What to get for a laptop...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kingcrowing, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

    kingcrowing

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    Yeah, another one of theses, you know the drill, what would you reccomend?
    iBook 12" 1.33Ghz
    Combo Drive
    100GB HD
    Add my own 1GB stick for a total of 1.5GB
    $1300 (student discount)

    pBook 12" 1.5GHz
    Super Drive
    100GB
    1.25GB RAM (1GB of my own)
    $1660

    pBook 15" 1.5GHz
    combodrive
    80GB
    512MB (I will upgrade eventually, 2GB is like $230)
    $1800

    $1800 is like my max, but i like the backlight KB as i use my laptop at night with low to no other lighting, i also like the bigger screen size, i currently have an 800MHz iBook G4 W/256MB
     
  2. stonyc macrumors 65816

    stonyc

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    My opinion...

    Wait another week or two. There's really no sense in buying a PB now, when upgrades are rumored to be coming in the next couple weeks.

    Other than that though... the backlit keyboard isn't a necessity. It's purely cosmetic, rather than functional because in the dark most of the keyboard will be illuminated by the monitor. It certainly looks -cool-, but don't get it just because of that.

    If it were me (and I'm not saying this is what you should do) and I needed one of those options -now-, I'd go for the iBook and spend the extra $500 (well, $394 to be exact) on a Dell 20005fpw. You get more screen real estate than just the 15" alone, and the 12" iBook just has more bang-for-the-buck value than the 12" PB.

    EDIT #1: Oh, and since you're considering the ibook and the 15" with the combo, it seems to me that the superdrive isn't exactly a necessity for you.. making the 12" pb less desirable versus the 12" ibook from that standpoint also.

    EDIT #2: One more thing. :) Consider only upgrading the HDD on the ibook only up to 60 or 80GB. That $135 difference going from the 60 to the 100, that could instead go to a nice external HDD that will give you much more room than the 100GB would alone. Even upgrading only to the 80GB saves you $90, which when you combine that with the $100 left over after buying the 20" dell leaves lots of money for buying and external HDD or DVD-burner (if you really need it).
     
  3. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    ibook is the better value and you'll get longher battery life as well.
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

    puckhead193

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    the backlight keyboard is waste, it looks cool but i think its not functional. The 12" PB seems ideal and then get an external monitor, if not then the 15" PB
     
  5. iAFC macrumors member

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    If it were me, I would pay $1299 and get an iBook 14" w/ SuperDrive, 60 GB hard disk and faster processor. Oh man, it really rocks.
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

    discoforce

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    I agree with those recommending you wait; updates to the PBs "feel" close.

    I disagree that the backlit keyboard is useless. I find mine to be extremely helpful during presentations or other times when the room is very dark. However, I would agree that this should probably be the *last* consideration for buying a new laptop :)
     
  7. PaRaGoNViCtiM macrumors 6502a

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    I would go definitely go 15" Powerbook, but I would wait and see if they are updated.
     
  8. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a

    macOSX-tastic

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    i would go with the 15"er. it offers portability and power. you should hopd off for a little while longer though.

    tastic
     

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