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iBook 700 for student
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Applefreak01
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Jan 17, 2003, 09:24 PM
 
My brother wants to get a iBook 12" 700MHz. He will also be getting airport and a 512MB RAM upgrade. All that he plans on doing is email, surfing the net, a few light games (like Klondike), typing papers, and using Macromedia Studio MX. Is the iBook good for his needs? How fast is the iBook with 10.2.3? Thanks.
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Jan 17, 2003, 10:47 PM
 
The iBook is quite zippy with 10.2.x
     
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Jan 17, 2003, 11:00 PM
 
I think its perfect. I love my 700 (combo). My brother just bought an 800 for school but I havent had a chanve to play with it yet to compare. the 30 gig HD would be nice but my 20 is good for now.

Kind of depends on how long he thinks on keeping it.
     
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Jan 19, 2003, 01:11 AM
 
He plans on keeping for 3 or 4 years and then getting another Mac. Should he still get the iBook if he wants to be using it that far down the road?
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Jan 19, 2003, 02:14 AM
 
Eh, 3 or 4 years is like an eternity in computer time. I guess if he gets it now it'll last him maybe 2-3 years or so if he just uses it for very general things, but if he can afford it doing incremental upgrades (selling iBook to upgrade to newer ones when it comes out, maybe $200 every 5-6 months) that would be the best way. Heh, that's kind of my plan right now

Otherwise, he may want to look at the 12" Powerbook, it's a bit more in price but at least the G4 processor will let it last a bit longer.

Anyways, if he's intent on getting the iBook and can buy it asap, SmallDog has a 700 iBook with an additional 256MB ram for $1079, seems like a pretty good price to me. For some reason it seems to list Airport as well, but Dealmac doesn't say anything about that (it's a DealMac exclusive deal)

http://www.smalldog.com/wag12613/atdealmacex/
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Jan 19, 2003, 02:30 AM
 
Well after much consideration, he has decided to get the 12" PowerBook. I myself have order one also. Pretty soon we'll have twins in the family (well almost, mine will have an airport card and base station)

Thanks for all of the help.
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Jan 19, 2003, 04:47 AM
 
Wow, very cool.

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Jan 19, 2003, 02:08 PM
 
Congrats on the purchase, I'm sure you two will be happy with the Powerbooks
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Jan 19, 2003, 03:19 PM
 
Congrats on the purchases. Now off to the Powerbook forum with you!
     
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Jan 21, 2003, 04:41 AM
 
Although the iBook would have been fine for what you need it for, the PowerBook is an excellent choice, you'll be very happy with it.
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Jan 21, 2003, 05:14 AM
 
Speaking of incrimental upgrades.... where/how would you suggest selling a used iBook, and would it be best to buy new or used if I am trying to keep costs down?

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Jan 22, 2003, 09:42 AM
 
As a friendly reminder, I'll caution all those considering the 12" PB to use it prior to purchase. The unit produces a lot of heat, especially on the left side wrist rest. Moreover, the machine I used was idle (with no open application). I am concerned the heat produced is intolerable.

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Jan 23, 2003, 08:13 PM
 
I'm a student and I've been using my iBook for a few weeks now. It's perfect for all my needs and pretty decent at playing games. I'd say go for it, and with the 512MB RAM upgrade thing you'll be set.

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