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iBook or PowerBook?

by clay_biscuit / November 4, 2004 9:45 PM PST

I am a PC user thinking of switching over to Mac. I would like to use the Mac to perform video editing. I would like to have some advice on my purchase.

I have noticed that the new 14' iBook have a similar spec as the 12' PowerBook, with the exception of the graphic card and the type of RAM used.

Each has its own advantage over the other. The iBook has a DVD writer and the bigger screen. While the PowerBook has a better graphic card, faster RAM and includes a bluetooth module.

The reason for my consideration of these two models is the price as I can't afford anything more expensive.

Which of the 2 will be a better option given that they are of similar price? Also, will the iBook be powerful enough for rendering of videos? Will the 12' screen be too small for video work? (I will be upgrading the RAM to 768MB for either model)

Your help/ advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by larry Jordan203 / November 5, 2004 7:21 AM PST
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Clay, As the owner of both an iBook and PowerBook i would suggest the PowerBook model for the type of use you have in mind. you'll find the larger screen exceptionally useful and the PB operates much faster under video/grahic intensive applications. In my opinion, the iBook is great for word processing or where portability is the main factor. Don't get me wrong. The iBook can perform the task at hand just not as handally as the PB will.
Enjoy.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 5, 2004 8:24 AM PST
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I agree with the last poster. Although the iBook is a cracking machine, it is not quite as handy for the things you wish to do. The Powerbook is the way to go. Having said that, the iBook will do it, if you have the patience.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by clay_biscuit / November 5, 2004 2:55 PM PST
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Thank you, Larry and Mrmacfixit, for your replies.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 5, 2004 10:26 PM PST

you are welcome. It is nice to see someone actually respond to an answer to their question. thanks

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by chipperz / November 6, 2004 4:04 AM PST
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The Power Book is the better choice. I prefer the 12" Power Book with the Super Drive. Make sure you add extra RAM galore - Macs love RAM! Don't buy your Ram from Apple, though. It is available from sources like Crucial at a much lower price.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by clay_biscuit / November 7, 2004 8:58 AM PST

Thanks!

Anyway, how much RAM would you recommend? I will be using Final Cut Pro and After Effects.

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Re: iBook or PowerBook?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 4:07 AM PST

Max it out. Get as much RAM as you can squeeze in there as you will need it given the work you have planned for the machine. You cannot have too much RAM. The PowerBook line will take up to 1.25Gb of DDR333 SDRAM and has only two RAM slots to install it in. Depending on the model you choose, it will come with either 256Mb or 512Mb which is going to leave you with a lot of RAM to buy. I would suggest getting a 512MB SODIMM for a reasonable price, around $100(+/-) as the 1Gb runs around $475(+/-) If you get the 15" SuperDrive or the 17" then the 512Mb will give you 1Gb of RAM or 768Mb on the other models. Of course, if money is no object, get the 1Gb SODIMM and have 1.25Gb on the whole line. The extra 256Mb will be ignored on the top two.

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