Is $395 a good price for this 15" 1.5ghz powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by peapody, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    I posted this in the marketplace forum. I kind of felt bad because I don't know if it was the right place to do it. Hoping to see if you guys here can offer more advice

    I found a local ad on craigslist for a 15" 1.5ghz Powerbook with these specs and in this condition:

    1.5 ghz
    128mb video
    1.25gb RAM
    80gb 7200rpm hdd

    Trackpad works intermittently. Some scratches, 1 ding on the spine, 2 on the bottom, j bracket is loose.

    The owner said it was the last of the powerbooks before the mbps. He couldn't tell me more than that. He said he "thinks" there is bluetooth. What can you guys gather from the info provided (one of the last powerbooks? with the ambient light sensor and multitouch?)

    Is this a good buy for $395? I am very handy and plan on replacing any really bad worn spots. I am meeting the guy tomorrow for it!

    EDIT: Should mention that it comes with the original box and leopard, as well as I am assuming install discs. I plan on using this as a desktop machine.
  2. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  3. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    If the trackpad doesn't work I don't think it will work out... and it won't have multitouch obviously since it's not a late gen machine.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    I believe the last 2 generations have 1.67 Ghz.
    Mine has but it's a 17"
  5. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    It's not.
  6. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    ^^^ Yeah I figure he just said that generally to say it wasn't one of the first ones.

    The computer will be used as my desktop machine only. Since it is an intermittent trackpad problem, I think replacing the topcase and trackpad and trackpad ribbon should rectify that issue.
  7. macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    If you're using it as a desktop and plug in a mouse, the trackpad doesn't really become an issue. I would try and get him down a bit though.

    Battery and screen dimming are the buggers on those - I've got one.
  8. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It is a good deal but make sure you get all the install discs with it.
    Also, consider that he is dead wrong about the gen. 1.5ghz was not the last gen before the MBP. It was the 1.67 15" with the faster ram.
  9. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    It actually seems too good to be true for me.
  10. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    OOh, thanks for the tidbits guys.

    I will be testing out the machine for a bit to see what is up with it. I already think its a good deal, but if there are battery deficiencies or screen dimming I will try to ask him down.

    It will come with the original box, and leopard installed. I will ask about the install discs.

    Is the backlit keyboard only on the late gen ones? I guess I will find out tomorrow!
  11. macrumors 603

    Dec 11, 2006
    Bad deal. If you're going to replace the trackpad and stuff, its going to cost more than $400. If you're going to use it just as a desktop replacement, you'd be better off getting a mini.. way more power.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    anything based on ppc isn't worth it in my opinion. I have a 1.5 12" and it is sloooooow. Way to slow in my opinion. Save your money and buy a refurb macbook or something.
  13. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    hmm I am really confused.

    I wanted to get a 15" powerbook for a large screen so that I can use it as a desktop machine to accompany my smaller 12" thinkpad (which I use in class and for school). I am on a budget but I also want a nice pristine shape computer, so I am considering replacing the damaged parts. I don't know if this is a good powerbook for the price, or if it is just because I have been looking for something on the cheap haha.

    It was going to be either the 15" powerbook or a MBP for around $800-900. But those are so hard to find.

    Edit: Had a blackbook and sold it. Not to fond of the form and design.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Agreed. The slowest MB will get you more years of life than the fastest Powerbook.

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