I have an interesting situation and since I’m writing a lot today and was just talking to a friend about it on the phone, I figure I’ll let it out and see if I can get a few comments.
I currently have a 3 year old, 800mhz TiBook (titanium PowerBook) that has served me well, still serves me well but is long in the tooth and needs replacing.
I do not run photoshop nor do I do much high end DTP. I do run Garageband which heats my machine up to red hot. So does prolonged use of iSight. So, given what I do and where Mac stuff is going, I need a processor upgrade for sure.
Our house is wireless and I like being able to move around the house with this machine, although, truth be told, I tend to sit right here in my office with it. Yes, on very cold mornings I unplug and use it down by the woodstove but that’s rare.
I was in an Apple Retail Store the other day and checked out the 20″ flat screen connected to a PowerBook. I loved it and might consider getting one or a bigger screen somehow as it allowed me to see more of a page and more stuff.
A friend just sent me the Apple employee price list and all the PowerBooks are on it at prices approximately $600 lower than current retail. This is a good indication that Mr. Think Secret is right and there are new PowerBooks coming out soon. I tend to think these will be a speed bump of current models, not the rumored G5s. But, even if they were G5s I doubt I’d want to be an early adopter of one of those.
1. Replace this machine from its equivalent on the employee price list, saving about $600 if the price of the new 15″ remains about the same.
2. Replace this machine with whatever latest, greatest 15″ model is the new one.
3. Replace this machine with a 12″ PowerBook and a 20″ screen.
4. If #2 is at all appealing, why not make that 20″ screen a 17″ G5 iMac and replace this machine with a 17″ G5 iMac and a 12″ PowerBook.
#4 gives me a G5 processor right away and a 12″ machine right away.
The reason I’d even consider #3 is the great application, SuperDuper!which allows me to do incremental backups easily. I could easily keep two machines in sync with this app. Before it, no way I’d want two machines.
Then again, I like having a single machine as my only machine. But, that means either current G4 on Apple list, or new higher speed one with or without an external monitor.
I’m not into the Mac mini so that’s out. If it has a G5 in it I’d be totally into it but it’s the same processor as any new PowerBook so why not get the PowerBook, or, for that matter, why not get an IMac which gives you a screen and a G5?
I can sort of tell how this story ends: 15″ PowerBook, either on price list or off, but every time I consider this stuff I go wild with ideas of other setups. Argh!