12" or 15" Powerbook

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  1. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    I love the 12" form factor, but can get a 15" powerbook for $1400. With the 12" only $100 cheaper, this is a dilemna. Ill be taking my powerbook with me almost everywhere I go, except out at night. I like to take notes in class with pen / paper, so I dont see that as a huge point.

    Features I would gain:
    1440 x 960 display vs 1024 x 768
    128mb vram vs. 64mb vram (Ability to use 30" display)
    1.67Ghz vs 1.5Ghz
    2GB ram max vs. 1.25GB
    Optical digital in/out
    fw 800 port
    gigabit ethernet
    illuminated keyboard
    hot-swap batteries

    15" owners, how often do you use your powerbooks around the house / travel with them.

    Any insight would be appriciated.
     
  2. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    I'd highly recommend the 15 over the 12 but a lot of people will say 12 (probably because they all have 12's in here). I like the bigger screen
     
  3. Jack Imhoff

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    I am also deciding between the two for a future purchase. This is how I look at it...It all depends on what you're going to be doing with it. Since I already have a mini for a desktop, I am leaning towards the 12in. Also, when traveling, it is nice to have a smaller laptop. On the other hand, if you're looking to be a 'power' user with it, and plan on using it as a portable AND a desktop, then go with the 15. It has more power and a little bit quicker.

    Can I ask how you're getting such a good deal on the 15?
     
  4. Furner

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    powerbook 15 is gone from apple now. prices may be fluctuating accordingly.
     
  5. kawasakiguy37

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    Id definately get the 15, graphics work on a 12 blows.
     
  6. colosodian

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    I will turn my mini into a server, and use the powerbook as my main machine. When working at my desk, closed lid mode on 2005fpw.
     
  7. hootpie

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    I had a 12" that I was taking to school with me and I hooked it up to a 19" LCD at home. I exchanged it for a 15" and it was the best thing I ever did.
     
  8. Jack Imhoff

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    Then go for the 15.
     
  9. mobbarley

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    15, its just better! plus, it really isnt that big or heavy!! lucky bastard. :big grin:
     
  10. manchild

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    I think I'm going to go for a 12inch PB once I get the money together.

    Then get an iCurve and keyboard and mouse and an external display and run it at home.

    No need for a large screen really.

    Idk, If I were you I would for sure wait untill after Feb 28th
     
  11. FyreDaug

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    for 100 bucks extra you cant go wrong, all the extra shit is worth it. Get the 15
     
  12. antiyou

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    I went with the 12" PB I use mine for travel purposes mainly so the portability was the deciding factor for me. I got it for a good price too 1220 with 768 ram. If you can get the 15 for nearly the price of the 12 then clearly that's a good deal, so if you fell like the extra hundred is worth the upgrade do it, or you could use the 100 towards maxing the ram in the 12.
     
  13. Yardsale

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    15 is the way to go. i had a 12" ibook that i loved, but the 15 is just in all ways better :bigthumb:
     
  14. moses

    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i take mine with me everywhere.

    15 >>>>> 12
     
  15. thomusvoo

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    wait until feb 28
    something new is suppose to come out
     
  16. colosodian

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    I decided on the 12", portability won out.
     
  17. antiyou

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    12" post #12 FTW
     
  18. rtm5003

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    i have a powerbook 12" and i love it.
    i bring it everywhere with me... to class, to the library, everywhere... can't go wrong...
     

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