Should I get a 800mhz G4 Power book?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I was wondering if anyone has or has used the new G4 powerbook. I am a graphic designer and I am interested in purchasing one for work purposes. How do do the power books compare to a regualar G4 tower? I will primarily be using the powerbook for 2D work in photoshop and illustrator, and I will also use it for some video editing. Do you think this powerbook is worth the money. If so, where do you think I should buy from? I have seen some on E-bay for fairly cheap but I don't know how reliable those sources are.


  • Reply 1 of 10
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    nah, get a Dell. I heard they make good laptops

    [runs as fast as possible from death mob]

    If you're into graphics, this is the ultimate toy/tool you could ever hope for.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    [quote]Originally posted by D-sign:


    Do you think this powerbook is worth the money. If so, where do you think I should buy from? I have seen some on E-bay for fairly cheap but I don't know how reliable those sources are.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    They are BRAND new. I would be pretty weary of a cheap offer on Ebay.

    Where to buy one? Heck, if you got the time and there is one close by, go to an Apple Store and ask all the questions you want and play around with the thing too.

    Worth the money? Yeah.
  • Reply 3 of 10
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    Buy one . its a very good laptop : best video card that you will ever found now (radeon 7500 mobility) , better HD and if you want a very fast one the 60 gig is very fast for a laptop 5400 rpm. The CPU is much faster than the previous 667 mhz : by a 30 % factor due to the DDR L3 1 MB cache. Better screen with higher resolutions.

    What Apple do the best is laptops : they are even appreciated in the PC revue (never the case for the desktop line).
  • Reply 4 of 10
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I wouldn't trust anything on eBay that sounds too good to be true. The thing was just released, no way any legit source could have one up on eBay so fast.

    As to the comparo between a laptop and a desktop: expect to loose a fair percentage performance-wise next to a similarly clocked tower.

    Your best quick and dirty comparison of relative MAC performance is in MacWorld UK. They put all their machines through a series of popular tests and each month rank them all from fastest to slowest. Just about everything from a 233 Bondi iMac up to a dual Ghz PM is present (in standard config)

    It's telling. The VGA-out 667, which untill recently was the fastest powerbook you could buy, performed about on par with a 466 graphite tower. None of the books at that time performed better than a 533 graphite tower -- i think the 533 edged the 667 by a point. And the same was true on down the line, generally for a laptop you gave up about a third of the performance relative to a desktop with the same chip.

    But this new 800 is faster still. The cache, video, and up-coming quartz extreme should make for a noticeable closing of the performance gap with similarly clocked desktop cousins. Spec a 5400rpm drive and you'll be closer still.

    The desktop 800 doesn't have an L3 cache. I'd like to see a comparo between them. I don't think that the PowerBook will beat it, as there seem to be other limiting architectural factors which I don't understand and thus can't explain. I only see what the trend has been so far.

    For the money, a PM is still faster-cheaper-more expandable, but the new PB's are the fastest macs on the road. Do you really need a laptop?

    And one more thing... hehehe

    Jaguar is due in Sept. If you have a functioning computer that runs the apps you currently use, you might want to wait untill then and at least save yourself the cost of an upgrade.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    /mandolux//mandolux/ Posts: 648member
    ...if you are a real designer, you should get the desktop. PBs are too damn slow. BTW, there is nothing like a Dual machine with Ultra SCSI. ;-!
  • Reply 6 of 10
    I bought one last Friday. Love it!

    I still have that 'amazement' feeling that's hard to describe. I also have a G4 tower, but I wanted to make everything smaller, more compact but have the same power. I think the TiBook does it nicely. I work primarily in Photoshop, Golive and illustrator (all of which I have running natively in 10.1)

    Now, I wouldn't advise purchasing one on credit, not at $3200. I was lucky enough to pay cash, but I had been saving up for a while with plans to purchase a 933mhz tower w/17" LCD monitor (which would have been $100 less than the TiBook!!), but again, I wanted a smaller unit that was quite and without cable clutter. I suppose I live a zen-like lifestyle, with everything as minimal as possible. Works for me.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    d-signd-sign Posts: 2member
    Thanks for all of your responses, they really helped out. I'm gonna run down to the apple store at the mall to check things out there before I buy anything though.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Wait for 10.2 if you have a useable computer. Then, when you get your Mac, you'll be able to dive right in to the real OSX in one hassel free move. And you'll be able to save up a few extra pennies between now and then.
  • Reply 9 of 10
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    I don't see the point of waiting 2 months just to have 10.2 pre-installed. Of course you have to judge your own needs, but really, if you want one (or need one) now is a perfect time to make the purchase.

    Personally, I don't see the point of losing out on 2 months worth of use on a nice fast new PowerBook just for the 10.2 release. What will end up happening is the PowerBook won't have had any changes to it by then (2 months is too short for a speedbump... IMHO, anyway) so you'll get ready to buy your PowerBook with 10.2... but you'll be reading rumors everywhere that if you wait just another 2 months, you can get a GHz PowerBook with a 60 GB HD, 1 GB of RAM, blah blah blah.

    You can end up waiting forever. These new PowerBooks are awesome. Buy one and enjoy the hell out of it this summer, even if you have to buy 10.2 for $50 - that $50 got you 2 months of great laptop use.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    There was just a good discussion of this in the <a href=""; target="_blank"> Macintoshian Achaia</a> at Ars Technica.

    The guy starting the thread talked himself (with the help of a few others) out of the 800 and got a 667 with a few upgrades.

    Personally, I would do the same thing.
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