Should I buy a TiBook 1Ghz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jesus, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Jesus macrumors 6502

    #1
    Should I buy a TiBook 1Ghz for £550.

    Stats:

    Introduction Date:

    November 06, 2002

    Discontinued Date:

    September 16, 2003

    Processor Type:

    PowerPC 7455 (G4) 1.

    Processor Speed:

    1.0 GHz (1000 MHz)

    Processor Upgrade:

    N/A

    FPU (Integrated):

    PowerPC 7455 (G4) 1.

    System Bus Speed:

    133 MHz (7.5:1)

    Backside Bus Speed:

    N/A?

    ROM Size:

    1 MB (NewWorld) 2.

    Data Path:

    64-bit

    Level 1, Level 2 Cache:

    64k, 256k (on-chip) 3.

    Level 3 Cache:

    1.0 MB 4.

    RAM Type:

    8 ns PC133 SDRAM

    VRAM Type:

    DDR Video RAM

    Standard RAM:

    512 MB *

    Maximum RAM:

    1024 MB (1.0 GB)

    Motherboard RAM:

    None

    RAM Slots:

    2

    Standard VRAM:

    64 MB

    Maximum VRAM:

    64 MB

    Standard Hard Drive:

    60.0 GB (4200 RPM) *

    Int. Hard Drive Type:

    Ultra ATA/66

    Standard SuperDrive:

    1X/6X/8X/4X/24X 5, 6.

    Standard Disk:

    None

    Standard Modem:

    56k v.92

    Standard Ethernet:

    10/100/1000Base-T

    Case Type:

    Portable (Silver) 7.

    Form Factor:

    PowerBook G4 7.

    Exp. Slots:

    Type I,II PC/CardBus 8.

    Exp. Bays (Free):

    N/A 9.

    Battery Type:

    61 W/Hr LiIon

    Battery Life:

    5 hours A.

    Built-in Display:

    15.2" Color B.

    Supported MacOS:

    9.2.1, X v10.2

    Dimensions:

    1.0 x 13.4 x 9.5 C.

    Avg. Weight:

    5.4 lbs.

    Original Price:

    $2999 US

    Est. Current Price:

    $1150-$1250 US

    NO USB 2.0



    Any opinions?


    Jesus
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    #2
    Expect to have to buy a new battery soon.

    AirPort not Airport Extreme.

    Slow SuperDrive.
     
  3. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    k

    i have one of those its a very good all rounder with some extra ram mine has 1gb and does everything i want i never close the lid for fear of breaking the hinges though and yes the superdrive is very slow but u can buy an external one

    it depends if u need raw power or sleek design and decent power and slower cache and hd although u can upgrade hd

    but i am very very happy with mine :) i mean i used it more than my alu 1.25ghz that i sold

    so go for it be warned if u are buying from the states the vat is 17.5 and there will be customs charges :p

    also u can add usb 2 via pcima slot
     
  4. ipacmm macrumors 65816

    ipacmm

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    #4
    I have been using my Ti 1Ghz, 1GB of ram Power Book for the past 3 years, and it does everything I want...a little slow, but I would upgade your hard drive on it.
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

    crazzyeddie

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    #5
    Agreed. I use it as my primary machine... even for gaming its slow, but its definitely usable.
     
  6. Kelson macrumors member

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    #6
    Absolutely...

    I've been using my TiBook 1Ghz for the last 3 years. It has held up very well and is in mint condition even after dragging it around the world a couple times over.

    With the 1Ghz, you might be a bit frustrated with the speed if you have spent much time on a newer Mac, but if you haven't you really don't notice. In fact, my TiBook performs better than my wife's new iBook 1.33Ghz w/ 512MB, tho I have 1GB of RAM.

    I will admit that I just ordered a new PB 15" today tho. Since I use this as my primary work machine, I need something that will hold me over another 2 years until Rev B or C of the Intel PBs. However, I am not getting rid of the TiBook, as it is definitely good enough that it is worth more as a backup laptop than to sell.

    - Kelson
     
  7. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    #7
    TiBook as a student for 3 years and does everything well but there are times when I just want to take Lil Bros AlBook 1.5Ghz. Get new battery and remember, there isn't a USB 2.0 and the new iPods require USB 2.0.

    I also plan to keep the TiBook as a backup next year in college. However I don't know what machine ill get yet.
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    $1150 - $1250 is way too much when you can get a refurb Apple 1.33 GHz 15" with 1 year warranty, combo drive, 60 Gb hard drive, Tiger and iLife for US$1,299
    Link

    or a 1.5 GHz Superdrive 80 Gb model for $1499
    Link
     
  9. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah... that's a great notebook. 1MB L3 cache and more VRAM than an iBook (what's the resolution on that thing?). But you need a seriously lower price.
     
  10. jer2eydevil88 macrumors regular

    jer2eydevil88

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    #10
    If the price were between $400 - 600usd it would be much more appealing... seems like its a bit pricey to me as is...

    I would rather go with a 14" ibook for a bit more and avoid the 3 year old powerbook.

