Is an iBook G4 enough for me?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by imacintel, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    Well, there is a truly awesome deal for an iBook G4. 14 inch. 1.42 gHz. I only actually do Safari, iPhoto and iMovie. and itunes.


    Will this iBook be perfect or not enough. It doesn't really matter to me for the whole 64 bit and being able to run windows.


    Cheers.
     
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    Flowbee

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    Absolutely. I do all those things and more on my 1.42 G4 Mac mini.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay, let me add pn a bit for that.

    DVD Watching
    iDVD(fairly light)
    OpenOffice.
    Cheers.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    It should be a perfect fit. I debated on a new in box 14" for $889 off of eBay, but settled for a used 12" instead 1.2 ghz, 1.25 gb ram. It has be come the machine of choice for the family. even over the 20" iMac and my Macbook.
    Enjoy it!:D
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    that should be perfect for what you are doing. I am able to do most of that on my G3 so you performance on that will be awesome.
     
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    WildCowboy

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    You do realize that they're selling an open box machine for almost the same price as a new one originally cost, right? You can get the machine as a refurb directly from Apple for $999.
     
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    What does open box mean anyway?
    14 inch @ 1.42 gHz?

    Okay.

    Cheers, and thank you wildcowboy.
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Open box means that the box has been opened...usually an in-store display model or a customer return.

    Screenshot of Apple's refurb listing:

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  11. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, gotchya. BTW, thereare no iBooks on the Canadian Apple Store(Refurbished)

    Cheers.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Info, I am in canada, so consider prices canadian. So I require a SuperDrive(iDVD) and that would be 1449 for a MacBook plus a case.

    Cheers.
     
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    WildCowboy

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    But that machine on PowerMax was in US Dollars, correct?
     
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    WildCowboy is right. You can get better deals on a newly refurbished Mac. For example - for ~$200 more you can get:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)
    1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    100GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Front Row and Apple Remote
    Learn More
    • Save 41% off the original price
    Original price: $2,499.00
    Your price: $1,499.00
    Estimated Ship:
    Within 24 hours
    Free Shipping

    Or for a similar computer:

    Refurbished iBook 14-inch 1.42GHz SuperDrive
    512MB memory (DDR333 SDRAM)
    60GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 (32MB DDR video memory)
    Built-in AirPort Extreme
    Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Scrolling Trackpad
    Sudden Motion Sensor
    Learn More
    • Save 24% off the original price
    Original price: $1,299.00
    Your price: $999.00
    Estimated Ship:
    Within 24 hours
    Free Shipping

    Either of these deals would be better than what you are looking at. As for the usability, the G4 would work well for you.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    My head is about to pop.I shouldn't of posted that link. And I specified that I didn't want ohh this isnt a good deal posts.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    There isn't any iBook G4s on the Canadian store.
     
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    WildCowboy

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    True, but we're trying to help you out. Your rationale seemed to be that you wanted to buy from a trusted source, which is perfectly understandable. Which is why the Apple refurb store was the best of both worlds...the most trusted Apple seller of all and a heck of a lot cheaper than what you were looking at.

    But if it isn't available in Canada, that's a problem.

    The iBook would be a good machine for you if it was available at a good price. But at the prices you're looking at, what's wrong with a MacBook? They start at CD$1079 in the Apple refurb store. If that PowerMax iBook is priced in US Dollars, it's CD$1375.
     
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    clevin

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    as long as you searched around, and be sure u got a good deal, then just go ahead.
    back to your question, G4 is absolutely good enough.
     
  19. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you WildCowboy. You are very helpful when It comes to things like these. Why no macbook? Problems. Go to appledefects.com and look at the defects page for MacBooks. I have had enough with my iMac, and don't want to have that plus a hole from the heat from a macbook.
     
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    i wouldn't worry about them jesus, it would be a waste to get a G4. don't worry and just go for the macbook
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Fair enough...iBooks are solid machines. I wish you could find a trusted seller who could get one to Canada for a better price...not that I have any suggestions. I just hate to see anyone spend more than they should, but you have to do what you have to do.
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You are a really nice person, WildCowboy. MacMall has a slightly better price.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What I am saying is that I would pay the price for a G4 iBook so I don't have all those crappy problems with MB.
     

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