looking for a back up laptop

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Cindy, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. Cindy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    I'm looking for a used laptop (Mac of course) mostly as a back up. I'm afraid my main computer might go out and I really need a back up just in case.
    What should I be looking for as far as specs? I can't spend alot of money on one and I'm looking for one that will do email, and message board surfing.
    Nothing special.
    I was looking on ebay yesterday and saw a few.
    Thanks for any info.
  2. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    West Valley City, Utah
    If all you want to do is e-mail and websurf, pretty much anything with a modem/ethernet port will meet your needs. A couple of questions though: do you have/use wireless internet? If so, you'll probably want something that is Airport compatible or has an expansion slot for a third party wireless card. If it were me in the situation, I would probably go with a first gen G4 or Apple Refurbed iBook, Titanium PowerBook or a PowerBook Pismo. If you have any questions as to the specs of these (or others), a good reference site is http://www.lowendmac.com . Go half way down the first page on the right side and click on the PowerBook/iBook link under the Computer Profiles heading.

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