Is the 17" Powerbook the new Cube?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by vniow, May 24, 2003.

  1. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    The 17" Powerbook is definately one of the coolest most sought after notebooks ever made, it is indeed one of a kind and has loads of goodies but not without its quirks.
    Major shipping delays due to manufacturing problems, some little quirks here and there but nothing really major, but is the 17" destined to be that one-of-a-kind computer that everyone wants but nobody can afford?
  2. maradong macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2003
    i d like to have one :D but can truly not afford it. So i ll wait for the new bp 15'' and buy that one .. perhaps one day or another a cinema display. Perhaps.
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Afford? Who needs to be able to afford it. sell your mother, sell the kids, hell vniow, sell your shoes... (ok gone too far there).

    I threatened to resign my lectureship if they didn't buy me one, so they did.

    It is without doubt the greatest machine Apple have ever made, even if it clicks and pops occasionally, all first production models have their foibles, thats why we love them:D

    Mine is currently experiencing video problems, it keeps freezing the screen, it's going back to Apple next week, I don't think it's a generic problem, mearly a hardware fault with mine.

    I think the 17" AlBook will be regarded as one of THE great Apple machines.
  4. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I think that this is a diifferent issue than the cube. The cube flopped because it was a consumer machine at a very large cost. The PowerBook on the other hand has been geared towards those that have the money to spend. There is no way this thing is going to fail.

  5. Wano macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2002
    I am only 17 and I worked for about 3 months and saved every penny so I could buy it....I use it for video editing and graphics. I love this machine, it was well worth the money.
  6. Wren macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I second the motion. I am so glad that I watied until MWSF when Jobs announced the new PB's. I waited for two months from Apple to finally get the computer and this machine is worth it.....machine is AMAZING!:D
  7. uhlawboi80 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2002
    im sorry...but too expensive!?!?! when i got my 15" TiBook, it was like 3300. The new 17" isnt much more expensive than the original TiBooks did last summer, and you are getting more for your buck.

    The TiBook sold great for apple, so i dont see why you would think that a computer that gives you more for the same price would suddenly fail.
  8. vniow thread starter macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    Okay okay, maybe I should have worded it differently, I didn't mean to say that it was too expensive or anything, I meant to say that like the Cube, the 17" is one of the most unique and sought after products that Apple has made in recent years but its also had its maufacturing quirks which are likely respossible for the delay so I'm wondering if say the 15" gets a 970 before the 17" or somehting (just hypohetical) will the 17" be phased out and become sort of a cult icon like the Cube?
  9. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    A Mac store near to my house just sold about 10 units in one week.

    You ahve to count that:

    We are close to a civil war.
    We can not buy foreing currency.
    50% unemployment population.
    30% of company in banckropsy just this year.
    A 30% inflation just this year.
  10. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    It may be a foreshadowing of the future of desktop systems, or at least all-in-ones. There are more benefits than detractions to such a system, less the cost. I think that this keeps it out of reach for most people. I know a few people who have made it their desktop system, and they did it in a similar fashion to WinterMute. -Some professionals can do those sorts of things. ;)-

    If it becomes a dinosaur, it’s because it was just created before its time. The Newton was a perfect tool, but lacked a large market and was also very expensive. I much imagine that other manufactures will imitate the 17” PowerBook. I also guess that they won’t get it quite right.
  11. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Unlike the Cube - this will never be a dinosaur or a one off item from Apple. I think you'll see a 17" laptop for years to come - it just makes sense if you've ever used a laptop to want more screen space.

    I'd love to have one, but I'm holding out for the 970s....

  12. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    Same here -- I was going to buy a 17", but I decided to wait for the possibility of a 970-enabled one.

    When I do get one, I think it will go very well with my Cube. :D
  13. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Well, I particularily didn't want the 17". I got the 15" instead. The only difference was no AP extreme, Bluetooth, FW 800, and no 17" screen. I got the 15" because it is mainly more portable. Not to mention I have a 17"CRT I can hook up to my PB.
  14. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    ... So more people are getting portable computers, so they can take them with them when they move somewhere else?:(
  15. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    i think the pc world has answered with a 17"...
    there is a real market for the 17". the production quirks may have just been standard rev. a issues. i hope they keep the 17" around long enough for me to replace my ti with one...
  16. freundt macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2003
    Uhhh... what country do you live in?
    Got any facts to back up those statments? they seems a tad too extreme. :confused:
  17. tazo macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually

    the guy who said all that stuff is frrom Venezuela. Thats in South America. You do know where South America is? right :)?

    I believe that the 17'' powerbook is not like the cube, because the cube was actuallt a really good idea, that was never marketed as such. The 17'' powerbook is for the man who has everything but wants an apple :)
  18. freundt macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2003
    uhh.. didn;t notice that :eek:

    oops... :(
  19. ms_apple macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    Hi, I am the newbie here @MacRumors. Could need some help from fellow Mac Brothers & Sisters!

    I am thinking getting the 17" Powerbook but afraid that I am making a mistake.

    Currently I own a 867mhz TiBook with Combo drive, it costed me $3200 last summer. Little did I know that I DO NEED the Superdrive!!!

    Should I get the ext. firewire drive to burn the DVD or should I just suck it up and sell my soul and get that 17" beauty?

    One concern: Is Apple going to lower the price for the current 17" model? Does anyone know / hear about it?

    Thanks! Any help will be highly appreciative!!

    The MacGirl
  20. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    I considered buying one but the screen just seemed too big. What do those of you who own one say? Is it worth the extra weight for the larger display? Portability is big for me, so if the screen isn't worth the weight (LOL) then I'll wait for the 15.4" AlBook.

    Visit Blue Pudding!
  21. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002

    No chance they're going to lower the price. It's probably the only product keeping Apple profitable at the moment.

    I, personally, never saw the point in having a portable computer with an external drive you had to lug around. Kind of defeats the purpose, IMHO.

    Welcome to MacRumors. Glad to have you. ;)
  22. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    Re: Is the 17" Powerbook the new Cube?

    the cube did not have a proven market, and was too expensive for what you got

    the 17" inch powerbook has the market, but may be too expensive so i don't think it will die a quick death

    if the price stops people from getting the 17" inch powerbook in large enough numbers and apple does not lower the price, then the product may very well die out

    looking at the specs, the 15" powerbook still seems to have the best of both worlds...portability and true desktop computing power

    if the 15" inch size didn't exist and the only other choice was the 12" powerbook, then the people who love the 15" size would be forced to save a little longer and opt for the 17" inch size since the 12" inch powerbook is not enough laptop for someone who wants a large screen desktop replacement

    that said, the 12" inch powerbook is still an amazing machine, it's light, and it does have the G4 which the ibook does not have yet

    when and if the ibook line comes out with a G4 powered laptop, that may spell the end of the 12" inch powerbook line ...but i can't see it happening this year so buying the 12" powerbook still seems to be a safe buy

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