Power PC G4 800 MHz Processor
256 Mb RAM Memory
30 Gb Hard Drive
DVD Rom & CD ReWriter Drive
12.1" TFT Screen
32Mb Ati Mobility Radeon 9200 Graphics
Mac OS X v10.3
2 x USB connections
1 x Firewire Socket
1 Year FREE Warranty
Seen the above for sale in a local pc store on special offer. Thinking about going for it. Would it be fast enough for general use eg. photoshop, dreamweaver, word processing, watching movies, email, surfing the net etc.
1,145.11 USD for those on the other side of ye pond
I work with somebody that owns a laptop with very similar specs. I used his machine for 6 hours with no performance issues. It seems to run great for general use, but I don't know how a machine with only 256 megs RAM would handle Photoshop. On both PC and Mac Photoshop is a bit of a beast. Mac OSX 10.3 is fantasic from the limited use I have of it.
I used photoshop on a p133mhz with 32mb of ram. It worked rather well to tell the truth, i basically used it for learning.
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I use a 1Ghz/12"/Rev.B/768mb/GeforceFX5200 Powerbook G4 and it runs photoshop great.
It will be more than enough for what you need, and a good price too. I'd say it's about the same as a P4 1.7Ghz for photoshop work - more than enough, as I say. The main reason you'd want an apple notebook, however is that the quality is second to none and you get to use the best consumer grade OS in the world.
You can buy RAM from any major supplier - you want a DDR SO-DIMM. Best place to go is crucial.com and use their selector. I recommend crucial ram, although very slightly more expensive it's the best quality you can get - bad quality ram causes crashes.
I have a 667Mhz Titanium PowerBook that I've had for about two years and my girlfriend bought the iBook model that you are considering back in January. She has the stock 256MB of RAM and I have 768MB (albeit SDRAM) myself. I would consider both machines to be about equal in performance and both are quite snappy at all of the tasks I throw at them. I would definitely grab 512 or 640MB of RAM yourself if you will be using PhotoShop or more than about 5-8 applications at once. I tend to leave 15-20 apps open on my PowerBook without issue and go weeks between reboots (putting the machine to sleep instead). Less RAM would make this a bit of a chore.
I could recommend no better machine for you to purchase though... Apples are fantastic.
From a price perspective, I'm not sure of the conversion value of the price you quote, but when my girlfriend got hers, it was $1099 new and she got a refurb for $999. You can get them slightly cheaper now that a 1Ghz 12" model is out.