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Vintage Buffalo: PowerBook G4

Vintage Buffalo is a weekly feature here at TechnoBuffalo where we take a look at our old gadgets, why we bought them, and what made us replace them.  Are you like us and hanging on to some gadget relics of the past? Submit your story to be featured in a future Vintage Buffalo!

Gadget: PowerBook G4 17″ 1.5GHz

Owner: Christopher Selph

Purchase Date: 2007

Price: $700

Why I bought it: I needed a mobile Mac with power to replace my old iBook G3 Clamshell! I always loved seeing my favorite musician “Imogen Heap” use hers in her live shows so I went on craigslist and found a person who was selling one for a great price!

Best feature: 17″ inch screen! Thin

Still working?: Yes! It was in great shape for a laptop from 2005. The original battery still had 3 hours left and ran Leopard and all of my software like a champ!

What made me replace it: College was coming up and I needed something lighter, with a great battery, and an Intel processor to run all of the latest software and YouTube “yes, YouTube doesn’t work well on a G4!” So I bought a MacBook Air!

Why I’m still hanging on/why you gave it up: I gave it up because I’m a college student and needed the money to help pay for the MBA. I would have loved to have kept it though.

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Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...