IBOOKG4 12" or 14"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by alobonzo, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. alobonzo macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2003
    I'm getting an ibookG4 in a few days.
    I'll use it to record audio out of the studio, live gigs, rehearsals, choirs, etc...
    I will have a desktop to mix and edit.
    Please help me to decide between the two models, the portability of the 12" or the better processor and bigger screen of the 14"
    thanx a lot
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i think for the uses you mentioned, processor difference won't be that much of an issue between 12 and 14 inch iBooks.

    as others will undoubtedly mention, the number of pixels in 12 and 14 inch screens are the same. so you will not gain any screen real estate by going to the 14". you will still have 1024 pixels by 768 pixels. each pixel is bigger on the 14" so it will be less straining for the eye for some people.

    after that, you should just weigh $$$ vs. your eyesight. (and battery life too, as i believe they are different.) i have a 12" PB with the same resolution (1024x768). couldn't be happier in regards to the portability.

    edit: nevermind the battery life. apple page mentions that they are the same.
  3. aethier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2003
    Montréal, Canada
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    forgive me if this is a stupid question, but wouldn't you need the line-in on a powerbook to do the kind of high quality recording that you are talking about?
  5. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    i was about to say that. maybe an iMac is involved or something?

    anyway, i suggest the 12". 14" is just bigger. like someone said, same resolution which i am pissed about.
  6. alobonzo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2003
    I will use a motu 896 firewire audio interface for recording with the ibook.
    Seems like everybody think about the 12" like the best choice.,hummmm......
    Will you wait a bit for, heat issues and stuff or not?
    I can wait
    Thank you
  7. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    Man, if you can handle the 12" screen go for it, in my case it is a night mare. I'm working with audio too using Digital Performer and I have a 14" screen and it is about there with the size. I would never work audio in a 12". All the midi chanels, the pluging windows, the tracks.

    If you can work with the 12" ok, it is not impossible but I rather get a pervious discontinued 14" iBook if you want to save some money.

    Actually, in your case, I would get a $600 Pismo. You can take it to 1GB of ram, get a 60GB hard drive and upgrade the processor to a G4 500. and it will still less than $1000 and you will have a 14" screen.

    In my experience, stay away from 12" if that is the use you are going to give it.


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