Cheap Apple Laptop for year abroad

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  1. pdxappl macrumors newbie

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    I'm going abroad this next school year to a country where it is risky to take expensive electronics such as my new MB Pro. I would like to have a computer to use Word, watch DVD's, and maybe use the internet. Can anyone recommend somewhere to buy a cheap used Apple laptop that has these functions. I was thinking maybe a few year old ibook. I'd be willing to spend up to $150.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    you can check ebay to see what they have, but in that price range it'll be hard to get something decent.
     
  3. generik macrumors 601

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    Just buy a PC. Can easily snag a P3 in the 900Mhz region with that kind of money.
     
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    I suggest you get a cheap portable DVD player - you can live with a 7 inch screen for one year. They're small and inexpensive. Then you're more likely to find an older laptop that won't break your budget, if Word and maybe Internet browsing are your main needs.
     
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    I too would have to recommend a PC. For a start, they're not attractive so they wont be as much of a target.
     
  6. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Even on ebay, the cheapest working laptops I've seen are G3 powerbooks- and those are very rare in that price range
     
  7. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    I would also consider this ... and keep in mind if it does get stolen, the thief is going to inherent whatever little quirks exist in that windows laptop.
     
  8. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    You could go a little more expensive and just take out travel insurance.
     
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    Many insurances won't cover things that happen in what the company deems "unstable areas", and you'd have to do a serious back-up before you left (because insurance won't get your files back ;) ).
     
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    $150 - you're pretty much out of the ballpark with the price, there. You'd be challenged to get even a Pentium III that is functional and has a DVD (and enough power to play it)
     
  11. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    where are you going? In some places you will pay a heavy premium if you buy a laptop there.
     
  12. j26 macrumors 65832

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    What will you be doing with the mbp?

    If it's going to be sitting rotting away for a year you should sell it and bank the cash to get whatever's current next year. You could also divert a tiny bit of that cash to improve your spend for a cheap replacement in the interim if you wanted.

    I'd suggest a pc lappie too as your needs are very limited (even XP should be able to handle it), but remember to lock it down with AV and anti-spyware before you connect to d'internet :eek:.
     
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    definitely pay attention to whether the machine has a DVD player as opposed to just the CD reader....older Macs often didn't

    as others have said, it's going to be tough to find something in that price range. A five year old ibook could worth more than that just to salvage for parts
     
  16. pdxappl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to Argentina. While the country is safer than most Latin American countries it still has its share of crime. I guess I was thinking that old ibooks would be cheaper because I remember hearing about a school district selling off ibooks for $50 each.
     
  17. generik macrumors 601

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    If you are going to leave behind your MBP for a whole year why not just sell it during the interim? It is not like that thing is going to appreciate in value while you are gone...
     
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    I agree. Sell it now (preferably before WWDC). Get a cheap laptop. Come back, sell that, and get yourself a new top of the line laptop in a year. With some luck you'll lose very little.
     
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    argentina has the highest literacy rate in all of South America, it think they're pretty nice and most ppl there won't steal. i would go at least $225 and see what i could get at that range
     
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    That was a once-in-a-lifetime fiasco that will never be repeated. Also not DVD machines.
     
  22. California macrumors 68040

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    Didn't some of the old iBook 500s have a combo drive or were they cdrom only? Someone on MR has one right now for 300.00 btw.
     
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    What he said. :)

    Which country are you going to?
     
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    Oooh this has Tiger, DVD-ROM, is a PB G3 so it probably won't get stolen.. $99 as of now. :eek:
     
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