"great student book"4.5 starson by Maxwell De Long
Pros: good performance, solid platform for school work, does well with video and photography software
Cons: doesnt work with all CAD and math programs, limited software library
Summary: I bought my iBook for college in the summer of 2005 and coming into 2006 I have yet to crash it. Tiger is exceedingly powerful, stable and reliable. It integrates well with all programs, and is very user friendly. The computer itself is fast enough at 1.33 Ghz. It would be nice if the bus speed itself was faster (133 Mhz), but that is not essential in the student setting. In my case, I knew I would use the computer exclusively for school, so I chose a platform I knew was not friendly to games as to let me focus on my studies more. The screen duplicates colours very well, which is essentail when doing digital photography (pictures look excelent from my Canon 350D). Although not a PowerBook, the iBook does very well at video, rendering video many times more quickly than a PC (although it could be characteristics of Final Cut rather than the mac itself). The iBook is perfectly silent, a contrast to my roommates noisy pc. It turns on and shuts down very quickly, and has an incredible battery life. On minimum settings the battery lasts in excess of 6 hours (I have once gone 8), and on maximum settings an average of 3-4 is common (I have rendered a 25 minute movie, taking 2 hours, depleting less than 50% of the battery). When cooled, the iBook has a tendency to perform slightly better. It is essential not to put it on a padded surface (ex: a bed or couch) because it has a tendency to over heat. With all these factors in mind, the iBook, while a tad pricey, is definately worth the extra buck, especially for active students who need a quiet laptop for class with a friendly interface and a battery to go the distance.