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Asus G74 vs Macbook Pro

post #1 of 11
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Hello guys !
I am currently willing to buy a new laptop, but I am struggling to find the perfect solution for me, maybe You guys can help me. I have a budget of maximum 1200 dollars, and I am going to America ( San Francisco ) in a month, The laptop would be used for studies and gaming at free time. I was looking for a mac book pro 13' but the GPU and CPU on the mac is slow compared to PC laptops at that price, the alternative would be Asus G74 on Best Buy for 1199. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+8GB+Memory+/+1TB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/2712579.p?id=1218346639131&skuId=2712579&st=asus%20g74&cp=1&lp=1
I personally would prefer the asus because I have heard of the nice cooling and the build quality of the G series. The price seems fair too, 4 cores instead of 2 , 8gb instead of 4gb, much better graphic card and the same quality build. The thing about the mbp is that I think it will use off more quickly than the asus, the technology changes and I am planing to buy this laptop and use it for as many years as I can biggrin.gif What is the secret ,why is mbp more expensive than pc laptops and is it worth playing them ? The battery life is no problem for me Maybe there are some other alternatives to these two. Thank You smile.gif
Edited by watermill - 8/2/11 at 3:02pm
post #2 of 11
get the asus, hands down. Buying a mac just to put windows on it is a complete waste of money.
post #3 of 11
They are two totally different solutions - the Macbook Pro isn't a gaming machine by any stretch of the imagination and it wasn't built to function as such. If you're looking for something to play games on, the Asus G74 will be the one you want (although there are other alternatives as well)

Don't go fooling yourself though thinking they are "the same quality" - you can't get more features without sacrificing something, general gamers will find that sacrificing battery life, a rigid chassis and the best keyboard in the industry as thing that they can live with. The mac is all aluminum, sports the best keyboard in the industry, one of the best battery lives out there, and one of the top rated screens.

Again, go for the Asus as it will support your needs much better for what your using it for smile.gif
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post #4 of 11
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Okey, thanks for Your opinions, but can You maybe give some example of alternative laptops that I can provide the same quality and price as well as performance ? Thank You again for the answers smile.gif
post #5 of 11
Get the G74. If you are a gamer go with it.
 
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post #6 of 11
if you're goal is to game. buying a macbookpro probably isn't your best option.
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ohzer0;14440989 
if you're goal is to game. buying a macbookpro probably isn't your best option.

well I will do some gaming but not a lot, guess i will play some COD BO, HON, and do picture edit in photoshop as I do photography
post #8 of 11
I'm going to say that since you said you're not playing a lot of games to get the MBP. The Asus will beat it in gaming sure but as far as battery life or (And yeah my friend has a G series) build quality, the Mac has it. As a general purpose computer the Macbook, in my opinion, is better.
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post #9 of 11
I speak as a proud Macbook Pro owner and user when I say, it sucks for gaming. I got it from a scholarship, and used it primarily as a desktop replacement (gaming inc.) and games ran well but it was annoying restarting just to boot into windows and restarting to boot back into OS X. This year, I built a gaming rig so that I can use my MBP just for school and work.

IOW, Go for the Asus G74.

EDIT: 300th post. w00t
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post #10 of 11
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Okey thank You very much for your opinion, I guess I will buy the Asus then, later if I have problems with it or don't like it I can sell it and still make quite a big profit, because in my country new asus PC costs around 2000 Dollars. cool.gif
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