powerbook or macbook/macbook pro?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by joanna94, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2006
    I'm wondering if anyone can help me, please - I am currently using an ibook G4 12" with 1G of RAM (moved over to a mac 6mths ago from windows) which works brilliantly except that I would like a larger screen area with a bit better resolution as much of my use on the computer is to do with imaging (not video though). I am torn now between upgrading to either a macbook or macbook pro but also wonder about buying a powerbook 15" from apple's refurbished website as it's size seems perfect. Any thoughts?
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Well the macbook pro and powerbook are the same size, so I say go for the macbook pro.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2006
  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I would say go to the MBP, The macbook screen doesn't seem THAT much bigger than a 12 inch iBook. Another option would would consider is buying an external moniter since the specs on the iBook are pretty good and it would be cheaper than either option.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I had a 15" Powerbook for about 3 years and recently upgraded to a MacBook. The screen size difference isn't that big of an issue (for me anyway). I think it feels a bit bigger than the 12" screens mainly due to the widescreen form factor - which is MUCH nicer than the standard.

    Also, as mentioned, you may want to consider getting an external display. I'm using my 17" Dell display for now until I can get my hands on a 20" Apple Cinema Display.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2006
    Thanks for all those helpful comments - it seems as though to go backwards with a powerbook is not the answer - it'll be probably be the mbp but I might wait a few weeks as there seem to be rumours re it's update(?).
  7. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    If you prefer the matte finish screen for color accuracy, then you'd want to go for the MBP in matte finish.

    If you're budget is tight and you don't qualify for the education discount, then consider a new model refurb.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2006
    Another thought is that you can get a Powerbook that is a year old for around $1200. That isn't bad all things considered. I just picked up a 1.2 year old 17" Powrbook with 1GB RAM for $1,000 on ebay. This is still a good machine with lots of life in it. You could save some dough and get a Powerbook and still get a MBP down the road.
  9. macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2006
    yah, go with the MacBook Pro... it has a lot of awesome features that the PowerBook doesn't and it's up to date... well worth it
  10. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You could also look for deals on websites like smalldog.com

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