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    Talking Switching on a budget
    I want to switch so bad but the funds are holding me back a bit. Plus I want to make sure I get the mac that is right for me. I want a notebook ofcourse


    I will be using the notebook for flash, dreamweaver, photoshop ect .. and I was looking at getting the ibook 12" G4 laptop. When a ram upgrade :robot: I found this notebook for $799 at http://microcenter.com/single_produ...duct_id=0173858 which I thought was a very good price and cheapest i've found yet. If you know cheaper please post but give me some input macheads


    Thanks

    :bomb:

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    Desolate One
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    The page wasn't available. What are the specs of that model PowerBook?
    When I was shopping around for my iBook I noticed resellers had slightly lower prices but also older models. If you're a student you get a discount with Apple so you may want to check out your PowerBook at an apple retail store. They usually stock "refreshed" models. Nothing wrong with them and they're usually a couple hundred dollars cheaper. That and the student discount makes for some significant savings.

    Oh yah, Welcome aboard! :mac:

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    http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0173858


    lets try that link, its a ibook and not a powerbook. All I really need it for is making flash animations, web surfing, and emails. No video editing or anything like that.

    The specs (just in case link doesnt work)

    $799

    Product Specifications Model Number
    Macintosh iBook G4 M9426

    Case Style
    Portable

    Processor
    PowerPC G4 Processor with Velocity Engine

    Processor Speed
    1.0GHz

    Level 2 Cache
    512KB Level 2 Cache

    Data Bus Speed
    133MHz Frontside Bus

    RAM Installed / Max RAM Supported
    256MB PC-2100 DDR RAM (Expandable to 1.25GB)

    Memory Configuration
    (1) Integrated 256MB DIMM Memory Module

    Memory Slots Available
    One available 200-pin SO-DIMM Slot

    Hard Drive
    30GB 4,200RPM Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive

    Multimedia Drive
    Combo 8x DVD-ROM / 24x16x24 CD-RW Drive

    Display Type
    12.1" XGA Active Matrix Display

    Video Card
    Integrated 4x AGP ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 Video Chipset

    Video Memory Installed
    32MB DDR SDRAM Video Memory

    Internal Max Resolution
    1024 x 768 at 24-bit (16.7M colors)

    Sound Card
    Integrated Sound Card

    Sound Output Mode
    16-Bit stereo

    Audio Input
    Integrated microphone

    Modem / Communication Device
    Integrated 56K V.92 Fax/Modem Adapter

    Data / Fax Transfer Rate
    56Kbps Data / 14.4Kbps Fax

    Network Features
    Integrated 10/100 Network Adapter

    Wireless Network Features
    AirPort Extreme Ready

    Ports and Connectors
    1-Video Out Mini-VGA Port; 2-USB 2.0 Type "A" Ports; 1-FireWire 400 6-pin Port; 1-Modem RJ-11 Port; 1-Network RJ-45 Port; 1-Audio Out Port

    Expansion Slots
    1 (1 free) AirPort Extreme Slot

    Built-in Devices
    Speakers, Wireless Antenna

    Input Device
    Keyboard, Trackpad

    Power Supply
    AC Adapter

    Battery Included
    Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

    Average Run Time
    Up to 6 Hours

    Operating System
    Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther"

    Included Software
    Mail, Safari, iChat AV, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD, GarageBand and iMovie), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Quicken 2004 Deluxe, World Book 2003 Edition, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Deimos Rising, Sound Studio, Zinio Reader

    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    11.2" x 9.1" x 1.35"

    Weight
    4.9 lbs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 Year Limited Warranty

    thanks for the welcome

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    Desolate One
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    iBook! Whoa, this isn't the first time I made that mistake. I think I have PowerBook on the brain. I better get one as to not repeat the mistake.

    I think it's a good deal. I mean is 200 more Mhz worth another $200, not to me it isn't. Like you said, get the memory upgrade and you'll be good.

