Which is more rugged, ibook or powerbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by relimw, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2004
    I've got the chance to pick my next laptop for work and I'd love to have a Mac this time around. Speed isn't a constraining requirement but durablity is. Which is more capable of withstanding fairly rugged and continuous abuse?

    My two choices are the 1.2GHz 14" ibook or the 1.5GHz 15" powerbook. Suggestions?
  2. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    I think that the iBook may be slightly more durable. That being said, I've had the 15" Powerbook, and I treat it like ****, and I've never had a problem. I also appreciate the higher quality display and keyboard VERY much.

    Lee Tom
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    iBooks are more rugged, but the powerbook can take some abuse. What kind of durability are you looking for?
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2004
    Well, my wife has the original 17" pb that I've used some for work, but the case has warped twice on us.

    Mostly I'm looking for a system that I can 'toss' in the back of the truck, and bad things won't happen to it with just a sleeve for protection. I spend a significant amount of my time driving between job sites, and working in the not-so-clean areas of constuction sites, so it needs to take clay well :)
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    I like the PowerBooks' more but the iBook can take a beating! My old iBook fell down a flight of stairs with no signs of damge,theyre built like tanks(atleast on the outside)!
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2003
    Meadville, PA
    I recommend the iBook for what you want, the powerbooks are nicer machines but they are easily dentable from what I hear. Plus I would rather have that bullet proof glass type plastic covering my LCD than a thin layer of Aluminum
  7. dav
    macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2004
    Definitely the iBook.

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