Good Apple laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eric55lv, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. eric55lv Guest

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    does anyone know a website that sell a Apple laptop g3-intel like under $500 iBook or PowerBook your help will be appericated thanks!
     
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    no what i meant to say is g3,g4,g5 or intel
     
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    Don't think Apple sells many that aren't, frankly.
     
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    Well, eBay is always a good place to check.

    And here is a website I've been looking at for a while, pretty good deals on iBooks, almost all of them under $500.

    Check out the prices and look for PowerBooks if you want.
     
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    it depends on what version of OS X you want to run, if you want Leopard, then you will need at least a G4, the best deal would probably be on your local craigslist.
     
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    i want tiger also any good deals on any powerbook g3s?
     
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    IMO, PowerBook G3's are not the best machine for Tiger.
     
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    ok then
     
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    Try an 800MHZ iBook G4, they can be had for relatively cheap. I have a 1.33GHz, and it runs Leopard decently.
     
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    Honestly if you want it to last get at least 1GHZ or higher then you will have fairly new hardware. and at least 1GB of ram
     
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    True. To the OP, what are you gonna be using this for anyway? Anything above a bedside email checker, a G4 is almost a nescessity in this day and age.
     
  15. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. You can surf the net, type documents, and check mail with a G3; you'll play Mp3s fine too. But a G3 will *not* play most videos without skipping, and something as simple as browsing Youtube will become a trying experience. Besides that, they'll come with tiny drives that won't be worth replacing, and ancient ram that won't be worth upgrading. Take it from someone who sold his G3 iBook and bought a Macbook less than a month ago--you can do the above things (mail, word, 'net, music) in a G3, but anything above that will require a faster processor. That said, if you don't need video, games, or anything fancy, a G3 iBook is perfectly usable for basic stuff. In fact, after I gave away my Gateway (2ghz c2d 2gb 160gb), the iBook was my only computer until I got the Macbook.
     
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    You're pretty spot on there, but i don't think he wants more then that. I find that if you just let YouTube videos load before you play them, it doesn't skip at all whatsoever.
     
  17. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, you're right on YT; it's more a matter of waiting. I added to my post above; a G3's definitely a usable machine. As long as he's not expecting miracles, it could be a sound purchase. It's also worth mentioning that they get better battery life than the MB/Ps, and (though I can't prove this conclusively), they also seem significantly more durable.
     
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    Yeah you're right about those iBooks and durability.

    But for the love of god, don't drop them. One little fall, and BAM! logic board problems abound.:(
     
  19. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    True! I've seen so many horror stories about those things. :^(
     
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    Yeah, that's what's wrong with mine.

    One of these days, I'm gonna open it up, put a shim on the GPU, and everything should be fine.

    But besides that little problem, I love it, and its definitely a machine for eric55lv to consider
     
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    True. But every single one I've ever owned (4) has had a stinky keyboard...

    One argument against the iceBook is the fact that some of them are hit-or-miss when it comes to reliability. Also, the keyboards break keys like OJ breaks laws.:D
     
  22. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Can't argue with you there.:) There is a fairly good chance you'll get a bad one off of ebay or another auction site. But if you buy one from a certified reseller, then you have a pretty good chance of getting one that will last you years. I made the mistake of getting mine off of eBay, and you can see how that turned out.

    Still, I love it and wouldn't trade it for any other laptop. (Well, except for one of the same model that doesn't have a logic board problem. ;))
     

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