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    That does indeed appear to be a good deal, and I don't think you'll be at all disappointed with that machine.
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    Again, assuming you qualify for the student discount of 10%, you'd get the 1.2GHz AND Airport Extreme card for $20 more (airport= $79).

    Be sure to get your memory from a good place like www.newegg.com. Apple charges too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warrenbert
    Again, assuming you qualify for the student discount of 10%, you'd get the 1.2GHz AND Airport Extreme card for $20 more (airport= $79).

    Be sure to get your memory from a good place like www.newegg.com. Apple charges too much.
    Well I cant get a student discount, but newegg.com is a great place and I will get my ram from them. :mac:

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    i was going to get that same deal, but by the time you pay tax and shipping unless your buying in a store it comes out to almost 900 so you might as well just get one from a place online with no tax that comes with an airport card, plus you will have the bigger processor. i don't suggest MACMALL they suck *** you can't return anything there and the people are all A-holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmhop81
    i was going to get that same deal, but by the time you pay tax and shipping unless your buying in a store it comes out to almost 900 so you might as well just get one from a place online with no tax that comes with an airport card, plus you will have the bigger processor. i don't suggest MACMALL they suck *** you can't return anything there and the people are all A-holes.
    store not in my state so no tax

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    Just make sure that 30 GB is going to do it for you. Hard drives on iBooks, especially the 12", are extremely difficult to swap out, so if you go for this one, assume you won't be upgrading.

    Also note that this does not have a wireless card. If you want to do any kind of WiFi (designing websites at Starbucks, etc. :-) you'll need to buy an Airport Extreme card.

    For memory, Newegg is good. I bought mine from crucial.com, and I'm completely satisfied with their service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribiner23
    Just make sure that 30 GB is going to do it for you. Hard drives on iBooks, especially the 12", are extremely difficult to swap out, so if you go for this one, assume you won't be upgrading.

    Also note that this does not have a wireless card. If you want to do any kind of WiFi (designing websites at Starbucks, etc. :-) you'll need to buy an Airport Extreme card.

    For memory, Newegg is good. I bought mine from crucial.com, and I'm completely satisfied with their service.

    it says

    Built-in Devices
    Speakers, Wireless Antenna

    and

    Wireless Network Features
    AirPort Extreme Ready


    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsb515
    it says

    Built-in Devices
    Speakers, Wireless Antenna

    and

    Wireless Network Features
    AirPort Extreme Ready


    ?

    Yes, the antenna is built-in; It's automatically built into all iBooks.

    "Airport Extreme Ready" means it's ready to accept an Airport Extreme card that you buy. Look in the list you posted under "Expansion Slots" where it says "1 (1 free) AirPort Extreme Slot"-- "free" means "empty."

    Installing the Airport Extreme card is as simple as installing memory-- in fact, they're both in the same little pod under the keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribiner23
    Yes, the antenna is built-in; It's automatically built into all iBooks.

    "Airport Extreme Ready" means it's ready to accept an Airport Extreme card that you buy. Look in the list you posted under "Expansion Slots" where it says "1 (1 free) AirPort Extreme Slot"-- "free" means "empty."

    Installing the Airport Extreme card is as simple as installing memory-- in fact, they're both in the same little pod under the keyboard.

    Oh ! :dummy: I'll get a airport later on then no big hurry for wireless right now consider I can plug the laptop in anywhere in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolate One
    iBook! Whoa, this isn't the first time I made that mistake. I think I have PowerBook on the brain. I better get one as to not repeat the mistake.

    I think it's a good deal. I mean is 200 more Mhz worth another $200, not to me it isn't. Like you said, get the memory upgrade and you'll be good.
    With student discount, you'd get it cheaper than $999, as was already said. Plus, not only is it .2 GHz faster, it's got TWICE as much HD space, AND the network card already in it. 800 isn't that good of a deal, even without the student discount, and with it, it's downright not a good deal.
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    with student discount it's only $949 so not much of a discount.

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