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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by zap2, May 28, 2005.

  1. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I have a iMac g5 17'' 1.8ghz Rev A. SO now im looking into a laptop for High School and 8th grade.(im just leaving 7th now) I have 1Gb in my iMac so i like fast computers but on my laptop can be slower. Im lookign at a iBook G3 700mhz 256 Ram 20gb HD for 399 or iBook 800mhz 256 RAM 30Gb or 450 or i could save up for a ibook G4 from apple, the lowest 12'' model or a powerbook 12''( lowest model) i know that the PB may be an over kill but it would last me longer. The new iBook or Powerbook would be bought in 6ish months( xmas) and the ibook g3 would be like in a month or so. Any ideas???
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    iBook G3 900's are really may want something higher than the 700Mhz to give Tiger that extra boost. As far as the PB 12", if you're using your iMac for everything except a few things on the laptop, save the extra $500 for something else and go for the iBook G4.

    Personally, I would look for a used iBook G4 800Mhz.
  3. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

    Sep 21, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    If a two-year-old G3 iBook would suit you fine today, there's no need to worry about a PowerBook G4 lasting you longer than an iBook G4. The iBook G4 will last just as long, if not longer considering how tough its polycarbonate casing is compared to the PB's aluminum.
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I would say to go for the 12" PowerBook G4. It may be a bit overkill but it will last you for a long time.

    Plus, having something so enviable like a powerbook may just be your ticket to join the "in crowd" in highschool. ;)
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    I would agree, the PB would be overkill. The iBook is a bit more rugged as well if dropped. But the keyboard and screen aren't quite as nice.

    The iBook G4 blows the doors off the iBook G3 - not the least reason is the iBook G4 uses DDR (266 MHz) RAM and can go to 1.25 Gb. The iBook G3 uses PC133 (133 MHz) RAM and is limited to 640 Mb.

    You don't start school again until Sept., so you can probably hold off on the laptop 'til then. I would save up and look for an Apple Refurb iBook G4.

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