Need Help Deciding...Please help!!

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  1. DesignIt macrumors member

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    I am debating on these two systems:

    PowerBook 15" 1.67GHz $2054
    Part Number: Z0B6
    Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM
    Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    AirPort Extreme Card
    1.67GHz PowerPC G4 w/128MB VRAM dual
    80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm

    PowerBook 17" 1.67GHz $2309
    Part Number: Z0BA
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM
    AirPort Extreme Card
    80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400rpm
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English

    The 17" is $255 more expensive than the 15". I want a portable mainly to move around the house, go outside, to the coffee shop, bring it to school, bring it to my internship (graphic designer). It's primary purpose is not for traveling. With that in mind, is the $255 extra worth the trade off? I get a superdrive and 2" more.

    Or am I better off getting the 15" and getting a $230 19" pc monitor?

    I took the super drive option off of the 15" to drop the price a bit and add the 128MB VRAM dual card, instead of the standard 64, as I don't really have any need for the superdrive. If I do, I figure I could buy an external one.

    Oh yeah, this will be my primary computer...no desktop backup.

    I have never owned a mac, let alone a portable one, so I am not sure which way to go.

    Thanks for any feedback!! =)
     
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I would get the 15" for the 128MB VRAM you put in there. PB's can span, so hooking to an external monitor is no problem. You don't really need a 17" screen. And there'll be no room for your coffee on the table if you put a 17" pb on it. :p
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Agreed. Go for the 15" 1.67GHz PowerBook G4 w/ 128MB VRAM!
     
  4. SRSound macrumors 6502

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    I think the size of the 17" PB might discourage you from bringing it places. Personally, I find the 12" to be the absolute ideal size for portability.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Lugging a 17" PowerBook G4 would not be a lot of fun.
    But all of that screen real-estate...hard to resist! :D

    12" PB = usually mobile
    15" PB = occasionally mobile
    17" PB = rarely mobile
     
  6. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Depends how much you move around and how much mobility you need.
     
  7. DesignIt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I am pretty much set on getting the 15" model with that exact configuration. Now it's just a matter of when.

    I'm not sure I should wait until september when the powerbook is supposed to be upgraded.
     
  8. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I have the 15in PB just like the one you are thinking about, it is an awesome machine. Save your money you will like the portability of the 15in. Get your self a nice external monitor.
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that you will be very happy with the 15" model. My wife chose that size, because the 17" just seemed so large. Taking away from portability.

    When to purchase depends on how much you in need of the PowerBook now. Chances are it will only be a speed increase. Also with the waiting game there is always an update coming in the future.

    Would also recommend AppleCare.
     
  10. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    I would get the 15" with 128MB of VRAM. Still quiet portable especially compared to PC laptops of the same size.
     
  11. DesignIt thread starter macrumors member

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    Agreed.

    For you veteran laptop carriers, do you recommend the applecare warranty?
     
  12. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    For a Laptop: YES. I don't know about Apple's yet (just ordered first one yesterday) but my brothers and sisters Dell have had some quite expensive repairs down in the 1 and 2 years that they have had them. Dell's warranty is excellent for getting things repaired plus they have accident protection. My brother cracked the backing to his lcd and the replaced it.

    The good thing about Applecare is that you can add it up to the last day of your standard 1 year warrenty. I will probably add it a few months before it runs out.
     
  13. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I purchase AppleCare on all of my Mac's. It has paid for itself on my Wife's iBook and PowerBook.
     
  14. alexeismertin macrumors regular

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    15" you moron

    Doesn't the 17" defeat the point of portability?
     
  15. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    15'', thats what i plan on getting.. but definitely upgrade the graphics card.
     
  16. alexeismertin macrumors regular

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    YOU

    have answered your own question!!!! Just do it!!
     
  17. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Good choice - you are gonna love your 15" PowerBook (regardless of when you go and buy it).
     

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