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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?
    Hello all,

    I hate to ask a question that might have been asked before but when I searched I really did not get the answer I was hoping.

    I have been a Linux user for the last few years along with some windows.

    The wife uses windows.

    She asked about getting a mac.

    Here lies the question:

    What should I get for a starter mac. I was thinking about getting a powerbook G4 because they can be gotten cheap. My concern with a powerbook would be if she don't like the OS (for some reason) and it gets the shelf treatment or I have to resale it for a loss.

    So what would you do?

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?

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    You don't say laptop or desktop preference.
    Look on eBay and get a Macbook Pro 15". They're relatively cheap ($1k) and loaded up pretty well.
    If she don't like it, you still have several choices:
    1) Load boot camp and dual boot Mac OS & Windows (XP, Vista - and I guess 7)
    2) Load Linux instead of Windows.
    3) Sell it for about the same price you paid for it - the MBPs will hold their value for at least the next 12 months.

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?

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    Sorry I assumed being I posted this in a laptop forum (area) it would be assumed?

    My worry again is I can likely get a powerbook for $4-500.

    Spending $1k on something she might not like seems risky

    But I don't wanna got with a powerbook if they really are out of date and so on.

    She is using a Dell D600 (about 6 years old now) anyways.

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond View Post
    Sorry I assumed being I posted this in a laptop forum (area) it would be assumed?

    My worry again is I can likely get a powerbook for $4-500.

    Spending $1k on something she might not like seems risky

    But I don't wanna got with a powerbook if they really are out of date and so on.

    She is using a Dell D600 (about 6 years old now) anyways.
    I use my old Dell D600 for my CentOS 5.4 laptop system. Not too bad.
    I gave my wifey an old Dell D500 w/ 22"external monitor, wireless keyboard & mouse. Makes an "okay" netbook.

    Any Macbook with Intel procs should be your only concern.
    Older MacBooks have the PPC and PPC is no longer supported by Apple.
    If you buy a PPC based system, you'll be loading Linux on it in a week - because it will be stuck on Tiger, or maybe an older version of Leopard.
    Spend as much as you can afford. As I said, they hold their value pretty well, so you can sell it for about what you paid for it if she doesn't like it.

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?

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    All the Macbooks are polycarbonate right?

    The Macbook Pros are the aluminum chassis?

    Is there much concern here?

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond View Post
    All the Macbooks are polycarbonate right?
    Most of the MacBooks have plastic housings...but there were a couple "Unibody" aluminum models.

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    What to get for my 1st mac laptop? Used or new?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond View Post
    Hello all,

    I hate to ask a question that might have been asked before but when I searched I really did not get the answer I was hoping.
    What was your search criteria and what answer were you hoping to recieve?

    This same issue has been answered many times before, here are just a few of them given by me:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/swi...ac-laptop.html

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/252126-post3.html

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/637786-post3.html


    Before you commit to buy any used machine, do two things:

    • Check out the machine's specs at Mac2Sell - Guide to used Mac first, to make sure you aren't getting ripped off
    • Make sure the machine comes with the original install/restore discs.
      If it doesn't, then don't buy it.
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