You're Opinion on 14inch ibook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Bobjob186, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    Hey i'm at the point of buying a 14inch ibook. Does anyone know how the new ones are and if they are any larger because as I recall them they are kind of chunky.
  2. gallivant macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2004
    Unless you really want the SuperDrive, I wouldn't reccommend the 14" over the 12". It's much bigger without providing any additional screen resolution; it costs more while having only a tiny performance bonus. Unless you need a DVD burner in your iBook, go for the 12" and boost the HD size if need be.
  3. TMA macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2003
    Case design is exactly the same as previous models. I never found them chunky at all. Maybe compared to Powerbooks but certainly not to most Windows based laptops.
  4. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    Alright, good to know, I guess the superdrive isn't that necessary if i'm looking for small size.
  5. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I have my 14" 1.42GHz in front of me right now, which is what I am what I am typing on right now.. and it is NOT chunky AT ALL, i hate when people say it is when it's a reallly beautiful machine, I have 2 and am very impressed w/ performance, it's your decision, if I were you, I'd get the 14"


    Hope that helps :)
  6. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    Its not too clunky and big but it is still big in comparison to the 12" i think the 12" is a better buy in terms of portability as it slips in bags easier and sits on your lap easier, its just an easier laptop for on the road....

    If you have eye-sight problems maybe the 14" is better for you, as for the superdrive i wouldnt bother as its old anyway invest the extra $$$$ in a good external drive which will be faster and more reliable...

  7. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I just got a new 14" 1.33ghz iBook. Very happy with it and I like the taller screen --better for scrolling written pages in Word. Fast, lightweight and for some reason, I am not as afraid of bumping it as I was with the powerbooks. My only discomfort with it, after maxing out the ram, is that its got a slower 4200rpm hard drive as OEM. But this is Apple's problem not one indigenious to the iBook. Love it -- not "chunky" at all -- in fact seems more streamlined than the powerbook because its got plastic instead of dentable metal.
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I'd usually commend the 12 inch iBooks over the 14 inch ones unless you need a Superdrive or you have slightly-worse-than-normal eyesight. They're certainly not clunky/bulky/chunky though.
  9. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    If I were you, I would get a 12" iBook. They are small, fast and nice-looking. The only drawback is the lack of SuperDrive.
  10. LGRW3919 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2005
    cupertino (no joke)
    I have a 12" iBook and it rocks. It's only a G3, but with 640 MB RAM it handles Tiger pretty well. I like the size and, as said before, it fits quite well in a variety of bags/cases. Do you absolutely NEED the superdrive?
  11. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    So you think a good call would be get the 12inch ibook now and an external dvd burner and then get a intel powerbook when its like rev 2 or 3 in a few years.
  12. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    I think both iBooks are the same thickness too. With Powerbooks, each model is like a rolling pin has been taken to it :D .. 17" is VERY slim.

    I would go with 14" if I wanted a superdrive portable. I would go with a 12" if I wanted better generable portability, but don't need a portable dvd burner. You'll probably want to save the money and buy an external dual layer one anyway :)
  13. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    question about your profile... what do you mean you have a dual-core powermac? :confused:

    and the iBooks aren't clunky. i'd get the 14inch, i find the 12 to be a little too small for my liking.

    (and it should be "your opinion...", not "you're opinion")

  14. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    I fixed the "you're" thanks for the look out.
  15. themacman macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2004
    the 14'' ibook is very good. The only differnce screen wise is that ur pixels are bigger, making everything more magnified. but the 14'' ibook is very portable not chunky at all.
  16. persianpunisher macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    I was seriously considering getting the 12", as I am a college student who needed a portable computer. I did, however, need a DVD burner, so I opted for the 14". Now some of you would say, get an external drive, and what not, and save money, but I wanted a DVD burner BUILT IN, and I save a precious USB 2.0 port. Now, some say that the 14" is clunky, which it may be-TO SOME. But for myself, it is perfect. in fact, I thought the 12" was TOO small. I will be writing alot of essays and the larger font would allow me to read the text for prolonged periods of time without eyestrain. And its not that I have poor vision, I have better than 20/20, i just prefer larger text. I run 1024x768 on my 19" CRT monitor, and the resolution works fine. If you NEED a DVD burner, and dont want to lug one around, get the 14"
  17. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    I have a 14" as well and I am glad I went that route. I had a 12" before and at time I just thought the screen was kind of small. I also found the 14" screen to be a little more bright than the 12" but that is just my opinion. I also wanted a superdrive so I went 14" for that reason as well. I do not really find it that much larger than the 12" I had before. For me it ended up being just right... and I used to swear I would never own a 14" iBook :p
  18. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    I recommend the iBook 12" unless you need to burn DVD's.
  19. Ph4lynx macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2004
    University Place
    Personally the only reason I would ever buy the 14" over the 12" is if i had sight problems... its just too big...
  20. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    I love my 14" iBook. It is not chucky at all compared with PC laptops. It is the right size for me. 12" screen looked to small at the Apple store. Also when playing DVDs, the larger screen is better. The resolution is great on the 14". Sure it is the same as the 12", but you have to remember that a lot of Windows Laptops still ship with 15" displays that are only 1024x768.
  21. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    I agree, the 12" is just a bit too small for my liking. I would advise you to get the 14", as it is still very portable as well.

  22. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    I would recommend the 12" over the 14" iBook any day. The 14" is just more expensive, heavier, and bigger. None of those things are good in a laptop. If the 14" had more screen resolution, I would consider it. If the 12" is just to small for you, save up for the 15" PowerBook. You'll get a lot more computer when compaired to the 14" iBook.

  23. Bobjob186 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Laguna Beach
    Thanks for the opinions I think i'm going to get a 12inch maxed out for now and then get the rev b or c intel powerbook in late 07. Thanks for your help.

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