MacBook Air 1.6GHz vs Powerbook 12 1.5 GHz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by katewes, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. katewes macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    A question for those who have used both the MacBook Air 1.6 GHz and the Powerbook 12" 1.5GHz maxed out 1.5GBRAM - I wonder how the Powerbook compares in terms of speed and zippliness relative to the early 1.6 GHz MacBook Air's.

    Not for high level software like Photoshop, but just word processing and surfing the web?
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  3. coupdetat macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    The PB is actually snappier in GUI operations due to the dedicated video on my 1.33ghz/1.25gb 12" PB. Minimizing windows using the genie effect is noticeably faster. However, once you start piling on heavy apps like Pages or Flash, the PB gets killed.

    Strangely, Office 2004 on a PB runs much faster than either Office 2004 or 2008 on the MacBook Air. I actually just sold my MBA and switched to a Vaio TZ, largely because of poor battery life on the MBA and awful Office performance.
  4. catdog02481 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2003
    Boston, MA

    Hi, I have a Sony TZ and an MBA rev.1 1.8/SSD and just sold the latest maxed out PB12G4 1.5/1.25gb and i can tell you, the MBA is much much faster in pretty much anything you throw at it, including Office. Office 2008 runs very well on the MBA, no complaints. The PB was cute and had a sharp screen and brought back fond memories but it was obviously from another era, it had occasional troubles with youtube videos and some complex websites.
  5. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    The Air crushes almost any Power PC Mac. My Rev B gets a geekbench score higher then a Powermac G5 (dual 2.7).

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