Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by cantankerously, Jun 10, 2004.
What are you getting?
Don't have an iBook, but I think the spec is somewhere around 6 hours. What are you getting?
Just researching before i purchase. I'm trying to decide between the PowerBook and the iBook - both in 12".
My iBook always gets just over 4 hours on each battery (I have two -- ALWAYS buy an extra one) with very active use. A friends 12" iBook uses the same amount of power -- about 4 hours per battery.
yup, just a tad over 4 hours here.
I'd get the PowerBook because it won't get outdated as fast as an iBook will
I just need it for the 3 years i'm in law school to take to class and the library.
See now I am not sure that is as true as it used to be. The G4 iBook is slower than a G4 PowerBook because of the bus speeds, and a few other small things, but its not a huge difference for most users. The iBooks are also alot more durable (hard plastic shell, no paint, bla bla bla..) than the PowerBooks which is why I moved away from the PowerBook line. Other than that, I think they are basically equal -- the PowerBook just has a few more features that some users will pay for because they need them, and some wont.
What features would that be?
airportextreme standard, blue tooth standard, faster ram, faster hdd, and a faster CPU.. just to name a few. but really for the average user, the 12" iBook would be just as suitable as the 12" powerbook.
And a PCMCIA Slot -- and then you named everything
I'll be adding RAM and getting an AirPort card for it also.
3.5-4hrs with wifi surfing the net (ie wifi on and transmitting) otherwise it's almost 5 hrs with mixed use.
i used my iBook all morning at our garage sale, i was listing to internet radio (WiFi from inside my house) and using an Excel spreadsheet to track purchases. plus surfing ot here and there. i got like 4 1/2 hours on her before the reserve kicked in.
the six hour thing apple says is with no airport card turned on, and all your battery saving options turned way up so that the performance of your laptop is usable but not practical. Like turning the brightness Waaaayy down;
I'll be using it mainly to take notes in class, so i'll probably have the brightness turned down pretty low anyways.
My 12" got about 4hrs with active use. And MAYBE 5 with the screen dimmed and energy saver set max.
about 3.5-4 hours
screen at full brightness
minimal HD activity
I get around 4 hours from my 12" powerbook as well. I turn off BT and AE unless I need it. I use 80% brightness too so I could increase the battery life if I reduced the brightness but at school, there's often a wall plug for me to leech electricity from.
I have G4, 4-5 hours battery life. How do you set energy saver to max?
That cuts the performance. Go to the system preferences and go to the energy saver button.
Cool thanks. I hope I did it right.
I got about 4 1/2 hrs out of the 12" Powerbook G4 1.33MHz with Airport on. I left the energy saver at default setting from the factory, just turn the brightness down a little.