we need powerbook updates / and price reductions

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  1. diggy macrumors newbie

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    i am anxiously awaiting some
    tailoring of the latest crop of P-books.

    It seems a 12" with an 800 FWire and
    a slightly better video card would be in order.....( I can't see small type on the old
    12" G4 screen, and I have 20/10 vision)..

    anticipating slight speed upgrades,
    they all seem slow now, one would hope
    A. they get faster B. the price on the
    Pbook 1.25 15" would come into the realm of reason. $2600..00 and you still need extras like ram, a case, airport base,
    a stand perhaps, and if you are video editing you will probably need a $350.00
    external drive...so in all it's a $3000.00+
    investment in a computer that should be
    obliterated by a G5 version in 5 months..

    why not drop the prices and sell em like hotcakes?

    I would also lobby for a new apple CPU's
    to come with at least a one-year applecare-type warranty..and a .mac
    account...


    peace..and cheaper macs
     
  2. rtype macrumors newbie

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    I'm also waffleing... I saw today's rumor that the G5 PowerMacs and "one other Mac" would receive updates soon. No Powerbook specific rumors in a while now.

    What I'd really like to see is the current 15.2 1.25 drop to $2299 with 1gig of RAM instead of 512mb (and then hit $1999 as a student price).
     
  3. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    I don't think you will see powerbook prices drops, maybe lower prices on a refurb models at best but with a decent upgrade or the pbg5 rumors for the summer I wouldn't be surprised to see a price increase over the next year fyi
     
  4. diggy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you say price increases?

    when in the history of advancing technology and market competition,
    has yesterday's machine become
    more valuable within a year?

    if and when they have G5 laptops
    they will IMHO, have 1st generationitis..
    but in the meantime they can upgrade
    the 12" with a FW 800 slot even at the expense of the the FW 400 slot..it is back ward compatible, and it would distinguish
    the powerbook from the ibook...

    same goes for the video card..
    this should be done immediately...

    and of course lower prices.

    and one more thing..
    there was a time when a cd burner was a luxury you had to pay dearly for, and then it became standard..took a year or two....now after 3 or so years of "superdrives" perhaps they could be folded into all new boxes as well..it's time.
     
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Re: you say price increases?

    if and when they have G5 laptops
    they will IMHO, have 1st generationitis..
    but in the meantime they can upgrade
    the 12" with a FW 800 slot even at the expense of the the FW 400 slot..it is back ward compatible, and it would distinguish
    the powerbook from the ibook...

    It's backward compatible....but the port is entirely different....
     
  6. diggy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    FW 800 in 12" p-books

    they should have it..
    if it is not backward compatible it should
    be..

    how hard is it to put in another port and
    or create an adapter to go from FW800
    down to 400?

    come-on..you are seaying these requests are not reasonable?

    right now the differences between the P-books and the ibook are very slim in the performance dept...very high in the $$ dept.

    put FW800 in the little p-books
    and a better video card and watch them sell...there is a market and a need..
    these are unfinished pieces of technology
    issued to the public before their time.
     
  7. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Re: FW 800 in 12" p-books

    how hard is it to put in another port and
    or create an adapter to go from FW800
    down to 400?

    right now the differences between the P-books and the ibook are very slim in the performance dept...very high in the $$ dept.

    Yes, but the 12" are not meant to be the performance type of machines that the 15" or 17" are. Besides, not a whole lot of room for more port in the 12"....
     
  8. diggy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    12"PB-book modifications

    " Yes, but the 12" are not meant to be the performance type of machines that the 15" or 17" are. Besides, not a whole lot of room for more port in the 12"...

    why are they not meant to be performance type machines?
    they are powerbooks not ibooks...

    I don't understand that statement
    nor can I see why you would not agree
    that these modifications are worthy

    and should be addressed immanently.

    not only that...but ALL powerbooks
    should be fitted with 7200 rpm hard drives....the ones avail are not teriibly expensive and as cool or cooler than
    the stock crappy 4200rpm drives
    they come with.

    another apple foible that leaves me scratching me-brain.
     
  9. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Re: 12"PB-book modifications

     
  10. pingin macrumors member

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    Re: we need powerbook updates / and price reductions

    For the sake of your eyes maybe what you need is a bigger screen not a better video card.
     
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  12. diggy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    transic writes; "I'd just really like to see in the 12":

    A. Illuminated keyboard
    B. Firewire 800

    Just to make them on the same level as the 15" and 17"

    A nicer graphics card would also be a huge plus. Right now its just an ibook with an alum case. Those are really the only things keeping me from buying a 12".

    EXACTLY!!!! why should this computer be a weak cousin to the 15 & 17inchers...if it's a powebook make it a powerbook, not a cross-dressed ibook
    in alluminum dress. if it is called a P book ..size should not matter or have to.

    if they build this , which they hopefully are....we will purchase and love.

    peace

    d
     
  13. Marc the Mac macrumors member

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    Weebee waiting for 12" Powerbook

    Apple hear our shout!

    I've got a Weebee bag that's still empty.

    There's a load of us waiting for the 12" Powerbook to get FW 800 and 64mb graphics, plus more mhz please and Backlit keyboard would be a bonus.

    If you want that in priority order then here it is:

    1. Better Graphics 64mb or better
    2. FW 800
    3. More Mhz
    4. Backlit keyboard

    We'd buy it real quick even without the backlit... please listen.. you'll sell more.

    Just my 2cents.
     
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  15. avus macrumors regular

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    Apple Insider reports the "major architectural revision" for the 12 inch Powerbook without being specific:

    http://www.appleinsider.com/news.php?id=338

    I have to say that the quality of the LCD in the latest Powerbooks is sub-par, as some claim that the display of the 12-inch Powerbook 1GHz got worse compared with the previous model. Also, my friend who bought a Dell M60 and a PowerBook G4 1.25GHz at same time (I know, a lucky bastard) always complains about "fuzziness" of the PowerBook display, and sadly, I have to agree with him.

    I hope Apple corrects it as soon as possible.

    (Edited: added my friend's comments)
     
  16. diggy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    12" pbs

    thank you for the blurb from appleinsider..

    right now the 12" is PB weak sister..

    I hope more info comes forth
    on time tables for this book to
    get in our mitts.
     
  17. ghostboy macrumors newbie

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    I really hope that AppleInsider is right RE the revisions underway for the 12". It's been really tough deciding between the 14" iBook and the 12" PB, and I'm pretty sure on the PB now. But if these revisions come about, I wont even give the 14" a second (or third..) thought.
     

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