Powerbook or iBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by homer5468, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. homer5468 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2004
    I'm just about to buy an Apple Laptop, and this will be my first Apple computer. I'm going to be a freshman in college, majoring in biology and I'm trying to decide between the powerbook and the iBook. I'll need wifi and bluetooth, and a larger hard drive, but I don't plan on doing any video editing. However, I want this computer to last at least 2 or 3 years, before I have to buy another desktop or laptop. Will the extra $200 in the powerbook be worth it in the long run?
  2. vraxtus macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA


    And there's another thread about this.

    And also, as a college student who chose an iBook to go into college... don't make the same mistake I did.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  4. stevietheb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2004
    I'm an iBook fan--that's what I used for my final year of college and now grad school. The only reason I'll consider buying a powerbook: G5.
  5. homer5468 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2004
    yellow, thanks for the thread, that was really helpful! :)
  6. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    For some reason on this board, everyone says PowerBook, no matter the circumstances.
  7. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    Both and iBook and a PowerBook will be fine for 2-3 years. It just depends what resale value you want, if you tend to sell your computers when you're done with them. The iBook does get better battery life and better AirPort reception, both of which are good reasons to get an iBook.

    I would still get the PowerBook if you can, though, because it's cooler and it's extra speed and VRAM will definately be helpful in a year or so.
  8. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Plus, Core Image that is coming in Tiger is not fully supported with the current generation of iBook graphics cards, but it is with all current PowerBooks.
  9. NinaPooh macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2004
    Hey Homer, I too am a biology major, but I'm a junior. I just bought an ibook, and I love it. I haven't been able to use it for school yet, but I'm sure it will meet my needs, seeing as I've been in college for two years, and I've never done anything but the basic stuff. I guess a lot of people on here say if you're a basic user, which a lot of people are, get an ibook. If you plan to do a lot of stuff on it than get a powerbook (and if you have the money for it).

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