Powerbook G4 or new Macbook?

stuff99

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May 11, 2007
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Hi Everyone,

I was just looking for an opinion.

My work is selling off a 12" Powerbook G4 1.33ghz with i think 1.02 gigs of ram.

Price range should be market price which is around $500-700 Canadian.

Should I buy this or just save a few hundred more to get a new macbook instead which is undoubtly faster...although I do like the 'feel' of the aluminum casing.

I primarily use the powerbook for some basic photoshop, email, web surfing and playing videos and music.

What do you guys think?

Is it worth it to spend that much money on an old laptop or should I just buck up and get a new macbook?
 

Manzana

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Jul 19, 2004
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Orange County, CA
if you can get it for $5oo canadian you definitely should buy it, upgrade to leopard and use it for a couple of years. Also if you buy it and use it for a little bit you could resell it and not lose too much money in the process.
 

lazyboy922

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Dec 9, 2003
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I can speak from experience. I have owned the latest revision of every size powerbook. I am a graphic designer and use photoshop / indesign / and illustrator on a regular basis.

My MacBook is sooo much speedier than the powerbook. I do miss the 17" screen size of my powerbook, but I have an 20" external hooked up and it's fine. I love my MacBook. I bought a refurb and installed 3gb of RAM in it.

Hope this helps...
 

superleccy

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Oct 31, 2004
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That there big London
The MacBook.

It's not just the speed difference (which is substantial).

The MacBook has a camera, a user-upgradable hard drive, Leopard pre-installed, the latest iLife, more screen real-estate... and it's brand new so you get the 1 year warranty.

Easy choice.

SL
 

dacreativeguy

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Jan 27, 2007
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I just replaced a 12" Powerbook with a MacBook Pro, but also bought my mom a MacBook and set it up for her. The MacBook is infinitely better than the 12" PB. Movies converted 5x faster on the MacBook. It has a camera, it has front row, it takes more memory, it runs Windows, etc.. I would definitely add a few hundred bucks and get the MacBook. Not sure why the guy who bought my PB didn't do the same, especially since he planned on buying more ram to max it out, but I was happy to take his money. :)
 

TheStu

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Aug 20, 2006
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I just replaced a 12" Powerbook with a MacBook Pro, but also bought my mom a MacBook and set it up for her. The MacBook is infinitely better than the 12" PB. Movies converted 5x faster on the MacBook. It has a camera, it has front row, it takes more memory, it runs Windows, etc.. I would definitely add a few hundred bucks and get the MacBook. Not sure why the guy who bought my PB didn't do the same, especially since he planned on buying more ram to max it out, but I was happy to take his money. :)
Just to clarify for the OP, i assume that you mean that it can hold more RAM, cuz the way it sounds it seems like you are saying that it would consume more RAM (noticeable amounts more) than the PowerBook when doing the same things.

Sorry to nazi on you.
 

disconap

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Oct 29, 2005
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Simple answer: if you don't need the power of a MacBook (i.e., if you're going to use the machine for watching movies, email, internet, and other simple tasks) and you don't have the money to spare, a G4 Powerbook will work just fine. If you want to do more advanced tasks (video conversion, CS1/2/3, etc.) and want to be able to run in Windows, then go with the MacBook. The Powerbook will work for you for years if you don't need the extra power and intel compatibility (I still use a G4 ibook for all my mobile needs and it flies, but the most heavy task it runs is Photoshop 7)...
 

stuff99

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May 11, 2007
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Well I just got an update that the macbook may come cheaper or (fingers crossed) come free...so if its less than $500ish or free I'll be happy with the powerbook (I have the new 2.4 iMac at home already..)

Im just wondering how well the Powerbook G4 1.33 Ghz with 1.25 gigs of ram can run leopard...
 

ale500

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Jul 9, 2007
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Last rev was a 1.5 GHz G4. That's an Apr 2004 Machine... so 3 years 6 months old. I'd would not get it, maybe a refurb MB will be a better deal. (I do not really think being able to "run" winblows in a Mac is any advantage...):D
 

Gurutech

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Jan 22, 2006
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Yes, I agree that G4 powerbooks has some value to it, but it no longer is justifiable for purchase.
if you happened to have G4 powerbooks, you may still enjoy it.
But don't buy one now.

Macbooks are much much much much better now. All the important pro/consumer programs are universal binary. PPC is history.
 

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