Need to figure out a replacement/alternative for my 12" Powerbook. Any suggestions?
After 6.5 years, my Powerbook 12" has decided to give up its ghost after a failed attempt to apply a Leopard update a few weeks back.
In these 6.5 years, it's gone through two logic board replacements, a battery recall, one DC-board replacement, one hard disk replacement and two new battery purchases. Now, it seems that the third logic board has died and they don't have the part available anymore (I'm suspicious of this diagnosis - somehow I get the feeling that logic board death is the standard catch-all used by Apple techs to explain away all symptoms that can't be diagnosed. I digress though)
Now, I'm faced with only three options as I see it.
1. Replace the logic board myself with a replacement bought of Ebay (USD 90-100 odd). I'm quite comfortable doing this with the help of IFixit
but this means I will need one whole day to do this. Question is how much life will get I off a second-hand part and is it worth it? Anybody who has done this and would like to share their experience?
2. Put the Powerbook away with fond memories on Ebay (for part scroungers) and lump it for a new Macbook Pro. On that - what recommendations? Which Apple laptop - 13" Macbook Al, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air comes close to the great
form factor of the 12" Powerbook. I will not be using it for Photoshop or anything intensive beyond the occasional game
3. Say goodbye to the Apple world (tempted to do so based on my horrible repair history outlined above) and get a PC notebook. Pros as I see it - way cheaper, easier to use Office, can install Ubuntu. Cons - fit and finish, Windows. Since I've been away from Windows for so long, have no clue about what laptop brand/model comes closest to providing the experience of my Powerbook. Any suggestions on that front?