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It has been a rainy, miserable weekend – the kind which makes you think about strange things like ‘which apple notebook was my favorite writing machine?’ The 12-inch Powerbook G4 despite the small screen was my favorite – great keyboard, enough screen space to focus entirely […]

It has been a rainy, miserable weekend – the kind which makes you think about strange things like ‘which apple notebook was my favorite writing machine?’ The 12-inch Powerbook G4 despite the small screen was my favorite – great keyboard, enough screen space to focus entirely on writing instead of websites or emails, and decent battery life. Friends swore by the 12-inch iBook, thanks to its wonderful WiFi capabilities. With a new generation of machines already available, and a new ultrathin 12-inch Macbook Pro rumored to launch soon, I thought it is a good time to get your feedback, and picks.

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  1. Derek Punsalan Sunday, December 10, 2006

    Despite having upgraded to the 15″ MacBook Pro, I must admit that my personal favorite out of the iBook, Powerbook, MacBook, and MacBook Pro was the MacBook. The 13″ was a great machine which offered just enough screen width without sacrificing portability. To this day I still think the 15″ is much to cumbersome. 12″ / 13″ is the ideal notebook size. I hope that the rumors are true concerning the slim 12″ MacBook Pro.

  2. I bought a MacBook Pro fairly early on and have evangelized it to almost everyone I’ve met since then. My hardware has a nasty heat problem, but that’s the only knock on an otherwise excellent piece of hardware

  3. I got my Macbook 2 weeks ago, 2GHz model with RAM bumped up to 2GB. Very pleased so far!

  4. If I was a writer, it’d be the Powerbook 12″. Nice, light, and portable. Being a designer, I need space so it’s the Pro 17″. If I was a road warrior lugging something around all day I’d probably compromise and go with the 15″.

  5. Stephen Pierzchala Sunday, December 10, 2006

    Ant of the above? I am stuck in the land of the Dell, while all the Marketing and trendy folks in the office flaunt their brand-new MacBook Pros.

  6. I loved my Powerbook 100 (circa 1991).

    It was a great bit bucket. Small, light, good battery life, crisp screen.

  7. My only consistent computer for the last 2.5 years, on top of intermittent XP/Linux systems, has been a 12″ iBook and I love it. It is dependable, strong, has a bright/crisp screen, and runs applications as fast as I could ask it to do. The new 12″ MacBook Pro rumor is exciting though as I have been feeling the urge to upgrade. Good, relevant topic. Have a good week Om and Crew.

  8. morebouncetotheounce Sunday, December 10, 2006

    the bronze G3 range (lombard etc), built in firewire, lovely curves and the best keyboard apple have ever made.

    it was the first time mobile audio production really became viable too.

  9. I bought a Macbook around a year back. About a month ago it crashed. I took it to Apple store in Palo Alto. It took them around 10 days to fix the machine. I was happy that I got my machine fixed.
    However, it crashed again the next day I got my machine. I took my machine to Palo Alto store and talk to the store manager he was really really rude.
    My experience with the Apple customer service was so bad that I had to switch away from Apple.
    No More mac for me!!

  10. Mike Steinbaugh Sunday, December 10, 2006

    I’m happy with my PowerBook G4. It’s plenty fast after upgrading the RAM to 2GB and I don’t have to worry about finding universal binaries.

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