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Powerbook - iBook comparisson

After two years with my iBook I thought it was time to upgrade. Both machines shown above cost roughly 1.5k Euros (incl. memory upgrade, airport and bluetooth and tax). And while the PB is obviously speedier and has a far superior keyboard it is questionable if this was a good buying decision.


The Powerbook gets considerably hotter than the iBook, has less battery life and wifi reception is close to unusable in many locations. The iBook G3 is super quiet. The fan goes on only after 1hr of playing DVD whereas the fan in the powerbook goes on after five minutes looking at webpages. Apart from writing mail the fan is almost always on.

The iBook fabrication quality unfortunately got worse with each incarnation and the one seen here has already the crappy plastic (opaque white). More recent iBooks have a better keyboard but poor trackpads.


This powerbook has an okay trackpad and the display has probably the standard of iBooks of late 2001 (which mean it is better than my previous iBook).

The powerbook is a thing of beauty. Even today the quality of the case is marvelous, but that doesn't help when you stay offline due to poor reception.


Maybe I should get a life instead of looking for a useable laptop.

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Taken on June 26, 2005