Where do you get 12PBs anymore?

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  1. rhyndu macrumors regular

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    I'm interested in getting a NEW 12" PowerBook (for UNDER $900 :)) Any suggestions?

    (Yes, I know it is a slow machine but I already have a white (and easy access to a black) MB + Alu 22 iMac: I just want it for its non-widescreen, matte display and form factor!)
     
  2. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Ebay and don't pay anywhere near $900 :eek:
     
  3. rhyndu thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wasn't aware that eBay had PBs that were new, just used ones.
    What do you think is a reasonable price for something thats new?
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    When you say new, you specifically want a sealed-in-box powerbook? Good luck with that. You're probably going to have to do a lot of waiting around to find one. If you're willing to get a used or refurb one, they're plentiful, but unlike iPods, it's a lot less likely that someone would buy a whole notebook computer and have it sit around without opening it up. Plus they've been out of manufacture so long that the number of sources who still have them on shelves is pretty nil.
     
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    I fear you'll be quite disappointed once you use it for a week or so and realize that the difference in dimensions isn't all that large, the widescreen is better for everything except 4:3 TV viewing and the resolution is frustrating if you've ever used anything bigger, and the computer itself is just underpowered by modern standards.

    For reference, the PB is slightly thicker, about the same depth front to back, and about 2 inches less wide. I would give a lot more than 2 inches and glossy instead of matte to get the WAY faster machine and more screen real estate.
     
  8. Brianstorm91 macrumors 65816

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    They kind of stopped making them?
     
  9. joekix macrumors 6502

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    i love my powerbook!!! bought it used on ebay.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Key word. ;)
     
  11. Romeo604 macrumors regular

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    LOL, to the OP you can't be serious :rolleyes:
     
  12. ryanmcd02 macrumors member

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    I would say get it used on eBay w/ no less than 1.5GHz and any amount of RAM, 80GB HD, and running tiger or leopard (your preference), for about $600. Then upgrade RAM to 1.25. And watch out for dead pixels and especially dents on eBay, as old powerbooks are often dented or warped.
     
  13. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    well..they do make macbookairs..which are close?
     
  14. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    The Macbook Air isn't as small, but would be faster. If the thread starter wants a faster CPU, no optical drive, and the same performance in graphics, the Macbook Air would be the machine to go with for twice the price.
     
  15. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    yeah i guess

    also..how much different

    is a 13.3macbook and 12powerbook?
     
  16. rhyndu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yah, I'm serious. Id like it just for my growing Apple collection...

    I guess it is unreasonable to expect new, sealed-in-box PBs now :(

    Oh well... will just live with my black MB that is 3x as fast and has a brighter (but sadly glossy) screen :)
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, as a collector, sure, you can get one. But you're asking to pay less than the original retail price. You'd have to get really lucky for that. If you're willing to throw around $1400 or 1500, of course, you can probably find a new PB12" within a couple of weeks....
     
  18. macjay macrumors 6502

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    There were a couple of sealed 12" PB's on eBay about 6 months ago... IIRC one went for $1200 and one for $1500.
     
  19. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Mine is as closed to sealed as I think you'd get. It looks simply gorgeous (knock on wood). However, I'm not letting it go! It's still my baby.
     

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