PowerBooks in the modern day

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MultiFinder17, Oct 24, 2009.


Still use a PowerBook?

  1. Yeah, PowerBooks forever!

    34 vote(s)
  2. Used to, but upgraded to a MB/MBP/MBA.

    38 vote(s)
  3. Used to, but upgraded to a PC.

    0 vote(s)
  4. I've never had the pleasure.

    61 vote(s)
  5. What's a PowerBook?

    8 vote(s)
  1. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Just out of curiosity, how many of you are still using a PowerBook as your main laptop? If you are, do share your story! If you're not, why not?

    Personally, I'm still rocking out with my 12" PowerBook G4. At 1.5GHz, the final revision, it's been a solid laptop for nearly five years now. Bumped up to 1.25GB of RAM, it runs Leopard like a champ, and still does everything I need to do while out and about in the world.

    So how about the rest of you?
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Alas, no PowerBook for me. I didn't need a laptop until after the Intel switch. I'm still using a 2006 MBP and it's still going strong, so a late-model PowerBook would probably still be good for most purposes. Even though the latest OS doesn't run on PowerPC, if 10.5 does what you need them there's really no reason to replace the computer.
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Just wish they'd run flash better.

    No hulu, no Youtube but most everything else I use them for works remarkably well for the amount of RAM and age of the systems.
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I still have a 12" PowerBook G4 1.33GHz, although it does not see very much usage. I typically only use it for light web surfing near the TV.
  5. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    My mother uses an 867 MHz 12" PowerBook G4 with 1.25 GB RAM for her daily mobile usage. Her work computer is an intel Alu iMac.
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I recently put my old 867 12" out of its misery.:(

    Still have two 12" 1.5's and a 15" 1.67 working like champs though.:D
  7. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I have a 12-inch Powerbook G4 with 1.5 GHZ processor and 1.25 GB of memory (maximum).

    I got it in early Feb 2005 right when the last update came out to this model. It has gone through Panther, Tiger, and Leopard.

    It's still a nice little notebook. The first year it was my main computer and was used a fair bit, but since then it's only used say a few hours a month, so it still looks really nice.

    Actually, I prefer working on my desk with a desktop, so the little guy has remained my notebook computer, for nearly five years. I hope he keeps going. I was scared Snow Leopard would kill him off, but Leopard still interacts with my Snow Leopard macs fine, so the little guy keeps going, knock on wood.

    I do have to say the move to Intel sure was needed. It's amazing that in 2005 they sold these expensive notebooks with G4s. The slowest intel machines the next year blew them away, many times over.
  8. Mew2468 macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2009
    Home of the 2010 Winter Games
    I never had a PowerBook...my first Mac laptop was a BlackBook.
  9. RKO macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2008
    I have the late and old macs but my favorite all time remains to be the 12" 867. I will never retire it until it's time to die.
  10. J DILLA macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2009
  11. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    My MacBook Pro is my "desktop" system, so on the go I use either my 1.5GHz 12" Powerbook or my 867MHz TiBook. Both are great systems, but the 1.5GHz Powerbook is a real powerhouse. Before I upgraded my MBP to 10.6 I compared the Powerbook and MBP against each other, and the Powerbook actually booted faster, and ran Safari, and other Apps just as fast as the MacBook Pro. Only iPhoto seems sluggish on the G4.
  12. pesc macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2006
    I have a 1.5GHz 12" with 1,25GB RAM and 160GB HD.

    It is four years old now. I REALLY would like to upgrade the second Apple releases a worthy successor. I like my computer to be portable and have a matte screen. Preferably as powerful as possible. Money is not a problem. I will never ever use a glossy screen.

    But my 12" is still the latest model Apple has that combines portable and matte screen! :mad::mad::mad:

    I have tried several times to like the 15" that can be ordered with matte. My GF has one. And I have been to Apple stores numerous times. But compared to my 12", the 15" is enormously large. Clumsy and clunky. Not the kind of laptop that goes into my backpack every day.

    The Air?
    I'd love the portability, but compared to my 4 year old 12":
    - Air is glossy :(:(:(
    - My 12" has 2 USB, firewire and ethernet. Air only has 1 USB, that's it.
    - My 4 year old 12" has 160 GB. Air is too thin so it only has (1) 120 GB HD that is MUCH SLOWER than my 12", or (2) 128 GB SSD, nonupgradeable, smaller than my 12"
    - My 12" has 1,25 GB RAM. Air only has 2GB. After 4 years, more than 2 2-year cycles of Moores Law (which should double the RAM capacity every two years), the Air doesn't manage to double what I have in my 12". ???!?!?! Come on Apple! RAM is cheap.
    - The footprint of the Air is LARGER than the 12". WTF??
    - My 12" has optical drive, Air does not. I could live without it though.

