To owners of the 14" iBook G4...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MUCKYFINGERS, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

    MUCKYFINGERS

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    Is this laptop too heavy to lug around in, say, a backpack everyday? I'm planning to get it when I go back to college again next year, and I was wondering how it holds up. I can't stand the 12" iBook G4's display, so getting that one for portability isn't an option at this point =P Thanks!
     
  2. iSaint macrumors 603

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    It's heavy, but your young and you can handle it! Seriously a pack of books and the iBook makes for a heavy load. But it's a tough computer and does well in portability. I never turn mine off, just close it and it goes to sleep. I know the PB is a wonderful machine and is much lighter. I'm curious if the iBook updates are any lighter machines.
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    What's wrong with the 12" display if you don't mind me asking?

    I often take my 12" to uni with admittedly very little in the way of books and it's easy to carry around, I think an extra 500g wouldn't make too much of a difference.

    It's tough as nails too, I don't have a sleeve or anything like that, just a little padded section in the backpack and my iBook's been from Vancouver, throughout the Rockies, across Canada to Halifax, from Boston through New York and LA back to Sydney all in the backpack and it's running like a little champion - just a few "cosmetic" (read annoying but not unforeseen) scratches on the case.

    You'll get better battery life out of the 14" but in terms of the display - I think it looks a bit fuzzy compared to the 12" due to the size of the pixels. It's a physically bigger display but the res is the same so you don't get any extra information on the screen. My 12" looks really sharp but damn I'd love a 15" PowerBook (don't need it of course but hey? you need goals)
     
  4. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    I'm planning to take my iBook 14" with me to college next year. As long as you have a good sturdy bag, the weight won't be an issue. I love my iBook, and would never consider getting a 12" instead.

    Anyway your young, why should a little weight hurt you!!

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I have the 14-incher and I carry it around quite a bit. One key, I've found, is not to overdo it on the case for the iBook. I have just a regular backpack with a sleeve for the computer and it does just fine. It's really not that heavy, and with the long battery life, I usually don't carry the AC adapter, which makes a big difference.

    The other thing is just to keep your backpack clean -- make sure you're not lugging around a bunch of extra stuff that you really don't need. If you pare down to only the essentials, you'll find you have plenty of room for your 14-incher.
     
  6. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I don't think the 14" is to heavy for your needs but then again it's light compaired to having to carry two art history books and painting supplies for my classes ;)
     
  7. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

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    Meh, you younguns don't know how good you have it! :rolleyes:

    My old 300Mhz iBook weighed more than my current 15in Powerbook! and only had a 12in screen :eek:


    I'd say you shouldn't have any problems with a 14in iBook, but, if you don't need the slight extra performance i'd really think about the 12in, just seems like a better deal if your planning to carry it around every day :)
     
  8. wide macrumors 6502a

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    the 14" iBook is also much easier to crack in the area near the speakers, on either side of the keyboard. one punch and it'll give...
     
  9. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Well, that's interesting. Did you punch the 12" and 14" to see which one breaks first?
     
  10. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I think it's too heavy. My 14" is a G3 though, so it might be heavier...
     
  11. hob macrumors 68020

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    Shhh! The first rule of iBook fight club is that you do not talk about iBook fight club!

    The second rule is... hmm, what was it again?

    Anyway, personally I've never seen the point of the 14" screen, would any of you 14"ers care to point it out to me? Ok, so the processor's a teeny weeny bit faster, but the screen is the same resolution... It's bulkier and heavier...
     
  12. xli_ne macrumors 6502a

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    superdrive
     
  13. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    The superdrive is slow and outdated anyway. Just get an external FW one.
     
  14. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MUCKYFINGERS

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    12" display hurts my eyes a bit and I still want to keep my good eyes (i.e. I don't wear glasses and everyone else in my family does).
     
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    the 14" is what, one pound more than the 12"? People exaggerate the difference...
     
  16. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    The 14 is still lighter than the majority of other laptops these days and therefore it is fine to ug around so long as your bag is not full of other ehavy text books...

    ShadOW :)
     
  17. Sam I Am macrumors regular

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    My 14"er just came yesterday, and I think it's a perfect compromise of size and weight. The 14" screen looks great, and it's a lot better for watching movies!
     
  18. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    2. You do not talk about iBook fight club
    3. You DO NOT talk about iBook fight club

    I used to have a 14", certainly better to look at than my current machine. Of course I'm terribly farsighted.
     

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