Mac newbie - iBook or wait for Macbook?

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  1. autoracer1

    autoracer1 Rallyx postponed :wtc: Next one May 10.

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    I need a laptop for school, 1.5 years left in undergrad and 3 years in law school. I have a powerful PC at home, which I barely use to play games as I work so much. I only really need the laptop for basic school stuff, wireless internet, and watching movies. The only reason I would need windows is so I could VPN into my work's terminal server away from my house whenever I needed to.

    I want battery life (5+ hours), and I would prefer small. I need the ability to burn CDs and wireless internet.

    For the above reasons, and the fact that it will last longer, look better, be faster, and be more reliable, I've decided to get a mac instead of a PC laptop.

    From the above, it would seem like all I need is an ibook. There is no rush on buying this.

    So, here are my options, which one sounds best?

    0) Buy a used G3 ibook (500CDN) and a new battery (if I can?).

    1) Buy a used 12" G4 ibook (900-1000CDN) locally, perhaps get some extra software. Its cheaper, but I don't think I can get the AppleCare warranty, which I would prefer to have.

    2) Buy a new 12" G4 ibook now with applecare and more ram (1249+299+65=1600 + tax). I get 3 years of warranty, a new ibook, but spend a lot.

    3) Buy a MacBook in May/June when they are released. It'll probably be a bit more expensive, and probably have more power than I need, but I can run windows for work stuff, and it will stay powerful through to the end of law school. Plus I'll have applecare as well.

    4) Wait until the MacBooks are out and pick up a new 12" ibook and applecare for cheaper.

    Thoughts? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. omgwtfbbqryan

    omgwtfbbqryan OT Supporter

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    wait until intels come out and decide between that or a cheaper g4
     
  3. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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  4. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    i'd wait for the macbook, they are due any day now.
     
  5. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    considering how close it is.. paying full price for a G4 would be insane right now.
     
  6. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    the g3 ibook was a good computer in it's day, but in don't think it has enough oomph for what you want to do.
     
  7. bigDee

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    Wait.
     
  8. P07r0457

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    my understanding is that those machines you list do not meet your 5+ hour battery life requirement.
     

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