Should I buy and Ed. discount TiBook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by scooterspud, May 30, 2003.

  1. scooterspud macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2003
    My university is selling fully loaded, 15" Ti powerbooks with 1Ghz, Superdrive, 60gb hd, airport card, AND 3 year Applecare for $1,999. Are the Tibooks really awful and I shouldn't get one? What are the known problems? I'm looking to take the pb around to coffee houses and the like, and am wondering if I should just get a 12" instead.

    And should I really wait for the WWDC? Someone just got me a new 15gb ipod, and I've got no way to use it with my old school imac!
  2. Cabot macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2003
    Hi there. From what I know. The 15" Titanium powerbooks are great, but that they scratch and chip. I don't own a Titanium, but that is what I have read. they are just as good as the rest of the PB's except the RAM is not DDR, no Airport Extreme, and no internal bluetooth. WWDC 2003 may or may not be the place where the new 15" will be released. The Ti's are good, if you want to wait. The 12" PB get HOT. I went to an Apple Store in NYC and the salesman said that the 12" PB gets extremely hot. The 17" is excellent too.
    My advice is to get the 15" from your university, because when the new 15"s are released, it may take some time before your university sells them for the price of the current Ti's.
    Hope it helps!
  3. nikfel macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2003
    I only encountered three major problem with my powerbook..

    1. the paint chips off extremely easily....all u need is a metal watch and an hour of usage and the paint is gone. Infact I do not take mine out of the house anymore as I am always afraid of chipping the paint.

    2. The harddisk that came with mine gave up on me after six months.

    3. And the thirdly is the battery also gave up after a year of usage so I would get a spare and avoid keeping it hooked up to the powersupply for long period of time.

    Expect these few maybe not so major however annoying problems. Just remember one thing with a 15 inch titanium powerbook u will always be the envy of people as it one stylish laptop.

    The powerbooks (Titanium) are not awful at all its a notebook that can easily act as a desktop. It also does not heat up as much as the 12 inch. Do not forget that the paint chipping is really just a superficial aesthetic glitch, and even though as annoying as it is it can easily be repaired by purchasing a paint kit espeecially for titanium only costs $30 (i think). One last thought however do keep in mind that an updated 15 inch powerbook is soon going to be released.

    Good luck with your new purchase .......NIKFEL
  4. Funkatation macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2001
  5. mueng macrumors member

    May 20, 2002
    university of michigan has similar deal, it just costs $2138, rather than $1999.
  6. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    Get the TiBook at that price, it's a great deal. I know that the paint chips off, boo hoo. You know what, Apple fixes this for free. If your going to baby your comptuer like the guy who doesn't bring his out of the house then don't get a laptop, their meant to take abuse, I've certainly given mine plenty of it. I just shipped it off to apple a few days ago, their replacing the case for free because of my paint issue. Works good enough for me.

    The HD in there is an IBM (not a deskstar ofcourse) and is of good quality, but again, if you have a problem it'll get replaced.

    Third, I beat the crap out of my battery. I leave it charged for long times and then cycle it to death, sometimes twice a day. I know mine isn't going to take this much longer, but I still get 5 hours of life off of it after one year right now.

    What I'm trying to say is, don't worry about it, your going to have a great machine. Cause my primary machine (the TiBook) is off to repair right now, I'm typing this on one of the Sharp Ultra portables and it's HORRIBLE. I hate it. My mac is 1000x better.

  7. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    Sounds like the same deal my girlfriend and I got through the UC system. Compare the major features at $1999:

    12" 867MHz G4 AlBook
    256MB RAM
    40GB HD
    No PCMCIA slot
    Airport Extreme (802.11g) ready
    Bluetooth built-in
    1yr. standard warranty


    15" 1GB G4 TiBook
    512MB RAM
    60GB HD
    PCMCIA slot built-in
    Airport Card (802.11b) built-in
    Bluetooth ready
    3yr warranty

    Honestly, the only people that would find this a toss up are smoking crack.

    And if the new 15" Powerbooks ever arrive, you'll be glad you saved twelve hundred bucks.
  8. idkew macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better
    i feel i need to refute some of nikfel's points.

    1- The paints does chip off, as mine did, but it is not that easy. In fact, I wear a watch on my left wrist, and I never had/have a chip or scratch for it. I did, however, have the paint "rust" from my skins sweat/chemicals on the right side... It only began to chip after serious "oxidation".

    2- Probably an isolated incident. I have not heard of this as a large problem at all.

    3- My batteries are still going well. Probably not as well as when they were 100% new, but that is what happens to batteries. Notice how I was speakign in the plural, which might be why mine still last pretty long.

    I would go for it. You will not be dissapointed, and you get a three year warranty. I love my TiBook, but she could be faster and have a better graphics card. Your with be faster and have a better graphics card. You can't go wrong at that price.

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