[HM] Re: PowerBook vs iBook

Jane Sprando janesprando at comcast.net
Wed Apr 21 23:02:43 PDT 2004

Duane, I have been thinking about buying a used PowerBook or iBook. So you
think the PowerBook is the way to go because of the battery?

How old a computer should I look for?


> From: "Duane Murphy" <duanemurphy at mac.com>
> Reply-To: "Home Macintosh Users List"<HomeMac at lists.themacintoshguy.com>
> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 11:28:19 -0700
> To: "Home Macintosh Users List" <HomeMac at lists.themacintoshguy.com>
> Subject: [HM] Re: PowerBook vs iBook
> --- At Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:54:56 -0800, Jane Sprando wrote:
>> What's the difference between a PowerBook and an iBook??????
> The advertisement says "Professional" and "Consumer". The iBook is made
> cheaper to keep the price down. From a technical point of view the
> differences I can recall are:
> o PowerBook supports multiple monitors. That is the external monitor port
> is another monitor. On the iBook, only mirroring is supported.
> o The PowerBook has PCMCIA slot. None on the iBook.
> o You can change the battery without plugging in the PowerBook. That is
> you can remove the battery from a PowerBook while it is asleep just fine.
> The iBook will just crash.
> o The hard drive in a PowerBook is much easier to upgrade.
> o The memory in a PowerBook is probably easier to upgrade and can
> probably be higher. (There's a lot of probably's in there.)
> I think they are about even on ports these days. And the processors are
> not that far apart. I think you can get CDRW/DVDRW in both.
> They are not very far apart. But the battery situation appeals to me as I
> tend to run off of battery using multiple batteries.
> ...Duane

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