noisy powerbooks?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by student7018, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. student7018 macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2004
    hi, thinkin of buying a powerbook some time soon... just wondering how noisy are they, as in have they got a fan,? cheers
  2. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    i don't use mine for strenuous activity.. i've heard the fans go on like... twice.. doing video editing stuff with imovie... otherwise it's virtually silent unless you're using a cd.. the cd drive is loud as hell.. kind of annoying if you ask me....
  3. ShadowHunter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2003
    On occasion I can barely hear the harddrive churning away. My CPU fan turns on maybe 5% of the time, but it is very low noise.

    The loudest thing is the Superdrive when it first spins something or when it is going full speed. Not even noticeable when watching a DVD.

    Overall, my 15" AluBook has been one of THE quietest notebooks I've used....and I've used many. To get anything quieter, I think you would need to get a PC with a Cyrix processor in it, that has no CPU fan (which are crap). I really don't think you need to be afraid of noise.
  4. vampirepiggy macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2004
    Northern Virginia
    Laptop CD drives are always loud.

    When I'm in a room with other people who have PC laptops, it's really easy to tell that the PowerBook is significantly more quiet. And mine is a titanium model, so I'm guessing the newer ones are nearly silent.
  5. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004

    The CD-rom is a bit noisy when you insert a cd or do heavy cd reading/writing.
    If you have an external monitor on it be prpared to hear the fan sometimes (especially when you have both the internal plus the external screen on.. i've got a 12", which have the weakest GPU so I guess the 15" and 17" is a bit better)

    The powerbooks is quiter than 99% of all pc laptops out there.
  6. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    I find the noisiest thing about mine is actually the "sluriping" noise that it makes when it takes a CD into the slot, or the "spitting" noise, when it ejects one.
  7. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004

    I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.5 GHz right now and it is nearly silent. I am in college and use it during a 3.5 hour lecture that I have. It is silent the entire time. The fan never ever comes on for me in that situation. The processor is always set to automatic or reduced performance mode to reduce heat. Doing web browsing, instant messaging, taking notes in Word, and playing the occasional game (not full blown 3d gaming, just Snood like stuff) never activates the fan.

    In contrast there are students in the class with PC notebooks that have loud fans and they are VERY noticable and ALWAYS on. The powerbook is completely silent.

    Also, even when the fan does turn on it is a very very quiet one. It is so small it doesn't have the whir of a larger fan. It is more of a quiet clicking type noise. (Unless that is just because my fan is broken.)

    Sorry such a long post, but I hope it helps answer your question.
  8. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2004
    The cd rom drive is always noisy. But regarding the fan, it goes on rarely. Other than that, the laptop is so quiet that the loudest part will be the hard drive clicking.
  9. Wano macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2002
    I had a 17"powerbook that I did heavy video editing on, and the fans would come on for a little bit, but it was really not noisy at all. it stays very quiet for most things, besides the cd/dvd drive. the same goes for the 12"powerbook i have. the powerbooks is everything you could ever want in a laptop(realistically).
  10. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    im currently using my powerbook in a completely dark and silent room... I can hear the ringing in my ears... nuff said.

Share This Page