Which is a better deal? iBook or iMac?

iMatt mini

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The iBook would be:
1GB DDR333 SDRAM (512MB built-in & 512MB SO-DIMM)
80GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
Keyboard & Mac OS X - U.S. English
14-inch TFT XGA display
1.42GHz PowerPC G4
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 w/ 32MB DDR video memory
AirPort Extreme built-in
Bluetooth 2.0 built-in

1,259.00 plus tax.

OR the iMac

1GB DDR400 SDRAM - 2 DIMMs
160GB Serial ATA drive
Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Keyboard and Mouse + Mac OS X - U.S. English
56Kbps Modem
17-inch widescreen LCD
1.8GHz PowerPC G5
ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR Video Memory
AirPort Extreme
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

1,281.00 plus tax.

Prices include educational discount + $30 off coupon.
I think the latter is better but I'd like your opinions. :)
 

nichos

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I guess you must define "deal" first. If by deal you mean speed for your buck, the imac is a much better deal, $30 more for a G5? I don't know anyone who wouldn't pay that! If you mean "deal" for a portable computer, then the iBook clearly wins. So I guess define deal ;)
 

mad jew

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iMac is way faster. I've got both and I can safely say that the iMac blows iBooks away. Having said that, the iBook is adequately fast and it is portable, which is a massive bonus IMO. :)
 

AJ Muni

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go with the ibook baby!!!! being portable, and people always saying " wow thats a white laptop"...always brings a smile to my face....

p.s. you gotta love the glowing emblem on the back on the ibook... :)
 

eXan

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Ask yourself: do you really NEED portability? If YES, then iBook is for you. Otherwise get iMac. Its sooooooooo much faster and have 160 gig 7200 RPM SATA HD instead of 4200 RPM 80 gig ATA! Not to mention 128 MB of video mamory in Radeon 9600 :D

AJ Muni said:
you gotta love the glowing emblem on the back on the ibook... :)
I like PowerBook's glowing Apple logo on the back more than iBook's because it contrasts better with aluminium enclosure ;)
 

iMatt mini

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I have a laptop running XP so I guess I wouldn't need portability. I'm really looking for a desktop to crunch some numbers. :cool:

not literally.

I think I'll go with the iMac. Thanks!
 

chucknorris

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iMatt mini said:
I have a laptop running XP so I guess I wouldn't need portability. I'm really looking for a desktop to crunch some numbers. :cool:

not literally.

I think I'll go with the iMac. Thanks!
You have my blessing as well, iMatt mini. I just got new iBook, and I'm still scheming a way to justify (oh yeah, and pay for :D ) an iMac. They are SOOOOO powerful for the money, and absolutely beautiful. Second only to the iBook IMO.

I wish you best of luck with yours, and am announcing officially that I WILL have one (maybe when they start selling the current rev in the refurb store) some day sooner than later. ;) :D
 

devilot

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iMatt mini said:
I have a laptop running XP so I guess I wouldn't need portability. I'm really looking for a desktop to crunch some numbers. :cool:

not literally.

I think I'll go with the iMac. Thanks!
Smart man... I was going to suggest thinking about whether you prefer using a desktop or prefer a laptop... If you haven't purchased yet, you should still give it a thought because honestly, this Mac will become your primary computer w/in 3 months. I first saved up and bought my PB thinking, I won't use a portable that much so I might as well make it my first mac... but then I fell in love w/ Macs and I really do love desktops more... so I ended up w/ my iMac. :D
 

gwuMACaddict

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iMac... esp if you already have a laptop... i love my new iMac (the 20inch), the screen is beautiful and it hardly takes up any space at all. very very fast :D
 

IllTakeAnApple

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i too am debating this! i wont need a portable for at least another year but ill have the money to buy either a ibook or imac next month! with the intel thingy going on ill probably hold out until the rev b mactel laptops. i just dont know what exactly is best yet and i dont want to wait it out since this will be my first mac :)
 

iMatt mini

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ebow said:
Is the $30 off coupon available online somewhere, if you don't mind me asking? I'll be buying an iMac this weekend and wouldn't mind saving a bit more. :)
I got an email, something about buying your first mac, take $30 off. :cool:
 
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