New iBook purchase.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by neoelectronaut, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2003
    Location:
    Southeastern Louisiana
    #1
    My girlfriend wants an iBook. But, she's on a budget. What do you think is the best value? She hasn't really decided if she wants the 14" or the 12". All I really need to know is how much HD space she'll need and RAM... and any other tips would be welcome.
     
  2. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2003
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    #2
    RAM - as much as you can afford. Look to OWC or Crucial to save some money.

    HDD - Depends on use. My PB 12" rev. B with 40gb HDD is enough for all the various apps I need. But it is not enough for my 20gb of iTunes music. So I have an external HDD to handle that.
     
  3. abhishekit macrumors 65816

    abhishekit

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2003
    Location:
    akron , ohio
    #3
    Get a bigger hard drive, RAM you can always add on later. I had to sell my iBook only because its 30GB was totally full.

    cheers
     
  4. iBook macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Location:
    On a tugboat
    #4
    The 12-inch is definitely the better buy. The 12-inch and the 14-inch have the same screen resolution so there is no practical benefit to getting the "larger" model.

    Use the price difference between the two to bump up the RAM and get a larger hard drive. Another "necessity" - an Airport Express wireless card.

    Can't say that I think the Bluetooth module is essential, but if you want it built-in vs. buying a plug-in adapater later, now is the time to get it since BT is a BTO option only.

    I've had my iBook since February, and I love it. Best laptop I've ever owned.
     
  5. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2003
    Location:
    Southeastern Louisiana
    #5
    I was thinking of perhaps going with the 256MB preinstalled, and then buying a 512 module from Crucial. The 1GB is too expensive, and she really doesn't need that much.

    The HD is still sort of a wildcard. I'll reccomend to her to get the highest capacity available, but it all boils down to price.

    And as for 12" or 14" inch...I dunno what she's going to think. She may like it to be a little bigger, she may not.
     
  6. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2003
    Location:
    NJ
    #6
    i just bought the 14", i found the 12" while it does have the same pixel count was just too too small
    the apple refurb section has some good deals, $899 for the pervious generation 14" G4 933MHz ibook with 40GB HD
     

Share This Page