hardware predicament

My current workhorse is a TiBook 800MHz – a 15″ PowerBook G4 which I’ve had since May 2002. It has been a great machine and has served me well for over three years, but it’s beginning to show its age. Getting a bit chipped around the edges, not the racehorse it used to be (!) and I’m getting slightly electrocuted under certain conditons. I also think it’s time for a dvd burner which I don’t have.

What to do?

I have a limited budget (three kids and a mortgage) and I was thinking of a G5 iMac or, if rumours prove true, one of the new widescreen iBooks. Alternatively, another PowerBook. Basically I have to decide if I’m going to be portable or deskbound. I’m probably going to miss portability, so chances are it’ll be a ‘Book of some sort.

For the current models, the prices look like:

Eur 1,329.75 ex VAT iBook 14″: 1.33GHz G4 (512 MB SDRAM)
Eur 1,924.79 ex VAT PowerBook 15″: 1.67GHz G4 (512 MB SDRAM)

Six hundred euros in the difference.