powerbook vs ibook help

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by oregonic, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. oregonic macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2006
    I bought a 12" refurb of the jan. 05 powerbooks, and it is in the process of shipping. However, I hear that the ibook is almost just as good, and a few hundred dollars cheaper. Should I go through the hassle of selling the PB and waiting for the 12" ibooks to get back in the refurb store? OR should I just keep the 12" powerbook?

    I am worried about the heat problems with the PB and the battery life as well.

    Any opinions?

  2. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    What are you gonna use it for?

    PBs do get a little hottter than the iBs put it's not that bad...

    iBs "did" get better wireless signals, but I've noticed an improvement on reception with the PBs with the latest updates...

    If you've got buyer's remorse, DON'T OPEN IT, and ask for a RA # as soon as you get it!

    BTW, iBs do get better Batt. life than PBs
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    That's the key question...

    If you expect to want to use an external monitor or burn DVD-Rs, stick with the PB. Even with Screen Spanning Doctor, the iBook just doesn't have as many options for externals as the PB (DVI, built in S-video). Plus, you can't get a 12" iBook with a SuperDrive...

  4. oregonic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2006
    This PB doesn't have a superdrive either, it is model from last january. If I have buyer's remorse they will allow me to return it for a full refund? Meaning I shouldn't have it listed on Ebay right now?
  5. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    Got this from:


    If you are not satisfied with your Apple purchase of a product, please call 1-800-676-2775 for a Return Material Authorization (RMA) request within 14 calendar days of the receipt of the product. Configure-to-order, personalized or other customized product may not be returned for refund or exchange under any circumstances unless DOA. If the item is returned unopened in the original box, we will exchange it or offer you a refund based on your original method of payment. The product must be returned to the Apple warehouse within 14 calendar days of the issuance of the RMA. All products must be packed in the original, unmarked packaging including any accessories, manuals, documentation and registration that shipped with the product. A 10% open box fee will be assessed on any opened hardware or accessory. If you purchased your order using an Apple Business Lease, you may be asked to provide a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) for apple to assess the 10% open box restocking fee.

    Please note that Apple does not permit the return of or offer refunds for the following products:

    Product that is custom configured to your specifications
    Opened memory
    Opened software*
    Electronic software downloads
    Personalized iPods
    Software Up to Date Program Products (SW upgrades)
    *You may return software after rejecting the licensing terms, provided the software is not installed on a computer. However, software that contains a printed software license may not be returned if the seal or sticker on the software media packaging is broken.
  6. oregonic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2006
    Thanks, I was just looking at that site.... I pulled my ebay auction, but I am thinking of just keeping it...I don't know though, if the refurb 12" ibooks come back online, i'd be saving $300 dollars for letting go of 20gb, a faster processor, better video? .... yet i'd be gaining an hour in battery time, better wireless....

    Any thoughts?
  7. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    If you're on the road a lot, that 1 hour extra can make a lot of difference. Other than that it really depends on how much power you require for your apps and how much space for your files.
  8. oregonic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2006
    Will the apple store give me a refund for the product (if I so choose) or do I need to ship it to them?

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