Should I buy a TiBook 1Ghz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jesus, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Jesus macrumors 6502

    Should I buy a TiBook 1Ghz for £550.


    Introduction Date:

    November 06, 2002

    Discontinued Date:

    September 16, 2003

    Processor Type:

    PowerPC 7455 (G4) 1.

    Processor Speed:

    1.0 GHz (1000 MHz)

    Processor Upgrade:


    FPU (Integrated):

    PowerPC 7455 (G4) 1.

    System Bus Speed:

    133 MHz (7.5:1)

    Backside Bus Speed:


    ROM Size:

    1 MB (NewWorld) 2.

    Data Path:


    Level 1, Level 2 Cache:

    64k, 256k (on-chip) 3.

    Level 3 Cache:

    1.0 MB 4.

    RAM Type:

    8 ns PC133 SDRAM

    VRAM Type:

    DDR Video RAM

    Standard RAM:

    512 MB *

    Maximum RAM:

    1024 MB (1.0 GB)

    Motherboard RAM:


    RAM Slots:


    Standard VRAM:

    64 MB

    Maximum VRAM:

    64 MB

    Standard Hard Drive:

    60.0 GB (4200 RPM) *

    Int. Hard Drive Type:

    Ultra ATA/66

    Standard SuperDrive:

    1X/6X/8X/4X/24X 5, 6.

    Standard Disk:


    Standard Modem:

    56k v.92

    Standard Ethernet:


    Case Type:

    Portable (Silver) 7.

    Form Factor:

    PowerBook G4 7.

    Exp. Slots:

    Type I,II PC/CardBus 8.

    Exp. Bays (Free):

    N/A 9.

    Battery Type:

    61 W/Hr LiIon

    Battery Life:

    5 hours A.

    Built-in Display:

    15.2" Color B.

    Supported MacOS:

    9.2.1, X v10.2


    1.0 x 13.4 x 9.5 C.

    Avg. Weight:

    5.4 lbs.

    Original Price:

    $2999 US

    Est. Current Price:

    $1150-$1250 US

    NO USB 2.0

    Any opinions?

  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Expect to have to buy a new battery soon.

    AirPort not Airport Extreme.

    Slow SuperDrive.
  3. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2003

    i have one of those its a very good all rounder with some extra ram mine has 1gb and does everything i want i never close the lid for fear of breaking the hinges though and yes the superdrive is very slow but u can buy an external one

    it depends if u need raw power or sleek design and decent power and slower cache and hd although u can upgrade hd

    but i am very very happy with mine :) i mean i used it more than my alu 1.25ghz that i sold

    so go for it be warned if u are buying from the states the vat is 17.5 and there will be customs charges :p

    also u can add usb 2 via pcima slot
  4. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have been using my Ti 1Ghz, 1GB of ram Power Book for the past 3 years, and it does everything I want...a little slow, but I would upgade your hard drive on it.
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Agreed. I use it as my primary machine... even for gaming its slow, but its definitely usable.
  6. Kelson macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Dallas, TX

    I've been using my TiBook 1Ghz for the last 3 years. It has held up very well and is in mint condition even after dragging it around the world a couple times over.

    With the 1Ghz, you might be a bit frustrated with the speed if you have spent much time on a newer Mac, but if you haven't you really don't notice. In fact, my TiBook performs better than my wife's new iBook 1.33Ghz w/ 512MB, tho I have 1GB of RAM.

    I will admit that I just ordered a new PB 15" today tho. Since I use this as my primary work machine, I need something that will hold me over another 2 years until Rev B or C of the Intel PBs. However, I am not getting rid of the TiBook, as it is definitely good enough that it is worth more as a backup laptop than to sell.

    - Kelson
  7. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    TiBook as a student for 3 years and does everything well but there are times when I just want to take Lil Bros AlBook 1.5Ghz. Get new battery and remember, there isn't a USB 2.0 and the new iPods require USB 2.0.

    I also plan to keep the TiBook as a backup next year in college. However I don't know what machine ill get yet.
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    $1150 - $1250 is way too much when you can get a refurb Apple 1.33 GHz 15" with 1 year warranty, combo drive, 60 Gb hard drive, Tiger and iLife for US$1,299

    or a 1.5 GHz Superdrive 80 Gb model for $1499
  9. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Yeah... that's a great notebook. 1MB L3 cache and more VRAM than an iBook (what's the resolution on that thing?). But you need a seriously lower price.
  10. jer2eydevil88 macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2004
    If the price were between $400 - 600usd it would be much more appealing... seems like its a bit pricey to me as is...

