Macbook or Powerbook: Resolved

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    ok, so I've posted in Marketplace, WTB: Macbook or Powerbook.

    I'm looking for a Mac for my girlfriend, who's a pretty light user. I can pick up a Powerbook for around $600, and a Macbook for $800 refurb from Apple, with an option to add Applecare.

    I'm leaning towards the Macbook because:
    1. It's newer
    2. Brighter Screen
    3. Direct from Apple
    4. Option to add Applecare
    She'll be mainly surfing the web, using iPhoto, a very small amount of Photoshop work (none professionally, and very very lightly), email, etc. Definitely not a power user.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    McGarvels

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    I think you answered your own question. I would definitely say go with the macbook. It is more future proof and you have the ability to get applecare which is pretty much essential if you have a laptop. Cheers.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I should add, I've just lined up a deal from Craigslist for a 15" Powerbook, 1GHZ, 1GB Ram for $500. The $800 Macbook with Applecare and tax comes out to $1,134. So we're talking a pretty big price difference.
     
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    davidjearly

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    I'd take the PB at that price for her needs. No doubt here at all.
    Try talk the deal down a bit further - $475, but it is still reasonable as it is as long as it is in good condition.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, almost TOO good of a deal. I think I'm going to walk away from the PB because it sounds fishy. It takes some time to find a 12" PB for $600-650, let alone a 15" for $500. I'd think I'd rather have the peace of mind knowing it's not stolen.
     
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    Its not that fishy at all going solely by price. I got my PB 15" (see signature) for $400.
     
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    Don't forget you can buy Applecare within the first year for no additional cost, so you can save some money in the short run. And I bought my applecare off eBay for $50 (same as you need; macbook/ibook), which was a huge savings over what the apple store charges. just a thought.
     
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    as an almost victim, i have to say be careful on those "too good to be true" Craigslist deals. Whatever you do, don't transfer money in advance. I almost got scammed while looking for an apartment.
     
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    Nah, I'm super careful. There's no reason not to deal exclusively in cash on Craigslist.
     
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    the $799 macbook comes to be around $867 after tax (7.75%). applecare can always be added later. so even though it'll be used lightly, i'd still opt for a macbook, because (1) it's intel, (2) it's much faster, (3) you have the option to run windows, (4) it'll be covered under warranty, and (5) it's an all-around good computer. it'll do more for you for longer as well. go with the macbook.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Probably better resale in a couple of years too, right?
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this within a year of the manufacture date, or a year from when you buy it? Does this only apply if you buy it from Apple? And, does it apply to refurbs?
     
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    you can buy applecare up to a year after the purchase date. i don't know about the second question, but yes, you can buy applecare on refurbished models.

    hmm, i never knew you could buy applecare off ebay. go figure.
     
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    I know you can buy Applecare on refurbished models, my question is do you still have the year window on a refurb?
     
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    i was answering yes to that question in particular. so yes, you can buy applecare up to a year after purchase on refurbished models.
     
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    spencecb

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    At this point in the game, it really does not make sense to buy a PowerPC based Mac unless it is a PowerMac G5 Quad Core.

    For just the extra couple hundred dollars, you get a truly modern Mac that will last much longer than the PowerPC.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great, thanks.

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    Thank you everyone for your opinions and suggestions on this.

    As of right now, I'm leaning towards a $800 refurb Macbook from Apple (I'll have to keep checking as the one from this morning is gone).

    If you have any reason why I shouldn't, I'd love to hear it.

    Thanks again! :D
     
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, consider this done.

    Got a great deal off of Craigslist today. 13" Macbook, 1.83CD, 1.25GB Ram, 60Gb HD for $750. Plus, I should still be able to get AppleCare on it because of its purchase date.
     
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