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Powerbook or Windows?

by PrincessSarah / April 21, 2004 1:21 PM PDT

Hey all! I'm a college student and I've just been given permission from my mom to get a new computer. Now, I've narrowed it down to a laptop, since portability is a plus. The big choice I have left is a regular PC or a G4 Powerbook. I know I most definately want a 15'-17' screen and I know since this is going to be a desktop replacement that has to last a few years, I'm gonna be spending about 2000. I'm pretty proficient at working both Mac and Windows, so thats not a problem. I've heard many things about both, but I was hoping for some real life feedback and such.

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Re:Powerbook or Windows?
by glb613 / April 21, 2004 8:17 PM PDT
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You need to check with the school and find out which one would be compatible. No computer is good if you can't use it on the school's network.

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Re:Powerbook or Windows?
by MK27 / April 23, 2004 1:21 AM PDT
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Disclaimer: This is not based on personal experience! Happy

Based on what I've heard, I'd suggest the (latest) Power Book. These are better known for longer battery life.

Another practical thing is that PC hardware gets outdated much faster than Mac, so this one should be good enough for a few years. If all that you need is available on the Mac, then go for it. I'd also suggest **not going** for the latest and greatest hardware - this might have issues that have not yet been discovered or ironed out. One model before might be a good idea.

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Re:Powerbook or Windows?
by pjperez75 / April 23, 2004 10:52 AM PDT
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I am going through the same problem right now, and here's where I'm at: I'm a current powerbook user (G3 2000 powerbook) and love it. I'll have to find a way to emulate windows, so I can run some stats software. Oh well, why not just get Virtual PC?

For $2000 apple gives you almost everything-great screen, fast processor, ease of use, DVD burner, light weight, long battery life, good software, and some pretty high cool factor. It will also connect to whatever school network you have as well. If price is not a limiting factor I'd say got for it! The fact you'll likely never get a super malicious virus is reason enough (you'll still get some pretty annoying Word viruses though). The one BIG negative is applecare-it won't cover a cracked screen, and in a laptop, I think its a must.
For about $500 less, you give up weight, DVD burning, and cool factor in an HP or Dell. You'd also get really great service and support.
Heck, writing this makes me only want the Apple more! I've decided on the PC though, becuase my school has a great deal aready set up with Dell. I've also heard some pretty bad stories about Virtual PC.

I hope this helps (enjoy the new G4)

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Re:Re:Powerbook or Windows?
by PrincessSarah / April 25, 2004 5:34 AM PDT

Hey thanks! Luckily I'm not on a school network :o) and I think I'm getting a Mac, just b/c there's nothing I need a PC for. :o) I appreciate the comments!!

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Re:Re:Re:Powerbook or Windows?
by ShooterX / May 1, 2004 4:06 PM PDT

I say you should take the PC....much better compatibility, and you can find PC's much cheaper than MACs. Support is also better. Im a student as well, and I just bought a new notebook pc, serves me well.

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