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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

12inch or 15inch?


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I'm thinking of getting a powerbook, but i can't decide on whether the 12 or 15 inch. 12 has maximum portability but i'm afraid the screen's not big enough esp for long usage times..what are your opinions?
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I have 17", and i recomend u'd go with 15". The 15" model is still portable and thinner then the 12" and plus its widescreen which is always an advantage.
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i agree. 12 inch just isnt enough
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I'm thinking of getting a powerbook, but i can't decide on whether the 12 or 15 inch. 12 has maximum portability but i'm afraid the screen's not big enough esp for long usage times..what are your opinions?
Dude, get the 15" especially if you are a student. If not then the 12 is nice and cheaper. I got the 15" 1.33 and then did a memory upgrade to 768. I think its pretty fast, but i want to put in a larger and faster rpm drive, plus do a memory upgrade to 1 gb. :mac:
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I had the same worries but have never regretted the 12" screen size. I honestly don't notice it, and much prefer the cute size.
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I was torn over the same question but it was 14" ibook or 12" powerbook with screen size being the real determining factor. Luckily I came across a great deal at the store around here and got the 15" powerbook for the same price as the 12". Most of my friends have 12" computers (I'm a student) and they're fine but I love the 15", nice and easy on the eyes and due to how thin it is, still very portable. Plus it's nice for things like Garageband having the larger screen (for me anyway)
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Depends on what you use it for. I use my 12'1 to surf the net from my couch. If I had to do any real work on it, I'd probably want to shoot myself.
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Yup! It all depends on what you do. If it's for basic stuff, get the 12. If it's more for media purposes, get the 15 inch. Good advantage.
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I would definitely say the 12 in. is the way to go. It's so easy to carry around that it's not even an issue. The computer is actually smaller than a typical math text-book-- smaller in all dimensions. I get so many compliments on its size and how "I didn't know they made laptops that small... it's so portable." The girls all think it's the cutest computer they've ever seen, and I don't even notice the screen being small.
Save yourself some money and go with the 12" but get the 80gb faster HD and upgrade the ram to at least 512mb.
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Go for the 12" for sure. I have one and I don't notice the screen size at all. And I'm a student, but I still do homework, and I don't mind at all. It really isn't as small as you're lead to believe. The contrast is unbelievable, you can see every word of text perfectly.

Even while watching DVDs, I don't mind the 12" screen. I just bring my laptop screen close to my face, the contrast doesn't suffer and it's just like having a 15" or 17".

Seriously, the 12" screen ISN'T AS SMALL as you're lead to believe. I strongly suggest looking at a 12" vs 15" at an Apple store, you'll see that the 12"'s screen isn't bad at all.

Good luck!
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Go 12" unless you need the video card power of a 15".
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Go for the 12" for sure. I have one and I don't notice the screen size at all. And I'm a student, but I still do homework, and I don't mind at all. It really isn't as small as you're lead to believe. The contrast is unbelievable, you can see every word of text perfectly.

Even while watching DVDs, I don't mind the 12" screen. I just bring my laptop screen close to my face, the contrast doesn't suffer and it's just like having a 15" or 17".

Seriously, the 12" screen ISN'T AS SMALL as you're lead to believe. I strongly suggest looking at a 12" vs 15" at an Apple store, you'll see that the 12"'s screen isn't bad at all.

Good luck!
Like I said, it really depends on what you use it for. I do web design on 2 - 19's for 12 hours a day. If I had to design on my 12 laptop, it would be like designing a site on a cell phone. Just not plausable. But if your using it for homework or tasks that don't need a lot of screen space you'll be fine.
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yeah u really need to get the 12 a it is so easy to take with you anywhere like on a plane or train...
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Like I said, it really depends on what you use it for. I do web design on 2 - 19's for 12 hours a day. If I had to design on my 12 laptop, it would be like designing a site on a cell phone. Just not plausable. But if your using it for homework or tasks that don't need a lot of screen space you'll be fine.
Ah, I've never really used my PB for web design so I wouldn't know. Sorry.
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I don't have my Powerbook yet but I make a point of using the 12s in the Apple store to be sure I will be happy with it. I am, very much so
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