Want to buy $100-$300 Laptop/Netbook from Apple

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  1. iGuardian macrumors 6502a

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    So, my mum wants a new computer, a laptop, and she wants it to be somewhere in the $0-$300 range. I know there are some PC laptops out there for that price but here's the thing, she want's a computer with OS X on it.

    So, I'm not sure if I should...

    A) Find a new/used laptop at a hell of a discount.
    PRO: Meets all criteria
    CON: Where on earth do I find a (somewhat decent) Apple laptop for that price?

    B) Wait for an Apple tablet that is rumoured to be coming in 2010.
    PRO: If the rumours are correct, it should be around $300 and meet my mum's criteria
    CON: Having to possibly wait until 2010 (She needs a laptop soon...)

    C) Buy a new/used PC Laptop for that price, and install OS X or Windows 7
    PRO: It's cheap, and it's easy to find.
    CON: Installing OS X on a PC might be tricky (for me, anyways). Possibility of unstableness.


    So what do you guys think? Go with choice A, B, or C? Or do you have a choice D that I missed? :p

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Apple is not going to release a $300 netbook.
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Buy a 2nd hand iBook G4 or 1st Gen MacBook, whichever is cheaper.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    OS X will not run well (if at all) on a $300 PC. Windows barely runs on a $300 PC.
     
  5. iGuardian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can those run Leopard or would it be limited to Tiger?
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    They can run Leopard.
     
  7. glap1922 macrumors regular

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    I think an older G4 or G3 ibook is your only option at that price point. The only other option I could think of is getting a Dell Mini 9 and trying to get OS X running on that, apparently it is fairly easy.
     
  8. glap1922 macrumors regular

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    Depends on the processor inside. Check out the OS X wiki, it should tell you what the min specs are for installing leopard.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Leopard runs fine in PPC Macs as well, but Snow Leopard needs Intel Mac
     
  10. iGuardian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I install OS X on a Dell Mini 9 would it be stable? Or would it just be safer/easier to go with a G4?
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Compare a Core Solo against an E1400/5200 with 3 GB of RAM. Your claim is rather outrageous.

    OP you have a chance turning a netbook into a HackBook netbook. The Dell Mini is popular.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    G4. From what I can gather, OS X runs acceptably well on netbooks- it's more the netbook experience that's a downer.
     
  13. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Leopard runs badly on a iBook G4. It might be acceptable on a Powerbook model, but with an iBook I'd stick with Tiger.

    Honestly, if you want a Mac, you'll have to spend more for an acceptable experience. Period.
     
  14. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    It'll be fine. That is actually one of the easiest netbooks to install OS X on. Last time I checked, everything worked.

    You can install OS X on just about anything Intel now. I've got a guide for it and I'll post it if you want.

    I'm planning on getting a Dell Vostro 1320 (refurb) and installing OS X on that for performance comparable to a 13'' MBP.
     
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    So ... you're telling me to look at $300 desktops? :confused:

    The OP is looking for a $300 notebook. All the $300 PC notebooks I've seen are horrendous.
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A Penryn derived Celeron or a Pentium Dual Core? The Core Solo Mac mini cries to perform that well.

    The cheapest Core Duo MacBook you can probably get right now is around $500. It's not 64-bit either!
     
  17. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    An Apple tablet is more likely to cost $800 than 300.
     
  18. caonimadebi macrumors regular

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    Dell is currently selling the Mini 9 (new or refurbished) for $170 with coupon in their online outlet. The $170 configuration only comes with 8GB SSD (which I doubt is big enough to hold Leopard) and 512MB of RAM, but you can probably upgrade to a 32GB SSD and 2GB of RAM for $100. Obviously, you'll have to purchase a legal copy of Leopard yourself.
     
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    12" PowerBooks G4 go around dirt cheap these days....
    Also they are one of the most beautiful, durable and portable apple notebooks out there for a reasonable price.

    I would pick an PowerBook 12" anytime over a netbook.
     
  20. glap1922 macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't hold off for a tablet. It might be cool, but not having an actual keyboard will be a big turnoff for a lot of every day users. If your looking for a $300 laptop for everyday use I don't think a touchscreen will be your best bet.

    A G4 ibook or powerbook with a processor over 1ghz and a decent amount of ram is probably your best bet.
     
  21. iGuardian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, so what I gather from this so far is:

    1. A mac tablet will either not exist or not fit my preferred price point.
    2. It is fairly easy to install OS X on a Dell, and the Dell should be able to run Leopard just as well as a mac can.
    3. To get a mac I either have to get a older/slower computer or increase my price pint.

    I'm kind of leaning towards buying one of these and installing OS X on it.

    From my (limited) understanding of hackintoshing, I can't just take a REAL Leopard disk and install it, I'd need to download a modified version?
     
  22. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Hackintoshes are for geeks and tinkerers.

    Don't give your Mom a hackintoshed Dell. She won't be happy in the long run.
     
  23. Pak^Man macrumors regular

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    If you run into a 1st Gen Macbook in decent condition that is cheaper than an iBook, drop me a line....
     
  24. glap1922 macrumors regular

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    If youa re going to get a Dell Mini 10, make sure it is the 10v. From what I have read, you can't just throw the disc in and install Leopard, but it isn't brain surgery either. I would recommend scoping out some forums where people have actually done it to see how difficult it would be for you.
     
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