Companion Laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by klock, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. klock macrumors newbie

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    So here is the rundown:

    I work for a company that does managed and colo server work, mainly with linux. I have a dual 1 gig powermac at home and am in the market to get an apple laptop for work.

    I need:
    1. extended desktop support, as in splitting the screen over 2 monitors if possible, if that possible.
    2. Excellent response time, since work there happens at a very lively pace.
    3. 15 inches or above.

    So I was wondering what you think all would think should fit my needs. I thought possibly a powerbook g4, but I wasnt quite sure. Many of the people who work there carry macbook pro's, but those are out of my price range.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    A PowerBook should suffice if you're not doing anything that is processor intensive. Try to get the Hi-Res PowerBook if possible, it has a better screen resolution. And you can use an external display with the PowerBook.
     
  3. klock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am definately a fan of powerbooks.

    Really, the applications that would run on the machine would be:
    1. Opera and Firefox.
    2. Thunderbird.
    3. Terminal Window
    4. Adium

    All of these apps would be open at the same time and constantly being used.

    How fast of a powerbook do you think I should get?

    How also do you think a powerbook would fair during college years?
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    A PowerBook should be fine for those tasks, there's nothing that processor intensive on your list. I'd say get over a 1GHz PowerBook if you can afford it. If your careful with your PowerBook it'll fair fine in college.
     
  5. klock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome.

    I have been looking around these forums (and others like it) and many people are looking to sell powerbooks.

    What do you think is a fair price for say a 1.25 gig powerbook or a 1.33 gig powerbook?

    Side-note: I also noticed that all kinds of younger kids (my age) are throwing down all kinds of money on lots of hardware. I definately think you would be better of waiting until you got out of college and got a job to decide what kind of hardware you really need. Kind of a strange, object-oriented trend.
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I'd say an easy way to tell is to go to this website, it asks for the specs of the Mac and gives you a price that it's worth. (That took a lot longer to find on Google than I'm used to for finding a website, weird.)
     
  7. tj53 macrumors member

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    Prices are a bit high on that site. As much as I'd love to get $720 for my 1Ghz Powerbook Titanium I know that would never happen with macbooks just a few hundred more.
     

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