I gather that you have not been keeping track of where the PowerBook prices have gone. They are already dropped, compared to what the G3 powerbook line was selling for.Originally posted by krossfyter
heres a question...
when are the prices going to drop on the powerbooks?
I have been thinking of buying a NEW G4 PowerBook; but think I will have to go desktop instead for the ONLY reason because of the Super Drive. Can I get a G4 PowerBook and ext. DVD-Super Drive to burn DVD's? What is every recommending on a ext. Super Drive? Which brand?Originally posted by IndyGopher
Precisely. If you need to burn DVD's, and you're going to have to be plugged in anyway, just get a Firewire external DVD burner. The drawback, of course, is that iDVD doesn't currently support external DVD burners, but there are ways around that using Toast. DVD Studio Pro, however, does support external DVD burners.
People bemoan the cost of the top-end PowerBook the way it is.. add $600-$1,000 for a SuperDrive (it would probably be less, but who knows what sort of premium they would attach to such a tiny drive in the first revision) and people would really throw a fit.
Originally posted by AlphaTech
I gather that you have not been keeping track of where the PowerBook prices have gone. They are already dropped, compared to what the G3 powerbook line was selling for.
I don't see Apple reducing the price of their PowerBook line in the near future (or this year). I do expect to see faster processors, larger hard drives, more memory, higher video card spec.'s and such. All for the same price as we pay now. The only change might come if they offer a BTO with the superdrive (don't expect that this year either).
Impractical??? What is impractical is spending (realistically) $4K on a very good machine that you would like to do your "DVD Burning on the go" on. If you are going to have this kind of money, buy the lower processor modem and take the extra cash, find a little more and buy yourself a second machine. I had stated that only 1 - 2% of people would use a DVD Burner on a laptop. Realistically, I would use if it were available, but it isn't going to kill me if it isn't. I don't "have" to have a DVD Burner in my laptop. If it was all that important, I would just buy an external one and life with it. I would have to carry along my Digital Camcorder anyway. I never stated that "now one in the world could have any use for a superdrive in the protable computer". There are a lot of great uses for them. But again, it bumps up the cost, produces a lot of heat and if you have enough time to burn the DVD in your "portable" state, you probably won't have enough battery power anyway. Because to be truely "portable", you would probably be on the scene of a Movie set next to Steven Spielberg.Originally posted by DNA
...that not all people who would like to use a DVD burner are the same ones who can afford to have two computers. If they then need a portable computer, the only solution is to buy an external drive, but that's one more item to bring with you all the time: Very impractical. So please don't tell me that no one in the world could have any use for a superdrive in the portable computer. That's what some people said about CD burners on this site a year ago. And I know for a fact that people finde those things useful.
I agree that you don't need a burner, but you DO NEED an NSX. It's one of life's necessities.Originally posted by keithcobbett
You are absolutely correct though. You really don't "need" a burner, but you are also right, I would be a great thing to have. But, a Acura NSX would be a great thing to have also.