next question, 12 or 14, and why did you chose the one you picked

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacTurtle, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. MacTurtle macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2005
    Arlington, TX
    Thanks for the help on refurb or not...

    Now the next question, those who have ibooks, 12? or 14? Why did you pick the one you have? Would you change to the other? Why?

    I'm really torn here. I like the small size of the 12, but the 14 isn't really that much bigger really. And I can get a superdrive in the 14. The larger display might be easier in the long run to read. I just don't know. I've played with a friends 12 ibook some...

    So, convince me folks, which way is best?

    My primary uses will be, internet, email, writing papers in college. Maybe a bit of excel work. The odd WoW session. I'll be tossing it in my bag like I used to do with my old Dell Lattitude D505(it had a 15 display.)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I chose 12 inches of glory because it's cheaper, it's slightly more portable, I don't need a Superdrive and it met my needs performance-wise.

    I don't regret it and I'd get a 12 inch next time too. :)
  3. Play Ultimate macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    got 12"

    The small size and cheaper price made all the difference. Remember the resolution is the same on both iBooks, just that the pixel size is bigger on the 14".
    However, at times I wish I had a superdrive only so that I could use DVDs for backup purposes.
    Been very happy with the 12" however. Travels well and is easy to use on planes etc.
  4. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    12in here also

    I got the 12in because it was the perfect size for me. I already have an IMac and that does my heavy duty stuff. The 12in is the perfect size to stick in bag and take to my classes.
  5. TodVader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    I bought the 12'' because of its small size. They both have the same res.

    I like to look of the 12'' iBook and would not want to exchange it for a 14''
  6. Shasta macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2005
    Upstate/Central NY

    Size, Portability, Price

    nuff said

  7. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Will be getting 12", pb though

    As for the iBooks, the arguments all point towards the 12". Get the 14 if your sight is a little out, or if you need a portable superdrive.
    I think a 12" is nice and you can afford an external DVD burner (such as a lacie lightscribe) for when you need to burn the odd dvd.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    I don't like the form factor of the 14", it looks a bit lazy with the massive gaps on either side of the keyboard - that's a lot of white plastic, it looked a lot better when it was metal. I find the 14" screen fuzzy compared to my sharp 12" one.

    Also I only had the money for either the 14" Combo version or the 12" and I was going to have to be lugging it all over Canada and the US so I decided to save some money and weight and get the 12" and some accessories like a digicam, a backpack and some CD's for photo backups. It was a good decision.
  9. londy macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2005
    louisville, ky
    i got the 12. i liked the size, the price, and i didn't need the superdrive. i thought the screen might be too small, but i figured out how to enlarge the screen as needed (and to maximize screen space) so i'm good. i'd go 12 again.
  10. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    12 inch here.....well ibook that is:cool: but back on topic....the 12inch looks better than the 14 and the screen is sharper.

  11. 18thTomorrow macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2004
    The Alpha Quadrant

    I got a 14" because this is my primary computer (student) and I needed a superdrive, and I couldn't afford a powerbook.
  12. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    12 for life

    Get the 12, max out the HD, and you'll be golden, best deal apple has on a notebook right now. With the money saved you get a 16x external dvd burner from Clubmac for 90 bucks and you're money. Do It.
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I actually just got back from a reseller then and I noticed they had the 12 inch and 14 inch iBooks on display, side-by-side. The 12 inch just looks so much neater and I couldn't stand to have such a huge menu bar on the 14 inch.

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