Considering selling my PB for an Intel iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Azmodon, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Azmodon macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2005
    Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Lemme explain.

    I got the 12" PB - my first Mac - and I've been in love with it ever since. I like how a) it doesn't toast the environment around it, like my friend's portable HP desktop computer to-go, b) has a full-size keyboard, c) has a relatively crisp display (although a dead pixel or two has popped up since purchase... annoying, but doesn't totally detract from the over experience), d) can play WoW (somewhat alright), and e) uses OS X, which I love. On the whole, I enjoy my computer. Granted, there are some things about it that can bug me if I think about it. Like: Apple is so able to put together such great computers, yet, if a foot falls off, they cannot ship out a tiny ring of plastic to replace it. Also, the 12" PB can't seem to display resolutions higher than 1024 x 768 - or maybe I'm just doing something wrong. And sometimes performance suffers because of the heat distribution - I found out the hard way it's not so wise to play WoW on your lap.

    This past night, I was trolling around campus, looking for a quiet, calm, serene place to work. I found a computer lab that I had never before seen - apparently, it's a 24 hour computer lab, which, at 2 in the morning, is a God-send. I enter, look around, and sigh, for the only computers there were the same as the rest of campus: crappy Dells with barely enough RAM to start Windows XP, let alone sustain it while running Word 2003. Bit then a glimmer catches my eye. I turn.

    Against the wall, under a plaque announcing that this bounty of technology is the work of Class of 1997, were four iMac G5s.

    I've only seen the G5s in passing. I've never actually used one. But MAN. I loved it. The speed! The interface! I love my PowerBook, and it's how I learned OS X, but I had to sacrifice desktop space to do it. When browsing through various articles while creating a bibliography of works, having to alt-tab or fumble around with the trackpad on a 12" screen is not feasible for speed and comfort. But on the 17" monitor, and the higher resolution - it was so comfortable.

    Which is why I'm posting this thread. I'm considering selling my Powerbook - even though it has some minor problems, it is still a great machine, capable of a ton of processes (1.5 GHz, 768 MB ram, btw :D) - to buy a 17" (or maybe 20" - I'd have to check it out) iMac with Intel processor. The good thing is that I'll be able to buy it with a student discount, so I'll still be able to make up for the money lost in the six months of service my Powerbook has faithfull given me.

    But at the moment I'm only toying with the idea. I play WoW a lot, and I have a pretty good collection of music, and I use my PB now to watch DVDs (Netflix - crucial for college), so the iMac really sounds like the computer for me. But I wonder if the sacrifice of portability is worth it. I never take my laptop around everywhere I go, but there has been a moment or two when having it around has helped.

    I dunno. Ideas?
  2. brikeh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2006
  3. King A macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2006
    extra monitor is a pretty good idea especially with an 1024 notebook.
    i like the Formac gallery 2010. looks kinda like an old apple cinema dispay but has a great resolution of 1600x1200 for a fair price (at least over here in germany, it's 559 EUR what is like $600).
    You may look into purchasing a bit more ram so that you may get like 1.25 gb, if that's possible with your model of the 12" pb.

    This way you get a bit more speed (ram) and no dead pixels on your stationary screen and don't lose you mobility. For around $700 You save like $900 on an intel iMac.
  4. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Ditto. If you get the extra monitor you'll have the best of both worlds (a capable portable and a full sized desktop) all rolled into one machine. That's my plan for the PB12" I just picked up.:cool:
  5. Azmodon thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2005
    Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Are speeds really that similar?
  6. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2006
    Athens, Georgia
    If you are going to sell, then sell now because they are still at higher value to those that do not know about the entire line being discontinued. But as soon as this is known to the general population you will be out some money.
  7. gammamonk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    The intel iMac should be WAAAY faster than your 12" G4.
  8. King A macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2006
    but the difference shouldn't matter for some surfin' and some wow. as long as he isn't a power user
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA

    I have a 12" 1.5GHz/1.25GB PB and a 17" Intellimac w/2GB RAM.

    There are apps and plugins which the Intellimac just won't run. Not many, and they aren't all that necessary for most people, but, if you need them, you're out of luck on the Intel Macs (examples: Flash 8 plugin, Virtual PC, eclipse, etc.).

    Then there are the Rosetta apps (PPC only). These run at comparable speeds, in general, but consume more RAM and some (like Office) seem slower. Not a lot slower, but slower. Some things which use the power of the GPU run faster (WarCraft III, for example).

    Then... there are the Universal Binaries. There is absolutely no contest there. The Intellimac rules. Period. It is wicked fast.

    However, if you can have but one, do not underestimate the usefulness of the 12"'s portability. Sure, you can get an iLugger bag for the iMac (I have one, it works well), but then you still need a power outlet nearby.

    If I had only one of the two, I think - if I needed portability - I'd have to stick with the PB.

    If you could afford the MacBook Pro, that might be a decent compromise, but it's obviously a lot more $$.
  10. nosser macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2005
    Why don't you just save up and have both pb/imac combo? That's what I have now and it works well. I probably will buy an ibook when it comes out though.
  11. Azmodon thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2005
    Hampton Roads, Virginia
    *shrug* I'm an English major. My money is... elsewhere.

    Besides, I want to keep diverse. If I have a desktop Apple, I'd like to have a Windows Laptop, and vice versa. It's just so hard to chooooooose. :(
  12. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

    AJ Muni

    Aug 4, 2005
    Just get drunk and walk into an apple retail store and see what happens :rolleyes:
  13. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    :) Not too many things make me giddy. That was one.
  14. i4k20c macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2005
    Personally, i'd just stick with your pb for now, get an external monitor so the whole 1024x768 doesn't matter anymore.. wait out maybe 2-3 years, and before you graduate (so you still have the student buy a intel mac.. by than all little flaws will be worked out, alot of software will be universal..and no worries..
  15. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    If portability is a key criteria, I'd go for an external monitor and a decent keyboard/mouse. Although I have to use an XP machine, it's a 12" tablet and I have docking stations with large 19" monitors set up for it at home and at the office: mobility when I need it, full size computing when I don't.

    ... as for the iMac... well, my wife wants to upgrade from her 15" TiBook... but that's another story... :)

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