iBook - Should I get one?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 14, 2006
I've found one for sale for £300. It's 12" with what I suspect is 512Mb and a standard HD (30Gb? 40Gb?). I may or may not need a laptop for Uni (probably not) but I really do like the looks of a iBooks - it'd sit next to my iMac nicely.

So yeah, is it worth it or will it crawl slowly? I'd be taking notes/typing outside/browsing the net/some itunes useage. Can it handle it?


macrumors 68020
Sep 4, 2005
It will do fine, for what you want.

But just remember, in a few years, updates are going to become scarce - and it will suffer with new universal app's that will most likely require a G5 to run sufficiently.

Your also probably throwing money away in the long run - it will sell for very little after maybe 18 months use.

I would rather save for a Refurb. MacBook and gain all the extras that come with it - and be future-proofed.


macrumors G4
May 26, 2005
Working for MI-6
$565 seems like a good price for an iBook G4. What kind of CPU does it have- if it is a 12" model and comes with a 40GB HDD, then it most likely has a 1.33GHz PowerPC G4.

For your stated uses the iBook should be fine. But be sure to upgrade the RAM to at least 1GB. :)


macrumors G4
Aug 24, 2003
don't buy it unless it's at least a 1GHz g4 ibook. oh and don't touch 14" ones unless you have terrible eyesight.


I'd be tempted to wait unless it's an amazing deal – save the cash and see what you might need once you get to uni. What uni is like will always be different to what think it will be like, and you might find you never use a laptop. Or you might find you would use it loads, and therefore selling your iMac for a MacBook/MacBook Pro would be better.

You're in the lucky situation of already having a computer, so you won't be stuck, so I would say wait and see how you work when you get there.


macrumors G3
May 24, 2005
jive said:
I'd be taking notes/typing outside/browsing the net/some itunes useage. Can it handle it?
Er, even if it's the lowest possible spec iBook I'm sure it could handle browsing the net and a bit of typing!


macrumors 6502
Mar 6, 2006
Bucks, UK
I have a 12" iBook 900mhx with 640mb RAM, use it for surfing and writing at uni, its brilliant, can take it anywhere, its light, absolutly perfect for on campus usage.

Although if your buying for the sake I might hold off, purely as if its anything like my uni (Surrey Uni) its pretty impossible to not have access to a computer.

So I guess you probably don't need it! But if you want it I would very much recommend them.

Presumably you won't be taking your iMac?

Just to clear something up, in the UK at least, I am yet to see anyone in a lecture (im just going into my 4th year) with a laptop.


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 14, 2006
I'm taking my iMac to Halls with me, but I'm not sure on how useful a laptop would actually be... It's just 'cos it was offered to me at £300...

Spanky Deluxe

macrumors 601
Mar 17, 2005
London, UK
I had every intention of getting a MacBook or MBP to replace my Dell laptop but I managed to get hold of a G4 iBook for a little over £300 and my complete computer line up is getting a make over. I've realised that I'd rather have a big powerful computer at home and a small portable laptop for on the move. If its a G4 and its in good shape then go for it. You can always sell it for a profit (about £450-£500 on eBay) if you don't like it. If its a G3 then I wouldn't really bother. There's a big difference between a G4 and a G3, particularly the early G3 iBooks imo.