What new features do you want in a powerbook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Aciddan, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. Aciddan macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2002

    I'm interested in finding out everyone's opinions on the features they would most like to see in an updated powerbook (heh, excluding the processor G*) over and above the current offerings ;)

    Features that I would really like to see include:

    - Better FSB
    - Radeon 9600
    - Better Sound/Audio (no snap, cracle pop I keep hearing about)

    From what I understand, a faster FSB would depend on whether they have 7457 Motorolla chips available (the current don't support a faster bus)

    The Radeon 9600 would be a fantastic feature - adding this to the Powerbook line will keep it at the front of what can be put into a portable as far as graphics are concerned.

    Sound - I cannot comment really too much on this but I hope that when I get a new 17"'er it won't sound like my iBook :p

    Do you think any of these things are realistic if they announced a new Al update this month (MWCP)?

    -- Dan :D
  2. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    i want built in bluetooth, a slick video card, and a backlit keyboard.

    it's a crazy one, but I'd like some kind of video IN port. Impossible, i know, but i miss that kind of stuff from the old days of AV Powermacs
  3. Alte22a macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London
    Alu casing
    back lit keyboard
    Airport extreme
    2X firewire 400ports
    800 firewire 800

    I guess this is the expected, except for I want 2xfirewire 400 ports

    FSB & graphics well let see whats on offer

    Maybe two button track pad or removable Drives and optical drives. Video editing on the go sucks when you dont have enough HD space and battery life.

    I like to see apple make an external charger to charge 2 extra batteries (wish list).

    Then I might buy an extra battery or wo
  4. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Top of my list besides what was previously mentioned is USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Airport Xtreme, 15.4" screen for higher resolutions... ATA 100 Hard Drive, 2X DVD-R burning (RW support!)... and ummm... two button mouse? :p
  5. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    new powerbook

    heres what i would like in a new powerbook:

    aluminum casing (pertaining to 15")
    minimum of a 1.25 GHz processor
    better fsb (200 MHz with the new chip)
    DDR-SDRAM (pertaining to 15")
    15.4" screen (i guess 15.2" ok too)
    Bluetooth built in (pertaining to 15")
    2x SuperDrive
    AirPort Extreme
    USB 2.0
    FireWire 800 (pertaining to 12" & 15")
    Improved Video Card
    Backlit keyboard is a nice extra, wouldn't complain if it isn't included

    i hope these new powerbooks come soon. my pismo finally died after years of good use. i'll need one before school starts!!!
  6. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Optical audio in/out like the G5, that would be awesome.

    The 17" PBook is as close to perfect as Apple have ever come in a portable, but having that optical input would be the mutts nuts.
  7. GrizzlyHippo macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2002
    on the sofa
    touch screen...

    Personally, I'd like to be able to draw on the screen and do away with having to plug in my Wacom to a laptop.

    Otherwise, all the usual requests.

  8. utilizer macrumors regular

    May 12, 2002
    In Atlanta!
    Re: new powerbook

    Wow, I've had my Pismo since the fall of 2000 and it's still chunging along but is showing its age. I'm still debating on which system I want to buy with ADC student discounts: G5 with a display or a new Powerbook 17 in. and save a 1,000 bucks in the process?
    I tend to go with the latter in this matter.
  9. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    i want a "Grilled Cheese" button that will spit out a sandwich from the optical drive. if my 12" PowerBook is gonna be this hot i'd like it to go to a good cause. ok, seriously. i'd like a higher screen res on the 12". 1024x768 is just not enough for me. i'd like the rubber feet on the bottom to stay on for more than a week, and if they do fall off, have them replaced for free (not $610 for a whole new bottom case, friggin' Apple). i'd like better cooling. i'd like the entire PowerBook line to switch to the G3 w/AltiVec (Gobi?) because the G4 is a dead horse and it's life is so over. i'd like to see back-lit keyboards on all the PowerBooks, as well as DVI out added to the 12". basically i think all 3 should have identical ports, connections, speeds, etc. the only differences should be the screen size.
  10. Das macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2003
    What I'd like is

    -a screen cover (thin plastic so that nothing can ding or hit it)
    -a tougher skin than Al and a handle to make it less fragile
    -as quiet of a fan as is possible
    -a light-up keyboard
    -a hiden port tray on the side for USB
    -USB 2
    -built in media card support (CF, SD, Mem Sticks)
    -a pressure sensitive track pad that is more like a wacom tablet so that you can actually draw with a digital pen instead of your finger only
    -a detachable bluetooth keyboard a la Toshiba
    -built in microphone or video capture unit
    -higher quality speakers

    If they get any of the above, I'll be a happy camper.
  11. Foxer macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Washington, DC
  12. MacFan25 macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2003
    The 15" needs an aluminum case, aluminum keyboard, backlit keyboard, Airport Extreme, and Bluetooth. And it would be nice if the whole line of PowerBooks got speed bumps. :)
  13. PHARAOHk macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    -DVD-RW support
    -more usb ports
    -Some lights so you know the hard drive is "thinking"
    -A more rugged design
    -faster burns

  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I think everything I want has already been stated.

    - 1.25GHz G4
    - Aluminum case.
    -USB 2.0
    -Built-in Bluetooth.

    I think this would satisfy many people.
  15. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    whoa! alluminum keyboard. you wanna burn your fingerprints off or what? my 12" PB get so damn hot i can't stand to use it sometimes. i couldn't imagine if the keys were that hot all the time. they again, it might make me type faster...:)
  16. PHARAOHk macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    My 17" gets luke warm like once every couple of days. Less then luke warm even. I am really impressed with this computer.

  17. Chealion macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta
    As a soon to be purchaser of a PowerBook:
    The funky lit keyboard (like the current 17")
    Airport Extreme. That's all I want.

    But my guess is that Apple is adding USB 2.0 and FW800 and that could be why its taking so long..
  18. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    I want/expect the following:

    -64 or 128MB Radeon 9600M
    -166Mhz bus
    -256MB to 1.5GB DDR400 RAM
    -Alluminium case
    -Airport Extreme
    -1.2Ghz and 1.33Ghz G4 + 1MB L3 Cache
    -60 to 120GB Hard Disk
    -DVD/CR-RW or DVD-/+ Writer
    -Illuminated keyboard
    -USB2 and Firewire800
    -Mini PCI slot

    I also want it for the same price or less than the current machines.

    Edit: Also hardware sound would be good since the sound is processed by the cpu at the moment which slows the computer by about 15% when using audio.
  19. Tommy! macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2001
    'How bout an antenna port like on the G5? Then maybe you could get some 3rd party antennas to enhance your range. Of course, standard antenna still included...
  20. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    that might be a decent idea. i'd be a little worried about snapping off an external antenna by accident if i had to pack up my powerbook in a rush tho.
  21. PowerBook User macrumors regular

    May 29, 2003
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who misses the AV in/out ports on older Power Macs. I doubt video in would be used in a PowerBook, though. Not that I'd complain.:)
  22. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    I always wondered how those got phased out without so much as a whisper from the mac community. Man, i did so much cool video stuff with my beat-down 8500/150 and a $20 VCR i bought at college.

    I agree, it'd never make it's way into a powerbook, but if it happened, i wouldn't complain either. :)
  23. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    Re: What new features do you want in a powerbook?

    For starters, a release date sometime this year... ;)
  24. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    Re: Re: What new features do you want in a powerbook?

    and we have a winner!
  25. MacFan25 macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2003
    The aluminum look I mean. :)

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