Am I crazy buying a PB 15'' tomorrow?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by -Escher-, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. -Escher- macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I have waited for 1 month to get the MBP....As I'm moving back to Bazil, I had to quit yesterday...It won't get here until saturday (when I'm leaving)....

    I REALLY WANT a MAC.... It'd be my very first one....

    I'll be doing: Office, internet, light photo/video... So, I'm wondering if I should buy a PB 15'' and go back happy knowing that I got a nice machine for my needs that should last 2-3 years......


    OPTION: Get a PC.....I just got a HP 5000 z (2.2 AMD, 2gb RAM, 100/7200, 15.4 brightview...) It's a nice computer for 1400$...I'll have my work done and performancewise it is at least the same as BP.....But doesn't have all the bells and whilstles and It's not a mac.......

    HELP ME!!!
  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Why not get a Macbook Pro?

    The G4 won't even last you till last year, let alone 2-3 more years ahead :eek:
  3. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Can you order a MacBook Pro to have delivered in Brazil?

    The Powerbooks are not bad, but since the MacBook is now available.

    If you love Macs, you shouldn't get a PC.
  4. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    I would get a PB its still a great computer and will last a long time. The only way I would buy an HP is if you were to have linux running on it. But thats just me. I really like Apple hardware as well.

    But really its your call. I have a old ibook and it makes really happy. So a PB intel or not would be great IMO.
  5. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Maybe I could but I'd pay 60% of import tax...WAY TOOOO MUCH!

    It's not that I "love" macs...It's gonna be my VERY FISTS one!!! I'd just wanted to get rid of windows.....
  6. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
  7. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    So hard to tell you what to do. It seems like a really tough situation to be in.
  8. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Tough situation? it's been even harder than the one I was when i had to decide to get married or not!!!
  9. i4k20c macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2005
    Honestly, idk.

    I mean i am assuming that they don't sell Mac's in Brazil if you need to buy it here? Or is it cheaper here? Because if there is no appple support there, i would deffinetly not buy one. At best, maybe, maybe i'd get a refurb ibook, just to surf the web, documents, music, etc..

  10. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    We have macs there but it is prohibitively overpriced!! It's like paying 10.000$ for a machine....We do have support....It's not awesome...but we have...If there's a big issue they send it to USA and takes weeks...but works.....
  11. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    Could you get a friend to receive and ship it to you with a lower declared value? Or pick it up on a trip in a few months?

  12. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I'm planning to buy a 12" PB this week. Granted, I only intend to keep it for about a year, but it will do exactly what I need it to do for a while. No worries here. Go for it! Better yet, try to find one on sale or something. Even if you have to pay for overnight shipping, might be worth it.
  13. Hodapp macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2003
    New York, NY
    Why not order it, have it shipped to a friend in the USA, then have them ship it to you marked as a gift?
  14. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Some countries make you declare the value of even gifts... I believe the UK does this. And if you lie about the value (for example, say it's $100) and then something happens in transit, you are only covered for the declared value.

    As to the original question: No, you're not crazy to buy a G4 PowerBook. The thing will be good for YEARS and it has the distinct advantage of actually being able to run ALL Mac software without emulation... right now, a MacBook Pro is gonna have to use Rosetta for a lot of the non-Apple software you might want to run on it (e.g., Microsoft Office).
  15. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    In your situation I'd probably buy a refurb iBook At the Apple store. There going for $799, and it's basically good as new. The difference in processing power b/w this and the powerbook is negligible at best, especially for your stated needs. This would give you a low-cost entry into the Mac world, where you could get your feet wet while learning OS X.

    Maybe you can pick up a MacBook, in the future, and sell the iBook for close to what you paid for it. I just can't imagine personally spending that much money on a powerbook now, when its "thoroughly" outclassed by it's replacment, in pretty much every category.
  16. itgoesbuzz macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2005
    royal oak, mi
  17. asencif macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005

    If you are going to get a G4 portable then get an iBook, refurbished if possible. Try to see if another 3rd party seller has the MBP in and can ship overnight.
  18. plinkoman macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2003
    New York
    don't listen to the people on here who tell you the G4 is slow and will only last a year. I use one of these every single day, and with all i demand from it, it is by no means slow, just not as fast as a MBP, but that doesn't make it any slower. ;)

    just be sure to put in the obligatory ram upgrade.
  19. Synapple macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2004
    Rome, Italy
    Definitely go for a refurb iBook!
    I've bought one a few hours ago for $799 and it's awesome for my basic needs... granted, maybe the two/three years you are quoting are a little stretched but it'll do the job just fine.
  20. noelister macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    Like others have said try for a Refurb iBook.
  21. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    go to an apple store buy a macbook pro, they are comming in stock all over the place.
  22. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Not here in Seattle..... I'll wait until the very last day I'm here (friday) honestly, I'm not very optimist.....
  23. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    No way...I want a better screen and all bells and whistles....
  24. -Escher- thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nope...I need a computer right ways when I get back.....

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