Old Powerbook vs. new Macbook

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  1. et3rnul

    et3rnul OT Supporter

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    I've been wanting to buy this guy's powerbook but not sure if I should get a Macbook instead.

    Specs of the Powerbook

    - 1.67GHz G4
    - 15" widescreen display (1280x854)
    - 1.5gb Ram
    - 128mb Radeon 9700 mobility w/ dual-dvi
    - 100gb 5400 rpm HD
    - Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
    - Airport 802.11G/B Wireless Networking
    - USB 2.0 / Firewire 400 / Firewire 800
    - Fiber Optic Backlit keyboard
    - Applecare 3 year warranty (until April 2008)
    - iLife 06 installed

    The pics of the powerbook show that its in excellent condition. Comes with original packaging. The guy is selling for ~800 OBO. This will be the first mac I own. I like that its a bigger screen, metal look instead of plastic, and comes with alot of RAM for $800. But I've read in universal apps, that the macbook is equal and in many cases way faster than powerbook. The macbook also comes with the bluetooth/wifi now, iSight, and magsafe, but costs ~1200 + tax & shipping.

    What should I get...Powerbook or Macbook?
     
  2. TFunkadelic

    TFunkadelic One Nation Under A Groove

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    For my purposes, which include audio recording/editing, the powerbook is the easy choice. It has inputs/outputs that the macbook lacks, like firewire 800, which I need. I think this decision needs to be made based more on a case by case basis.

    It should be noted that there are some applicatoin that the Macbook will be dogged by the powerbook, specifically game and graphic based applications. Macbooks do not have dedicated video memory, and the powerbook you're looking at has 128 mb of it.
     
  3. et3rnul

    et3rnul OT Supporter

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    Well, I don't see myself needing it for pro A/V work, but an occassional home movie may come up. I won't be using it for gaming; I have a PC for that, and even then, I don't use it for games that much.

    I'm a computer science undergrad, and I will mainly be word processing, email, internet, music, and programming.
     
  4. TFunkadelic

    TFunkadelic One Nation Under A Groove

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    If the screen size isn't too big of an issue, and the rest is just aesthetic, I'd probably go with the macbook since it on paper should be faster for your purposes, and is more future proof.
     
  5. Peyomp

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    13.3" is too small to code on. Get the 15" powerbook over a macbook. A few months ago FOSS library support was a problem for the Mactels, but its not any longer, so thats not really a consideration.
     
  6. Legend Zero

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    :eek: that is a damn good deal! applecare alone costs 230, and this powerbook is covered until 2008! it has the latest ilife wich is what the macbook's have, and it's alot bigger screen! There is no way i'd get a macbook over this... if you only plan it to do email/surf the web/etc... this more than enough of speed for you since this can do ps with a breeze..

    the macbook recently have been pretty good with all the variouse problems they had, but nonetheless they are still 1st gen production.. if anything my plan would be to buy this right now, and upgrade come 2008-2009.. i think that is a spectacular deal you can get for that powerbook!
     
  7. itwasntme

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    That's a nice deal, buy it anyway ;):)

    I've got $1500 in my 17" PB and that was a good deal when I bought it back in the day.............. unfortunately I'll never see a return on all that.
     
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    get the macbook. no reason to buy a ppc mac when intel is already out.
     
  9. Peyomp

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    Reason 1: Screen too small for what he will do with it.

    Reason 2: More expensive.
     
  10. et3rnul

    et3rnul OT Supporter

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    I've made an offer for the pbook, so now I have to wait and see :x:

    Question on future apps: Because of the shift to intel processors, will developers eventually stop production of PowerPC compatible software? Or do Universal Binaries take care of this?
     
  11. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    Powerbook screen resolution is 1280x854
    Macbook screen resolution is 1280x800

    Cant deny that.
     
  12. rezin

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    i also do audio recording and editing on my powerbook but i've never used the fw800 slot, what are you using it for? a harddrive or an interface or something else?
     
  13. Peyomp

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    Powerbook screen size: 15"

    Macbook screen size: 13.3"

    Can't deny that ;)
     
  14. Legend Zero

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    :) Nice! Yes eventually people will, it's the same as many devolopers don't make anything for windows 95.. i assume you will see a pretty descent drop in power pc software around 2009, but it is just a prediction and there is no majic year when it will stop... that being said, there is already loads of software for ppc macs espc for video editing, audio editing, and the likes.. so as long as your not someone who plans to keep this computer for 6 years.. i think you'll be more than fine with a ppc mac and software...
     
  15. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    But that's the whole idea behind Universal Apps, is that it's not a whole lot more work for the developer to keep up both x86/PPC compatibility. Once the work is done on an app, it's there for the long run.
     
  16. Legend Zero

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    yah i saw the keynote where all they have to do is check one button, but what i'm saying is that obviously one day only ppc macs will be no longer supported, that 2009 number is because i'm thinking ppc mac's will be supported for apple's next two OS's.. i'm assuming the OS after leopard will be around 2009.. nothing more than a prediction, but it's not the fact that UB isn't easy.. but the speed/apple OS demands won't be supported! =)
     
  17. et3rnul

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    *Sigh* Someone got to it before I did. It sold for $900. Guess I won't be getting my first mac yet :(
     
  18. itwasntme

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    I have 2 mac laptops for sale elsewhere on other forums (Ibook and powerbook) 12" and 17" if there is anything I can do for ya just pm me.
     
  19. et3rnul

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    PM Sent.
     
  20. Yardsale

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    i'd cry if I didn't hahve the slot for my video work :hsd:
     
  21. TFunkadelic

    TFunkadelic One Nation Under A Groove

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    My board interfaces with FW 400, my external hard drive with FW 800.
     
  22. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    where "long run" = until developers take notice of the significant speed gains that can be achieved using intel-only compilers
     
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    i just sold a 17" pb 1.33ghz for ~$875 or else i wouldve hooked you up, 1st time mac user :bigthumb:
     
  24. et3rnul

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    Well if anyone else is selling their old powerbook for ~800, let me know :)
     

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