Which low end Laptop is best ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Fishtalk, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Fishtalk macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2008
    My old Pismo running Panther finally died....
    So I'm looking for a cheap 2nd hand Mac.
    As you can imagine a Pismo Running Panther in 2010 my computing needs are not too high.... e mail, surfing the net, a bit of photo retouching, downloading films and music.... What 2nd hand Mac should i look for;.. G3 G4 ? macbook ?
    I have about 250/350 euros budget
    PS. I need something with Fire wire because all my stuff was backed up on Firewire ext . HD
    There are so many 2nd hand Macs on ebay its difficult to know what too look for.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Get something with Intel CPU because support for PPC is disappearing so you may end up using very outdated software in couple of years with e.g. no Flash or other stuff you may want. Something that can run at least Leopard is what you want
  3. MacinDan macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'm not sure what kind of Intel Mac you can find on a 250/350 Euro budget. Maybe an early Mac Book? If not, look at a G4 iBook or Powerbook that you can eventually upgrade to Leopard (Leopard requires a G4, among other things). The 14" iBook has the same form factor as the Pismo, but the Powerbooks are more powerful.
  4. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    Wait until you have a little bit more money
    buying a laptop that old (2004 ibook or powerbook) is risky IMO because 6 years is a long time in the computer world for things to start to break down like fans and hard drives and stuff all of which can be working fine one day and die the next. Not to mention laptops tend to get a lot of abuse like being thrown into backpacks and dropped or have water spilled on them and you cant always tell what its been through just by looking at the surface.
    Just a suggestion from a guy whose bought a few used laptops in my life and had nothing but bad experiences. That being said I've never bought a used Mac so maybe there's something to be said for their build quality.
  5. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    My current laptop (specs below) I bought on eBay back in March. It's about a year old and I got it for $540.00 US (~460 euros).

    I wouldn't get anything older than about two years old, if at all possible. Even with the best of care, that's at least middle age in machine years.

    Good luck!
  6. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    A Macbook would suit your needs very well.

    Start searching for the "deal." Craigslist or eBay might have some good ones.
  7. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    Go for a G4 PowerBook, but if you can, get a MacBook.

    It's really worth it to invest in an architecture that will be supported.
  8. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    get a macbook. PowerPC chips are obeslete. Get a blackbook if you can, I've always liked them and they have higher specs.
  9. MacinDan macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    "Obeslete," huh? So that's why my computer's so slow.
  10. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    Ya get an early Macbook...or try to see if there are any used refurbished Macbooks too.

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