iBook vs. Powerbook G4?

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  1. dnicol

    dnicol shoopdawoop

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    I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I am heartset on an apple product, because I am a photographer and I want to experiment with editing video, and such.

    I have narrowed it down to either one of the 12.1 inch models of the iBook and Powerbook, but not just based on the price. I like the portability and the battery life the 12 inch screen offers.

    My predicament is as follows. The iBook gives me 1.5GB ram, which is great for editing photos in photoshop, aperature, etc., but it only has a 1.33GHZ processor. The Powerbook on the other hand maxes out at 1.256GB of ram, but has a faster processor.

    In either model I'd upgrade to the 100GB hard drive and of course get the super drive. Price really isn't of any object, and if you can convince me to get a larger model, by all means, state your case.

    thanks OT, help out a mac newbie.
     
  2. Inferno

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    for what you're doing definatly get a powerbook, an extra 256mb of ram doesnt compete with the faster processor you're getting with the powerbook
     
  3. dionx

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    another benefit with the powerbook over the ibook is that you can dual monitor with an external monitor upto a 23" LCD. plus you get 64MB of video RAM instead of 32MB.
     
  4. moses

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    go with a 15" powerbook and max out the ram at 2 gigs. its actually just as portable as the 12"

    $1000 more though.
     
  5. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    you can do dual monitor with ibook also..

    but yeah, if you want to do heavy editing and whatnot. the powerbook is just going to have more balls for all that..
     
  6. dnicol

    dnicol shoopdawoop

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    whats the battery life on the 15" compared with the 12"? 2GB of ram does sound pretty neat, but I don't know if its worth $1000 more:noes:
     
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    the battery life on both models is fairly decent and should last you well over a day without a charge. I recommend the 15" powerbook as well because of the following reasons:

    --bigger screen, especially for editing photos
    --128mb vid card vs. 64mb (12")
    --faster memory (4200 vs. 2700)
    --firewire 800 (for hookups to external HD's)
    --backlit keyboard

    It is very portable, you'll thank us later!
     
  8. moses

    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    all of these reasons are why i went from a 12" iBook to a 15" powerbook.

    the battery life is complete shit though with 2 gig of ram it seems. I'm getting MAAAAYBE 3 hours of full use.
     
  9. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    New ibooks are supposed to come out in january and should have faster intel prcessors, fyi.
     

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