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27th April 2005, 03:50 PM

I am now a converted Apple user…
No More Windows….
After 2hour Panther install on PearPC I have decided I will have to get the proper hardware.

No I am lucky enough to have my company supply me with one. But which….?
The ones that are using PowerBooks at the moment can help me with this one.
Seeing that money is not really an object, which of the three would you recommend?

I have currently a HPNX7010, 15.4” widescreen notebook that is the size I am use to.
There will be some traveling involved with the work that I do and want to keep things small so I thought the 12”, but the I loose on spec. so for spec. you look at the 17”.
Then there is the 15” which at this moment is a winner with the upgrade of 100gig HDD, 128VGA, 1gig RAM.


27th April 2005, 03:52 PM
High end 15" or high end 17" both sport a fast processor, and a nice wide screen. And both are 1inch thick and turn heads... It's up to you. But after using the 17" and the 12" I love the 17" for watching movies and having that "extra" screen space!

27th April 2005, 03:54 PM
Thanks hawker that is what I thought but on a plane it works ok? size not a issue?

27th April 2005, 03:54 PM
well, it depends on you needs, see the 12" is ultra portable and still VERY powerful only 2 down side is that it doesn't have a backlighted keyboard or PCIMA slots, so maybe the 15" is a better choice, if you use to that size then go for that, but me i cant have a laptop that is bigger than 12" it just looks too big to me :)

if you dont need a big screen, backlighted keyboard, or PCIMA slots, go for the 12"

but if you need all that or are planning on using it as a Desktop Computer, go 15" maybe even 17" if you love big screens!

27th April 2005, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by decoy4000@Apr 27 2005, 03:54 PM
Thanks hawker that is what I thought but on a plane it works ok? size not a issue?
Never had an issue with the 17" anywhere. It fits almost perfectly on my lap, and on most tables (even small ones).

ipod_man also brought up a valid point that I over looked. If you are looking for something really portable, small and not heavy, then a 12" could also be the way to go...

27th April 2005, 04:02 PM
I prefer the 15" simply because the 2 inches more isnt going to make a huge difference to my life. But if money is no object to you then go all the way with the 17"

27th April 2005, 04:02 PM
oh i also forgot to mention that the 12" has more battery power than the others because it has a smaller screen to power, but if you need 6 hours battery than maybe the iBook is the way!?

27th April 2005, 04:08 PM
the 15" is easy enough to lug around - i took it to london and singapore last november, and i really did take it everywhere since i had photos etc that i had to show lots of people. the only difference between the specced out 15 and 17 is screen and 600g, since the new release powerbooks can now support a 30" cinema display. i am still very tempted by a 17" but none of my bags will fit the 17" so i may 'have to' stick with the 15"... ;)

27th April 2005, 04:10 PM
Originally posted by yinyang@Apr 27 2005, 04:08 PM
i am still very tempted by a 17" but none of my bags will fit the 17" so i may 'have to' stick with the 15"... ;)
You upgrading yinyang?

27th April 2005, 04:12 PM
i'm hoping that wwdc will bring the dual cores :D

27th April 2005, 04:14 PM
Originally posted by yinyang@Apr 27 2005, 04:12 PM
i'm hoping that wwdc will bring the dual cores :D
I wanna see PowerBook G5's :P

27th April 2005, 04:15 PM
yinyang good point on the bag :)

I not a few people talking about a new Powerbook is there something in the neat furture?

The Architect.mac
27th April 2005, 04:26 PM
Go for the 17" mate

When you use PC laptops - i think the Toshiba weighs in at 6kg and its not reflective of how small, light and thin the Apple Powerbooks are.

The Apple PowerBook 17" is roughly 3kg, its nothing in the grand scheme.

You will love the extra space, trust me.

Bags are an issue but I use an STM glove for to and from work and you can always get 17" bags from crumpler or STM that are specifically designed for the 17" and cost roughly the same as any other bag in the business.

No new Powerbooks i reckon unitl years end - unless they slip in that HD 17" model like they misprinted in the 17" manual.

For the few hundred dollars over the 15" you get optical in and out, the 2 extra inches of screen real estate, the 100GB hard drive and the 128MB DVI that can drive the 30" Flat Panel. The vid card and HD can be upgraded to on the 15" but that brings the price even closer to the standard 17" and you still don't get the optical and the bigger screen.

So you see the 17" is even better in the value stakes!!!!!

Cheers :ph34r:

27th April 2005, 04:38 PM
thank god there's no 19' else this will go on and on :lol:

27th April 2005, 04:40 PM
The lack of a PCMCIA slot on the 12 inch should be given consideration, eg is useful for a camera memory card reader.

The low hinge point for the screen (common to all PB's) means a 15 inch PB will sit on an economy class airline tray table and just open up into the tray recess in the seat back in front. This means you can push the keyboard an inch or so further away from you to work less cramped. I have tried using other 15 inch notebooks hinging higher above the base and they don't fit. The PB 17 wouldn't fit either. Of course if the guy in front lays the seat back you're cactus anyhow.

Would also recommend a spare battery and power adaptor.
Lugging the adaptor between home and work is a pain, I wore out the lead on my old G3 PB after 4 yrs.
I rotate my batteries every week.

27th April 2005, 04:41 PM
12 inch for portability and 17 inch for more desktop use

27th April 2005, 05:11 PM
and 15" for all round :)

27th April 2005, 11:47 PM
also note that the 17 and 15 powerbooks have a noticeably better screen than the 12 version.

28th April 2005, 09:38 AM
I have had my 15" Powerbook 5 days now and LOVE it!

I was originally going to get a 12" but as was salary sacrificing went to a 15"

I have brought it into work to show my PC workmates (who were very impressed - as we all lug around IBM T41's and they are heavy! ).