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frustration, computer problems, oops
jc
Guess what? I'm torn between the 15" PowerBook and the 17" PowerBook.

It wasn't so long ago that given unlimited funds I would have chosen the 17" over the 15" in a heartbeat, but now the 15" PowerBook has been brought almost up to par with its 17" sibling I'm finding it a lot harder to choose. I had a twenty-minute window earlier between Dad finishing his dinner and the store closing to decide on the model I wanted, and I couldn't decide. I hate being indecisive.

My main concern about the 17" PowerBook is it's just too large and unwieldy, even though it's not unreasonably heavy. I would definitely like the extra real-estate though, and it's not as if I can't afford the extra cost if I purchase the PowerBook under a finance plan as intended. If I get a 15" PowerBook, I probably won't be able to help thinking what could have been had I bought the 17" PowerBook.

Looking at the feature comparison table, there really isn't that much in it:
Model:15" PowerBook G417" PowerBook G4
Specifications:1.25GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache
1GB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM
80GB Ultra ATA drive (5400rpm)
DVD-R/CD-RW
AirPort Extreme Card
Backlit Keyboard & Mac OS
AppleCare Protection Plan for PowerBook
15.2-inch TFT display
1280x854 resolution
ATI RADEON Mobility 9600 - 64MB DDR
56K internal modem
Power Adapter
Battery
1.33GHz PowerPC G4
512K L2 cache
1GB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM
80GB Ultra ATA drive (5400rpm)
DVD-R/CD-RW
AirPort Extreme Card
Backlit Keyboard & Mac OS
AppleCare Protection Plan for PowerBook
17-inch TFT display
1440x900 resolution
ATI RADEON Mobility 9600 - 64MB DDR
56K internal modem
Power Adapter
Battery
Cost:£2,522.76 ($4,006.90)£2,819.78 ($4,478.66)

[footprint comparison image]

djw has advised me against buying any of the Aluminium model PowerBooks, because of its supposed lack of support for foreign UNIXes and I forget what else. I've also talked with rahaeli, and I'll probably consult her again tonight, as she is already the incredibly proud owner of a 17" PowerBook and loves it to bits. As a last resort, I can probably go into John Lewis tomorrow and test out the 17" before I make my final decision. Any help and advice would be appreciated, however, which is why I'd like you to fill out this poll if you could.

Poll #180833 Decide on my new PowerBook G4

Considering both the provided comparison table and my opinions on the matter, which model of PowerBook should I choose?

15" PowerBook G4
13(46.4%)
17" PowerBook G4
9(32.1%)
You'll probably hate me for this, but I suck at choosing just as much as you do. Choose whichever you like best
6(21.4%)

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I like the 17" powerbook - when I first saw my friend's I thought it was weird but after a couple of times you get used to it. I would say go for the 17" one if you can afford the extra £300 for it.

Useless comment, but never mind :)


You know more about this than I do, but are you really sure it's worthwhile spending £2.5-£3k on a computer *anyway* - knowing how soon they're superceded with new models and things.....?

I bought my previous Apple PowerBook five years ago this month. It came with a 4GB Hard Drive, 32MB of RAM and a 250MHz G3 processor, and within its first three years I had easily upgraded the HD to 20GB capacity and the RAM to 160MB.

Before it finally started to randomly lose power on me, I had it running the latest version of the latest operating system quite acceptably, admirable considering the relative slowness of the processor when Mac OS X was first released. You may not realise that Apple computers hold their value remarkably well, even years after purchase; in my mind, that kind of longevity and sheer durability is well worth the initial investment.

Last time round, I started with the mid-range model; this time I'll be starting out with one of the best models, with a specification which far exceeds that of my current model but still has excellent upgrade potential. Just think, I could even run Windows stuff on it, just as I could with my previous laptop.

Am I reading that right....you are going to be paying £2500+ for a new laptop?
Thats Crazeeee prices !
However much I desire to get a current Mac I think the first thing that would put me off is the price I'd have to pay to have the privelege of owning one !


Re: New Lappy

Did you read my response to karen2205, above?

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