G3 iBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Cam59, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    My sister wants to buy an iBook but does not want to spend $1100 for the new version. Instead we found a brand new G3 800MHz at macmall.com for $740. I have no idea if this computer is ok for her, all she does is email, aim, word, and a few basic games. She will keep this computer for at least 3 years. Is this a good deal or should she save up and go for the G4. Thanks.
     
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    Spock

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    Check the special deals in the Apple Store You can get a iBook G4 pretty cheap I think the cheapest I have seen is $799 for the 800G4
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    That is not a good deal. The G4 is already an old processor, so getting a G3 would definately not be preparing for new software releases (i.e. Tiger). That computer will last three years for her, but you might as well spend $50 extra and get an Apple refurbished G4. I hear they are good quality computers and Apple makes them like-new with their "stringent refurbishing process". You can always get an iPod & iBook cleaner to get rid of the scratches on the back of the notebook's screen.
     
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    Im skeptical of their "stringent refurbishing process" because my iBook came with a lose cable (basically, the computer wouldn't charge). But, worst case scenario, you can get it fixed since it comes with a one year warranty.

    When I got my iBook, it was in almost perfect condition. They must have replaced the top and bottom case because there was not one scratch.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I would highly recommend avoiding the G3 iBooks at all costs... That one was a clunker- it happens... I'm sure there are people who will tell me how great they are, I respect that... But from my experience, & reading the experiences of others- the chances of problems are pretty good... I would NEVER, in good faith, recommend someone buy a G3 iBook... That's just my opinion thopugh....
     

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