I need some help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Runa, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Runa macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2003

    I was going to buy a Pb 15'' 1GHz, then yesterday i saw the new ibooks G4.
    I'm a designer, i've been working with a PC, and wishing for a Mac for a long time!!!

    know, the big question is: is the 14'' screen very different then the 15'' Pb?? becouse the bigest difference for me is the $$$$, and 700€ of diference between one and other, is a lot to me!!!

    I guess that the powerbook have an excellent performance... but i can handle the tech diferences of the ibook, too me the only doubt is about the screen size.

    Note: I never saw 'at live' the powerbook... only the 12'' ibook G3.

    Thank you
  2. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    Hi Runa,

    iBook 14" screen resolution is up to 1024x768, Powerbook's greater. If you can use the 'Book with an external monitor too, maybe you get higher resolution. I would assume you want higher resolution than that...
  3. nick_lloyd78 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2003
    Re: Powerbook or iBook


    I have fallen prey to the cheaper way out many a-time! I think all of us are counting our dollars!

    But I must say that one of the biggest things I would be looking at is the technical aspects of the iBook and the Powerbook. I'm not talking very technical stuff, just the basics. The biggest concern I have with the iBook, as anything other than a everyday use machine, at present, is the fact it can only take a max of 640MB of ram. That isn't very much, espically if your considering using your laptop for real work or having the laptop for any considerable period of time.
    Also the graphic adaptors in the iBook and the Powerbook are very different.

    I think it comes down to the fact that the iBook is more the consumer model and the Powerbook is for others.

    I know you have mentioned that you have taken these into consideration, but I would probably take another look at it. I just wouldn't want to spend that money and be frustrated.

    Just some thoughts.

    Good Luck.
  4. mattroberts macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2003
    I initially was along the same line of thinking. Although cost wasn't as big a concern for me (i'm already in debt so why not a little bit more :) )

    I would urge you to go along the PB line, if you plan on keep this model for a long time and doing heavy RAM intensive tasks its probably safer to have the expandability. at least that was my line of thinking. Since i also wanted to make dvds the superdrive was VERY inticing.

    I would wait (i didn't as i'm a 'iwant it now' kind of guy) and check the ibook g4 reviews/benchmarks that macworld and others wil inevitably post. there is a thread on the ibooks speed and it does come in lower than a 12in PB but i would still like to see a lab test done.

    if screen size is an issue I've Seen both at retailers (i urge you todo the same if possible)

    I'm very near sighted .. the 12in is fine for me, for my GF she thought it to small and prefered the IBook 14in or the pb 15in (she wasn't buying just helping) screen resolution at these sizes is an application driven thing, only you know what you'll want to run on this.

    hope this helps

    -still waiting for me 12in PB!

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