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Help me choose a 12incher


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I'm new to this forum and I already post this topic somewhere else on the forum. Sorry for my insistence but I really need help choosing.

I'm a long time Pc user who needs to buy a 12inch laptop. I'm hesitating betwee 2:

1- dell inspiron 700M, 1,8 centrino processor and 1gb ram
2- powerbook G4 superdrive with 1.25GB ram

how does the G4 processor compare with the centrino one. And is 167 front Bus enough compared to the 400 on the Dell.

Is the powerbook screen any good?

Would I be able to transfer my outlook mail to an equivalent software on MAC. Is swtching easy?

Are there any other good 12inchers.

Please help.
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well it all depends .. switching is not gona be too easy .. go for second option
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Hey there,

The hardware is of course a big issue, but wha should be more of an issue to you underlying this is the perating system. I moved to mac just over a year ago now, and i still run windows XP on a desktop, but buying a 12" powerbook is one of the best things i ever did. I have 768MB of ram, a 1.33 gHz processor, and a 60GB hdd. i use photoshop very often, and only ever reboot when a software update requires it. i can go to any website i like without worries of dialers, viruses or trojans... put simply it's a dream comes true. Right now my windows computer is broken (again) and once more the little powerbook has come to the rescue and i'm looking for fixes!

The laptop comes with some RAM in it, as i'm sure you know. when i bought mine, it was a 256 stick as standard, and with another 512 costing £50 or 1Gb costing £350, it was a bit of a no-brainer... however, i don't know if the Rev.D powerbooks ship with a single 512 stick or two 256s... might be something for you to check out there, as the SO-DIMMs that these things use aren't cheap.

The powerbook screen is very good, i'm used to the size now, but i'd hesistate to use it if it were my only computer. The processor never misses a beat, there's ocassionally problems when i've tens of applications open, but under normal - heavy (rather than stupidly heavy) usage, it's fine. Battery life, even after a year of use is still around the 3.5-4 hour mark using wireless networking, it goes up even more if i turn that off, but then no internet!

Get the mac. stuff just works, no messing, no frustration. it's the way it should be.

The mail should all transfer okay into Mail 2.0 on the mac, a very good piece of software which i use for managing 5 email accounts, a mix of imap, pop and http, which all sit together with separate inboxes. searching through 13 thousand emails using spotlight takes less than a second.

As for switching, it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to find your way around most things, there really isn't a lot to it to be honest.

I know my opinion is biased, but i hope you make a choice which makes you happy.

--dc23
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suggestion - talk to your friends.

see what their opinion is as an owner and as an user.

consider the previous posts - first hand knowledge is best.
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Update:

I bought the Powerbook 12" superdrive, with 1.5 ghz and 1, 25 Gigs of Ram.
I will be getting it tomorrow. With a student discount, it came cheaper than the dell. I Can't wait.

A friend of mine will be getting the 700 M and I will be able to compare first hand the two machines.

But I'm happy with my choice. I was fed up of Windows. and the book does look great and seemed to me a better overall package. Hopefully, I won't regret the choice.

Thanks for the help.
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you can't go wrong with a student discount - congrats.

no windows(probably a good thing) - which OS does it have?
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It will be arriving with OSX Tiger...
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dumb question - you got the mac.

good luck. enjoy it.

FYI - java will run great on a mac, if necessary
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Thanks. I think my new dilemna will be finding an adequate bluetooth mouse. I heard most of the available ones are not worth a dime.
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macs are my favorite!!!

you'll have virtually no spam with the mac as well as efficiency

plus with 1.25 gb of ram - you'll be able to use so many programs at once and still have amazing speed

- the screens are also excellent qualitiy (with a high supporting graphics card)
- i'm pretty sure all Microsoft Office programs are also available on mac

Edited by aldaros23, 18 June 2005 - 04:21 PM.

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