My iBook G4 Review

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by NusuniAdmin, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    Hello all. Heres a review of my new (technically refurbished) ibook g4.

    Stats are here:
    Refurb 1.2 ghz ibook g4 14"
    256 meg ram (im gettin more soon!!)
    60 gig hd
    airport card

    I just got this today, after unpacking it i looked at the cd's and then looked at the machine itself. I turned it on to check if it was alright, and wus amazed. Its speed is excellent! Of course I did a reinstall myself and then put on my 20 gigs worth the crap. But I am simply amazed by this little machine. 2 Major slowdowns: the video card....32 doesn't cut it anymore, and the ram of course. Other than that it is a fine machine. I transferred all my junkies in my kitchen via our wireless linksys network and all went well. I actually got 6:30 hours of battery time out of this baby!!!!

    Anyways I recommend it 100%, if you are looking for a cheap machine and dont mind a refurb i would REALLY recommened getting one of the refurb 1.2's off (assuming its available)

    Good Band for Buck
    AWSOME battery life

    32 meg video card (bah)
    default ram is annoyingly low (come on apple!)
    one button trackpad (of course)
    The HD is another major slowdown..4200 rpm hah!!
  2. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Nice review, but I think you meant to put that one in the "Pros" list, might want to do a quick edit ;)
  3. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    The one-button trackpad is a good thing: it is ambidextrous and also it is impossible for one to accidentally push the wrong button.

    I know one laptop user (videlicet, my grandmother) who went from a PowerBook 170 (System 7 and still working, but not very Internet friendly) to a ca. 2000 Gateway with Windows 98SE to a clearance-sale 12" iBook G3/800 -- and is glad to have (or be back to as the case may be) Mac single-clicking.
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Thanks for the review. The battery life on those things is great!
    As for me, I'll take a 2-button trackpad ANY day.

    Lee Tom
  5. NusuniAdmin thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    that wus sarcasm, hence the "of course". and the fact i put it under cons

    i hate one button mice and trackpads and think apple should be shot for not being more standards based when it comes to clicking devices
  6. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    apple need to incorporate a two button trackpad indeed. at least maybe on the Power line. anybody who knows enough or needs such power would probably know how to use a right click anyway. ;)
  7. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    As was mine, hence the "smilie".

    Apple's design is standards based, they can't be held responsible if other manufacturers don't adhere to the one button standard. ;)
  8. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    The designers at Apple must be the only group of people that think 1 button is enough, it's complete crap! We all need 2 buttons Apple!!!!!
  9. NusuniAdmin thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    i did not even see that smiley...guess i should pay more attention
  10. Palad1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2004
    London, UK
    2 buttons for a mouse, sure. But the trackpad is fine the way it is, when your thumbs are on the pad, your left pinky is near the control key, here's right click for you.

    Oh games? Then we need 5 button pads + vertical scroll ;)
  11. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2004
    The Ocean Floor
    I got a mac and accepted that i had one mouse button, but i got bored and bought a new one! I'm much more productive with 4 buttons! i got undo on my mouse! thats awesome! :D
  12. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    Nah, I think the same. Trackpad should be single button. The way I use it, my thumb is somewhere in the middle to right part of the button. So whenever I use a windows laptop, I have to 'bring' my thumb to the left button to click it. Not so good.
  13. NusuniAdmin thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    Heres a few more things ive noticed that i did not list above:

    It (the processor) is contantly running at at least 130 degrees F...which had got my concerned. Yesterday While screwing around with VPC it got up to 160 degrees F :eek: Anyone here know the temeratures it should be running at. In case you are wondering this is on a flat desk, with nothing around it whatsoever. With the way the ibook fan is designed the heat is suppose to come out the bottom and the back, which it does. But I am thinking it heats up the desk enough that it wont keep the laptop cool anymore. Right now a few other apps report it as 133 degrees F and the bottom of the ibook is hot enough that when i stick my hand under it it literaly burns it. Guess I got myself a bed warmer for the winter :rolleyes:

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