ibook G4 or powerbook?

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ibook G4 or powerbook?

Post by braunm » Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:32 pm

hey all,

after reading this board extensively and having done loads of research, i've decided to buy a mac. my budget isn't exactly large, so i'm leaning towards the new ibooks...question is, will an ibook satisfy my needs for performance and production as well as a 12" powerbook would? the benefits to the 12" powerbook are not that substantial (larger cache memory, input jack and larger expandable ram) but its way more expensive! i don't have enough money to shell out for a gig or ram now or probably any time in the future...will 640 maximun ram be enough for a stable performance? also, if i were to go with the ibook would the processor speed make a huge difference (they come 800, 933, and a gig)? all advice is appreciated (and don't tell me i need to get a pc, i've read it all) thanks!

maosn braun.


Post by Guest » Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:52 pm


I've been thinking about whether to sell my pc laptop for a mac, but some people have said 'more bang for your buck' with pc, but it's things like meta synth, and alot of other interesting apps like that i'm missing out on which set the thought in motion. And all my apps have mac versions, except flstudio (!)

I'd love to hear the same advice as i would hope for about £750-800 GBP for my pc, so i wouldn't want to spend much more than that - I've even thought about imac as the new ones look great and are pretty portable, might not get in a backpack, but still might be giggable.

one thing though, alot of people still seem to be having trouble with OSX, but OS9 seems , more solid from what i've read.


Post by Guest » Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:28 pm

i've been using live and reason on an older powerbook running 10.3
i used to run logic, protools, and reason in os 9

9 is not more stable, but perhaps a little snappier. it has a different feel. os X is definately more stable. Apple is phasing out 9, it's best to go with 10. it's just going to keep getting better and better.

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