iBook or Powerbook?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Fearan, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Fearan

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    I need to decide between getting an iBook or a Powerbook.

    The reason I'm itnerested in the iBook is due to its incredible ruggedness. How solid is the 12" Powerbook? Can I carry it around in my schoolbag all day or will that does it to break like most shitty PC laptops? I don't absolutely need the speed of the Powerbook, but it would be nice to play Unreal 2K4 while on break. :o
     
  2. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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  3. Fearan

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    I'm really wondering for ruggedness though, and that thread didn't really answer.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    12" powerbook would probably be the most rugged.
     
  5. Akira

    Akira Coke > Pepsi

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    Powerbook if you got the money, it's over all better performer. I love my 15in powerbook.
     
  6. Fearan

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    :hsugh:

    You mean iBook right? Obviously the iBook is more rugged. I'm wondering how much more rugged.
     
  7. Fearan

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    Yeah, but is it solid? :o
     
  8. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    how do you figure the iBook is more rugged?
     
  9. Fearan

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    Apple.com description, online reviews.

    Durable plastic w/ rubber around harddrive, etc > Alumnium Alloy resistant to scratches. :o
     
  10. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    I see.

    "Durable space-age construction

    The deceptively smooth and well-rounded iBook is surprisingly rugged. It was designed with durability in mind, using ultratough polycarbonate plastic — the same material used in bulletproof glass — with an internal magnesium frame for added strength. The hard disk drive is rubber-mounted for impact resistance. And there are no doors or protruding elements that can accidentally get triggered, break off or snag on clothing."


    :dunno:


    where are our resident Apple employees?


    is this just a difference in marketing (mentioning detailed durability features on the iBook page but not a word about durability on the PowerBook page) or is it possible that the cheaper iBooks are actually built tougher than the PowerBooks?
     
  11. Fearan

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    :bigthumb: Now you're getting where I was trying to go.

    I've had the chance to check out the iBooks, but no Powerbooks and that construction seems REALLY good, I doubt the Powerbook can be that solid with a metal casing. Furthermore, the target audience seems a lot different (student vs home/business.)
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    business peeps travel with their powerbooks.
     
  13. Fearan

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    Yeah, but travelling a bit at the airport with your Powerbook in a laptop case isn't as rough as carrying a laptop in your schoolbag beside all your other books, where it could easily accidentally be dropped.

    That point kind of makes it obvious that I should get an iBook. :hsd:
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    sure. get an iBook.
     
  15. dmora

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    As an ex-employee, the ibooks have always been built stronger than powerbooks.
     
  16. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    :eek3: that's really surprising. i would expect them to be equally durable.
     
  17. dmora

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    The first ones... were encased in steel frames then surrounded by durable plastics.
    Hence why you could drop them and still run.
     
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    i guess the powerbooks are designed to be as thin and as light as possible, compromising durability to some degree?
     
  19. Larry David Jr.

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    They are as durable as they need to be considering their buyer's needs.

    The I book does its thang foh it'z crowd.

    You give to Ceasar, what is Ceasars.
     
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    I have a 12" iBook - it's built like a brick shit house.
     
  21. amill94

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    I have a 12" powerbook and I take it with me to school 3 times a week. I put it in my bookbag with my books and it holds up perfectly fine. Go with the powerbook. Better video card, faster memory, and larger hardrive stock...plus the casing is alot cooler than that gay white plastic.
     
  22. maczter

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    i'd personally buy a powerbook and stick a 7200 RPM hard drive in it.
     
  23. Lumen

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    I've used the ibook and powerbook but overall I enjoyed the powerbook better. But as previously stated there is quite a price difference between the 2.
     

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