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12" iBook or PowerBook


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If I spec the iBook to have a 60GB HD, Airport Extream, and Bluetooth it is only $217 less then the Powerbook.

That extra $217 gets me what? .33GHz, slightly better graphics card, and ???????

Is it worth it?
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Slightly better graphics card? It's got twice the memory!

Don't forget the dual-screen.

Option of a DVD-R if you want.

The standard hard disc is much bigger on the PowerBook - in fact it's double the size.

I think that's worth $217.
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i alomost went for the iBook,but after deciding what i'd gain for a few more hundreds, i went for a Powerbook and i've never looked back.

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Suppose it depends if you have any kind of desire for those extras. I went with the PB for:

* The solid aluminium casing
* The ability to plug a monitor in and run it in dual-display mode at any resolution (with an iBook you're stuck with mirroring the LCD at 1024x768 or less) which has already paid off a few times
* Ability to run it with the lid/screen closed (same situation)
* Apparently somewhat faster logic board etc and graphics capable of running some games (not important, but nice to be in Second Life whilst sat outside etc)

For me it was worth it. But if you don't have any desire for the sharper performance edge, dual-display etc the iBook might even be better due to the different software bundle (you get AppleWorks I believe, whilst PB users get iLife instead. I might be wrong or incomplete on this.)
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Originally Posted by Cloudane
Suppose it depends if you have any kind of desire for those extras. I went with the PB for:

* The solid aluminium casing
* The ability to plug a monitor in and run it in dual-display mode at any resolution (with an iBook you're stuck with mirroring the LCD at 1024x768 or less) which has already paid off a few times
* Ability to run it with the lid/screen closed (same situation)
* Apparently somewhat faster logic board etc and graphics capable of running some games (not important, but nice to be in Second Life whilst sat outside etc)

For me it was worth it. But if you don't have any desire for the sharper performance edge, dual-display etc the iBook might even be better due to the different software bundle (you get AppleWorks I believe, whilst PB users get iLife instead. I might be wrong or incomplete on this.)
Tis be appleworks and Ilife on Ibook
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I never noticed AppleWorks missing, I'm just using Office.
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Consumer Machines(iMac, eMac, iBook) ship with AppleWorks. Professional Machines (Powermac, Powerbook) do not ship with AppleWorks...

Besides, IMO, MS Office 2004 for Mac is awesome...(Leaps ahead of its Doz counterpart)
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There ya go MS Office is *hideously* expensive, though ($400), which is where in terms of legal pricing the iBook might have the edge.

Of course, it does depend on your much you care about being legally licensed... and to what extent that care goes when it comes to Microsoft
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Get the PowerBook if at all possible. It just feels more solid, trust me. Nothing creaks or anything, whereas with the iBook it is creaky sometimes (although a lot less than wintel laptops). I mean the case, it just doesn't feel as solid.

Plus, you have the line-in port, and since I am a bit of a musician, this helps

Get the PowerBook and you'll never look back, guaranteed.
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Wow awsome responces.

Now I just have to fit it in the budget somewhere between the new roof and the new baby.

The Powerbook makes more sence. $217 in the long run isn't too bad.
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Yeah, I have a PowerBook and my mom has an iBook (both 12") and I wouldn't give up my PB for her iBook for the world. My PB just feels more solid, it's more expandeable... It's just better.

Glad to hear you're making this decision.

Good luck!
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There ya go MS Office is *hideously* expensive, though ($400), which is where in terms of legal pricing the iBook might have the edge.

Of course, it does depend on your much you care about being legally licensed... and to what extent that care goes when it comes to Microsoft
Student version of Office

Word and Excel are the only two programs that have crashed on me since I got my Mac. Word because I wanted to change the font and Excel because I wanted to print a graph.
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Fine if you're a student

I'm sure not all Mac users are. And buying a Student license when you're not a student, whilst 'more legal' than downloading it off Limewire, is still fraudulent and thus illegal.
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But if you are a student it's much cheaper.

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Word and Excel are the only two programs that have crashed on me since I got my Mac. Word because I wanted to change the font and Excel because I wanted to print a graph.
Same for me, except it's Word 2x, while I was trying to save a file (I think). I have AppleWorks on my PB as well (Got it from my mom's iBook) and I've been trying to persuade myself to use it instead of Word, but I'm used to Word's layout, and I also paid like $200 for Office 2k4

Does anybody know if AppleWorks is more stable than Word? That would be amazing!
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Probably is, it's much more basic.
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