Which to buy, New or Old?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jdogg707, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. jdogg707 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    Here's my dilemna...I reallly want a new Powerbook 15.2" and see the following two possibilities:

    1. New 15.2" from Apple Store w/Edu Discount

    - 1.5GHZ G4 w/128MB 9700 Mobility
    - 512MB RAM
    - 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    - Combo Drive (Already have a DVD Burner, no need for another)

    Price: 2209.00 + Tax = 2363.63

    2. Old 15.2" from Amazon w/$100 MIR

    - 1.25GHZ G4 w/64MB 9600 Mobility
    - 512MB RAM
    - 80GB 4200RPM Hard Drive
    - SuperDrive
    - Airport Extreme

    Price: 2299.00 - $100 MIR (No Tax) = 2199.00

    Is the difference in price worth the extra speed on the new Powerbook? I will mainly be using this for Microsoft Office 2004, Virtual PC, DVD's, Light iPhoto work, Web Surfing, Programming, etc. I do not plan on doing much gaming or anything like that, but also don't want to be left in the dark if the new Powerbooks are going to be a lot faster, have better battery life, etc. So in this position which would you guys get? This is going to be my second Mac, my first was a 15.2" 1GHZ G4, 512MB PC133, 64MB Radeon 9000, Airport. Thanks for the opinions!
  2. thirteen1031 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2004
    Dude, get the NEW pb. Given your caculations, you're saving less than $100. I'd say the little extra you're paying is well worth the extra speed and superior graphics.

    Oh, and a new 15 pb will come with Airport Extreme.

    Also, are you sure its 1.5 ghz? On-line, the 1.5 ghz is the one with Superdrive. The combo drive is 1.33 ghz.
  3. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    You can take the SuperDrive off of the 1.5GHZ model and knock $180 off the price.
  4. adamjay macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virtual PC is a processor pig, so definitely option A would be the better buy.

    thirteen1031: you can option down to a combo drive and save $180 on the 15" powerbook. hence the $2209 before tax pricetag.

    definitely get the newer powerbook man.

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