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Ok well...I own a powerbook g3 series. By today's standards its slow and out of date (well that's what the titanium owners would say!). My particular model has a 233mhz processor...and a 128 memory.. I just wanted to put my opinion forward that just because the critics always say bigger and faster is better...there really isn't that much difference! Until last year I was studying for a moving image course involving animation and film. I did end up buying a G4 mac last year because I knew it would handle video footage a lot better..but until that point my laptop was perfectly fine and still is!...I got the memory upgraded to the max (192) and got a usb pc card so I could use a printer. I've got an Epsom 1200 and it works fine. I think i have mac os 8.6 still... But it had everything that I'd ever need as a graphic designer. All the programmes such as Quark, photoshop and illustrator worked fine and until I started doing animations, I didn't even back anything up (i know..very very bad!)After effects also ran well and rendering time was no better than it is on my G4....the difference goes unnoticed! I'm not a computer expert, I'll put my hand up to that, but I dislike the way in which you are made to feel like you have to shell out for the biggest and bestest!...You can pick up these laptops for about £600 or less if you're lucky on places such as ebay..or look in your local paper! thanks for reading!
While the new Titanium PowerBook knocks the socks off this Black PowerBook G3 (FireWire) aka the Prismo, this powerbook is still a beast. The battery life of approximately 5 hours means that I take it to work or college and don't need to worry about taking the power supply (small and cute as it is). The video capabilities are encompassed in an S-video out (for TV's) and VGA out - both permitting video mirroring or an extended desktop. Having both USB and Firewire connectors I'm able to happily plug in an external keyboard, mouse and Zip drive while using the faster ports for my DVcamcorder and external hard disk. Networking is possible through 3 routes:- V90 modem, 10/100BT ethernet and AirPort (the standard 8011.11? protocol), though this latter method requires a simple and cheap card insertion - I use all three and they are all faultless. An addition networking feature is the IrDA port which I appear to have no use ful (the modem script for my Nokia phone don't seem to work using IrDA), but no real loss there. In brief this appears to have 3 major features over WinTel notebooks:- 1) silence (well almost) since the G3 processor runs so efficiently it needs no fan. 2) great battery life (since chip uses about 1/10th that of Intel ones, and no power needed for fans). 3) Value for money - yes really, the myth that Apples are too expensive really should go away - try buying a name-brand portable with 14.2 TFT, 64MB RAM, USB, FW, 10BT and modem at this price.
I ve been using a PowerBook G3 for almost a year, and can definitely recommend it. It's excellent value, a very reliable machine. This laptop is actually as good as it looks. The large screen is of good quality, the processor is very fast, and the operating system is user friendly. I also like the keyboard. However, if you want to carry a laptop with you on a DAILY basis, the G3 might be a bit big and an iBook might be more convenient. I use the PowerBook as a desktop replacement, taking it with me every now and then. Travelling is easy, b/c voltage is adaptable worldwide, and with the location control panel it is no hassle to set up different locations, so all you do is switch the location setting (modem, time, city, and so on). It is simple. And another big advantage over PC laptops is the internal ethernet and modem card (standard feature). Just plug it in anywhere, no or almost no setup needed! This can save you hours when trying to connect to a LAN / Internet, ... The internal microphone and speaker are also useful for webconferences or dictating. (sound quality is good, good enough to listen to music CDs). There is no internal floppy drive, but small external USB-floppies can be plugged in and used without any software to install. Battery lifetime is good, and the option for a second internal battery (instead of CD-drive) can be of use as well. There is a PC-card slot and a Infrared port as well, a part from USB and firewire of course. Videopresentations (e.g. PowerPoint) on tv screens or beamer facility are simple and reliable. I never had a problem before or during important meetings/presentations.
I've owned a Powerbook G3 since it came out; I've got the old fat one. I use a wide variety of computers; PCs, Macs, Desktops, Laptops and this is the best machine I've ever used (although it's a bit slow compared to the new ones). I run Linux on mine, so don't think I'm just a Mac evangelist, and it performs beautifully. The screen is still the best I've seen on a laptop - it's twice as bright as my (much newer) IBM ThinkPad. (so why did I buy the ThinkPad? I wanted a *tiny* laptop for travel) All the hardware is supported fine under Linux, from the PCMCIA slots to the built in modem to the SCSI port (NB you don't get SCSI on the new ones). The only thing about the G3 which is not *perfect* is the keyboard; like all Apple keyboards it lacks a positive feel; the keys don't 'click' at all. I can't count this against the machine; it's personal taste. I'd recommend them to anyone who wanted a fast Linux/Apple laptop. Perhaps not if you just want linux, as much software is distributed in i386 form, although you can usually track down a PPC compliation (or do it yourself; it's usually quite easy, really) Make sure you buy an upgrade to on-site warranty, just in case; you don't want to be without it for a week if it goes wrong!
I have owned a G3 PowerBook for about a year and a half and can find little to fault on this machine. It packs a lot of power into a slim design -- much better than the Windows stuff that I see other commuters on my train using. The design is also miles ahead of the competition. It has a sexy waist that you grip it by -- and that glowing apple, that is just such a brilliant feature. This is both a workhorse and an attention grabber. DVD watching while commuting never fails to impress the other passengers -- who sit back in awe as you watch Fight Club for the 33rd time on the 07.32 to Liverpool Street. It is a fast machine. My 400 MHz laptop performs certain processor intensive tasks faster than the 450MHz G3s at the office. Downsides are the amount of heat that it generates. You need never suffer a cold crotch while using this baby. The case gets so hot that you could fry an egg on it sometimes. The keyboard is quite delicate, and I have lost the left hand shift key completely. This could have been repaired under warranty, but I love the machine so much that I couldn't part with it for 14 days while it gets shipped to Holland for the repair. I would wholeheartedly recommend this item. Especially since the 2000 spec machines have two firewire ports and other new features.
The G3 PowerBook is a great laptop machine. It's a little bit weighty, but I think the hassle of lugging it around is far outweighed by the joy of using it. As a Macophile I can never sing the praises of Mac OS enough, I find it so much more intuitive than Windows as an operating system, and as a consequence the powerbook is very easy to operate. It's got bags of RAM, decent clock speed - especially if you go after the 400 version - and is easily maintained and upgradeable. The pop out compartments for battery, CD drive, DVD etc, make specing the machine to ones personal taste a doddle. The battery has loads of hours in it, particularly with the economy settings maximised. Firewire and USB bring meriad network and bolt on options, and the whole platform seems enourmously robust. One enormous benefit of the PowerBook is the positively gigantic colour screen which surely must be one of the largest on any portable machine. You could pretty much project a movie onto it! Design wise it's as pretty as all the latest generation of Macs, and the build quality is extremely good. All in all a great machine, particularly good for people who need a mobile platform for multi-media presentations.