“If you need a laptop right now … get an iBook.” That’s the verdict of David Jon Fortt, writing for the Edmonton Journal. He’s one of the latest in a long line of newspaper journalists to review the new iBook. The comments were made in a new article entitled
Mac or Windows? Laptop world’s to be or not to be.
The iBook, said Fortt, challenges PC laptop convention by encouraging other manufacturers to “stop selling us big, heavy laptops just because we don’t want to pay a lot.”
Fortt gives the iBook an enthusiastic thumbs-up for “a Mac fan on a budget,” and recommends that folks looking to run OS X comfortably should upgrade to 256MB of RAM.
“If you are excited about OS X and don’t need to buy your next Mac this year, wait. The OS X experience is a lot better with something faster than the 66MHz system bus in this iBook,” said Fortt. He suggested that Apple consider bumping up the iBook to a 100MHz system bus, and said that it’s even conceivable that they will do so in the next few months.
For users still sitting on the fence about what operating system to support, Fortt offers a comparison of the iBook and a similarly priced Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. Fortt said that the Dell wins on price, overall usefulness (since it can use a larger library of Windows-compatible software) and screen size, while the iBook wins on portability, its support for digital media (including iTunes and iMovie), and wireless networking.