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Well, hi there. As a new contributor to Low End Mac, I would just like to extend my hand and offer you the warmest of welcomes. I know a lot of you have been avid readers and followers of Low End Mac, and I don’t want to disappoint!

Best 15″ Aluminum PowerBook G4 Prices

Apple last updated the 15″ PowerBook in October 2005, making dual-layer SuperDrives standard and putting in higher resolution displays along with a faster memory bus. Because of their 1440 x 960 resolution displays (vs. 1280 x 854 used by prior 15″ aluminum PowerBooks), these 1.67 GHz models are designated  hi-res in our listings to distinguish […]

Best 12″ PowerBook G4 Prices

The 12″ PowerBook G4 was discontinued in mid-2006 with the introduction of the 13.3″ MacBook, yet it remains a popular choice as the smallest portable Mac with a built-in optical drive. It is available in speeds from 867 MHz to 1.5 GHz. 

Best 17″ PowerBook G4 Prices

If you’re looking for a great desktop substitute PowerPC Mac at an affordable price, the 17″ PowerBook gives you 1680 x 1050 or 1440 x 900 resolution in a machine not much larger and heavier than the 15.4″ PowerBook.

Low End Mac: State of the Site 2013

This has not been a good year for Low End Mac. After switching to the WordPress content management system earlier this year, our Google rank took a nose dive, and while Google still accounts for most of the traffic coming to lowendmac.com, total traffic is about 20% of what it was in 2012.

Mac Software Links

Some resources for older Macs and Mac OS versions can be hard to find. Here are some useful software links for the Mac OS.

Best Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Prices

It’s a real seller’s market. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard retailed for $129 and is now selling online for $159 and up. However, you can save by ordering at the original price directly from Apple by phone at 800-692-7753.

Best iMac G5 Prices

For those who still need Classic Mode or have apps that don’t play well on Intel Macs (especially since the introduction of OS X 10.7 Lion, which no longer supports PowerPC apps), a G5 iMac with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger can be a better choice than an Intel iMac. Intel Macs and Mac OS […]

Mac Pro (2013)

Although it received some relatively minor updates in 2012, the previous Mac Pro received its last real update in 2010, and by the time the 2013 Mac Pro shipped in December 2013, that model was well over three years old. The 2010/2012 Mac Pro was the last Mac to run OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, […]

What’s in My Dock

The Dock was a new Mac feature when OS X was first introduced. It had been part of the NeXTstep and OpenStep environments, where it was just an application launcher. In OS X, it would also show running programs and could hold documents. As you use OS X, you quickly determine which apps deserve an […]

Best Mac OS X 10.6, iLife, and iWork Prices

Although OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and 10.9 Mavericks have each replaced it in turn, there are good reasons you may want to (or even need to) have Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Best iPod touch Prices

Apple introduced the 5th generation (5G) iPod touch with the same 4″ widescreen Retina Display as the iPhone 5. The newest Touch has a dual-core A5 processor and comes in 32 and 64 GB capacities.

Best Power Mac G5 Deals

The Power Mac G5 line included the most powerful PowerPC-based computer Apple ever sold, also making it a powerful line for Classic Mode – especially the last generation dual- and quad-core models, as Classic then has unfettered access to one of the Power Mac’s cores.

What’s on My Home Screen

Once you begin adding apps to your iOS device – whether an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch – you’re faced with the question, Which apps belong on my home screen? In this Low End Mac Round Table discussion, our writers share what’s on their home screens.

Low End Mac’s Compleat* Guide to Mac OS 9

Mac’s Classic OS continues to fade in compatibility and relevance, with support in crucial areas – especially Web browsers and email software – becoming more and more tenuous. Classic Mode is not supported in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on any Macs and was never supported on Intel Macs.