Refurb MB, 12" PB or 15" PB?...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by slick316, Sep 30, 2006.


Which One Would You Buy?

  1. Refurb MB for $1300

    12 vote(s)
  2. Refurb 12" PB G4 for $1200

    0 vote(s)
  3. Refurb 15" PB G4 for $1350

    3 vote(s)
  1. slick316 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2005
    My 17" MBP got stolen yesterday, so I am looking into getting something else. Insurance will cover it, but the premium will go up, they need the police report, reciepts, blah blah. I don't want to bother anyways. My plan, by a nice, less expensive laptop now, upgrade next year. Holidays are coming up, I have a trip to Las Vegas planned, I don't need the expense of a 17" MBP on my head.

    I was looking at the refurb store and was looking at what I can get for under $1500. What I need to consider is that most of these machines come with 512mb ram standard, and I would like to have atleast 1gb, so in the $1500, additional ram needs to be considered.

    Here is what I found that I like:

    Macbook Black Standard configuration - $1300 refurb price
    12" PB G4 1.5GHz, SuperDrive, 512MB Ram, 80GB HD, 64MB Go5200 - $1200
    15" PB G4 1.67GHz SuperDrive (DL), 512MB PC4200 DDR2, 80GB HD, 9700 Pro 128MB - $1350

    I have no doubt that any of those machines will serve me fine. I had a 15" PB before I bought my 17" MBP (My PB was the revision before the one listed about, no DL or DDR2 Ram). What I want to know is, if you were going to be upgrading one of those machines to a new MBP in the spring lets say, which one would you like to have to sell? Meaning, which should be worth most by spring?

    I don't have a laptop or desktop for that matter, so I want something quick, any help would be appreciated.
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I'd go with the blackbook, personally. The powerbooks are hard to sell now, let alone in the spring.

    If you DO go for a powerbook, I'd suggest not getting it refurb from Apple, because they charge a lot more than what they are actually going for - meaning it will be even harder to recoup your costs (since you'll have started out behind, if you know what I mean).

    You can get a 12" PB for around $800, sometimes less, and a 15" for probably around $1100, maybe more or less depending on extras or flaws.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Definitely get the Macbook. The Core Duo is much faster than the G4.
  4. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Personally, I will be holding on to my 12" PB long after I get my octo-core Mac Pro...
  5. Foggy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2006
    London, UK
    If you are planning on selling it next year I would go MacBook all the way - Intel based so much more futureproof in terms of selling it on.

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