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PowerBook - Things to look for in a Demo unit


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So I called the Apple Store up here in the triangle and they said to call back tomorrow about having demo units in and for sale.
I say that to say this: What things should I look for in a demo unit. I'd be looking at a laptop so I figured trackpad, screen, keypad and other general things. Anything I should specifically look for would be great.

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whats a demo unit
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The one's they leave out for you to try out and play on.
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See if they'll let you run coconutbattery on it once to see how shot the battery is.
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And as you say, screen, trackpad + buttons, keyboard keys, etc.

Check the screen opens and closes without any power failures/distortion.

Check any ports for pin damage.

Are you getting this unit on the cheap cos its demo?

Oh...and only pretty girls use Macs...
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yea, I read on macnn forums where you can ask 'em about it. So I'm going over to my local one and test the waters. I wouldn't be getting it till next week though, at the earliest.

AptMunich, what's a good battery suppose to read?

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yea, I read on macnn forums where you can ask 'em about it. So I'm going over to my local one and test the waters. I wouldn't be getting it till next week though, at the earliest.

AptMunich, what's a good battery suppose to read?

Thanks again for all the input.
This is what it looks like running on my 7 month old PowerBook after a bit of use.
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Thanks for that, I knew I'd seen that before but I couldn't remember what it was called. Guess I'll run that if I come across a demo unit at my local apple store.
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Every Mac comes with a test CD. Have them run that.
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This is what it looks like running on my 7 month old PowerBook after a bit of use.
Sad, I'm down to 93% of my original strength. Then again, I've got 400 battery cycles, and my PB is 14 months old...
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Sad, I'm down to 93% of my original strength. Then again, I've got 400 battery cycles, and my PB is 14 months old...
dang...mine is at 63% after 16 months and i have 548 cycles. why such a huge difference?
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dang...mine is at 63% after 16 months and i have 548 cycles. why such a huge difference?
I try and run mine off of the power adapter as much as possible. If you tend to run off the battery more, that explains the cycle difference. Still, that's a huge difference in percentage between us, I don't know...
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I try and run mine off of the power adapter as much as possible. If you tend to run off the battery more, that explains the cycle difference. Still, that's a huge difference in percentage between us, I don't know...
Yes, mine is recorded to be at 92% capacity and is 14 months old. But my battery load cycles at 331! Sounds a huge loss compared to yours.
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