Powerbook refurb - is it worth it? - ehMac.ca
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 12:01 AM   #1
New Neighbour
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 14
Question Powerbook refurb - is it worth it?

Hi Folks,

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)
AirPort Extreme
Bluetooth 2.0+Enhanced Data Rates
Backlit keyboard
Scrolling Trackpad
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!
cheew is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #2
Honourable Citizen
John Clay's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 5,898
You can get a used/refurb MacBook Pro for a few hundred more, or a brand new for $600 more. A used/refurb PowerBook is a waste of money, IMO.
iMac 27" 3.4GHz Core i7, 20GB RAM, 256GB SSD 27" LED Cinema Display
MacBook Pro 13" 2.8GHz Core i7, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD
John Clay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 12:38 AM   #3
Full Citizen
thejst's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 979
Send a message via AIM to thejst
Considering your use, a Macbook (non pro) would suit you nicely, and refurbished would cost a few hundred dollars less. They're capable machines.

like this one:
Attached Images
File Type: png Picture 1.png (24.8 KB, 12 views)
MacBook Pro C2D. It Rules.
thejst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 12:39 AM   #4
Mac Guru
monokitty's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 14,453
...would this accept DDR333 SDRAM?
No. PC-4200 (533 MHz) DDR2 RAM only.
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) 2.3 GHz Core i7, 8GB, 256GB M4 SSD
iPhone 6 - 64GB S/G Sound System Audio Engine A2 Display UltraSharp U2412M 24"
monokitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 03:31 AM   #5
Full Citizen
Carl's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Carlisle, Ontario
Posts: 800
I wouldn't pay 1 dollar more for used Mac when you can get an Intel based Mac for less. The entry level MacBooks would be faster than a G4.
Carl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 04:03 AM   #6
Honourable Citizen
Macaholic's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,815
Definitely pass on the G4. For the performance you can get from a MacBook, the Powerbook just isn't a good deal.
32GB iPad 1 WiFi. 2011 Mac Mini Server (used as a workstation) 2GHz quad-core i7/8GB/1TB, 24" BenQ LCD, 17" NEC LCD, Magic Trackpad. MacBook 2.4GHz Core2 Duo/2GB/200GB/DL-DVDRW. Apple TV 2, 32" flat panel TV, Logitech DiNovo Edge BT keyboard & trackpad. >5TB of FW drives, 16GB iPhone 4S. In memoriam: my Sawtooth "Frankenmac" with upgraded dual 1.3GHz G4/2GB/360GB striped RAID/DVDRW/ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
Macaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16th, 2007, 01:07 PM   #7
Full Citizen
mcdermij's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Guelph, ON
Posts: 148
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.

good luck
12" PowerBook G4, 1.33ghz, 1.25gb, 60gb
mcdermij is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Refurb powerbook g4 1.67ghz go_habs Anything Mac 5 Jul 6th, 2006 08:23 PM
Apple has posted PowerBook G4 Graphics Update 1.0 for 1.67GHz PowerBook G4s. Ottawaman Anything Mac 0 Aug 11th, 2005 09:49 PM
17" G4 Powerbook: what's it worth? emceepj Anything Mac 20 Jan 27th, 2005 12:22 AM
G3 powerbook question & G4 Tower Question. What are they worth??? ice_hackey Anything Mac 8 Sep 15th, 2004 05:25 PM
12" Pow' review (translated from German) Tomac Anything Mac 2 Jan 31st, 2003 07:28 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:51 AM.

Copyright 1999 - 2012, ehMac.ca All rights reserved. ehMac is not affiliated with Apple Inc. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc. Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2

Tribe.ca: Urban living in Toronto!