For $999 this seems like a deal, no?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JoeJoe, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. JoeJoe macrumors member

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    Apple Powerbook G4 1.67ghz 17" 120gb HiRes screen!This is the latest 17 inch Powerbook with the HI-res screen and 120gb hard drive.Specs are :17-inch TFT widescreen display with 1680x1050 resolution1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor512MB memory (DDR2 PC2-4200 SDRAM at 333MHz)120GB 5400rpm hard driveSlot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card with 128MB DDR memoryFull-size, backlit keyboardGigabit EthernetUSB 2.0 and FireWire 400 & 800On the drive is On the drive is, TIGER,0fficeO4, FinalCutHD, FinalCutExpress, DVDSTUDIOPRO3,L0gicPro7 Quark6, Toast6,SHAKE,FilemakerPro6,Ph0toshopCS 8,IllustratorCS,INdesign, Dreamweaver04, Fireworks04, Flash04, Keynote, and ILIFE05.

    Am I missing something?
     
  2. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Looks like all the software is only on the disc though, so when it's gone - it's gone. I'd personally rather go with the newer Intel models myself.
     
  3. mBurns macrumors 6502

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    Hi. This does seem like a good deal if you compare dollar to dollar with what other people are selling this machine for. The big thing though is, is it a good deal if it's PPC? EVERYTHING is going to move towards intel obviously. Do you want to sink $999 into a dead chipset that is even older then the G5, regardless that this was the last PPC laptop to be made. To make a long story short, personally I'd only buy this laptop if:

    A) you want to resell it to make some money
    B) need a lot of screen real estate
    C) couldn't live without the powerbook design

    or I'd just sink the money into a MacBook because you will get many more years out of it and it will be current for a VERY long time.
     
  4. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Shake alone is worth that much money. If you need it then buy it but i would go intel.
     
  5. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but is it dodgy or not? Seems strange to bundle all this software with no discs.
     
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    it's not strange, it's just not legal. most eBay auctions these days include preloaded software.. but to the OP: don't think that those preloaded apps boost the price or anything, because they're just pirated copies that the seller probably got for free via download.
     
  7. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Hahaha, not strange - just illegal. I wouldn't bother buying it personally. I wonder what the legal issue would be.
    "I bought the PowerBook and non of the pirated software was installed as the seller said. I want a refund."
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I think you're getting hung up on the software. With preloaded stuff, I just disregard it and think of the value of the machine. IMO, $1k for the last revision 17" is probably a good deal, so if you're in the market, I'd jump on it. Besides, you're just going to reinstall a fresh copy of Tiger anyways, right? So all that software will be gone.. nothing illegal once that's done.
     
  9. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    No, the software bit was...er...humour. I don't think it's worth spending £750 on. I'd rather pay double and get a more recent product under a 2 year guarantee.
     

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