    I would rather go with a 14" ibook for a bit more and avoid the 3 year old powerbook.

    More than likely the 3 year old machine will be fine for everyday use, still I value the warranty included with new hardware much higher than the sleek design of the TI book.
  11. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    I agree with CanadaRAM. The price seems a bit steep.

    That being said, I have a 1GHz Ti myself, and it's awesome. The paint had little problems with the last rev. The hinges are still fine, and I open/ close my book frequently. It works great. It feels slow after being on my G5, but I think if I replaced the 4200 RPM drive with a 7200 or even 5400 RPM drive I would notice an enormously positive change in performance.
  12. Jesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    That price is just what recommends.

  13. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004

    I love mine. Dropping a 7200rpm hd and a newer superdrive in it tomorrow even though I have a warranty through the first of next year on it.

    It is the last Apple to run OS9, which is important to me. Mine is flawless and I have the DVI TIbook Bookendz for it.
  14. louis_sx macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2005
    International House of Louis
    California hit on something - it's the fastest laptop that can run OS 9.

    That is going to bring something of a price premium, IMO, probably more of a price premium than it's worth...unless you have an OS 9 app that you need to run, that is. :D
  15. Jesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    No, I don't, but, I love the design so so much, and what it loses in speed it makes up for in looks. I am going to buy this as an early Xmas present and get a new iMac G5 20" for Xmas.

    P.S. will a 2.1 ghz iMc run photoshop and aperture well??

  16. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    I'm using the same computer (TiBook 1ghz), bought in Feb 2003. I like it a lot, though I am kinda sorta planning to upgrade before Xmas.

    The good:
    - Beautiful design, runs software great, good speed

    The bad:
    - Hinge defect (replaced), power supply wire defect (replaced)
    - very little battery capacity left (but no laptop battery ages well)
    - superdrive is superslow (writes at 1x with most media)
    - low airport range

    The ugly:
    - keyboard collects gunk
    - easy to scratch

    I don't consider it slow, except when I open gobs of windows. I have 768 megs RAM. By the way, I believe this machine maxes out at 1 gig RAM (two 512 slots). Does anybody know? I'd love to put a 1 gig module in a slot and go up to 1.5 gigs, but I don't think I can. Also, Panther was a big help for speed. (I haven't upgraded to Tiger yet.)
  17. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    I miss my Ti :(

    It's a great machine, albeit a little slow compared to today's standards, but great for everyday stuff. Like others have said already though, the price seems a little steep.
  18. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I miss my Ti that I just sold (referenced it in an above post).

    Why? They are so DANG easy to work on. I was able to drop hard drives, superdrives, memory etc., into that TiBook no problem. I loved being able to switch out the drives so easy.

    Find one with a good screen. These machine are really desktop replacements and "portable" too.
  19. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Even 1 ghz TiBooks on eBay are overpriced. I know that even a 667 DVI TiBook goes up to $700. I've seen the 1 ghz hit 1100 or so. It's rediculous.
  20. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    I confirmed that the TiBook only supports 1 gig of RAM max. My recommendation would be to max it out ASAP.
  21. poolin1243 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    loved the one i used for a while...seemed more solid than the ALbooks. only problem was the damn hinge...and paint chips...hated that...but if u can live iwth it...go for it
  22. fklehman macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2005
    Newark, DE
    No way, mate...anecdotal evidence to the contrary aside, TiBooks have a generally crummy reputation for being easily broken. I would at least get a 1st generation Aluminum PB (1.25 gHz I think), which are a bit sturdier. If you're really looking for a cheap Apple laptop, though, you really can't do any better than a new iBook. A new iBook is pretty cheap.
  23. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    You're thinker about the early rev Ti's. The last gen Ti's are super dependable, and mine still looks great even after some mild abuse over the past 3 years I've had it.
  24. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    No, he's obviously never owned one.

    I've had almost ALL of them 400 500 667 1ghz and I do have to say, they are champs.

    Paint and keyboard marks are only issues.

    I usually solved them by keeping mine under clean iSkins and using a Macally Ice Pad so they really never were stressed.

    Miss the 1GHZ, but the others went to good friends of mine, who are now loving them too. Wiith a gig of ram and fast hds, they are just as fast as my current top of the line iBooks. 1.42ghz 14" and 1.33ghz 12". Daystar also has a good CPU overclocking warranty on the early Ti's.
  25. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    This is my machine, but i have 1 GB Ram...i love it i love it i love it :)

    That price is definitely way too high when compared with Apple's current offerings, though.

    I got in in August of 2002 and i don't plan on upgrading for at least another 2 years

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