powerbook 12-inch or thinkpad x61 ?

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  1. bkarabel macrumors member

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    I have a recent macbook pro 17-inch but i need something really portable. I dont really need vista or xp ( i dont wanna use it either ). I was looking at macbooks but they are kinda wide and heavy. What do you guys think about a 1ghz powerbook 12-inch 40gb with 1.25gb ram combo drive,airport with leopard. All for $ 600. Or i can get a thinkpad x61 with same screen size ( 12-inch ) vista business, wireless,120gb no optical drive.
    what do you guys think?
     
  2. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

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    I have a 12'' Powerbook, which I love, and I will probably love it until it dies. But compared to my iMac, it really stinks (except in terms of portability). It seems rather silly to sink that much money into such a dated computer at this point in time. I would go for the Thinkpad. Or you could try selling the MBP, and using the money plus the $600 toward getting an iMac for home use, and a MBA for portability.

    Also, why do you need something that portable?
     
  3. bkarabel thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your reply,
    i was thinking about the macbook air but 1) its $ 1800 plus tax 2) i use a sprint ev-do broadband card ( usb ) does not fit. I dont really need 13-inch glossy screen. I travel a lot ( sales ) my company uses a software ( powersales) which is powerpc/intel/xp or vista compatible. I fly or take the trains pretty much every other day so i really need something small so i can work fine ( without disturbing anyone sitting next to me ).
    I want a powerbook g4 just because i know the os well and i think its more stable. Never used vista business so i should not say anything bad but its windows, if you know what i mean.
    My wife she has a black macbook i tried using that couple of times but it felt kinda big and the glossy screen was really bad ( i had to tilt the screen many times to be able to read my notes and sales records in a meeting)...
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I personally would opt for the 12" PowerBook G4. Vista is less than praiseworthy (I know, I have it installed on my Macs for gaming) and the 12" PowerBook G4s are fabulous computers. :) :apple:
     
  5. n1ght macrumors member

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    The Thinkpad X61 has better value.
    The 12" PB has dated components, and weighs 4.6 lbs. That's at least a pound heavier when compared to the 3 to 3.5lb. Thinkpad.
     
  6. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

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    It's obviously your call, but just remember the limitations of the 12'' PB: it always lagged behind its bigger brothers in terms of RAM capability, graphics, and processor, and the screen is pretty crappy, in that it does not have a high pixel density. I find any non-finder window that is not fully enlarged to be basically non-usable. But if you really need portability, a long battery life, and not a tremendous amount of power, it's a great little machine. Now that the MBA is out, I imagine that more people are selling the things, so I would guess that they're a good deal cheaper than they were a few months ago.

    Also, in terms of weight, it's not a whole lot lighter that a Macbook: less than half a pound. In terms of capability, the Macbook totally outclasses it. It just seems not entirely wise to invest in a PPC machine to me at this point in time.

    I agree with you about staying with OS X, though! If only Apple were to make a 12'' MBP!
     
  7. bkarabel thread starter macrumors member

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    there is one more thing... :)

    I dont know if you guys are familiar with a gadget called slingbox.
    www.slingmedia.com
    I am planing to use that too. It is pretty amazing to be able to watch your tv,apple tv content ( all my movies ) and pvr from thousand miles away.
    I know it supports macosx and vista. While i was reading your replies i was think to myself that i forgot something to mention.
    Powerbook is g4 with 1ghz and it is used. Am i taking a big chance ? There is a 30 day exchange or store credit option ( or if i pay additional $ 100 i can get a 1 year warranty ) i mean i dont want it to die on me.
    Thinkpad is $ 1400 with tax ( also includes a bag and shipping )
    Powebook g4 $ 724 with tax ( includes 1 year warranty )
    so there is also like $ 700 difference...
     
  8. f1 macrumors 6502

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    My brother has a 12inch powerbook and its showing its age. It's so much slower compared to my macbook its annoying, and its so dated that the latest iPods won't even work with it. Get yourself a Thinkpad and see if you can custom order it to have XP, if you can't stand a macbook.
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    If you can find a cheap 1.5ghz PB 12" get it. It actually runs at 1.58ghz.

    Max out the ram and get a faster hard drive and get the superdrive model.

    I'm running my 23" Apple Aluminum Display off it right now on Leopard.

    Love

    It.
     
  10. bkarabel thread starter macrumors member

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    what do u guys think about the prices ( $ 1400 vs $ 724 )
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    A PowerBook G4, at half the price of the IBM - that is what I would go for (nice computer and an extra $700 in your pocket). :)
     
  12. f1 macrumors 6502

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    Get the thinkpad. The 12" powerbook is going to be obsolete pretty soon. If you really want a mac get a macbook, the difference is weight between the macbook and 12" powerbook is barely noticeable once you get used to it.
     
  13. tony-in-japan macrumors regular

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    Erm, I don’t think this is correct from my experience. I have a 3G iPod and 3G Ipod nano and both work fine on my 12" Powerbook.

    My advice is it really depends on what you want to do. If you just want a compact laptop with OS X to do basic stuff at a cheap price, then I think the 12" Powerbook it the best option you have for now.
     
  14. f1 macrumors 6502

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    The latest iPods are only supported on computers with USB 2.0. It may work on 12" powerbooks but not guaranteed, it won't work properly on my brother's 12 inch all the time.
     
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    G4 is too old. You will be able to accomplish more with that Thinkpad.
     
  17. NIPRING macrumors 6502

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    My PB is awesome, but then again i dont own an intel anything yet
     
  18. California macrumors 68040

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    The final revision of 12 inch Powerbooks came with everything that the Intel Mac lappies have...

    USB 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0
    Sudden Motion Sensor
    Scrolling Trackpad
    Superdrive UJ 845 I think it is DL

    The cool factor cannot be ruled out on these Powerbooks. Great machines. Mine is under Applecare until August 2009.
     
  19. Mo Tiggas macrumors member

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    It seems you've already made up your mind... you get so much more machine with the PB and it'll last much longer and keep you happy!
     
  20. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    True, dat.

    However, a Thinkpad X61 will SMOKE a 12" PB. Smoke it.

    Also, if you're going to be doing any typing at all on it, the TP is the obvious choice. Best keyboards evar.

    It's your call.
     

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