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iBook 14" or Powerbook 15"?

by dizzam / August 24, 2005 6:54 AM PDT

I'm looking for a laptop in the powerbook 15" price range and i've been wondering if its better to get an ibook G4 14" and upgrade the memory to 1.5gb and hard disk to 100gb, over the standard powerbook g4 15" superdrive.

I would be using the laptop for work, movies(editing and watching) and games(bit of a priority)...
any suggestions would be awesome,

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iBook v PowerBook
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 24, 2005 8:45 AM PDT

Personally, I would go with the PowerBook and add memory from a third party supplier. $500 seems a lot for 1Gb RAM. I have seen it for $200.
With the PB you have slightly more screen real estate, faster logic board,
better graphics card, faster processor.
Of course, it's $350 more but what's $350 between friends!

Just my choice


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Re: iBook 14'' or Powerbook 15''
by yangzone / September 17, 2005 10:03 PM PDT

If you are processing video choose 15'' every time. It has a Firewire 800 as well as the Firewire 400 bus. So your camera is plugged into the Firewire 400 port and the media is being written to the external drive on the Firewire 800 port. So the internal drive heads are busy with the system and the software and external drive heads are busy with the task of writing the video data. With the 15'' you ALSO have the PCMCIA bus - that's a fast bus can be used for Firewire 800 with a card and has other uses too. (forget USB 2.0 on a Mac for video).
The 15" has a better video card, double the video memory, a DVI port, a bigger hard drive, faster processor. It's a no-brainer for video.

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