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Ask Max: Which Mac Notebook is Right for the Kids?

Asked on 05/26/2006:

I am 11 years old. I have Mac mini G4 right now, and I love it. I am considering buying a Macintosh notebook, and was wondering which model would be the best. Also, what is the highest OS you can run on a Lombard PowerBook?


I would recommend an iBook. I bought my 11-year-old daughter a G4 iBook and it has worked perfectly for her. It has survived at least one drop and a great deal of abuse without breaking. Nearly any iBook would work but you may want to get the G4 iBook or wait for an Intel iBook which probably will be out in less than 6 months. That way you will have a computer that will last you a long time. Now if you just want a portable for when you are away from your Mac Mini then find a nice used iBook 600MHz or 700MHz.

The Lombard PowerBook can only run Mac OS X 10.3.9 and it will not run it well. If you are going to use the Lombard with 10.3.9 then make sure the computer has at least 512MB of RAM.

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