Refurb MB, 12" PB or 15" PB?...

Which One Would You Buy?

  • Refurb MB for $1300

    Votes: 12 80.0%
  • Refurb 12" PB G4 for $1200

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Refurb 15" PB G4 for $1350

    Votes: 3 20.0%

  • Total voters


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 28, 2005
My 17" MBP got stolen yesterday, so I am looking into getting something else. Insurance will cover it, but the premium will go up, they need the police report, reciepts, blah blah. I don't want to bother anyways. My plan, by a nice, less expensive laptop now, upgrade next year. Holidays are coming up, I have a trip to Las Vegas planned, I don't need the expense of a 17" MBP on my head.

I was looking at the refurb store and was looking at what I can get for under $1500. What I need to consider is that most of these machines come with 512mb ram standard, and I would like to have atleast 1gb, so in the $1500, additional ram needs to be considered.

Here is what I found that I like:

Macbook Black Standard configuration - $1300 refurb price
12" PB G4 1.5GHz, SuperDrive, 512MB Ram, 80GB HD, 64MB Go5200 - $1200
15" PB G4 1.67GHz SuperDrive (DL), 512MB PC4200 DDR2, 80GB HD, 9700 Pro 128MB - $1350

I have no doubt that any of those machines will serve me fine. I had a 15" PB before I bought my 17" MBP (My PB was the revision before the one listed about, no DL or DDR2 Ram). What I want to know is, if you were going to be upgrading one of those machines to a new MBP in the spring lets say, which one would you like to have to sell? Meaning, which should be worth most by spring?

I don't have a laptop or desktop for that matter, so I want something quick, any help would be appreciated.


macrumors 68030
Apr 14, 2006
Clemson, SC
I'd go with the blackbook, personally. The powerbooks are hard to sell now, let alone in the spring.

If you DO go for a powerbook, I'd suggest not getting it refurb from Apple, because they charge a lot more than what they are actually going for - meaning it will be even harder to recoup your costs (since you'll have started out behind, if you know what I mean).

You can get a 12" PB for around $800, sometimes less, and a 15" for probably around $1100, maybe more or less depending on extras or flaws.


macrumors 6502a
May 10, 2005
Personally, I will be holding on to my 12" PB long after I get my octo-core Mac Pro...


macrumors 6502a
Jul 4, 2006
London, UK
If you are planning on selling it next year I would go MacBook all the way - Intel based so much more futureproof in terms of selling it on.