Should I get the PowerBook now or later?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 16, 2002
Los Angeles
Hey dudes


I'm a student/filmmaker......I currently own a 500 mhz PB and a DVD burning tower

I got the Tower primarily for DVD burning, but I do EVERYTHING on my PB.....iPhoto, FCP, iCal, etc etc etc

I'm a filmmaker thats always on the run, and I really want a PB that I can connect into a Digital Apple display (like the Cinema Display) and mobile DVD burning

Would now be a good time to put my 500 PB on the Ebay market, and grab a DVD burning new one??? Or, should I wait for better ones to come out (like a G5 book?) I said, I do everything on my PB, so I really want the that I can burn DVD's, I really won't need a tower anymore (which is what I've always wanted)....

Anyhoo....what do you guys think? Wait....or buy now???


Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
Buying after a speed bump is always a good idea.

If you buy something new right now, you won't have to worry about a new machine coming out 2 days after yours is delivered.


As far a going completely portable, it's up to you and your work habits as to whether it would be a good/bad idea.


macrumors 601
Mar 12, 2002
BrisVegas, Australia
i agree. buy now and you'll be happy with your top-of-the-line TiBook for a long time. :D

if you wait you might start thinking that the G5 is just around the corner... and then put off your purchase and wait for the G5.

you should get it now. i got my rev. C TiBook just after they were released, and it was the best way to do it.


macrumors 6502
Oct 24, 2002
I say sell both your PB and your tower and get the top of the line ghz PB. That will get you the new powerbook with the least out of your pocket.

You probably could have made more $$ for the PB if you sold it before the new ones came out, but its too late now, I say its always best to buy as soon as the new ones come out, then the next batch is farther off, and you have the best and fastest for the longest amount of time.


macrumors 6502a
May 7, 2001
i would stay where you are. it is cool to have superdrive in a pbook, but it is 1x. great if you are a road warrior, but for you, it sounds like you have the best of both worlds. i would stay put


macrumors 6502a
Jan 24, 2002
I agree with the other posts--buying right after a speed bump is always a good idea. You can't get anything better for at least 6 months, and you need not worry about the next refresh in a week.

It all boils down to this: if you need a computer now, get it now. Waiting for the next best thing is like changing a wheel on a moving car: you can't possibly keep up. We don't know when the G5 will actually be introduced, and it could be anywhere from 6 months to a year before the G5 will find its way to laptops after its initial release date.


macrumors 68000
Oct 21, 2002
Yeah I was unhappy with my Toshiba 6 WEEKS after I got it. .... Well.... It was a Toshiba. :)

I go through Computers faster than I go through shoes. (Honest) How can we be certain that they will have G5 Powerbooks in six months. It might be 12 or 18 months for a G5 Powerbook. (Or will the G5 work in a Powerbook right out of the gates? I don't know too much about Apple Laptop updates. I am a new convert to Apple.) :D


macrumors 68020
Jan 6, 2002
Buffy's bedroom
Originally posted by Kid Red
I dunno, I'd wait a few years. In a few years, that update will rock!
Ha ha... probably true, but for someone who's thinking about an upgrade now, it could be a little late :D Just a thought ;):D

I agree with most of the other suggestions - go for it now. Sell your two current Macs, buy the new PowerBook, and go make the next blockbuster :)
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.