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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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Question Powerbook refurb - is it worth it?

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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!
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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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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.
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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 11:38 PM   #3
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Considering your use, a Macbook (non pro) would suit you nicely, and refurbished would cost a few hundred dollars less. They're capable machines.

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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 11:39 PM   #4
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...would this accept DDR333 SDRAM?
No. PC-4200 (533 MHz) DDR2 RAM only.
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #5
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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.
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 03:03 AM   #6
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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.

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