iBook G4 .vs. iMac G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mrzeve, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I am currently typing this on an iBook G4 with the following stats:

    1.07 GHz PowerPC G4
    512 MB DDR SDRAM
    Samsung 60GB disk
    12" screen
    No bluetooth
    Has airport

    I am looking to do a straight up trade (I will also get about 50 in cash) for the following iMac G4

    768 MB memory
    17" viewable, adjustable tilt widescreen flatpanel LCD screen
    1440 x 900 resolution
    32-bit color
    Pioneer DVD-RW DVR 105

    I was wondering if I am going to see a performance difference between these two machines and which you would rather own? Forget the fact that the iBook has a benefit of being a portable, I will be buying a Macbook this summer for college anyway.

    Any advice would be great!

    FYI: I use it for typical things, such as web design, adobe, itunes, word processing, etc. I have a Mac Mini with a 20" screen as my primary computer. I just love the iMac for being so good looking.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    The iMac can use regular 3.5" hard drives so I see that as a benefit. I dunno what speed it'll have inside, but it'll be easier and cheaper to get a faster and larger hard drive into the iMac. Disregarding portability (as you say), I reckon the iMac's probably better. Real world differences will only be tiny though.
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    If you already have a Mac Mini as your main desktop computer, wouldn't keeping the iBook be advantageous since its a laptop and you can take it with you. I'd rather have one desktop and one laptop over two desktops anyday.
  4. mrzeve thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Chances are I will sell the Mac Mini and use the iMac as my primary until college starts. I decided I am going to get a 1.25ghz rather then a 1ghz, and considering the iMac has a faster drive then the mini, I am okay with using it as my primary.

    But now the dilema is the screen size.

    I am going to dual screen my Dell 20" 2005FPW with the iMac screen. But will the Dell 20" dwarf the 17" screen of the iMac? I need a visual of what they would look like next to each other.

    Cause two 20inch screens would be amazing, but the 20inch iMacs are so hard to come by.

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