I'm looking to replace my now-dead Pismo powerbook. I saw the following on the Apple site:
Refurbished PowerBook G4 15-inch 1.67GHz SuperDrive 512MB DDR2 PC2-4200 SDRAM
80GB Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (128MB DDR)
Bluetooth 2.0+Enhanced Data Rates
Dual link DVI Price: $1,549.00
I'm mostly using this for surfing the web, documents/spreadsheets, some (light) photo retouching or drawing with gimp, oh and the occasional youtube flick. Any thoughts? I'd like to upgrade the RAM to 1GB - would this accept DDR333 SDRAM? Thanks!
Definitely pass on the G4. For the performance you can get from a MacBook, the Powerbook just isn't a good deal.
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100% go with the Intel machine. I see the difference everyday, my 12" 1.33 powerbook against my roommates core duo macbook 2.0. So much faster, and the screen is so bright. I know my pb is a generation behind the pb you'd be getting, but still. The built in isight is worth the extra couple hunny alone in my opinion.
Make sure whatever you get you upgrade the ram to at least 1gb. My other roommate has the same macbook with only 512mb ram and it's painfully slow.
12" PowerBook G4, 1.33ghz, 1.25gb, 60gb