12-06-2004, 03:53 PM
Yes, like many here I'm purchasing an iBook (or having one purchased for me) - I've long been a fan (had a MacPlus and a Performa) and am ecstatic at the thought of using my iBook (getting an educational discount helps!). Like many of you, though, I seem to have a lot of trouble deciding which one to get.
Here's what I'd be using it for: Internet, word processing, some web design (Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks - maybe Photoshop Elements). I would really like to run Virtual PC on it (just to run Visio) but have read enough horror stories about it so now I'm worried. I'm leaning towards one of the 14" iBooks but can't decide...
- is this the only difference between the two 14" iBook models (M9627LL/A or M9628LL/A?) the combo vs. super drive?-buying dilemma - Combo Drive or Super Drive... does anyone here actually write DVD's? Is the industry heading that way, or is having an internal CD burner enough?
-for $200 bucks difference should I just get the cheaper iBook and buy more RAM instead, and what's a good number to have - is 512 enough, or should I splurge to go up to 768 MB?
-upgrading to an 80GB - good idea? I don't mind doing this at the beginning when purchasing the iBook. Is getting RAM more important?
-I'm assuming that doing web design is going to be easier on a 14" than a 12 - is this correct? (although I see it's been much debated on the forum!) Is this something I have to actually go into a store to see and, err, try on in person?
-I've heard people talk about these 'sleeves' they put their iBooks in. What are these like? Any links?
I appreciate any help! Thanks!