Buy a used PB?

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  1. sqwirl

    sqwirl New Member

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    I'm in the market for a new laptop now and I've decided to rejoin the Apple camp more than just the occaisional use of my old ibook.

    I was sold on just buying a new macbook but then I decided I wanted to order an intake for my car and some other random parts. Then the more I sat and thought about all I use my computer for, it made it hard for me to want to spend $1100+ on a new laptop. All I currently do on my PC is web browse and listen to music.

    So tonight I got the idea of looking into a used Powerbook on ebay. My only stipulation was that it be at least a 1.33ghz machine. My 500mhz g3 ibook is still tolerable but it struggles with flash and videos. I have memory and hard drives laying around so that is of no concern to me. I've been seeing 15" 1.5ghz g4 powerbooks going for around $600-700.

    My question is would you pay that much for one? Or would you just save up another $400-500 and get the new macbook. I know Apple equipment holds it's value like no other so the prices don't surprise me. Those old PB's were always an object of desire for me, especially the 12", but I don't know if it is a good idea to drop that much on one. I'm afraid that I will get it and regret that decision in 6 months or so when I want more horsepower.

    I've never had any experience using one of them in that speed range. The last powerbook I fooled around with was 867mhz.

    Any ideas/suggestions?
     
  2. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

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    I can't speak for the performance of a later model Powerbook. I've owned a 500MHz iBook and my 1.83GHz Macbook Pro. Personally, I'd be hesitant to spend very much on a non-intel based laptop. I'd rather put the $600-700 towards a Macbook. My iBook was slow as balls, but I put up with it until I had the cash for my MBP. I'm glad I waited, it was worth it :hs:
     
  3. DouggieJ

    DouggieJ OT Supporter

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    Yeah, I agree with DjShiznit, it's better to wait until you can get an Intel-based Mac. They are much, much faster than the PPC G4s. Maybe you can find a used Intel one though, try Craigslist maybe.
     
  4. SuperCzar

    SuperCzar Mac Crew, DSLR Crew

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    I had a 1.25 ghz G4 iBook, and it seemed worthless next to my GF's Core Duo macbook.

    One month later the iBook was sold, and a Core 2 Duo MacBook was on my lap.
     
  5. TheWeasel

    TheWeasel Guest

    I'd save your money til you can buy an Intel machine. It'd be a better investment.
     
  6. noob.

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    Gosh what's with all the iBook bashing? I love mine.
     
  7. mobbarley

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    its now generations old.
     
  8. SuperCzar

    SuperCzar Mac Crew, DSLR Crew

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    I loved my iBook, the 12" form factor, the build quality, the battery life...

    It had a lot of things going for it, but the MacBook blows it away in horsepower.
     
  9. TheWeasel

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    Exactly. It will run Leopard but not all that well. If we were still using G4 processors it'd be worth the purchase but with the move to Intel and the new OS, I don't think it'd be a great purchase.
     

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