Which Is The Better Buy: Titanium PowerBook vs. 12" PowerBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by LaMerVipere, May 25, 2004.

  1. LaMerVipere macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2004
    My Video Production teacher basically uses her laptop for doing grades, surfing the web, and that's about it, and its in perfect cosmetic condition. She has:

    15" PowerBook G4 (Titanium)
    1GHz processor
    1GB of Ram
    60gig HD

    She says she would sell it to me if I wanted it, and the price she is asking is the same price (with edu discount) as a new 12" PowerBook G4.

    Which would be faster?

    I couldn't afford to put a lot of ram in my 12" PowerBook at first if i opted for that, and the larger screen on her PowerBook is soooooo nice.

    Which do you think would be the better buy? Thanks in advance! :)

  2. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    I would say the 12 inch. Great for portability, you don't have to worry about the paint chipping. I would think the 12 inch would be faster.
  3. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    In my opinion, the case on the aluminum powerbooks is tougher than the case on the Tibooks as well. I have had both at some point, and my 12" PB seems to be holding up much better. Just my two cents :)
  4. Bhennies macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2004
    NYC & Baltimore
    Get the 12"...you can always get an external monitor if needed (and this is coming from a 15" owner). From what I have gathered on this site, the 12" screensize is sufficient for just about anything but serious pro-apps (graphics, music and video). I almost bought a 12", but then upgraded because Pro Tools needs much screen space.
  5. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    get the 12; the 15 is a great machine but not worth the new 12s
  6. neonart macrumors 65816


    Sep 4, 2002
    Near a Mac since 1993.
    For the most part these two machines will perform similarly. Technically the Ti has 256 L2 and 1MB L3 with a 64MB Radeon 9000. The 12" has 512MB of fast L2, but no L3, and uses a 64MB Fx5200 Go.
    Because it's newer technology and it's pushing less pixels, the 12 may feel (and actually be) slightly faster. But make sure both have the same optical drive.

    Here is the main things to consider:
    15" TiBook:
    Larger Screen, Higher Pimp Factor

    12" AlBook:
    More Portable, More Sturdy, Newer Technology
  7. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    get the 12 inch. it's faster and newer, and comes with one year of free applecare. your teacher's tibook probably doesn't have any warranty left.

    Or, you could try to talk her down to 1200 maybe, and then sell it on eBay and get possibly 2000 for it. Then you could get a maxed out albook 12 inch or a lower end 15 inch.

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