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  • 41% (7)
    Buy MacBook now
  • 17% (3)
    Buy MacBook Pro now
  • 17% (3)
    Buy MacBook in the fall
  • 23% (4)
    Buy MacBook Pro in the fall
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post #21 of 40
Oh ok. When should you invent in a Macbook?

Never.

Like pauldovi said, there are many non-mac products that are cheaper and better.
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post #22 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by ouroboros1827 View Post
Are you talking about the Macbook or the Macbook Pro? A T61p will probably run $1400+ with an employee discount, which is right in between MB and MBP. A Thinkpad is the more reliable notebook, but unfortunately it doesn't run OS X. (which I think the Guy wanted)
The T61p will run at the low end of the MacBook Pro with a lot more horsepower.

Why would you want to run OSX?

If anything run Vista + Linux.
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post #23 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by nigel View Post
none..dont go with mac...get a satellite a200 with vista ...best think i ever got ....
and why?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ClaytonCallihan View Post
Theres no option for (dont buy mac cuz they are overpriced)
Compare a mac to a similar spec, PC, the mac is a FAR better deal
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post #24 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by reberto View Post
Compare a mac to a similar spec, PC, the mac is a FAR better deal
Okay:

MacBookPro:


Core 2 Duo T7700
2GB DDR2-667
256MB 8600GT
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1440 x 900
OSX

Price: $2499

Lenovo T60p:


T7600
2GB DDR2-667
256MB ATI FireGL V5200
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1680 x 1050
XP Professional / Vista Business
Shock Mounted HDD + Accelerometer
Magnesium Rollcage

Price $2238 (T61p will be a better deal)

Dell D830:

T7700
2x1GB DDR2-667
256MB Quadro NVS140
120GB 7200RPM
15.4" 1440x900

$1901

Shocker, the leading business notebooks are cheaper, actually will run software, and will last longer.
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post #25 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by reberto View Post
and why?



Compare a mac to a similar spec, PC, the mac is a FAR better deal
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Okay:

MacBookPro:


Core 2 Duo T7700
2GB DDR2-667
256MB 8600GT
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1440 x 900
OSX

Price: $2499

Lenovo T60p:


T7600
2GB DDR2-667
256MB ATI FireGL V5200
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1680 x 1050
XP Professional / Vista Business
Shock Mounted HDD + Accelerometer
Magnesium Rollcage

Price $2238 (T61p will be a better deal)

Dell D830:

T7700
2x1GB DDR2-667
256MB Quadro NVS140
120GB 7200RPM
15.4" 1440x900

$1901

Shocker, the leading business notebooks are cheaper, actually will run software, and will last longer.
Pwnt. Seriously, macs are not a good deal unless you can't live with your mighty apple logo.
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post #26 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by reberto View Post
and why?



Compare a mac to a similar spec, PC, the mac is a FAR better deal


LOL? A mac WILL NEVER be a better deal than ANY PC ANYWHERE
    
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post #27 of 40
Quote:
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I've seen someone play CS:S on a macbook. It's really not pretty. Think worse than a FX 5200.

I'd wait. I've heard they're putting better gfx cards in the laptops soon. Besides, if this laptop is for school, do you really need it now?
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post

Of course the FX 5200 is going to be stronger than Intel's GMA 950. You cant really expect to play such a demanding game on a notebook that only comes with an integrated gpu.

Okay:

MacBookPro:

Core 2 Duo T7700
2GB DDR2-667
256MB 8600GT
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1440 x 900
OSX

Price: $2499

Lenovo T60p:

T7600
2GB DDR2-667
256MB ATI FireGL V5200
160GB 5400RPM
15.4" 1680 x 1050
XP Professional / Vista Business
Shock Mounted HDD + Accelerometer
Magnesium Rollcage

Price $2238 (T61p will be a better deal)

Dell D830:

T7700
2x1GB DDR2-667
256MB Quadro NVS140
120GB 7200RPM
15.4" 1440x900

$1901

Shocker, the leading business notebooks are cheaper, actually will run software, and will last longer.
First of all Dell notebooks suck because their made cheap so lets not even try. Second of all Lenovo T61p isnt even in the same league as the new MBP. If you want to compare the Lenovo T60p to a MBP you'd have to compare the T60p to last years MBP with ATi X1600 (which by the way is a lot cheaper now).

Hey I agree I think MBP's are pretty damn expensive but you get what you paid for. Where else are you going to find a 5.4lb, one inch thick notebook with 3-4 hrs of battery life, packing that much power? Not only are you paying for the specs of the notebook but your also paying for other nice features such as Front Row, illuminated keyboard, Bluetooth, iSight, & iLife.
post #28 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve-0 View Post
First of all Dell notebooks suck because their made cheap so lets not even try. Second of all Lenovo T61p isnt even in the same league as the new MBP. If you want to compare the Lenovo T61p to a MBP you'd have to compare the T61p to last years MBP with ATi X1600 (which by the way is a lot cheaper now).

Hey I agree I think MBP's are pretty damn expensive but you get what you paid for. Where else are you going to find a 5.4lb, one inch thick notebook with 3-4 hrs of battery life, packing that much power? Not only are you paying for the specs of the notebook but your also paying for other nice features such as Front Row, illuminated keyboard, Bluetooth, iSight, & iLife.
Have you even used a Dell laptop? They are inexpensive, but by no means cheap.
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post #29 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Don't get a MacBook. They are overpriced... My friend just got one and it really isn't that impressive.

I think you should get a Lenovo T61p.

T7300-T7700
Window XP - Vista
2-4GB DDR2-800
Nvidia Quadro FX 570M (DX10)
100-200GB 5400RPM -7200RPM
1920 x 1200 15.4 LCD (beats the 1440 x 900 on the MacBook)

With all that, it will still be less than the MacBook.
Get the T61p! That setup wont be as cheap as the baseline MacBook, but it will be less than the MacBook Pro.

Also, if you are going into engineering, I know a lot of the programs run on Windows only. It is something to be aware of. Make sure to check your school's computer requirements (your specific area of study's department/school/college/etc., included)

Plus, the ThinkPads are durable and powerful.


I'd get the 14.1 inch T61.
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post #30 of 40
I use to hate apple with a passion (I still kind of do, but I like their laptops at least now). But for some reason I liked the macbook after looking around for laptops (I was thinking a Dell D630, but the macbook was at the same price or a little cheaper than it including the education discount).

Anyway, I really really needed a new laptop. Im back with my parents for the summer which means my rig is back in Seattle. So I picked up the macbook recently and I must say I love it. I love how portable it is, and am very suppressed how nice OS X is. I have also found a lot more mac software than I ever thought existed. I personally only need it to keep in touch with friends, write some papers, do some simple engineering stuff. So I dont know if I will ever switch my desktop to OS X. But I am kinda enamored with the macbook for the time being. And it is a really nice operating system to use with a laptop. Plus you always have the option of boot camp. I cant wait to take my macbook with me to class with me when school starts up again.

Anyway its a great notebook, the internal wireless uses an atheros chipset (I personaly love their chipsets) so it gets great range. It also has great battery life, tho I am a bit hardcore about saving battery, screen down to lowest setting ect.

But yea, if you need a notebook now, and a macbook meets your needs, then go for it. If not then wait till fall.
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