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Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by DZL, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. DZL
    macrumors regular

    Hi all -

    I am a new switcher - and I originally ordered a MBP 17", but after careful deliberation, decided to go instead with the Mac Pro (I do 3D and video work).

    However, I'd still like a laptop for presentation purposes. And I was thinking of buying a pre-owned Powerbook from powermax(dot)com. I wanted a little more power than what a macbook would give me, as well as a larger screen (17"), but not have to spend as much as a new macbook pro.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks -

  2. macrumors 601


    The PowerBooks are great machines, a little slow now, but if you already have a MacPro then that should not matter, so I would say to get one.
  3. DZL
    macrumors regular


    I forgot - would I be able to run bootcamp on the Powerbook's processor?


  4. macrumors Core


    No, only on the intel machines (macbook, macbook pro)
  5. macrumors 601


    No you will not be able to run BootCamp on the powerbook, because it has a PowerPC processor and BootCamp requires an Intel processor.
  6. DZL
    macrumors regular

    thanks -

    Hey, thanks for the responses... I doubt I'll do any 3d work on this machine (maybe a little photoshop work), and video presentations; so it might do.

    I figure i'll pay 1K on an older powerbook 17" and get a little more juice than i would with a brand new macbook.
  7. macrumors Core


    Is there a reason you wouldn't get a macbook? Might get a lot more gusto for your money that way. (other than screen real estate)
  8. DZL
    macrumors regular

    good question - other than screen size, i guess there'd be no problem with the macbook...
  9. macrumors 601


    I think that the only reason to get the powerbook over the macbook would be for the screen size, but I havn't looked at what the powerbooks were selling for recently but I thought that they were going for less than 1K if they are really going for 1K then unless you need the larger screen I would go for a refurb MacBook.
  10. DZL
    macrumors regular

    excellent point - i was looking at this machine:


    i guess what i'm really paying for is more screen space...

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