[quote]Originally posted by AugustWest:
Personally, I'm trying to decide whether to go with a Powerbook ONLY or ibook/imac combination.
I assume you would be in favor of the second option over the first??</strong><hr></blockquote>
That's actually not as easy for me to judge between. See, I got my ibook for college, basically, where a portable is almost infinitely superior to desktops, regardless of speed. Portability was a must. However, the other factor in my decision was cost. It would have been very difficult to afford the TiBook, and as I said, I didn't want or need a desktop. The old G4 tower with the nice display is staying at home with my mom and my sister.
If money hadn't been an issue, I probably would've gotten a Powerbook. Which is not to say that the iBook isn't superior in the areas I mentioned, but for college, anyway, the Powerbook was just as portable. So I didn't buy the iBook instead of the Powerbook because I needed the form factor or the portability, I bought it because I couldn't afford the Powerbook. Also, there's the fact that I really would only have used the TiBook's power for games, which is hardly the most persuasive justification for spending an extra grand on a college notebook.
But for you, it depends on your situation. If you're going to use a portable truly as a portable, then you might easily end up letting whatever desktop you had gather dust. Even though a low-end tower is just as powerful as the TiBook, if what you need is a portable, it doesn't matter. But, if you're going to be working in one place and then taking what you do (presentations, graphics, movies, etc.) with you, then you'll want the most power where you're working. So if you can afford a high-end tower and an iBook, that's what I'd go for. The iBook would be the vehicle for the big-time power of a high-end desktop.
But that's a lot of money. Also, the TiBooks have a nice, big screen, and they're finally powerful enough to really start treating them like a desktop replacement, not an extension. Of course, I use my iBook like a desktop, and I adjust because that's all I have. Thankfully, I got mine right after the 700 mhz/Radeon upgrade, so at least it has a Sahara and will run Quartz Extreme passably.
The thing is, you don't really want to get a low-end desktop at the moment, because it won't be too much more powerful than the TiBook, and you'll still need an iBook for portability. So all you gain is the hassle of sharing your job, life, work, etc, between two computers.
So in short, I don't know. If you need ruggable portability for your portable and mid-range power, get the low-end desktop and the iBook. If you merely need portability and mid-range power, get a TiBook. If you need huge amounts of power, then you'll be better off with a high-end desktop, but that doesn't leave you too much cash for a portable. Any way you go, though, wait for a Powermac update and assess what you actually need in terms of performance.
whew. hope that all helps