Bargain iBooks at PC World stores

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Dunepilot, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

    Dunepilot

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    hi everybody. My first post for a while, but I just have to alert anyone in the UK who may be looking for a cheap laptop to head down to your local PC World to see if you can get hold of the G3 iBooks they are selling at a clearance price of £499.

    They seem to be models that (as far as I remember) were only originally offered to education customers, due to the strange specification, as follows:

    12" TFT monitor
    800 MHz G3
    128 MB SDRAM
    24x CD-ROM
    30 Gig HD
    32 MB ATI graphics chipset of some sort.

    Basically it's a steal for £500 if you can find one, and you don't particularly need a G4 or a G5 processor.

    Oh yeah, meant to add that it will need RAM adding immediately (512 should do it). Optical drive isn't a consideration for me because I already have that covered with my powermac.
     
  2. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    This is the low-end model of the last batch of G3 iBooks (May-October 2003) that originally sold for £799. Not bad, especially for PC World. They aren't ex-display ones are they?
     
  3. Dunepilot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dunepilot

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    Nope, they're brand new, and even come with the Panther upgrade in the box (which suggests that the stock isn't too old). What's better still is that I was able to get a salesman to sell me several with the cover at half price (which worked out at £110 for 3 years). I'm pretty sure that's cheaper than Applecare, and you end up using Applecare as the service anyway if anything goes wrong - they just charge Dixons Stores Group for their time. Plus it means that the machines are covered for accidental damage.

    Now all I need to do is get over to Crucial to whack this baby full of ram, and find a nice, durable 12" sleeve for the machine
     
  4. neon macrumors member

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    Man I am tempted. Not supposed to be spending money though, supposed to be saving...

    must resist. think of holiday.

    If it were £400 I'd probably cave in. I don't know whether I'm glad or not that it's £500 :p
     
  5. arimp macrumors newbie

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