A Developer's Perspective on Apple's 12-inch PowerBook
Subject:   If I had it to do over...
Date:   2003-03-31 11:08:06
From:   anonymous2
Response to: If I had it to do over...

I just thought I'd post t reply to Bob's note;" If I had to do it Over".
I had plans to purchase a 800mhz i-book. I was at a local Compusa store and spent 2 hours comparing the i-books againt the 12" powerbook. When I found out they still had the 1ghz Titanuim 15" model avail at 2700, I opted for this for the following reasons.
I could not see myself with a 12" for internet use, this would force me into the extensive use of scroll bars. The 15" had had much better responsiveness with the level-3 cache and 1ghz processor. I also thought about Airport Extreme and Firewire 800 not on the Titanium. To me, this is a non-issue since I wouldn't notice the diference in speed using the Titanuim wireless in my home fpr internet use. The only time I would see the benefits would be file transfers between my desktop G4 and Laptop. I'm sure in the near future, Orange Micro or other vendors will offer a USB 2.0/Firewire 800 combo pcmcia card which will fulfill me needs if I should decide this is an option I could not live without.
My last consideration was waiting for the 17" PB which I consider a direct desktop replacement. As for my own needs, the 15" is the perfect portable screen size for portability. I am happy, I purchased the Titanium over the 17" for this reason alone. The 2x superdrive I could live without since most of the time spent between I movie to I-dvd is CPU intensive, with a burn time of 20 mins for a full 90 min DVD. The extra 10 mins saved with 1x v.s 2.x i could live with.
I've got to admit, I did love the keyboard on the 12" powerbook. My only wish is that Apple would build a 15" Titanium with the new 12" type of keyboard, USB 2.0, Firewire 800, 2x superdrive, and a dual processor PB would be awesome.

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  1. If I had it to do over...
    2003-03-31 15:09:11  anonymous2 [View]

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