Advice on what Apple Laptop to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iMacBoy, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. iMacBoy macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2009

    So i just want a Apple Laptop to use for moving around only for basically internet browsing and small application downloads, so no powerful Macbook Pros for this because i don't need to spend much for what i need it for.

    I am looking for second hand Macbook Whites, Powerbooks etc when i get it i will upgrade full ram it can take and biggest hd it will accept. Then i will also add the latest OS it will take. So anyone have any ideas what is right for me?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Not a powerbook. Just pick up a used MacBook (Core 2 Duo) and go from there. I wouldn't bother with Lion if you can't upgrade past 4GB of RAM, seeing as how Lion is still a giant memory hog. If you're just going to use it for web browsing, there is no reason to upgrade to Lion anyhow.
  3. iMacBoy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2009
    How much could i get one of them for and any ideas where to get (UK) aswel as ebay?
  4. Lya macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    MacBook Air, new or refurb.

    Or maybe iPad or refurb iPad.
  6. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
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    How much do you want to spend
  7. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Depends on how much you want to spend. If you want new, a baseline MacBook Air or iPad would suit your needs perfectly.
  8. iMacBoy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2009
    Nothing too high possibly under £400? Just for this.
  9. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    Try to find a white MacBook that's the unibody (2009/2010 models). Modern enough hardware to last a while, plus rock-solid construction. Or if you're really lucky, the rare Aluminum MacBook (not pro). A 2009 unibody MacBook could be found for your price range if you look hard enough (eBay and such).

    But at a minimum, Intel Core 2 Duo (not Core Duo) at a minimum. You won't be able to run anything modern w/ out a Core 2 Duo (e.g. Lion).
  10. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Any MacBook with a Core 2 Duo would be fine. You can upgrade to Lion if you wish, but there is no reason to do so for your needs. I'll second the recommendation of the (rare) Aluminum MacBook. I've got one and had an early white Macbook (my daughter has that now). The Aluminum's appearance holds up much better. The white plastic shows dirt and gets cracks. The Aluminum and Unibody models have an advantage if you want to bulk them up in the future -- they will take up to 8GB of RAM.
  11. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    White macbook the old polycarb ones would be perfect, like others said anything above a core2duo would be perfect for you
  12. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    Shanklin, Isle Of Wight
    i managed to pick up a MacBook Poly core2duo which was practically brand new off ebay for £275, just search for one, DONT GO COREDUO, make sure its a core 2 duo :D

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