Is a PowerBook G4 worth it?

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  1. InsanelyApple, Apr 24, 2011
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    InsanelyApple

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    Hey, everyone. I already have a iMac and my chromebook (CR-48), but I want to learn how to use terminal and I hate trying to do that on my iMac, because I read my book on how to do it at night (around 7-10PM) and I'd prefer to be in my bed while doing this, not a desk.

    So I've been offered 200 dollars for a PowerBook g4 12" with the original disks, iLife, and charger. Would you say it's worth it for just my preference of learning location and me having the money, or should I buy a newer Mac laptop, or just suck it up and learn on my iMac even though I don't like it.

    OS: 10.5
    RAM: 640MB
    HDD: 40GB
    Processor: PowerPC g4 single core 867 MHz
     
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    $200 is more then i would pay for that particular machine. You can get ones with better specs on eBay for the same price.
    But if you do decide to get it I would upgrade the ram to 1 Gb if you plan to keep 10.5 on it.
     
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    InsanelyApple

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    Wow, that was quick. I didn't even finish proofreading my post. I will think about it and would like to hear a few more opinions (yeah, don't know how to spell that. Help with that would be nice.) before I make a decision either way.
     
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    First off, you spelled opinions correctly :)

    I'd have to agree; the first 12" PBG4 is one to be avoided at all costs, especially for $200. It had many issues that were not present in later revisions; USB 1.1, severe heat issues, and weak graphics being the biggest. If you really want a PowerBook (the 12" ones are brilliant little machines, I still miss mine), go for the last revisions (1.5GHz for the 12", 1.67GHz for the 15"/17"). These have pretty much all of the kinks worked out, and give you the scrolling trackpad (two-finger scrolling) to boot.

    That said, if you can't find one for less than $300-400, I'd give it a pass and put your money towards a newer Apple laptop.
     
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    I just bought my iBook g4 on eBay for 145. It's am great deal because I got the latest model before the MacBook. You could look for an iBook. See my signature.
     
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    InsanelyApple

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    Thanks for both, the spelling and the laptop. I'm thinking I will save up a bit more for a black MacBook off of eBay, so I can do more than just terminal.
     
  7. Joshuarocks, Apr 25, 2011
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    What do you plan doing on the computer, besides terminal? With the exception of bootcamp, video and audio pro apps, most normal stuff can be done on a PB G4 (at least mine), just like on a macbook.

    I have no problems with the performance of my PB G4 for my everyday tasks.
     
  8. InsanelyApple, Apr 25, 2011
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    InsanelyApple

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    What do you plan doing on the computer, besides terminal? With the exception of bootcamp, video and audio pro apps, most normal stuff can be done on a PB G4 (at least mine), just like on a macbook.

    I have no problems with the performance of my PB G4 for my everyday tasks.[/QUOTE]

    Right now I don't think I would do anything else, but since I would buy it I would more than likely do something else with it. I probably would do the normal everyday stuff on it too.

    Sent from my iPhone
     
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    A wise choice; as much as I love the PowerBooks, they are getting rather long in the tooth these days, especially with more and more software leaving them behind. If you're going to go for a MacBook, get one with a Core 2 Duo in it - the Core Duo models are being left behind by Lion.
     
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    InsanelyApple

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    I was thinking the black Macbook (2007, I think. 2GB RAM and Core 2 Duo). Then I'd upgrade it to an SSD.
     
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    Get the late 07 with 2.2Ghz C2D. I have that machine in white and it's a nice machine. The ram can be upgraded to 6GB and adding a SSD would make it really nice.
     

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