Old 15" powerbook VS. MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by clykins90, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2005
    Like the title says, if you needed one soon, which one would you get?

    $1999 for a Rev. A MBP
    $1399 for a refurbished Rev. D 15" powerbook
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    You aint getting the macbook any sooner than mid feb.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2002
    Midnight Sun
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    To be on the safe side. Rev. D Powerbook.
    To be on the risky side. Rev. A MBP

    It boils down to what your going to be using it for.
    If your using Pro Apps (Photoshop, FCP, etc), i'd use the Powerbook.
    Basic tasks such as mail, surf, chat, MBP due to the lack of software support as of right now.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2005

    Why? I know its faster, but is it fast enough to warrant an extra $600? I could buy a mac mini for that :D.

    If the older powerbook was fast enough for most people before the MBP came out, shouldn't it be fine or is it worth payin the extra 600 for the long-term usefulness?
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2004
    You gotta think for yourself.

    It's really dependent upon what you need. If you don't need it now then I wouldn't bother. If you need something now, you can always get something later. One of the best things about a Mac is that you have a relatively high resale value and can get some of it back later.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2004
    Huber Heights, OH

    it will be faster, MUCH faster, and more powerful. Id say buy a mbp and future proof for years.
  8. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Neither! I'd get a Refurb 1.5ghz 12" PB now, take the $800 I saved and put it into a money market or some other interest bearing account. In a year from now I'd withdraw the $830 or whatever, sell the PB for ~$750 and buy the new RevB 12" MacBook pro 2ghz machine for about $1500+RAM upgrades.

  9. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Yes. I agree between the old PB and the new mbp. But I would wait.
    Blu-Ray drives and 802.11n are probably within 12 months for a future rev of the Mac Book Pro. You will want those items without having to deal with adding external stuff. Next year, expect a OS update and another iLife update. Using the latest 64bit Intel cpus, using less watts, faster, more disk space, wait.... Maybe get a cheap and used G4 since they are probably cheaper now.
  10. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Pro software going on what Steve was saying wont take that long before it conforms with universal binary.

    Apple's own apps out in March, less than a month after the MBP and only $49 upgrade.. That's good.

    Quark have a beta available and we can assume a full release shortly.

    Adobe will no doubt release a quick patch and save universal for CS3 which I imagine will be out in summer.

    Delaying buying an intel based machine is sound enough, just till all your apps are sorted. Choosing to buy a PowerPC machine over an intel based machine is foolish for future use.

    In a years time when all the products are intel based, the resale value of the powerPC will fall dramatically.

    People complain about rev A machines, but hey I've had issues with Apple hardware no matter what revision it was. Look at the Rev E powerbook with it's troublesome horizontal scanline destaturated ruined screen and iffy Battery reports.

    If my Rev A: MacBookPro last's longer than two months, then that's more than my Rev E: Powerbook has.....

    And you can't compare prices of a Refurb against New hardware. That's unfair. Compare new to new and the hardware is good value in comparison.
  11. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    And until the bugs are worked out. And the price comes down.
    I don't think so. Yes, they will fall but they won't tank. Nearly EVERYTHING will be universal binary for years to come, so there really isn't any reason they won't still be useful. The real question that will effect resale value of PPC machines is how cheap the iBook and mini's end up being after the transition is done. I'd bet my $750 estimate for a used 12" RevE PB 12 months from now is accurate.
    Sorry for your problems. I got burned on a RevA iMac G5. Fortunately I was able to trade it for a very nice mini/19" LCD setup, and ended up losing maybe $200. Not horribly bad, but I feel ya. That said, my RevA mini has been a complete tank and a joy since I've had it.
    Why not? It's the same exact machine they are selling new, with the same exact warranty (the RevE 12" PB). How is it unfair? It's simply a better value (to some people) with limited availability. Is it fair to compare the same product from two sources with different prices, or one that's on sale?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    MBP. Faster 5 times faster if you give any value to SPEC tests. Should help it reach decent speeds in rosetta. Great GPU. Did I say faster? Will boot windows, or at least run a VM for windows fast, which is quite important if you like to game. Save money on powercord replacement costs. :p Did I say runs windows? I'll be able to play half life 2 on it.
  13. macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    It's never safe to buy an apple machine....It's never safe to buy ANY machine!

    In 3 years I got:

    1-HP zt3000: Had mother board problems and had to be fixed 3 times
    2-Canon Rebel XT: Came with digital sensor damaged! Had to be replaced
  14. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2006
    So the start of 2007 will mark the end of Apple innovations and there will never be new technologies that one would want? Even if you wait a year, you will see better products on the horizon. 12 months is a long time in the technology world. I know I don't want to wait that long before I get a new laptop.
  15. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident

    My Powerbook is only about 18 months old. I think the improvements with the Mac Book will be great enough in 12 months to allow me to replace both my Powermac G5 and Powerbook.

    Wireless and DVD technology doesn't change that rapid so once those technologies get bumped up, that will be the time for me to buy. For example, I bought my Powerbook when DVD burning was starting to become the standard vs CD burning only. Also 802.11g was brand new.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    The fact is most people buy computers because they want the not because they need them. A base G5 will do everything a quad will do, only slower. Speed is a drug man.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hollywood, FL
    I say get the MBP. That's what I'm doing, if you read my sig.
    Plus it's newer and, according to Mr. Jobs, it's faster.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    If I didn't already own a PowerBook, I'd definitely go for the MacBook Pro. It's really a no-brainer to me... dual core processor, faster front side bus, better graphics card, iSight camera and the possibility of running Windows on the rare occasion I'd need to (assuming someone works out the EFI/Bios thing).
  19. macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2004
    I own a powerbook 1.67. So, I choosed to keep it, for at least 1 or 2 years, just as before. That's because the pb1.67 is fine with me, the 4 times faster power is really attractive but not that good to persuade me to replace it.

    If I don't have a powerbook, then I'll choose to wait, wait for the rev.A in the next month. The MacBook pro is an ideal laptop!!!!!!!!!! Maybe faster than my G5 2.0 x 2 on everyday tasks?

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