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Tell me when Apple releases a $600 or less laptop, then I'll care.
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apple still puts 2 gig of ram on their computers

how sad
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Quote:
Originally Posted by enri95 View Post
apple still puts 2 gig of ram on their computers

how sad
My cousin was still using 512MB of RAM until last month when his PC died
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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
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?
The MacBook Pro comes to $2949 without the SSD which shouldn't be there as it isn't a fair comparison. For some of the rest of the price difference? Build quality, battery life, etc.

And, the Alienware isn't in the same category as the MacBook Pro, it's a gaming laptop. It'll most definitely beat the 6750M in the GPU department, but it'll just fail hard in terms of battery life (as gaming laptops do), etc.
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Macbook Pro's would be perfect if they weren't ridiculously priced. OSX + W7
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The MacBook Pro comes to $2949 without the SSD which shouldn't be there as it isn't a fair comparison. For some of the rest of the price difference? Build quality, battery life, etc.

And, the Alienware isn't in the same category as the MacBook Pro, it's a gaming laptop. It'll most definitely beat the 6750M in the GPU department, but it'll just fail hard in terms of battery life (as gaming laptops do), etc.
Well technically the XPS and Alienware are extra with the RAID0 setup as well, that doesn't come standard.

I concede your point on battery life if that's what somebody needs. We were specifically looking for gaming performance, because these laptops would be going to video game programmers. Regardless, when buying top-of-the-line laptops, battery life is rarely a factor, if you want battery life get at 15" version with a low-power Core i5 or something.
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post #17 of 210
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Well technically the XPS and Alienware are extra with the RAID0 setup as well, that doesn't come standard.
True. But even so, it subtracts a lot less than an SSD (especially from Apple) adds
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I concede your point on battery life if that's what somebody needs. We were specifically looking for gaming performance, because these laptops would be going to video game programmers. Regardless, when buying top-of-the-line laptops, battery life is rarely a factor, if you want battery life get at 15" version with a low-power Core i5 or something.
Ah, I see. That'd mean the Alienware would be more suitable. However, Apple unlike many other competitors, don't have many lines. They don't have a gaming specific laptop.

You'd be surprised, from what I know the 17" MacBook Pro does pretty well in terms of battery life (and I don't think the 15" does much better as it's so similar). Apple's site lists 7 hours for the MacBook Pro (and that's with their newer, more accurate tests which are closer to real world usage than the previous ones they did).

I'm very interested to see the redesign of the MacBook Pro next year... hopefully it's a big improvement.
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NEVERMIND

didn't see you were buying for video game programmers.
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What is the nvidia desktop equivalent if the AMD 6630m and why must he quad core be server only...


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Does anybody know when the updated MacBooks are coming out?
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