Originally posted by BNOYHTUAWB
Other people may well want to trade in portability for raw speed! I think ther will be space for both kinds of machines:
- G4 low-voltage thin true mobile machines
- G5 desktop replacement machines that are "luggable"
I agree. These should be the two portable lines, not some weird distinction between "professional" and "consumer".
Why does the professional-consumer dichotomy not make sense? Because it is not true that professionals always need more power than consumers.
A professional might only use the computer to read and write documents, surf the web and read mail. This professional needs very little power (1 GHz is overkill), but she travels a lot and would appreciate long battery life and low weight.
A professional photographer might use the computer for RAW file workflow, and for some Photoshop work. A few years ago, the phrase "heavy photoshop work" was used as a reason why we needed ever more powerful computers. No longer the case. Photoshop is plenty fast enough on any recent computer, Intel or PowerPC.
A consumer might have a hobby such as video editing or 3D rendering. This consumer needs a powerful computer. His kids won't let him work at it while he's at home, so he only gets to do this while commuting to work. That's why he needs a portable.
Another consumer likes to play games. Games still benefit from as much CPU power as you can throw at them. Better get the thick G5.
My point in all these examples, is that the consumer-pro dichotomy does not make sense. It does not make sense to make a consumer buy an expensive "pro" machine with gigabit ethernet and a larger HD just because they want to edit home movies. It does not make sense to make a lawyer who needs very little computing power buy a G5, just because the iBook looks like a toy.
The better dichotomy is heavy and powerful vs thin and elegant.