Which to buy, New or Old?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jdogg707, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. jdogg707 macrumors regular

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    Here's my dilemna...I reallly want a new Powerbook 15.2" and see the following two possibilities:

    1. New 15.2" from Apple Store w/Edu Discount

    - 1.5GHZ G4 w/128MB 9700 Mobility
    - 512MB RAM
    - 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    - Combo Drive (Already have a DVD Burner, no need for another)

    Price: 2209.00 + Tax = 2363.63

    2. Old 15.2" from Amazon w/$100 MIR

    - 1.25GHZ G4 w/64MB 9600 Mobility
    - 512MB RAM
    - 80GB 4200RPM Hard Drive
    - SuperDrive
    - Airport Extreme

    Price: 2299.00 - $100 MIR (No Tax) = 2199.00

    Is the difference in price worth the extra speed on the new Powerbook? I will mainly be using this for Microsoft Office 2004, Virtual PC, DVD's, Light iPhoto work, Web Surfing, Programming, etc. I do not plan on doing much gaming or anything like that, but also don't want to be left in the dark if the new Powerbooks are going to be a lot faster, have better battery life, etc. So in this position which would you guys get? This is going to be my second Mac, my first was a 15.2" 1GHZ G4, 512MB PC133, 64MB Radeon 9000, Airport. Thanks for the opinions!
     
  2. thirteen1031 macrumors 6502

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    Dude, get the NEW pb. Given your caculations, you're saving less than $100. I'd say the little extra you're paying is well worth the extra speed and superior graphics.

    Oh, and a new 15 pb will come with Airport Extreme.

    Also, are you sure its 1.5 ghz? On-line, the 1.5 ghz is the one with Superdrive. The combo drive is 1.33 ghz.
     
  3. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You can take the SuperDrive off of the 1.5GHZ model and knock $180 off the price.
     
  4. adamjay macrumors 6502a

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    Virtual PC is a processor pig, so definitely option A would be the better buy.

    thirteen1031: you can option down to a combo drive and save $180 on the 15" powerbook. hence the $2209 before tax pricetag.


    definitely get the newer powerbook man.
     

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