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AboveNBeyond 10-26-2009 06:26 PM

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?

ticedoff8 10-26-2009 06:45 PM

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.

AboveNBeyond 10-26-2009 06:54 PM

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:Oops:

But I don't wanna got with a powerbook if they really are out of date and so on.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

ticedoff8 10-26-2009 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond (Post 932015)
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:Oops:

But I don't wanna got with a powerbook if they really are out of date and so on.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

AboveNBeyond 10-26-2009 08:03 PM

All the Macbooks are polycarbonate right?

The Macbook Pros are the aluminum chassis?

Is there much concern here?

pigoo3 10-26-2009 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond (Post 932070)
All the Macbooks are polycarbonate right?

Most of the MacBooks have plastic housings...but there were a couple "Unibody" aluminum models.

- Nick

D3v1L80Y 10-26-2009 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AboveNBeyond (Post 931995)
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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