15" PB G4 any good for cheap arse student?

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  1. kraunsky macrumors member

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    Hey all.

    Looking to switch to Mac for as little as possible, found a PB G4 15" Model, 1.5GHZ, 2gig, 80gig, superdrive, wifi, bt etc etc. Any good for a 14 year old high school student. The powerbook is $999AUD. Give me your opinions on the PB G4 15". Any reason why i shouldnt buy it?

    Thanks,

    Kraunsky
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    It will be slow compared to todays standards, although if you don't do anything processor intensive then it should be adequate. I would recommend that you check to see if you can pick up a Rev A Core Duo MacBook (Pro) though as it will be much faster and last you longer.
     
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    What is it going to be used for? And for how long do you envisage its required lifespan?
     
  4. kraunsky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your quick replys.
    The PB Will go through office applications; word powerpoint etc, IM, and Internet pretty much, I got the untrustworthy PC for Visual Studio.

    I can get a MBP for like 1600, I dont know if i'll be able to scrape that cash up, not sure yet, i'll chat to the parents;)

    Thanks Again
     
  5. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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    the powerbook g4 will be good enough for a student. as long as you arnt expecting to play any games then web browsing, typing essays will be perfectly fine.
     
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  7. alecgold macrumors 6502a

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    around 500 Euro's for a G4 is not that cheap.
    With lots of search I was able to find a macbook 4.1 for the same price! it was 3 months old from a photografer wo thought it to have a to little screen after all.
    I did ad 2Gb memory and upgraded the HDD to 320Gb,
    but it came with 2Gb mem and IIRC 160HDD.
    So I would say that search is your friend and patient the name of the game,
    but a MB would keep you in business for years and years to come and the G4 would prob. not be able to cope with snow leopard.

    This is what i did buy:
    Modelnaam: MacBook
    Modelaanduiding: MacBook4,1
    Processornaam: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processorsnelheid: 2.1 GHz
    Aantal processors: 1
    Totaal aantal cores: 2
    L2-cache: 3 MB
    Geheugen: 4 GB
    Bussnelheid: 800 MHz
    Opstart-ROM-versie: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC-versie: 1.31f0
     
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  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    That sounds a bit steep for just a PowerBook. I would check around for other options.

    I have both a MBP15 (year old) and a PB15 (5 plus years old).

    Both work great. Sure the MBP is faster -- that is to be expected. My reason for getting the MBP15 was my need to run Windows XP via virtualization using Parallels/VMware Fusion. VPC for the PB15 was just too slow so I carried two laptops, one the PB15 and the other a little PC laptop. Now I just need the one laptop which is very convenient compared to before.

    Office 2004 runs better on the PB15 than my MBP15. Office 2008 is faster on the MBP15.

    I guess it all depends on what you are going to do with it. The PB15 while not a screamer, is plenty fast for e-mail, browsing the web, using Office 2004 apps, etc.

    Another issue to consider is that the older the computer the more likely there may be a problem with it. So be sure to check it out thoroughly before buying a used one as there is no warranty coverage unless the shop selling it provides one.
     
  10. kraunsky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks "sushi"
    Yeah i kinda agree that something that old is that price, I will have a proper look around for a MBP/MB when it comes the time to buy!
     
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Look up that system for your country in mac2sell.net. Get the estimate from the site, and see if you can talk the seller down.

    I use my last gen 12" pb for pretty much the same stuff, and it works fine. OTOH, I did manage to buy it recently for 400 USD.
     
  12. kraunsky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,
    Just went on there the estimated price was 820, definantly gunna try to get it for at least 850, or 900 at the max!
     
  13. kraunsky thread starter macrumors member

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    i might even have a look around ebay, trading post, gumtree etc etc for a used 15" macbook pro. i agree with a lot of yous, its a bit expensive for how old it is, i might as well spend an extra few hundred and get something more modern.
     

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