Club 15

retta283

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Completing the circle of PowerBook clubs with one for us 15" owners. Thanks to @Amethyst1 and @eyoungren for starting the other two.

Admission to Club 15 is ownership of a 15" PowerBook G4, Ti or Alu. 2006-08 15" MBPs are also welcome.

I'll go first:
Early 2005 15" PowerBook G4, 1.67 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD

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Best laptop I've ever owned. I found the 15" to be the sweet spot when I bought it, 1024x768 wasn't enough for what I wanted to do, and the 17" was out of my price range, and a bit too bulky.
 

Amethyst1

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Early 2005 15" PowerBook G4, 1.67 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD
Does it have the 64MB single-link DVI GPU or the 128MB dual-link DVI one? I have two Early 2005 15ins (need to take a picture of them), one is 64MB, the other 128MB. Another thing to like about the 15in is that the display has a 3:2 or 15:10 aspect ratio that pretty much disappeared after their discontinuation (all MBPs are 16:10) but has made a reappearance in recent years, most notably in the entire Surface lineup. I find this aspect ratio to be nicer than 16:10 because it provides more vertical screen estate at the same horizontal resolution, e.g. 1440×960 vs. 1440×900.
 
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retta283

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Does it have the 64MB single-link DVI GPU or the 128MB dual-link DVI one? I have two Early 2005 15ins (need to take a picture of them), one is 64MB, the other 128MB. Another thing to like about the 15in is that the display has a 3:2 or 15:10 aspect ratio that pretty much disappeared after their discontinuation (all MBPs are 16:10) but has made a reappearance in recent years, most notably in the entire Surface lineup. I find this aspect ratio to be nicer than 16:10 because it provides more vertical screen estate at the same horizontal resolution, e.g. 1440×960 vs. 1440×900.
It's the 64MB. I'm pretty sure it's 3:2, and it is a nice ratio. I find that I need vertical height more than a wide screen for most work. 16:10 or 3:2 really is the best balance. Not a fan of 16:9, and I would never want an ultrawide.

If you compare the size of two displays, one 16:10 and one 16:9, at the same size, the 16:10 will always be larger in overall area. Same goes for 3:2 vs 16:10, 4:3 vs 3:2 and so on. The wider you go, the more you lose.
 

retta283

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The only 15" seeing normal service is my 2009 MBP. Note this pic is a year and a half old and I'm running Yosemite on it now.

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I do own a 15" PowerBook, but I've never been able to get it to work properly. It came with an issue I've not been able to resolve.
Does yours have the second revision of the 8600m? If those failures weren't a problem I would've purchased one by now. I may get a 2006 MBP in the future though
 
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Doq

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A1106 - the OG Aluminum from 2003. This one is the 1GHz variant.

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A real trooper; this G4 has seen a nasty drop which dented the chassis around the optical drive (but everything is still functional!), one of the screen hinges snapped in half (which is why the display is slightly off center), and dead bottom RAM slot syndrome. Beyond that, it's not given me any serious or life-threatening issues and is given the distinct title of being the only Mac in the lab (although I want to change that soon).

Above it is a Dell Precision M60 which is hackintoshed with Leopard. Both of these communicate using Synergy, bandages, and duct tape.
These two laptops are the only ones I have that aren't falling apart spectacularly, and the G4 is the one I take with me because it has a smaller footprint and actually fits in my bag. Served me well as a pretty good remote access machine.
 
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bobesch

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Here my two old 15" Books side by side.
15 intel - PPC side-by side
Left (intel): early 2008 MBP4,1 - Right (PPC): PowerBook 1,67 DLSD
The displays of the early intels are so much brighter than those of the PowerBooks ...
 
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amedias

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Oh yeah I’m in this club too!

On the left is:

1x A1211 2.33GHz MBP with Radeon x1600 GPU and an LED backlit screen from an A1226 (bloody awkward conversion but worth it!)

2x A1226 2.2GHz MBP with replaced Nvidia 8600 GPUs, one matte screen and one glossy.

On the Right is:

1x A1046 1.0GHz PowerBook G4
1x A1095 1.33GHz PowerBook G4

All working and fitted with SSDs, normal SATA in the MBPs and a mix of IDE and mSATA on IDE adapters in the PBs. all have max Ram they can accommodate.

And just out of shot is another pair of G4s, an A1046 and an A1106 both working but with trashed cases
 

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