Maybe a new switcher...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Cooper, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Cooper macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    Hi all!

    First, sorry for my bad English. I live in Québec, Canada and my first language is French...

    My mom just got a new job, so she will buy me a notebook. I like the 12" Ibook, for his size and battery life. I have check many PC laptop, but they were so big, heavy and with a lame battery life, like 1.5 to 3 hours.

    The notebook will be use for Internet, listening DVD and word-excel-powerpoint stuff. I'm not planning to play games or to do video-photo editing stuff. Do you think the Ibook is perfect for that? Also, I want to keep this computer at least 3 years (I will finish my study in 3 years, 1 year of CEGEP and 2 years of University). Do you think the Ibook is powerful enough to be good during all those years?

    (all in canadian dollar)
    Ibook 1349$
    AirPort Card 101$
    .mac Bundle 99$
    Ipod 20 GB 389$
    = 1938$ + tax = 2229,18$

    Cram and Jam = 275$
    So 2229,18$ - 275$ = 1954,18$

    I think thats a great price for all that stuff. If I convert in US dollar, thats 1469.01$
  2. Solafaa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
    Well if you can afford the Powerbook then get that, i personaly had a Powerbook but sold it to get an iBook witch i like better. For what you will be doing its a good laptop.
  3. ToddW macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2004
    the ibook will suit your needs perfectly, also if you are a student don't forget that edu discount
  4. Cooper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    Thx for the reply!

    The Powerbook is 1898$

    PB 1898$ + Ipod 389$ + tax = 2630.62$

    With C and J rebate, thats 2355.62$.

    So, 401$ more for the Powerbook. I will have to think about that... And if I'm not takint the .mac stuff with the Ibook, thats more than 500$.
  5. Cooper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    All the prices i said were with the student discount. :)
  6. jcook793 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    Yep, the iBook should be fine for that. In 3 years it will seem slow, but should be fine. I've had my 800MHz G4 iBook since December and I love that little thing. It handles normal computer tasks just fine, even plays a smooth game of Quake 3, and I even do Java development on it from time to time. I would imagine it will be fine for what you need.

    And the battery life and WiFi reception are SWEET!

    Personally, the 12" PowerBook doesn't seem worth the extra dough, but then again I have a hefty desktop to fall back on.
  7. Cooper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    Ok thx.

    I have another question. Currently, my Internet connexion is separated with a D-Link router (not wireless) for my Playstation 2 and my Dell desktop. If i want to be wireless with my notebook, what i will have to do? Buy a wireless router (but i will need 2 ports to connect my PS2 and the desktop) or keep my router and buy a AirPort Express? That's possible to plug the AirPort Express on my current router?
  8. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    You should be able to use both an airport express and a separate router just fine together.
  9. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    If thats what your using the iBook for then that would be pefect. You wouldn't need anymore power then that. True the PowerBook is much more superior but for your purposes you don't really need the PowerBook, so an iBook would be great. By the way, your English isn't bad, i know many Americans who speak worse then that, lol. Good luck!
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Please remember that you can sell the iBook later if it becomes too slow for you. Macs keep their value very well. The iBook will be fine for you!
  11. Cooper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2004
    Some questions again...

    A software like Kazaa is available on Mac? And can I chat on mIRC servers with a Mac?

    I appreciate for the answers!
  12. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Lots of P2P stuff is out for the Mac: BitTorrent, LimeWire, etc. Not Kazaa, though.

    I don't think you can get mIRC, but you can get Ircle .

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