New Laptop

Discussion in 'Switch Stories' started by Minus Blindfold, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    Hello all. I finally decided to switch over to the Mac for my new laptop for school. Honestly I think I ended up getting a good deal money wise:

    PowerBook 867MHz (12.1" TFT)
    867MHz PowerPC G4
    640MB DDR266 (128MB built-in & 512MB SO-DIMM)
    40GB Ultra ATA drive
    Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    AirPort Card
    Unit Price: $1,736.00

    The laptop will be mostly be used for web design/graphic design, and I really think it should serve it's purpose well. I'll try to keep posting in this thread with the latest developments and progress I make. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Would anyone know a website with a lot of detailed pics and information on Mac OS X so I could start to prepare?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    click the OSX tab on the Apple site
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    welcome... you got exactly the same specs as mine. i am sure you will enjoy your machine immensely.

    i hope you meant airport extreme card and not airport card... regular airport card won't fit in your new 12". i had mistakenly bought the regular airport card, thinking it would fit in the 12"... fortunately, i had a friend with a Ti that needed the card.

    check out: the missing manual: os x. i've only read the 10.1 version but even that one was quite good for jaguar introduction.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    That's a nice computer. It's a compact, portable complete office, really. The aluminum cases are so rugged. There are some who say the 12" powerbook is the finest computer ever made.

    I suggest you look for the book "Mac OS X The Missing Manual", carry it around as a reference until you feel confident.

    Congratulations and enjoy your new system!
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    Thanks guys! I ordered it already and just waiting for it to come.
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2002
    North Carolina
    Re: New Laptop

    I would hit up the QuickTime clips on the Apple website as well... they show the OS in action and offer a much clearer representation of the Mac UI.

    Welcome to the Mac.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA

    LOL...that book is thick. althou i agree that it's a great reference, i don't think you would want to carry it around. it's heavier than the albook itself. LMAO :D
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    Thanks guys!! Still waiting for it to come. I got my software (Office X, Studio MX, and .Mac), extra battery, and bag came yesterday and today so hopefully it should be here tomorrow, or Monday. Also side question: does .Mac include an internet service?
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    No. .Mac is not an ISP. Just email and iDisk (looks great in Panther!) and other 'net services. You must supply the Internet connection.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    And for more info on .Mac go to
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    Yayyyy!!! It's here!!!! I'm typing this out on it right now!!! It looks and feels so elegant, much better than I thought. I haven't had any real troubles yet and starting to get use to "installing" downloads. I just really need to get a mouse though.
  13. macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    good luck with that, man, i hope you enjoy it. hope you're running safari ;)

    if you have any questions, just post in the mac help/tips section on the forums. someone will always know how to help.

    by the way, i like your screen name.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2003
    congrats . nice machine you ve got . ;-)
  15. macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    That was a pretty good deal.

    Me thinks you will be happy with it.

    Mac OS X is very easy to adapt to. It isn't confusing and illogical like Windows. It isn't unstable like OS 9.


  16. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    Hey guys, enjoying my laptop a lot so far, but I have a question for you guys. What mouse would you recommend? Right now I looking at the Logitech's MX500 but wanted to get your input.
  17. macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2002
    North Carolina
    Kensington PocketMouse Pro

    My Kensington PocketMouse Pro is the shiznizz. It feels just the slightest bit chintzy, but overall a great deal.

    Plus, the retractable cord is sweet.
  18. macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    -Minus Blindfold

    I have both the MX700 (MX500 but wireless) and the Kensington Pocketmouse Pro that Skandranon uses. I love both. The Pocketmouse is great for travel and compliments the 12PB nicely, and since it's corded, I have to mouse-battery issues.

    As for the MX700, that's the undustrial one and it requires a configuration environment from Logitech's site to make use of all of the 7 buttons.

    They're both terrific - too bad that Logitech doesn't make an MX500 with retractable cord :D

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