PowerBooks - How easy are they to dent/warp?

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  1. mjstew33 macrumors 601

    mjstew33

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    I'm thinking about selling my iBook G4 1.42GHz for a 12" 1.5GHz PowerBook. how easy are the PowerBooks to be dented and warped? I'm just afraid of that happening with me. Any experiences?
     
  2. WeeShoo macrumors regular

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    My good friend has one, and he baby's it, had it for like a month and still no dents or any warping, anything can dent if something falls on it, but just as long as your careful, you'll be fine.
     
  3. xinxin macrumors member

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    I am using a powerbook 12" G4. I am working for 5 australian schools where teachers are using 14" ibook (if they prefer apple).

    I found that:

    - the handwork of powerbook is much better than ibook. Ibook get scratch, dirty easily. Rubber feets dropped easily.

    - powerbook is much faster. ibook's speed is crap like an intel celeron.

    - for both books, you can't compare them with image on apple website. The handwork are not that perfect.

    - My powerbook didn't dent or warp. But i heard aluminum casing is actually worse than those solid plastic casing. I dont' believe my powerbook is stronger than your ibook if they drop from the same height to the ground.

    I have been setting up HP laptops for my previous company for two years. Now I am dealing with apple ibooks and IBM laptops mainly. I am not happy with apple's quality. It seems a big gap between their design and manufacturing.
     
  4. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    I don't baby mine at all. It gets used every single day and it gets no special treatment. They don't dent all that easy, but a pretty good wack will leave one. Especially if it drops and lands on one of the corners or something. As far as warping goes...mine is 2.5 years old and I haven't had a problem. Great little 'book.
     
  5. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I once fell asleep in bed with my powerbook. Sometime during the night, I decided to stretch and hit the powerbook; it flew off the bed and hit the carpeted floor, about 3.5 feet down. :eek: Lucky for me, it didn't do a thing. :)
     
  6. mjstew33 thread starter macrumors 601

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    80MHz? 1.42GHz to 1.5GHz. Hmmmm, they aren't crap. You can't compare PPC to Intel. Ever. :rolleyes:
     
  7. xinxin macrumors member

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    Maybe it is due to ibook using 4200rpm hard drive. What if replace it to 7200rpm? :rolleyes:
     
  8. mjstew33 thread starter macrumors 601

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    uhhh, you said the iBooks are like an Intel Celeron :rolleyes: whater dude, i've got a G4 iBook 1.42GHz and it is NOT slow :rolleyes:
     
  9. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    A PB will dent if your drop/ warp if you drop it, but other than that they are fine.

    Why are you selling a 12'' iBook to move up to a 12'' PB? Seems like a waste of money to me.
     
  10. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    Before I added a 12" iBook to my computer line-up in September, I used to take my 12" PB with me on the road. I am very careful with this while I am trasnporting it on the road by putting it in the proper computer bag (incase, Booq, or Brenthaven bags with the Targus Chill pad and Targus laptop desk; those pads will raise the Mac to protect from the potential liquid spillage on the desk in addition to their originally intended cooling functions).

    I did not cause any damage on my PB during that time. So, as long as you are taking preper care, the PB will hold up well. Of course, I am not taking a chance with this anymore and I have delegated the out door/on the road duties to my 12" iBook. I used a portable external HD for the storage and I can hook it up to my other PBs at home to edit or review those files easily. I like the aesthetics of the current PB line (and also Ti PB) and I would like to keep my machines clean and nice (like I do with my own car which is always properly waxed/washed and will be parked in a garage or away from other cars in the public lot). I am somewhat messy (in terms of making clutters); but, I keep things clean.
     
  11. DMPDX macrumors 6502

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    Very Easy

    When I picked up my 15" the display was warped up at the corners:( I took it back and exchanged it, but the same one was still slightly bent at the corners. Aperently this is the case with a lot of the aluminum PB's. But if youre a power user go for it, but if youre just a hobby user you should re concider your ibook. It does a lot more than you'd think:rolleyes:
     
  12. londonweb macrumors 6502

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    I fell asleep in bed with a powerbook once, and woke in the morning to find it had left. And it never called...
     
  13. JLatte macrumors 6502

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    At first I used to baby mine, however it soon became something I took everywhere, everyday, and I definitly put it to good use. I have the 12" 1 GHZ powerbook and it has warped on the right corner by the optical drive. Other than that, it's very well intact. This is after two years, mind you.
     
  14. mjstew33 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Uhhhh.. I'm upgrading from a 14". I need DVI for an ACD 23". :rolleyes:
     
  15. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I have a year old 12" PowerBook. I don't baby it, but I'm also not rough with it. It gets taken off my desk and put in my backpack (which has a laptop compartment) every day, and gets carried around in my backpack all day. I obviously have heavy textbooks in my backpack a lot, and don't take any particular care in handling it, but I'm not unnecessarily rough with it either of course. Anyway, there are no dents any where on my PowerBook, and it sits flat on a table. There are a few very minor scratches, but nothing noticeable. The only thing that really bugs me is that the chrome has worn off the latch button on the front. However, it started coming off within a couple weeks of me buying it, so that seems to be just a manufacturing defect of some sort.
     
  16. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Powerbooks will not and cannot dent when care is taken. The one in my sig is nearing 6 months old and it hasn't got a single dent or scratch. It's been babied a bit :p
     

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