Powerbook vs MacBook vs MacBook Pro vCollegeStudent

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  1. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    I really, really want to start using OSX. The problem is, I'm a college student and it's hard for me to justify spending $2200 (the MBP I was looking at) for a notebook, but I really want to replace my aging HP NC6000.

    I started looking on eBay to see what the old Powerbooks are going for now, and some people actually bid these things up to over $1K! I've been trying to snatch one up for less than that.

    After mentioning this to a friend he said I should get the MacBook as it's a good middle-ground notebook. The problem is that I don't want to buy a *new* notebook that doesn't have a decent graphics card.

    Anyways, OT Mac Geeks, I'm asking for some advice...what do you think?
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    Macbook Pro > Macbook > Powerbook.

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    if the MBP is too spendy, then get a macbook.

    Forget about the video card -- you don't need to play games on it, anyway.
     
  3. Peyomp

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    Macbook Pros are too fucking hot. Mine hovers around 85C-90C core temp and is uncomfortable to my hands. If I did not absolutely need the speed, I would rather have a Powerbook.

    For a college student, a powerbook 17" would be a great choice, and if your mostly doing word processing and web stuff, then get one of those.
     
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    lapcook pro?
    id wait till they release it with the new memron cores and maybe they will fix the heat issue
     
  5. Peyomp

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    Interesting. I wonder if mine has a problem?
     
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    did you fix the heatsink compound issue?

    if not, do it!
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    14" is way too big for college. I had a 12" PC notebook and it was perfect. 14-15" is top on the size scale.
     
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    Why? I have a crumpler messenger bag, and it fits in it with any other stuff I need. Why would I want a small screen for college?
     
  9. TFunkadelic

    TFunkadelic One Nation Under A Groove

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    Macbook Pro better than powerbook? Yeah, most of the time, but I'll take my Powerbook over a Macbook any day. Powerbooks outperform macbooks in terms of gaming performance, if that's an interest to you, and mine still feels plenty quick to me (several of my friends have new intel computers, so I have used them a bit). Also, I need the firewire 800 port for my external hard drive, and the FW400 for an external sound board, so the macbook is not an option.
     
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    Getting it from place to place isn't the issue... Many college desks are simply too small for the huge footprint!
     
  11. alverino03

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    Some girl in my class busted out a 17 inch HP desktop replacement. God damn that thing was huge :eek5:
     
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    I have a Macbook, it's plenty for what I use it for. I don't need it for gaming or anything.
     
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    All my classes moved to big long flat desks in conference rooms :dunno:
     
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    meh, still too big, imho.

    but college for me had a few classes like that, but most with rediculously small desks. And all right-handed. No love for me and my lefty-buddies. :hs:
     
  15. my 12 inch PB is still owning in college
     
  16. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    My current notebook is 15" and just over 5lbs, I really wouldn't want to lug around anything larger. I didn't really think about the 12" PB, maybe that would be even better and I can wait for the updated MBP line...

    I'm a CS major, FWIW, so I wouldn't mind a little more horsepower (esp the Core 2 Duo), but $2200 just still seems steep! But maybe not after I get used to OSX and Macs in general...
     
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    As a CS major... get the macbook/pro.
     
  18. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    Did I mention I have a car habit and a girlfriend? Haha.
     
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    I have an ancient PB (1st gen aluminum 15" w/SuperDrive) and I was thinking I might just deal with the shitty speeds (1.25 GHz of raw, untapped PPC power!) and bum a fast computer from the UNiversity when I go next year. I dunno, should I upgrade? This thing does get really slow...
     
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    Or I could just go computerless.
     
  21. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    So far I haven't had any class that requires Windows, FWIW.
     
  22. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Werd. powerbook > macbook
     
  23. xenon supra

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    you will at some point. just get a macbook - its lightweight and you can load it up just like a MBP
     
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    I have the black macbook now and I also have a powerbook at home. I would suggest the 15" powerbook. Its great notebook especially for the price since the macbook pro came out.
     
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    He's a CS major. It needs to last him years. He will be using the performance. Get the MacBook Pro.
     

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