iBook 12" Recommendation

chelseasian

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Oct 20, 2004
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hi!

Since I have a 2Ghz G5, I am thinking of getting a low end iBook just for doing photos and very basic stuff when I travel. I would like to hear feedback from people who owns one, just a general view that you may have on the 12". Are there any quirks that the 14" don't have or should I just go get a 12" PB instead.

Thank you. :)
 

rinseout

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Jan 20, 2004
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chelseasian said:
hi!

Since I have a 2Ghz G5, I am thinking of getting a low end iBook just for doing photos and very basic stuff when I travel. I would like to hear feedback from people who owns one, just a general view that you may have on the 12". Are there any quirks that the 14" don't have or should I just go get a 12" PB instead.

Thank you. :)
I own the current 12"; I sprang for the 80 Gig HD and the Bluetooth, and threw in a Gig of 3rd party RAM (Certified brand, from CanadaRAM.com). It's a lovely machine, so go for it. It's nice and small (but not too small) too.
 

mcgarry

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Oct 19, 2004
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chelseasian said:
hi!

Since I have a 2Ghz G5, I am thinking of getting a low end iBook just for doing photos and very basic stuff when I travel. I would like to hear feedback from people who owns one, just a general view that you may have on the 12". Are there any quirks that the 14" don't have or should I just go get a 12" PB instead.

Thank you. :)
Dude, no offense, but please try searching first. There are 1,309,478 threads discussing the current 12" v. 12" laptop choices, and even a few discussing the not-yet-released new versions. You have every right to ask the question again, of course, based on your own unique circumstances, but for your own sake at least please see what you can learn from previous threads. You may have checked this already, but your post doesn't seem to indicate thus.

My rough take: with a PM G5 at home on which to rely, the iBook will be fine for your portable needs.
 

leekohler

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Dec 22, 2004
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I've had 14" iBook G4 since June and I've experienced not one bad moment. I use it in addition to my desktop and it's more than capable. I would assume the 12" is just as reliable.
 

mcgarry

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Oct 19, 2004
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also, if you still do want the extra features, better graphics card, slight speed bump, slightly smaller size, etc. of the 12" PB, look for closeout deals on the still-current generation. My local campus bookstore is selling the 12" (standard combo drive config) now for $1099 (edu discount only), SuperDrive version for ... I forget, but less than $200 more now. I can't believe they'll be the only ones doing this, so it might pay to look around.
 

mowogg

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Mar 10, 2004
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San Gabriel, CA
G5 & iBook

chelseasian said:
hi!

Since I have a 2Ghz G5, I am thinking of getting a low end iBook just for doing photos and very basic stuff when I travel. I would like to hear feedback from people who owns one, just a general view that you may have on the 12". Are there any quirks that the 14" don't have or should I just go get a 12" PB instead.

Thank you. :)
I too have a G5 and picked up an iBook for travel. It has Airport and makes for a teriffic computer on the road. It's light and has great WiFi reception. I don't do a lot of heavy lifting on it, but that's what the G5 is for.
I think the 12" iBook is an exceptional value. Just make sure you bump up the ram, 256Mb just isn't enough!
 

devman

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Apr 19, 2004
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The 12" iBook is great value and a great little machine. For what you've described it should be fine. There's no quirks with it that the 14" doesn't have - other than the physical size of the screen of course (note - the resolution is the same though). And for what you've described, the extra money for a 12" PB wouldn't be worth it.
 

lasuther

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Feb 13, 2004
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Grand Haven, Michigan
The 12" iBook is great. No need to spend the extra money on the 14" when it has the same screen resolution. Get Bluetooth. You might want to wait for Tiger to be released before you buy.

lasuther
 
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