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Jared Smith
Which PowerBook do I need to buy?
on Apr 27, 2009 at 4:40:44 am

Hey guys,
I am about to start shooting a 10 minute short in about a week. In order to offload P2 cards, I am going to buy a laptop. Because I am an Apple guy (of recent) and use FCP I really want to get a mac laptop. I can't afford the new MacBook Pro with the P2 reader, and actually there is really no need for me to get the Intel Based MacBook Pro since I would have to buy an adapter for the P2 cards, so by default I am going to get a Powerbook. Now, as I understand it there are 12inch, 15inch, and 17inch models. I think the 12inch is called an IBook perhaps, and then the 15 and 17 are called PowerBooks. So, my question is... do all of these have the PCMCIA slot that I need for offloading?
Secondly, when I go to look at one (because I will be buying used of course) is there a way to make sure the slot is working. If I bring a P2 card with me, can I just put it in the slot and know that it is working or will software need to be on the computer first?
thanks guys for all the help
jare


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Noah Kadner
Re: Which PowerBook do I need to buy?
on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:15:17 am

Get an Aluminum Powerbook 17".

Noah

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Jared Smith
Re: Which PowerBook do I need to buy?
on Apr 27, 2009 at 1:31:02 pm

only the 17inch? 15inch don't have the slot?


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Dave Neyman
Re: Which PowerBook do I need to buy?
on Apr 28, 2009 at 2:47:42 pm

The 15" PowerBook does have the slot. I think Noah is recommending the 17" because of the screen real estate and the bump in speed. It really is a better investment and shouldn't cost much more. Avoid the iBooks and MacBooks as they do not have the slot.



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