wanting to buy cheap mac laptop

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  1. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    hi guys,

    i've been looking into buying a cheap mac laptop (probably a G4 ibook) but i didn't know if it was worth doing with it not being an intel machine. i'd only be using it for IM, listening to music and web-browsing when i'm away from my imac 20". do you think it's worth doing? i sold my windows laptop because i can't stand using the OS since i switched :D
     
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Nice move on the Windows ditching ;)
    What is your budget? Intel machines will last longer in the long run, but it all depends on how much you have to spend.
     
  3. steezy1337 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    money's not really an issue i'd just have to save up for a bit longer, but i didn't really want to spend much seeing as it wouldn't really be used that much.

    i've seen a G4 ibook with 1.42Ghz CPU, 1Gb RAM and an 80Gb HDD.
     
  4. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a new (NVIDIA) white MacBook would be great for you.
     
  5. foothead macrumors regular

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    Yes, the ibook G4 would work very well, and will be fairly cheap. I paid $300 for mine, and never have regretted it.
    BTW, I bought mine from betamacs.com . They were very helpful, and it came loaded with software, even though it was a clean install.
     
  6. steezy1337 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    do you know if they sell to the UK? i've been looking on ebay in the shops there because i can't think of anywhere else that would sell them
     
  7. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't recommend buying an iBook currently. A CoreDuo MacBook probably would be a lot better for you, check out eBay. They are like $500 now.
     
  8. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    You may even be fine with a 900 MHz G3. I wouldn't install Leopard on it, but I don't see why it couldn't take 10.4.11.
     
  9. steezy1337 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for that one i didn't realise there' were any macbooks going that cheap, all i need now is some money to buy it with :D
     
  10. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Definitely look into Macbooks rather than iBooks. The G4 iBooks will give you trouble with Flash intensive sites, especially video streaming based ones that have a 480p/HD option. I know in the US, we have Hulu for that. I'm not sure if that's available in the UK, or if you have something similar.
     
  11. johnny13oi macrumors member

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    Yeah definitely go with the Intel. The G4's are pretty slow for simple stuff like youtube. Also be aware that there were a lot of intermittent shut down issues with the Macbook Core Duo's.
     
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  14. tayloralmond macrumors 6502

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    Yeah you may be right...it was just what I found on a quick google search...
     
  15. foothead macrumors regular

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    I have ordered 2 laptops from wegenermedia. It is NOT a scam. Their customer service was great, and they were really helpful.
     
  16. Apple all life macrumors 6502

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    sorry I don't know how that can be real it is unbelievably cheap
     
  17. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't recommend an iBook. The G4 is pretty much going to render it useless when snow leopard comes out. It already is heavily crippled in that many apps require Leopard and/or an Intel processor. Granted you can run Leopard on a G4 but I would't recommend it.

    Any Macbook would suit you fine.
     
  18. foothead macrumors regular

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    I know. That's the point of WM. They buy them really cheap in bulk from businesses and things. They then make sure they work and sell them at still discount prices. Also try betamacs.com .If you decide on a desktop, try mac-resource.com on the refurb page.
     
  19. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    This is just untrue. My 1 ghz iBook with a paltry 512 mb of RAM essentially functions as my media center. I watch Hulu on it constantly. No problem.
     
  20. UrFatMom macrumors regular

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    Well, seeing that your screen exploded, I might wanna consider not buying from the same place ;)
     
  21. foothead macrumors regular

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    Actually I bought that one from ebay.:D
     
  22. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Does it run Hulu 480p? I meant to mention that in my original post...whoops.

    My 800mhz G4 iBook with 640MB of RAM would choke up on many video based sites, especially 480p streams.
     
  23. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    There were problems with overheating and crashing early on. But there was a firmware update in late 2006 that fixed that - I haven't had a crash since on my Core Duo machine. :)
     
  24. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    The G4's run youtube fine at that speed for, atleast the newer gen g4's. Its the g3's that struggle with anything flash based.
     

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