Still worth it to buy a PowerBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by PkennethV, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not looking to buy a new computer, but I just noticed some thing interesting when I played around with my dad's new black MacBook. I have a PowerBook G4 loaded with tons of apps and all sorts of other stuff. A few days after he bought the machine I was teaching him some basic Mac stuff (he just switched from Windows) when I noticed that my overloaded PowerBook booted considerably faster than his new MacBook. Also when I navigate quickly through Finder with {comand} Up and down to open and close folders, I noticed that if I did it really fast than the Macbook would start to lag, but my PowerBook would be fine. So is the PowerBook (in some ways atleast) "better" than the MacBook?
     
  2. wako macrumors 65816

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    Well I switched from a PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz and i can say that my BlackBook is considerably faster then that of my former PowerBook
     
  3. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    My mom has a white macbook and I notice that hers is consideribly faster than my powerbook....
     
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    How much RAM does your PB have compared to his MB?
     
  5. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    You have to take into account that some applications aren't running native - they're running through Rosetta on the Macbook so they'll be slower on the MB than the PB. As for the finder etc. being slow, he might not have enough ram. 512MB is barely enough to run OS X.
     
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, i also switched from a PB (1.67GHz with 1gb RAM) to a new MB and there's no doubt it boots and runs faster than my former PB.
     
  7. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Well anything runs faster than my powerbook :rolleyes: Don't invest in that old technology unless you don't have the funds to get a new machine. But in that case maybe just save a little more.
     
  8. fblack macrumors 6502a

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    to anwer your question: is it still worth it to buy a powerbook?

    No.

    Maybe if apple reduced their refurbished models to a more decent price, itd be ok. Last time I looked and its been a few weeks, a refurb 15inch macbook pro was about the same as as a 15inch G4 1.67. It was maybe like $100 more for the pro. How nuts is that? No the value is not the same. Especially with leopard around the corner and updates to photoshop not too far off. Really the hardware was lagging all around for awhile.
     
  9. amin macrumors 6502a

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    Not worth the refurb price, but in the used market they represent a great value for money IMO. I am still very happy with my 13-month-old 15" G4 PB. I think it will continue to serve well for another year or so.
     

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