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Help beating this Macbook.

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I am off to college next semester and i get a great deal on Thinkpads and Macbooks through my school. I have a solid rig set up for gaming and editing, but i want to have a very portable laptop to keep my important stuff on (school work, etc.). I set up a Macbook:

SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
160GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
Accessory Kit
$1,424.00
***and a FREE 4G iPod Nano*****I already have a old 30Gb one but....
(It's white too...stupid apple "black tax")

I tried setting up other pc laptops (toshiba, dell, lenevo) but i couldn't find a price that beats that.

Many of my non-computer nerd friends got macbooks because i told them they were easy to use. Now i need to be reassured that i really should get myself one. Any advice or recommendations on a different laptop would be great.
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post #2 of 16
Check this SONY VAIO C Series VGN-C250N, It costs $1,349.99.

I already nick name Apple's MacBook the MacCandy
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post #3 of 16
rofl.

1.66 Core 2
13" Screen

I don't even need to look any further. That Vaio is weak.
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post #4 of 16
Looks like a good choice. Don't forget to use the education discount, too, as it should cut off about a hundred to two-hundred dollars.
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post #5 of 16
Go for the Macbook, my friend and my bro has one and they love it. It is kind of heavy though (for something that small)
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post #6 of 16
Yer go with the Macbook
I love Macs for editing stuff and wish I had 1
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post #7 of 16
Hey that sounds like a pretty good discount. What's the accessory kit by the way? I plan on picking up my Macbook at the end of this month or some time in July. With tax and student discount I'm paying $1,297.91 for the mid-level Macbook through the Apple store. How much does your school discount for just the mid-level Macbook?
post #8 of 16
toshiba all the way, dude. I configured this dell, hopefully the link works:
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=DNDWEA3&s=dhs
the toshiba can be had for I think $1500 with a 220gb hard drive. I got a $500 toshiba to supplement my desktop and it has worked well for me- core solo, 80gb hd, 1gb ram. That's all she's got and it runs vista well enough.
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post #9 of 16
I've got a MacBook Pro for digital editing, etc to supplement two other desktops I've got, and it's great. Only think with that Vaio is that it's got integrated video, whereas the Mac's got either an x1300 or 7900 (I think...). If it were me, I'd go Mac.
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Shall we keep things polite please?
    
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