between, but the problem still exists. Also, your ibook has a dedicated graphics card, whereas the macbook has the intel integrated graphics. Pro to the macbook- it is a lot faster than your ibook (except possibly when running programs through rosetta)
     
  4. mark! macrumors 65816

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    For a normal user I would say 6 years :eek:

    My iMac G3 (450 MHz) STILL works great for internet browsing etc.
    Love it.
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, but I'm sure the MB's video would still outperform the iBook's.. the iBook only had 32MB vram.
     
  6. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Looking at the MacBook I'm typing on right now…

    Very fast, dual-core processor which your iBook doesn't have.

    Mine has no mooing, whining, or discoloring (the MBs from a few weeks before mine stopped having those problems like the earliest models did).

    The GMA 950 is fine if you aren't an heavy gamer, and I can play all the games I'm interested in (Zero Hour, SC4: Rush Hour, Homeworld 2) excellently.

    So, pros and cons:

    iBook

    Pros:
    - PowerPC so software that isn't UB yet still runs at full speed
    - 14'' screen

    Cons:
    - Single-core processor
    - Will fall behind faster than the MacBook in supporting new tech

    MacBook

    Pros:
    - Dual-core processor
    - Built-in iSight
    - Up to 2 Gb DDR RAM
    - MagSafe
    - 13.3'' widescreen

    Cons:
    - GMA 950 (really only a con if you don't have a lot of money and are a big gamer–otherwise perfectly fine)
    - Some (not very many, but some) MBs exhibit said problems - mooing, whining, etc.

    As for purchase rate, depends on the person. My dad usually gets a new computer every 5 years because he doesn't need the latest and greatest. I get a new computer every 2 years because I like to stay up-to-date but I don't want to spend tons of money.

    And yes, the GMA 950 easily outperforms the iBook's graphics card.
     

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