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    iBook or Powerbook
    Hi all, I'm new to the world of Mac, and I'm lookin for a portable. What I wanted to know, I'm mostly interested in using it for music editing and basic usage, which would suit me better? Is the iBook powerful enough, or should I just go for the Powerbook?


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    Oct 30, 2004
    San Antonio, Texas
    PowerMac G4 Cube 450mhz 832mb
    the ibook would be good enough if you have a good enough amount of ram. also the faster the processor you can get, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macman
    the ibook would be good enough if you have a good enough amount of ram. also the faster the processor you can get, the better.
    i thought having a higher Ghz ment nothing and was just a marketing scam
    if so i have seen pentium 4's with speeds up to 3.6+ are they faster than my G5 1.8?

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    Oh sweet lord, here it comes..

    How, praytell, would having a higher clock cycle be a scam? You must consider this, also: Intel based computers differ GREATLY from Apples. Sorry for the vagueness, but I seem to remember being told that it was in the way they processed that data; i.e. they came from the other side of the bit sequence it was reading? From what I also understand, Apples are very effecient in their data processing but HOARD RAM.

    To answer your question Danster, yes those processors have a higher clock cycle.

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    Sep 30, 2004
    For a given processor type, the one running at high clock speed will be faster. A Pentium 4 2.6ghz is going to be slower than a Pentium 4 3.2ghz. The same is true for a G4, a 1.2ghz G4 processor is going to be slower than a 1.33ghz G4 processor. Don't bother trying to compare processors of different architectures, you'll never find a good answer.

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    Ah, thanks for the help.

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    Member Since
    Feb 08, 2004
    Fort Bliss Texas
    7 Plus 128gb, IPad 10.5, Watch 2
    Unless you are doing some heavy video editing or some commercial usage, an ibook would be more than enough. I am on my second g4 ibook and still learning new things, now I am into web design and this little ibook still outdoes other un-nameable machines. Trying to compare macs with other processors is like trying to compare apples to couliflower. Sure they're both nutritous, but one taste good and is easy to eat, the other taste like crap and gives you gas. the faster the APPLE processor and ram you can get, obviously the better. Forget intel, if you wanted a windows machine you wouldn't be on this board. your best bet, get an ibook, get the best speed processor you can, maximize your ram, and you are good to go.

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    George Smiley
    Ibooks get the job done
    I use an old ibook G3 800 MHZ machine as my teaching computer at the university. While I have a powerbook as well, I find the ibook does everything I need. I even dropped it from the seat of my car on to the pavement without any damage other than cosmetic.
    The ibook will probably do what you need and the current processor speeds are fine for just about anything. Good luck.

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