    I am beginning to be really desperate. I hate glossy screens more that running Windows (and I really hate Windows). I don't know what to do.

    I am considering a 13" MBP and letting TechRestore fix it. But the freight from/to Sweden would cost me > $500. Plus $200 to TechRestore. Plus 25% Swedish VAT on top of it all. And what happens if I have a hardware problem? Will Apple still fix it or should I send it to Tech Restore again?

    The current Apple laptop lineup really sucks.
  13. Shaduu macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    I loved my 1GHz, 512MB TiBook and it served me well for pushing six years. I only upgraded to a MBP 'cause I started uni and needed something with some extra power for editing.

    I feel your pain: I used to have a PC purely for Youtube and general media 'cause the TiBook couldn't handle it.
  14. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I have a 1.67ghz with 2gig RAM and an upgraded 250g hard drive. It has a new logic board, so it runs fairly well. The screen is so dim (my eyes are getting old) that I wish I had a new MacBook. Money is the deciding factor at this point.
  15. Ammo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I don't have a Powerbook but a guy I worked with over summer uses his still for video editing and graphic design.

    He has a Mac Mini at home and tells me that thing screams compared to the Powerbook. I think he's gonna upgrade soon.
  16. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I upgraded to a MBP15 from my PB15 about 18 months ago because I needed to run Windows.

    I still use my PB15 and like it very much. It's 6 years old and still works fine.
  17. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    For those with problems running YouTube videos on their G4s, there is a small Safari Add-On called ClickToFLash, which disables Flash content on websites (but the can be enabled by clicking on them) and also allows viewing YouTube videos in the .h264 format via QuickTime.

    It saves CPU cycles.
  18. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    I still use my 1.33 12" as my main machine every day. It's a great machine only thing I really need is a faster/larger HDD. PPC is still enough for me ;).
  19. J DILLA macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2009
    any addons for firefox?
  20. hamis92 macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
    I switched in 2006, got one of the original MacBooks when they came out. Earlier (2005) I was planning to get a 12-inch PowerBook but decided to wait after I heard Apple would switch to Intel processors.
  21. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    I'm typing from my PB 15in 1.25Ghz. When I got it, I used it for Final Cut Express and photos. Now 6yrs later it still runs better than some PCs I've seen except that the keyboard & battery needs replacing. I will soon get a MBP and probably keep the PB because it runs Tiger. Some of the features I use a lot on Tiger aren't on Leopard or Snow Leopard. Its a shame Apple took away the Bluetooth sync in Address book. I guess they assume that everyone would own an iPhone and didn't need to send vCards to their phones.

    I'm not mad though, because I use my PB a lot and I'm surprised that it has lasted this long.
  22. patrixl Suspended

    Jun 19, 2009
    Awesome story about your 12"... I often wish I had jumped on the Macs a year or two earlier, and I feel nostalgic for the PPC. lol.

    I had a PowerBook 3400 back in 2000, but it saw very little use after 2002 or 2003, was on PCs running Linux until I got a Macbook in 2006.

    Gotta say something though:

    Moore's law isn't about double everything every 2 years.

    The original Moore's Law states that the number of transistors that can be placed on integrated circuits doubles every 18 months or 2 years or so.


    Now sure that means we can increase the RAM capacity by putting more transistors on a chip, but that still doesn't directly equate doubling up the amount of RAM every 2 years.
  23. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I'm on my 12" 1.5ghz Powerbook maxed with 320 hard drive and 1.25ram
    running a 30" Apple Cinema display at low resolution of course -- right now. My Mac Mini 2009 seems to have a video card issue.

    Actually it plays Hulu and You Tube fine.

    The next step to keep these matte screen Apple beauties going is a huge SSD Pata drive.

    Oh, and I sold this same model powerbook last year to get the new unibody Macbook aluminum.

    That thing sucked. Sold it and bought this one.
  24. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I loved the 12 inch G4, had two of those, amazing machines.
    I had the 12 inch until the Santa Rosa MPB came out, and once I switched I realized how dated the G4 chip was.

    The 12 inch Powerbook design was awesome tho!!!

    I also had quite a few Powerbook Duos (230, 280 and 2300) those was great computers too. Almost like netbooks back then! I remember other people dragging on 15 lbs laptops and when they saw the 4 lbs Powerbook Duo in 1992 most ppl didn't understand how it was possible
  25. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Mac Mini 2.66ghz in a Powerbook 12" case, please.

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