    More than likely the 3 year old machine will be fine for everyday use, still I value the warranty included with new hardware much higher than the sleek design of the TI book.
     
  11. rickvanr macrumors 68040

    rickvanr

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    #11
    I agree with CanadaRAM. The price seems a bit steep.

    That being said, I have a 1GHz Ti myself, and it's awesome. The paint had little problems with the last rev. The hinges are still fine, and I open/ close my book frequently. It works great. It feels slow after being on my G5, but I think if I replaced the 4200 RPM drive with a 7200 or even 5400 RPM drive I would notice an enormously positive change in performance.
     
  12. Jesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    #12
    That price is just what everymac.com recommends.

    Jesus
     
  13. California macrumors 68040

    California

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    #13
    Well,

    I love mine. Dropping a 7200rpm hd and a newer superdrive in it tomorrow even though I have a warranty through the first of next year on it.

    It is the last Apple to run OS9, which is important to me. Mine is flawless and I have the DVI TIbook Bookendz for it.
     
  14. louis_sx macrumors regular

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    #14
    California hit on something - it's the fastest laptop that can run OS 9.

    That is going to bring something of a price premium, IMO, probably more of a price premium than it's worth...unless you have an OS 9 app that you need to run, that is. :D
     
  15. Jesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    #15
    No, I don't, but, I love the design so so much, and what it loses in speed it makes up for in looks. I am going to buy this as an early Xmas present and get a new iMac G5 20" for Xmas.

    P.S. will a 2.1 ghz iMc run photoshop and aperture well??


    Jesus
     
  16. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using the same computer (TiBook 1ghz), bought in Feb 2003. I like it a lot, though I am kinda sorta planning to upgrade before Xmas.

    The good:
    - Beautiful design, runs software great, good speed

    The bad:
    - Hinge defect (replaced), power supply wire defect (replaced)
    - very little battery capacity left (but no laptop battery ages well)
    - superdrive is superslow (writes at 1x with most media)
    - low airport range

    The ugly:
    - keyboard collects gunk
    - easy to scratch

    I don't consider it slow, except when I open gobs of windows. I have 768 megs RAM. By the way, I believe this machine maxes out at 1 gig RAM (two 512 slots). Does anybody know? I'd love to put a 1 gig module in a slot and go up to 1.5 gigs, but I don't think I can. Also, Panther was a big help for speed. (I haven't upgraded to Tiger yet.)
     
  17. MattG macrumors 68040

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    #17
    I miss my Ti :(

    It's a great machine, albeit a little slow compared to today's standards, but great for everyday stuff. Like others have said already though, the price seems a little steep.
     
  18. California macrumors 68040

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    I miss my Ti that I just sold (referenced it in an above post).

    Why? They are so DANG easy to work on. I was able to drop hard drives, superdrives, memory etc., into that TiBook no problem. I loved being able to switch out the drives so easy.

    Find one with a good screen. These machine are really desktop replacements and "portable" too.
     
  19. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

    Jschultz

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    #19
    Even 1 ghz TiBooks on eBay are overpriced. I know that even a 667 DVI TiBook goes up to $700. I've seen the 1 ghz hit 1100 or so. It's rediculous.
     
  20. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    #20
    I confirmed that the TiBook only supports 1 gig of RAM max. My recommendation would be to max it out ASAP.
     
  21. poolin1243 macrumors 6502

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    loved the one i used for a while...seemed more solid than the ALbooks. only problem was the damn hinge...and paint chips...hated that...but if u can live iwth it...go for it
     
  22. fklehman macrumors regular

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    #22
    No way, mate...anecdotal evidence to the contrary aside, TiBooks have a generally crummy reputation for being easily broken. I would at least get a 1st generation Aluminum PB (1.25 gHz I think), which are a bit sturdier. If you're really looking for a cheap Apple laptop, though, you really can't do any better than a new iBook. A new iBook is pretty cheap.
     
  23. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    #23
    You're thinker about the early rev Ti's. The last gen Ti's are super dependable, and mine still looks great even after some mild abuse over the past 3 years I've had it.
     
  24. California macrumors 68040

    California

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    No, he's obviously never owned one.

    I've had almost ALL of them 400 500 667 1ghz and I do have to say, they are champs.

    Paint and keyboard marks are only issues.

    I usually solved them by keeping mine under clean iSkins and using a Macally Ice Pad so they really never were stressed.

    Miss the 1GHZ, but the others went to good friends of mine, who are now loving them too. Wiith a gig of ram and fast hds, they are just as fast as my current top of the line iBooks. 1.42ghz 14" and 1.33ghz 12". Daystar also has a good CPU overclocking warranty on the early Ti's.
     
  25. MBHockey macrumors 68040

    MBHockey

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    #25
    This is my machine, but i have 1 GB Ram...i love it i love it i love it :)

    That price is definitely way too high when compared with Apple's current offerings, though.

    I got in in August of 2002 and i don't plan on upgrading for at least another 2 years
     

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