Need some buying advice please.

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  1. eek_the_cat macrumors newbie

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    Here's the deal... I had been a PC for many, many years... that is, until I got a job a mac-only company, where I was exposed to a wonderful 15" Powerbook. I was hooked. I've since left that job, but miss the powerbook (but have been too cheap to spring for one). It was just so well built, so simple and elegant.

    After purchasing a clunky HP PC laptop lately, I finally decided to return it and get myself a comparably priced powerbook or ibook.

    I found a 12" powerbook (aluminum), 1ghz, 768mb ram, all the standard bells and whistles for $900.

    Now I have a couple of questions I was hoping y'all could help with:

    1) Is this a good price?
    2) Will I be disappointed with the performance for everyday use? (for reference, I use a 3ghz desktop PC at home)
    3) Is there anything I should look out for when purchasing a used powerbook?
    4) Am I better off just spending a bit more to get a 12" ibook, or something else?

    Thanks for your help!

    :D
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'd recommend stumping up the extra cash and getting the iBook personally. There's nothing wrong with the PowerBook, but the new iBooks are such good value, you really can't go past them. They'll be significantly faster than the PowerBook plus you'll get all the new-Mac benefits such as warrantee, software and smell. :p
     
  3. verozov macrumors regular

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    personally i would just go ahead and spend an extra $100 to get a brand new 1.33Ghz 12" iBook... it'll work better, have tiger and the applecare deal...

    [EDIT: i need to learn how to type faster]
     
  4. eek_the_cat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I should point out too that $900 is already about $100 over budget, so is the ibook *that* much better?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  6. verozov macrumors regular

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    yes... if you want it listed out: better processor (by 333MHz), Tiger, Applecare w/ the option to extend, NIB effect, bluetooth, wireless card, new trackpad, free ipod deal (if ur a student), bigger HD?, all the basic newest software, and i'm sure i'm fogetting something else
     
  7. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I would check the Apple store Red Tag Sales for refurbed PowerBooks,
    then look at the 12" and 14" iBooks and compare.

    You might as well wait 2 more weeks at this point to see what happens
    at the Paris Expo.

    You might get a great deal on the current 12" PowerBook if
    they upgrade the lineup.

    If you want to run your work through a larger DVI display, then I'd
    lean towards a PowerBook.

    If that's not an issue, then either iBook will be fine.
     
  8. verozov macrumors regular

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    i agree the refurbs are a good thing to check out, but i seriously doubt they're going to release anything new since they just did a little over a month ago...and they still haven't updated the powerbook lines...

    i also thought of something else: if you do .Mac, you'll get $30 w/ the purchase of a new mac... and i dk if they're still doin the free hp printer deal...and sudden motion sensor...
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'd say that if they do update the PowerBook, both the price of the 1GHz PowerBook eek_the_cat mentions, plus the prices of refurb/second hand-but-newer iBooks will fall accordingly. :)
     
  10. verozov macrumors regular

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    well duh, maybe if i wasn't so dumb i would have gotten you weren't talking about the ibook... ;) sry
     
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  12. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    If you qualify for the education store discount $949
    gets you a new 1.33GHz 12" iBook

    1.33GHz PowerPC G4
    512K L2 cache @1.33GHz
    512MB memory (DDR333 SDRAM)
    12.1-inch TFT Display
    1024x768 resolution
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
    32MB DDR video memory
    40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    Built-in AirPort Extreme
    Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Scrolling Trackpad
    Sudden Motion Sensor



    Apple Red Tag SALE is listing a NEW previous version 14" 1.33 GHz iBook combo drive for $949

    1.33GHz PowerPC G4
    - 512K L2 cache @ 1.33GHz
    - 14-inch TFT Display
    - 1024x768 resolution
    - 256MB DDR266 SDRAM
    - 60GB Ultra ATA drive
    - Combo Drive
    - ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
    - 32MB DDR video memory
    - AirPort Extreme built-in


    Refurb page has a 12" 1.2 GHz ibook for $849
     

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