So, I've never owned a desktop... I used a Wallstreet for a few years then upgraded to a TiPB last year. For the most part the Powerbook serves every need; heck, look at the specs, what is it missing? I have a firewire hardrive and CDRW with cable connection at home. In the morning I take the book to work and hook it up to the ethernet there, with OSX the change in network setting is always automatic.<br><br>Recently I've been considering a desktop, but never in place of my powerbook, I would have to have both. It really is fantastic to take it to meetings, family trips or whatever. Since it is my main computer all my files are always there; I can work or play at any time. I also hook it up to the T.V. fairly frequently to watch homemade quicktime movies.<br><br>The only things I miss about a desktop are the ability to upgrade certain things. I would enjoy being able to use the latest graphics cards, for example. Well, and DVD burning, but that is no longer an issue, I guess. However, if I had to choose between a desktop and laptop the PB would win hands down.<br><br>A woman I work with has a 500MHz iBook. For the price, those things are great, but there is a pretty big difference between the powerbooks and iBooks. Even my 300MHz G3 Wallstreet runs Jag noticeably quicker than her 500MHz iBook, but I don't know why, they should be pretty comparable. Actually what I'm trying to say is that the price drop on the iBook is great, but the price for what you get on those new powerbooks is amazing. They are superior in almost every single category (except price ), yet I paid $1,000 more one year ago for less than half of what get you now!<br><br>
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Has anyone ever thought about getting a used PBG4 400Mhz? you can get them now for $1250-$1400 the same as an 800Mhz ibook but with a 15" screen with higher Resolution, not to mention the good looks! I was thinking about either a 800Mhz 12" ibook or used G4 PB and i still can make up my mind.....<br><br>
1024X768 is what I have always ran mine at...can never get higher settings so I have been used to it.<br><br>But am I crazy for wanting to switch from a desktop to a laptop? Would I regret it later? I don't know if this desire in me to get an iBook is cause of just wanting change or what...but I do want one.<br><br>
You may regret a switch to a laptop in the long run, or you may not. I think the post above regarding keeping the tower is a wise one. You can get a loan and make payments on a new mac to help with the cost. You never *think* about everything, but once that tower is gone, it's gone and you will kick yourself later.<br><br>As far as which to buy, knowing what you do for a living, and your use of the Mac, I would highly recommend that you get a 14" iBook with the 800mhz processor & Combo drive. This config will give you the most power you can get incase you decide to get rid of the tower. Load the iBook with the Max amount of RAM and buy yourself a few packs of CD's for making backups and storing files.<br><br>While I highly recommend trying to have both Macs, I think you will be extremely happy with the 14" iBook.<br><br>[color:red] Kiss My Banana!</font color=red><br>Visit me here!
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I echo MacGizmo's advice and highly recommend keeping the tower and just getting the iBook (Hey- you only live once). Just make sure it's loaded in case you need a back up, or for some unforeseen emergency where you need to be portable.<br><br>
I flipped back and forth a few times over the years. When I had a desktop, I wanted a portable. When I had a portable, I wanted a desktop (mostly for the screen resolution size), and so on...<br><br>Then I kept my desktop and got an iBook (466SE model - only 800x600). When I'm programming, I want a big screen (1280x1024). But I also like to sit on my sofa and surf while watching TV - so I like having both.<br><br>So my advice, if you don't want a bigger screen than 1024x768, then sell the G4 and get the best laptop you can. If you feel you like working at a desk and on a big screen, keep it and get the entry level iBook (don't forget to add RAM) as a companion to the G4.<br><br>
I would keep the desktop..maybe..if I had the cash. But I don't and I don't really need this....<br><br>I played with a new 12 and 14inch iBooks today..the 14inch is definately the way to go. They weren't plugged in yet, as they just got them. I really liked the iBook!!<br><br>Since I couldn't see how they ran, they did have a CRT iMac and a flat screen iMac side by side..so I did my own comparison of a G4800 vs a G3600 and really didn't notice that much difference in speed in launching items such as iTunes and iPhoto. <br><br>I think I'm sold on the new iBook..question is..how should I sell my G4? Perhaps a new thread is needed..<br><br>
OK OSXaddict, this is dictated by my son, who has the iBook:<br><br>"It really depends on what you're going to use it for. If you're going to travel a lot, then I'd recommend a laptop, but if you just want more capabilities and upgradability, more HD space and better memory, I'd recommend a desktop."<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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