need advice on an apple laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by meeks, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. meeks macrumors regular

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    im in the market for a laptop to do some basic things. surf the web, check email, play dvds, ichat, a combo drive would be nice and airport also. i was looking at a macbook but i think thats overkill for what i want. i would want to spend around $400-600 and i would like it to run 10.4 as well. any recommendations would be great.

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    try finding a refurb ibook- should do the job.
     
  3. meeks thread starter macrumors regular

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    ive been looking at my local ads and on ebay, i see alot but im not sure exactly what to get.
     
  4. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    I'd agree with the iBook suggestion. You could probably find an iBook G4 within your price range, and that will suit your needs perfectly. I'd say anything above a 1GHz processor would be great, and get as much RAM as you can afford.
     
  5. meeks thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^^

    thats pretty much what i had in mind. everything on ebay seems to be 800+. i didn't realize they had such a high re-sell value.
     
  6. moonislune macrumors regular

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    Overpriced

    The used G4s are still a bit overpriced, but if you keep on checking ebay, you'll find a good deal cheap. I picked up 2 G4s for around $500 a piece...both in almost perfect condition (knock on apples).
     
  7. mpw Guest

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    iChat AV (if you can get it to work at all:mad: )might tax it a little but for everything else you list an iBook G3 would be fine. I'd still be using mine if it's logic board hadn't failed.
     
  8. Passante macrumors 6502a

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    from the Apple store

    Apple Certified Refurbished iBook G4 12-inch
    Refurbished iBook 12-inch 1.33GHz Combo Drive
    512MB memory (DDR333 SDRAM)
    40GB 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
     
  9. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    for an extra couple hundred, you can get the base macbook. i wouldn't spend 800 for a used iBook if for 300 more (or less, with a student discount) i could get a brand new macbook.
     
  10. Fuzzy Orange macrumors 6502

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    You can still get new iBooks in the Education Store. You can get the smallest one for $949. But if you want iChat A/V, you will need to get a MacBook. You would have to get an external iSight camera if you got the iBook.
     
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I would. $300 is a lot if you don't want to spend it.


    iBooks are great. I sat next to a lady who had an iBook, and she talked about how much she has enjoyed using it.
     
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  13. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    true, but i'd want the newer technology. in the case of the OP, i suppose if 800 is out of his price range than 1100 defintiely is.

    looks like a good computer at a good price from a seller with a good rating. go for it!
     
  14. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Yeah, good specs and I think the price is good. :) You can definitely do everything you want with that iBook. I was able to do the same using a 1GHz G4 PowerBook. :)
     
  15. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, that link you posted to looks perfect for your needs - and right in your price range. enjoy your need ibook ;) :)
     

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