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MacBook Air's:
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11.6-inch
- 1.6 GHz, 64 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM: $999
- 1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1199

13.3-inch
- 1.7 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1299
- 1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM: $1599
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Mac Mini's:
Quote:
Standard models
- 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM: $599
- 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM: $799

Server model
- 2.0 GHz, dual 500 GB hard drives, 4 GB RAM: $999
Thunderbolt Compatible ACD's:
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Alongside the new Mac mini models, Apple also released a new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Appearing nearly identical to the previous 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the primary upgrade to Apple's sole standalone display offering is Thunderbolt compatibility, enabling the device to be used within daisy-chained configurations of the new high-speed data and display connectivity standard. With the new standard, users can for the first time run two displays off of a single Thunderbolt port on Macs offering enough graphics horsepower to support the pixel load.
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That's some nice gear. Two thunderbolt compatible displays per thunderbolt port? Awesomesauce. The server Mac Mini has a quad-core processor. The base Mac Mini has Intel HD3000 graphics whilst the high end has a 6630M 256MB GPU.
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Guys, check out the Apple Store. The regular white Macbook is gone!
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I think they listed some of the specs wrong. Core i5 CPU and integrated graphics for $999? How can that possibly be correct? Either it is listed incorrectly or it is extremely overpriced. I know Apple, and they would never charge such ridiculous prices on that hardware.
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Guys, check out the Apple Store. The regular white Macbook is gone!
Aha, I forgot about that. Poor little MacBook.
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It needed to go IMO.

Macbook air is smaller and more powerful now.
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Well what do you know. Mac mini doesn't use integrated graphics and has a quad core...
And they took about the super drive.

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I think they listed some of the specs wrong. Core i5 CPU and integrated graphics for $999? How can that possibly be correct? Either it is listed incorrectly or it is extremely overpriced. I know Apple, and they would never charge such ridiculous prices on that hardware.
Not sure if serious.

I just did a hardware comparison for the company I work for, they want to buy all of the programmers new laptops. The MacBook Pro was roughly $1200 overpriced at the performance bracket I analyzed. Here's an example:

XPS 17 --- $1,955

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
8 GB System RAM
GeForce GT 555M, 3GB VRAM
2 x 1.0TB 7200 RPM hard drives in a Raid 0 setup
17.3" screen, 1920x1080


Alienware M18x --- $2,759

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
8 GB System RAM
Two GTX 460Ms in SLI
2x 750GB 7200 RPM hard drives in a Raid 0 setup
18.4" screen, 1920x1080 WLED.


MacBook Pro --- $3,499

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
8 GB System RAM
Video card? Couldn't find info about this on the site...
256GB SSD
17" screen, 1920x1200

The MacBook pro has a slightly better screen resolution, less storage capacity (but the SSD would have faster read access), and I'm not even sure what GPU it comes with, but I guarantee the Alienware's dual 460s would top it. The Alienware has an extra inch on screen size as well.

So can someone (other than a fanboy) tell me why this MacBook Pro is $740 more than the Alienware and $1500 more than the XPS?
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post
Not sure if serious.

I just did a hardware comparison for the company I work for, they want to buy all of the programmers new laptops. The MacBook Pro was roughly $1200 overpriced at the performance bracket I analyzed. Here's an example:

XPS 17 --- $1,955

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
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2 x 1.0TB 7200 RPM hard drives in a Raid 0 setup
17.3" screen, 1920x1080


Alienware M18x --- $2,759

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
8 GB System RAM
Two GTX 460Ms in SLI
2x 750GB 7200 RPM hard drives in a Raid 0 setup
18.4" screen, 1920x1080 WLED.


MacBook Pro --- $3,499

2nd Gen Intel Core i7 2820Q
8 GB System RAM
Video card? Couldn't find info about this on the site...
256GB SSD
17" screen, 1920x1200

The MacBook pro has a slightly better screen resolution, less storage capacity (but the SSD would have faster read access), and I'm not even sure what GPU it comes with, but I guarantee the Alienware's dual 460s would top it. The Alienware has an extra inch on screen size as well.

So can someone (other than a fanboy) tell me why this MacBook Pro is $740 more than the Alienware and $1500 more than the XPS?
Build quality,

6750M 1GB GPU probably, is essentially a 6770M when undervolted and OC'd which all do sucessfully.
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Build quality,

6750M 1GB GPU probably, is essentially a 6770M when undervolted and OC'd which all do sucessfully.
Is there any proof they're a higher build quality?

I've found the high-end Dell laptops to be of great quality. My all-alumimum Dell e1705 is still going strong after 5 years, and I even dropped it on its side on the pavement once from about 2-3 feet, just scuffed it in a couple of places.

Besides, I wasn't aware people pay almost double the price in a laptop for what might amount to better build quality.
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So can someone (other than a fanboy) tell me why this MacBook Pro is $740 more than the Alienware and $1500 more than the XPS?
Build quality, industry leading support, smaller size and weight, unibody construction, better screen, SSD.......

I mean, how can you compare a top of the line macbook pro to gaming laptops? They serve two completely different market segments
    
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