Second Hand Mac notebook Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by polar-blair, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. polar-blair macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008

    Buy younger brother has told be he wants a mac, He said he wanted the mac with the cool swively neck thing, (The iMac G4) So I checked on eBay and they were just a little out of his rice range, (well the decent ones were anyway) So he has a budget of £350 - £400 (max) So I suggested a ibook which seemed to generally be faster and cheaper (on eBay) than the iMac

    I have only used intel macs, so I haven't got a clue about the older macs, I was wondering if there was anything I should know about the iBooks before he gets one? what min specs he should get? Should I install leopard on it? Any issues I should know about? Or is there any alternatives?

  2. crabbydaddy2 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    i used to have an ibook g4 i liked it. although it was a g4 they sell for a big chunk of cash.,

    it maybe better to wait.
  3. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    The 1.42GHZ iBook was a pretty rock solid machine IMHO.
  4. polar-blair thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    I can find a 1.5Mghz iBook with 1Gb of ram and a 60Gb HD (why are they so small - but no big deal we have plenty of external drives) for £275 I wouldn't say that is that much for a mac.

    And wait for what? the new macbooks?
  5. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    get a brand new top line Mac Mini for £399 (edit> £399 for the 1.83Ghz combo 80Gb & £499 for the 2Ghz DVD burner & 120Gb HD ) from Apple ..........faster than the G4 Macs for sure ....the tech in the Mini is outdated by today's standards, but then again so is a G4 , only more so !!! !!

    ....I'd go for a Mini get warranty too and it will be more 'sell able' when it's time to upgrade.

    Mini all the way :)

    EDIT> I know the title says notebook ,but you mention the iMac G4 in your original post so I thought I'd mention the Mini , but if you hang round for a week or so on ebay I reckon a G4 iMac would turn up within budget.......... personally I'd go for Mini any day over a G4 anything ! same price range & its new !
  6. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    do you have a cold or something? :rolleyes:

    maybe you can look into old powerbooks too, they can be had for around that price range. and many seem to run leopard okay, with ram maxed out.
  7. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    If you still want a G4, make sure it has the clock speed of at least 867 MHz - the minimum requirement for Leopard.

    Another thing you should know about PowerPC Macs is that they can't run Windows natively and by today's standards they are s l o w.
  8. tompon1923 macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    15°35'30.45S 54°31'22.17E
    the imac g4 is a great machine and good looking too, depending on the usage it can be very slow. However in the same price range you can also get a imac g5 (after a quick search on ebay), Powerbook g4 or mac mini as stated above. The Ibook is a pretty good deal though. For internet usage and emailing is a g4
    good enough, however you can get the most out of an mac mini.
  9. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008

    While I have a lot of love for the ibookG4, to be honest with you I wouldn't spend ukp400 on one. They are nice but the macbooks make it look very very slow indeed. (I have a ibook G4 1.33ghz and a 2.2Ghz dual core macbook, and the macbook smokes it!)

    I know you said that he has a budget, but if you look here in the refurb section you 'might' find something suitable, keep checking it as they can go pretty quickly.

    A g4 is already (at least) 3 years old. spending just a little more will get you so much more laptop. If he has 80% of the money already..I would urge him to wait until he has a little more.

    I know its not really the advice you asked for...but just my 2p. :apple:
  10. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    good observation ol' chap and funny too , I respect that .
  11. polar-blair thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    Thanks for your advice every one, I was thinking about the mac mini because it was in the same price range its just the extra cost of a monitor, mouse and keyboard would quickly bump up the price, but then realised we have a unused flat screen TV with a VGA input that could be used and with an education discount my bro could get on for near enough £400 with Mouse and Keyboard.

    I thought that he really wanted a laptop but turns out he would prefer a quicker machine for his money and a mac mini seems like the perfect choice. So thanks everyone for the help.

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