Used TiBook or new powerbook

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  1. opoppe macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2004
    I'm planning on buying a powerbook. I'm considering the 12" powerbook (which is the only one I can afford), but I've also found a used 15" TiBook G4 (late 2002 model), 1ghz, 1gb ram, 60gb HD, superdrive, bluetooth and airport at the same price. What do I do? Which one is the better computer?
  2. Elan0204 macrumors 65816


    Apr 16, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    What do you plan on doing with the computer? Will you make good use of the extra screen real estate on the 15" model? Will this be your only/primary computer, or will you also have a desktop? List the specs side by side for both models, so we can better compare them (include price after taxes for each, too).
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The 15-inch powerbook has more screen real estate,
    the 12-incher will be faster in almost everything..
    The tibook has slower bus, cpu and memory, and it won't support core image in osx tiger (don't think it will matter much, but it's mentioned in almost every thread i've read about gfx-cards.)
  4. opoppe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2004
    I will use the computer for school work (word prossessing), editing pictures, internet and maybe some gaming

    TiBook G4:

    CPU: 1000 MHz G4
    bus: 133 MHz
    RAM: 1 GB using two PC133 SO-DIMMs
    Level 2 cache: 256 KB at CPU speed
    Level 3 cache: 1 MB
    Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 AGP4x, 64mb
    Video out: S-video and DVI connectors (VGA supported with adapter)
    displays: 15.2" (38 cm) 24-bit 1280x854 color active matrix
    hard drive: 60 GB 4200 RPM Ultra ATA/66
    Optical drive: 1x6x8x4x24x SuperDrive
    expansions bays: one
    USB ports: two
    FireWire ports: one
    IR port: none
    10/100/1000Base-T ethernet and v.92 56k modem standard
    AirPort: included
    Bluetooth: included
    one PC Card slot

    12" AluBook:

    CPU: 1.33GHz PowerPC G4
    bus: 167 MHz
    RAM: 768MB DDR333 (256MB built-in + 512MB SO-DIMM)
    Level 2: 512K SRAM on-chip
    Level 3
    Video: NVIDIA GeForce FX GO 5200 with 64MB DDR Video Memory
    Video out: Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, mini-DVI to VGA adapter
    displays: 12.1-inch TFT Display, 1024 x 768
    hard drive: 60GB Ultra ATA drive @ 4200rpm
    Optical drive: Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    USB ports: 2
    FireWire ports: 2
    AirPort: included
    Bluetooth: included

  5. dav macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2004
    Speed & Portability (12") vs Screen Real Estate (15")

    It's up to you
  6. morkintosh macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2003
    screen space is nice, but I'd take the significant speed and longevity over an extra 3"
  7. hcuar macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2004
    Go for the 12" PB... I you need a bigger screen, you can always hook it up to an external monitor. ;-)

    The new PBs are smokin fast. :D
  8. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    I'd get the 12" because it's new, small and light, and the TiBooks chip easily. Plus it's core image-ready and has more up-to-date components. And you'll get Panther free with it (TiBook probably will only have Jaguar). The 12" is also much faster (1.33GHz). The only thing the TiBook has going for it is that it has a bigger screen, but has all the problems associated with (i.e. bigger, heavier, less portable). You can easily buy a cheap external screen for your 12" if you need to, but I have no problems with the 1024x768 resolution personally.

    I have the 12" model and I highly recommend it. (I'm not biased ;) )
  9. jamdr macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Get the 12" PowerBook. The AlBooks have numerous upgrades over the TiBooks, both internally and cosmetically. Even if they were the same processor speed, I'd say get the 12". It will last longer and won't scratch as easily.
  10. Manzana macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2004
    Orange County, CA
    If this will be your main system, definitely go with the AlBook. As others noted the speed, bus, video card are an upgrade you'll never get with the TiBook.
  11. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    one year warranty

    Don't forget that the 12'' comes standard with a one year warranty, I doubt that used 15" has that. That to me is just as important as any other factor.
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    12". The Ti is getting pretty long in the tooth in a lot of ways.
  13. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I'll make it unanimous - go for the new 12" Aluminum PB.
  14. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    I don't think the TiBooks chip that easily, I've had mine over a year now and it doesn't have any chips. I suppose it depends on the work you're going to be doing with it and how much travelling you'll do. I'd go with the 12" unless you really want the extra screen. It's always more fun to get a new computer :)

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