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

Powerbook or iBook...again.


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Here's the deal. In the UK I get an academic discount, so the prices are:

12" iBook 1.2 GHz
60 GB HD
Bluetooth
Applecare

Total: 853.18 (incl. 157 for Applecare)

12" Powerbook 1.33 GHz
60 GB
Bluetooth
Applecare

Total: 1162.08 (incl. 220 for Applecare)

What I want from a new machine is something that will last me 3-4 years for regular internet/word processing/DVD viewing/travelling/occasional game (e.g. WC3, Call-of-Duty...none of the new games obviously). For these purposes, is the extra processing/GPU power of the Powerbook worth the extra 300 (which is about USD$555, or CAD$675)?? Will the Powerbook remain functionally useful for much that longer than the iBook?

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I'd go iBook.
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Yeah, I'm leaning in that direction. The difference between the Radeon 9200 and the FX5200Go is just not worth all that extra cash.
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If you are just looking mainly at the 12" in line for the iBook or PowerBook then I say go iBook. Otherwise, with the 15" or 17" models of the PowerBook where you have an option for the 1.5GHz chip and the 128MB ATI videocard then I lean towards the PowerBook.

Of course, if money is going to be the main determining factor then the iBook would fit more budgets than the PowerBook.

Looking for a PowerMac G4 for $500 or less USD.
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If you are just looking mainly at the 12" in line for the iBook or PowerBook then I say go iBook. Otherwise, with the 15" or 17" models of the PowerBook where you have an option for the 1.5GHz chip and the 128MB ATI videocard then I lean towards the PowerBook.
That's exactly the conclusion I've come to. Unfortunately, I just can't put out the extra cash for the 15" PB Superdrive so I could get the 128 MB MR9700. Too bad, really, since that would be a machine that would do absolutely *everything* that I would want in a notebook (multimedia, portability, DVDs, gaming etc.).
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The new powerbooks should be coming out soon... I heard within a month or so... It's also rumored they may be using duel processors. That would be cool :cool:

Otherwise, I have a 12 in. 1.33 Ghz powerbook which I just put another 512 meg. of ram into, and I can run Americas Army on normal graphics settings.

I don't really think the ibook would handle call of duty ( in my opinion ). not very well at least.
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If it's using dual processors they better put a heavy duty battery in it or the life span with be like an hour for one charge.
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