A good laptop for my girlfriend

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by poozer115, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. poozer115 macrumors regular

    poozer115

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    Hi everyone! I'm posting this on behalf of my girlfriend, whose PC has begun its sad decline into non-working condition. Anyways, she's looking to buy a new notebook, and I convinced her to get a mac, since they're sturdy and won't break on her right away like her PC did :cool:. She's on a very tight budget, but only uses her current computer for word processing and web browsing really. I suggested she maybe buy an iBook G4, or a first gen Macbook? Knowing that her budget is around 600-700 max, what do you guys think? Any links or advice help as always ;).
     
  2. skinniezinho macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe an Ibook G4+new battery (if the one fitted isn't any good) and it will go good..
    I bought my G3 for +- the same porpose that your girlfriend want,and it does the job..but a little slow..so a g4 will be fine..
     
  3. poozer115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Powerbook-G4-12...4|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1307|301:1|293:1|294:50

    I was thinking one like this. Not exactly stellar specs, but a good sturdy machine. I could replace the battery too if it started to die. Anyone agree?
     
  4. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Be a gentlemen and throw in a couple hundred so she could get a new Macbook? Or at least an Apple Refurbished one. Would be the most reasonable solution as powerPC is outdated.
     
  5. poozer115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah we were also thinking waiting until fall, and buying a refurbished white book, if her PC can hold out until then. I don't have enough money to be a gentleman unfortunately :(, though I have offered to pay for repairs and new batteries if she buys a used computer. I guess we'll buy whatever we can when her computer crashes.
     
  6. iJesus macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with Aea. Since she's leaving windows, I wouldn't recommend an old machine since that might really sour the experience for her. MacMall has some pretty good deals.
     

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  7. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    For $700 you could get probably a second gen MacBook.
     
  8. poozer115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really? Cool! Maybe we will do that then =).
     
  9. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I just recently sold a rev C for $900 and that was maxed out in terms of ram with a large hard disk. You could easily get a rev B for under $700, possibly even with some warranty left on it.
     
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  11. skinniezinho macrumors 6502a

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    I think if you can,a macbook could be a smart choice,newer tech,can run newer apps,etc etc
    But if by the time you can't afford one,a good 12' ibook or powerbook G4 like the one you linked would do the job well too.
    Sometimes people doesn't need the latest tech avaible,just one that suit his needs..
     
  12. Sky MacKenna macrumors newbie

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    Refurbished Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz 13

    $849 + free shipping

    Refurbished Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz 13" Laptop
    The Apple Store offers the factory-refurbished Apple MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz 13.3" Widescreen Notebook in White, model no. MB402LL/A, for $849 with free shipping. (It's second from the top.) It's 15% under the original list price and the cheapest MacBook we could find with a 1-year Apple warranty (the same as new Macs). Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz processor, 13.3" glossy 1280x800 LCD, 1GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, dual layer DVD burner, webcam, 802.11n, and more. Items are removed from Apple's site when they sell out.

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    http://dealmac.com/Refurbished-Appl...z-13-Laptop-for-849-free-shipping/274489.html
     
  13. Sky MacKenna macrumors newbie

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    $549

    Used Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz 13" Laptop

    LA Computer Company offers the used Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz 13.3" Laptop in White, model no. MA699LL/A, for $549. With shipping at $17.02, it's the lowest total price we've seen for this particular model. It features a 13.3" 1280x800 LCD, 1GB RAM, 60GB Serial ATA hard drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, iSight webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and more. Of note, a 30-day reseller warranty applies.

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    http://dealmac.com/Used-Apple-Mac-Book-Core-2-Duo-1-83-GHz-13-Laptop-for-549-17-s-h/274088.html
     
  14. saturnino3 macrumors member

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    Nice deal... I would go with this option and $42 for 2x 2GB sticks of RAM from dealram.com and $~65 for a 320GB hard drive from new egg.

    Your lady friend will love it and it will be right on budget.
     
  15. poozer115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks a lot for the link! That's one awesome deal. I think that's what we'll do. Thanks again!
     
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    I could sell you a wite macbook in excellent condition for $650 with shipping in roughly 3 weeks. let me know and I will send you the ebay auction number.
     
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    There's a marketplace forum for a reason...
     

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