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Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 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
17 Total Votes  
post #31 of 40
Well, I'm glad this didn't erupt into a Mac-hating thread...o_O Might just be me but I don't think the original poster cares why you hate Apple.

Right now MBP & MB come with free ipod & printer, which is basically $300 of free stuff. If you wanted to, you could get a refurb MBP for $1500 right now (128mb X1600), and they do get as low as $1300. Point? Macbook Pros are not ridiculously expensive $3000 machines. Yes, you could get a T60p with better hardware for a lot less with an employee discount...I know...but the original poster didn't mention anything but Apple...
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post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by ouroboros1827 View Post
Well, I'm glad this didn't erupt into a Mac-hating thread...o_O Might just be me but I don't think the original poster cares why you hate Apple.

Right now MBP & MB come with free ipod & printer, which is basically $300 of free stuff. If you wanted to, you could get a refurb MBP for $1500 right now (128mb X1600), and they do get as low as $1300. Point? Macbook Pros are not ridiculously expensive $3000 machines. Yes, you could get a T60p with better hardware for a lot less with an employee discount...I know...but the original poster didn't mention anything but Apple...
Exactly, you get it

I work with PC laptops every day at my job (computer tech), and I must say, they really don't feel all that impressive compared to my boss's MacBook Pro. I used to have an IBM T40, and I loved it to death, but since Lenovo's prices are very close to Apple's for what you get, I would just as soon get a MacBook and get access to OS X as well as Linux and Windows (as I said, I will be doing software and web development in school, so having access to all 3 OS's is invaluable).

After reading this thread and talking with friends and family, I have decided to go with the MacBook and keep my PC around for gaming. However, I still need to decide if I should buy now or wait until the fall. On the one hand, if I wait until the fall I will probably get a better laptop for a better price (and with Leopard!). However, if I get it now I will have a chance to get used to it before school starts, plus if I wait I will not have a laptop for my first term.

So that is what it boils down to, basically
post #33 of 40
I would say wait as long as you can. Fall would be ideal.
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post #34 of 40
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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.
There is a difference between Dell Home and Dell Business. Dell Home is, in general, poor quality notebooks. The Dell Latitude series which is geared towards business users are excellent notebooks.

You are looking at the T61. The T61p isn't in the same league as the MBP. I will agree with you. I has 78% more viewable area on the 15.4" screen. It has a considerably more powerful graphics adable (Quadro 570M compared to 8600GT), a better operating system (You can get a free version of OSX, it is called Linux), a better frame (Thinkpads have the strongest frame available), security (Thinkvantage), and a shockmounted / accelerometer protected HDD. Not to mention is will be cheaper.
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post #35 of 40
Dont even start... You know I was comparing last years MBP to IBM laptop you posted up. Since when did this thread turn into, "Lets not get an Apple notebook but get something else," thread. If Soadmtgguy wanted something other than a Macbook he would have left another option in the poll.
post #36 of 40
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Dont even start... You know I was comparing last years MBP to IBM laptop you posted up. Since when did this thread turn into, "Lets not get an Apple notebook but get something else," thread. If Soadmtgguy wanted something other than a Macbook he would have left another option in the poll.
I configured an IBM comperable to both the MacBook and the MacBook Pro and each time they came out more expensive Steve-0 gets what I'm asking here, please keep this on-topic
post #37 of 40
Exactly, man. You guys and your Apple bashing. Take it too far and it becomes ignorant at a point.

I'd wait a little while on a MacBook Pro BUT keep in mind, even if you get it now you can resell it for like 200 less and upgrade. Macs retain their value unlike other hardware.
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post #38 of 40
You _could_ wait for leopard, but with the money you'd save by getting it now, you could just buy leopard later.

However, you could also wait for santa rosa to come to the macbook (if Apple thinks upgrading the macbook is wise, considering they are not supposed to be as good as MBP's). Apple might update the hardware, it might not. I do know that Santa Rosa (like in the thinkpads, T61 vs T60) runs hotter, has less battery life, and has integrated graphics 2-3x as good.

But since you won't be gaming, who cares about graphics? I'd get the $1200 macbook (dvd burner can't be upgraded by hand...) and give it 2gb ram, 160/250gb hd and you've got one SWEET laptop.

EDIT: Don't forget warranty...
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post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by ouroboros1827 View Post
You _could_ wait for leopard, but with the money you'd save by getting it now, you could just buy leopard later.

However, you could also wait for santa rosa to come to the macbook (if Apple thinks upgrading the macbook is wise, considering they are not supposed to be as good as MBP's). Apple might update the hardware, it might not. I do know that Santa Rosa (like in the thinkpads, T61 vs T60) runs hotter, has less battery life, and has integrated graphics 2-3x as good.

But since you won't be gaming, who cares about graphics? I'd get the $1200 macbook (dvd burner can't be upgraded by hand...) and give it 2gb ram, 160/250gb hd and you've got one SWEET laptop.

EDIT: Don't forget warranty...
Ya, thats what I'm thinking of doing. I can get 2x 1 GB sticks of DDR2 667 RAM on newegg for $70, and with my education discount the total cost with the Apple Care plan would be about $1450ish.
post #40 of 40
Keep your desktop for gaming and by the macbook. Nor only is the macbook cheaper, it is lighter and easier to carry around campus. And wait until fall
 
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