Originally posted by rossjj
I'm pretty sure that I'm going to bite the bullet and get one of the new PB, but can't decide which. I was hoping for some buying advice from all the knowledgable members of AppleInsider. Right now I'm typing away on a ram maxed Pismo which I love dearly, but is beginning to show its age. Most of my requirements revolve around general word-processing, Keynote/Powerpoint lecutre presentations, and statistical work I'm doing on SPSS 11, which is optimized for the G4 by the good old people at MacKiev for SPSS, for my Phd disseration. Now, I do want have a Superdrive as I have a 15 month old and I am sick of using iMovie and then having to hook up my PB to a VCR to record my iMovies to share with the Grandparents. Other than those basic requirements for my research I don't have any other demanding needs. My real question is, do I save a couple of hundred buck and go for a 12" Superdrive Rev B, a jacked-up 1Ghz 15' Alu, or the 1.25 Ghz 15" as according to my wife this laptop has got to last me at the least 2-3 years like my beloved Pismo. So folks chime in and give me your 2¢.
My Pismo is still rolling along too. My next decision is whether to give it to my son or sell it and get an iPod plus cash. What a fabulous computer it has been! Especiall with the 48G IBM 5400 RPM drive I put in 18 months ago.
I feel your pain re: iMovie and a VCR. I have a digital-8 vidcam, but it is still a pain. I'm looking forward to burning my first DVD next week! Nothing like being on the scabby edge of technology.
Anyways, it sounds like maybe you'd do well with the 12" and a monitor? The monitor would really help with the video, which I suspect you'd be doing at home; the other stuff like SPSS is mostly terminal/GUI stuff which won't cause you to curse the 12" screen. You could get an Apple 15" LCD or even an old 17" for the cost of the 15".
I'm getting a 15, but I sure do like the 12, especially at 1GHz.