Powerbook vs. Macbook
November 4, 2007 4:10 AM Subscribe
Should I buy a Macbook?
posted by cosmic osmo to Computers & Internet (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My current computer is a 15-inch Powerbook G4 (1.67) purchased in August of 2005. I upgraded the RAM to 2GB, the hard drive to 160 GB, and just put Leopard on it last week. Aside from some minor cosmetic damage, the machine has been perfect, and I expect that it will last at least another year or two, if not longer.
Yet lately I've been feeling insatiable gadget lust--as a bit of a Mac geek who is usually on the cutting edge, I confess that I feel a little behind the technology curve using a PPC machine. I'm also starting to wonder what it would be like to have a more portable computer (13" vs. 15"). After the recent refresh of the line, I'm wondering if now's not the time to jump to Intel.
I think that I can probably get around $700 for my Powerbook, and with the educational discount the Macbook will cost another $700 on top of that (not including Applecare, upgrading the RAM and hard drive, which I will inevitably do at some point down the road).
So is an upgrade worth it? Will I see noticeable speed improvements using a Macbook over the Powerbook (I am a student and don't really do much graphic-intensive work, no games and very little Photoshop, so the downgrade in GPU won't affect me much I don't think)? I use my computer for web, email, word processing, iTunes (I have a 16k song library), burning DVDs, and watching downloaded shows on a 23" external monitor (so the loss in screen size/glossiness isn't really a factor). Is there anything I can do on the Macbook that I can't do on the Powerbook--aside from boot into Windows? Is the more compact size noticeable (in a good way)?
Please convince me why I should/shouldn't buy a Macbook!