Originally Posted by seablade
>Read this: "Sound-On-Sound article: How Good Are Centrinos Laptops For Music?
>Old (it references back to Banias), but still relevant. It whupped the Apple in every aspect, bigtime.
Heh couple things to keep in mind, I wasnt referring to sheer processing power. I was referring to the niceities it had for music(Power over Firewire, find my a decent PC laptop that has that for example)
True. But they do offer powered USBv2 at 5 Watts. Powering via firewire would require 15watts of the same battery to drive the extra peripheral hardware.
|the nearly silent operation,
You can't get much more silent than a Pentium M, so long as you don't go with a high-end graphics card.
Powerbooks manage better than 5 hours, real world? Check out the Compal barebones centrino laptop sold by NuSystems, or a Dell centrino with an ATI x300 graphics card for these runtimes.
|even when supporting external firewire interfaces(My Firewire 410 plugged in and running off the laptop I still get over 2 hours of battery life) and the stability of the OS compared to MS's.
Under Windows XP, I can hand on heart never recall a blue screen of death. Regularly on 98se (daily, even), but never on XP. The "BSOD" argument has become irrelevant as long as you have compatible hardware. Music computing firms (Carillon, Red Sub, NuSystems, etc.) assure this moreso. Besides, Macs aren't impervious to crashing, too, you know!
|That beats out raw processing power any day in my book when looking for a dependable mobile platform to do a couple tracks of recroding at a time. It is more than powerful enough to do that.
Pentium M has more muscle, more processing power, while boasting less heat, more battery life, just as stable........ I can't see the comparison, here.
In case you failed to notice the benchmark graph in the SOS article, here it is again (bear in mind these are using old 'Banias' Pentium-M CPUs, and not the latest 'Dothans' which are even faster:[This graph shows the results of a test to see how many Reverb A plug-ins could be used, with a single A1 virtual synth as an audio source to avoid factoring peripheral devices (hard-drives, etc.) to focus on processing power alone. The solid colour shows the number of Reverb A plug-ins that could be run until the audio started failing, while the lighter region shows the number of plug-ins before the processor actually maxed out.]
The only thing it doesn't have is powered firewire. But it does have powered USB v2 and also PCMCIA Cardbus (or the newer PCI-ExpressCard), so you have to plan accordingly.
But for powered firewire, when are you really going to go into the wilderness with a laptop that lasts just two hours (ie. an Apple powerbook) while hooked up to a firewire external soundcard recording multi-channel audio without mains power nearby? That's quite a specialised and rare occurrence, although not unprecedented.
However, a Pentium-M with Emu 1616M cardbus (without its breakout box while out of the studio) or an Echo Indigo I/O would suffice for high-quality stereo recording and would extend battery life significantly, as well offering a neat, 'all-in-one' solution as opposed to having to take a bulky breakout box and accompanying interfacing cables with you, as well as your laptop.
Lastly, bear in mind that Apple will be moving over to Intel in the coming years and no doubt enjoy the benefits of the evolved Pentium-M line. When will Apple be (finally?) releasing the G5 Powerbook? I'd imagine the reason it has been put back for so long is due to heat/noise/battery-life issues, although IBM's involvement with Sony (for the Playstation 3) is not entirely insignificant. However, Apple's transition to Intel is a colossal declaration, and not one Apple would have taken lightly if they didn't think it wouldn't massively benefit them.
All in all, though, I'd say both computers (PentiumMs/Powerbooks) have their pros and cons, but the original postee would really have to think about how they would like to work, such as which particular music programs, sequencers and associated applications they feel would be the most effective, flexible and workable solution to them; which hardware peripherals would they like to integrate into the DAW; which operating system they would feel accustomed/or prefer to use; and lastly (if not most importantly) factoring all the costs; and then all being well they should work towards the goal that would suit them the most.