so, I've found the ibook and powerbooks to be the slickest laptops out there, just a very simple design (and thats simply my opinion). with that in mind, i *was* looking at buying an older g3 ibook 12" but, w/ software always in the back of my mind, i'd like to find a windows machine for around the same price (500-700). however, i'd like it to be around the same specs as the g3 12", basically a 12" screen, speed not so important as L2 cache (ie. not celeron) and amt of RAM. dvd essential, cd-rw optional. and here's the kicker: something akin to the simplicity of design of the apples'. so, any suggestions? if thats not possible, or there's a laptop definitely worth looking at, feel free to let me know. and of course, thanx ahead of time!
Have you actually used one of those apple things before? They may look pretty but oh man do they suck! I had to support ibooks, powerbook g3s, and powerbook g4s at work. They all are terrible machines. The g4 I used was a little more usable with linux on it, at least until it completely died a few weeks after we got it.
If you are looking at one of those clear cased clamshell ibooks I must advise you not to go for it. The cdrom drives in those die like crazy and they are by far the slowest machines I have ever delt with. My old 486 runnin win95 was way faster than an ibook.
I think just about any pc laptop you can find in that price range will suit you much better regardless of manufacturer. A good place to look for laptops in that price range is ebay.
used them, liked them, but only after fighting years worth of windows-born habits. basically was forced to use both types of machines as im living w/ friends who have them. and their stability is apparent in stark contrast to windows (xp: i still see bad crashes). nothing on these two (one powerbook, one ibook) has failed. and im not going to argue about the power of these machines, but ive found their multitasking abilities are far superior. that said, i still would like a windows laptop. however, i wont touch dell nowadays, same goes for compaq and hp, so no, those wouldn't suit me better. but thanx for addressing the post.
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