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Macbook Pro - $3,499
- C2D @ 2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- Basic 17" Display
- 8x Optical
- No extra software/protection plans

Dell XPS M1730 - $3,059 ( I cant get the link to work, if you don't believe me configure it yourself)
- C2D @2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- 17" Ultra Sharp Display
- 8x Optical
- 8700M GT
- No extra software/protection plans
The main reason the cost is higher is because of the RAM, go with standard RAM and buy RAM from Newegg. Same with the HDD.
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Yea, thats worth less than 800$ in a pc lawl, I dont care what you like, and my laptop isnt for cod4 nub, its for everything. Try that on a crapbook. My 400$ eeepc does anything "homework" related EXTREMELY fast.
ok so how much did you pay for your AMAZING gateway that you modded and got all this COOL stuff in and then you had to pay another $400 for ANOTHER laptop so you have 2 laptops thats awesome yet I have one laptop which is actually just as good as your gateway(maybe not in gaming but everything else) and your EEE PC put together and costs probably less than it aswell (especially since I payed a total of 1500 with all the software and warranty and everything)
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I my self find it kind of hard to use, the need to buy software that is made just for the MAC OS is a problem also. Where as with Ubuntu or something you can just download software to make Windows based apps run in Linux and you get all the fancy looks and "NON" windows environment but with no price tag at all.
I've never paid a dime for any software I needed on OSX (and no, I didn't pirate anything.) There's lots of free software out there just like there is for windows. There isn't any productivity tool my windows computer has that my Mac doesn't (with the STRICT exception of games). I have found every single little thing I need for OSX. I have Darwine (wine for OSX), but I've never actually had to use it.

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I know you can run windows programs on a MAC but why pay the 130$ price tag for the OS + the price of updates when Linux is free and just as good and I find that the Windows emulators of Linux are a little easer to use than the ones for MAC.
Eek, well you do have a point. That also raises the question "why use windows when you can have Linux?"

And you usually don't have to buy the OS for a Mac... In fact, they all come with OSX. But I realize we're talking about laptops, so they ALL come with an OS anyway, so I don't think that really matters.

Updates don't cost anything for OSX (this includes update patches and services packs, which are of the form 10.5.x --> 10.5.y). "Feature packs" (kind of an "in-between" of an OS and a service pack) of the form 10.x --> 10.y do cost, though. I'd say it's smart to get one, skip one, get one, skip one. Or obtain it by other means.

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I hav eot add that I agree with omaryunus, you people are really overinflating the cost of the macbooks compared to other laptops. Right off the bat comparing them to companies that make flashy PCs you are almost looking at the same price as is (again I have to go with sony, I see alot of them on campus too, and they are so overpriced).
And!!! You guys keep neglecting the fact that Macs don't come pre-installed with crapware which subsidizes the prices of regular PCs!!!

I know your own custom builds don't come with it, but we're talking about Macs, which = pre-built computers! Let's compare Apples to apples, people (no pun intended)!

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In fact 2 days ago my friend's dad just bought her a new macbook, which she likes because its "cute." I don't know what world you all live in that people don't buy laptops for looks, but it sure isn't the same world I am living in I guess
Ugh, I know that type. Last year one of my friends got a 1GB Sony flash drive for $90 because it was "cute." I had got my Sandisk MicroCruzer U3 for $14 just a week earlier (it was also a 1GB). She said she liked it because it was cute, then when I lulzed at that, she said, "Ok, but can yours do this?" She used the slider and made it go "click, click." I used the slider on mine and made a louder, more satisfying "click, click." Then I got an "UGH!" and she walked away lol

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Macbook Pro - $3,499
- C2D @ 2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- Basic 17" Display
- 8x Optical
- No extra software/protection plans

Dell XPS M1730 - $3,059 ( I cant get the link to work, if you don't believe me configure it yourself)
- C2D @2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- 17" Ultra Sharp Display
- 8x Optical
- 8700M GT
- No extra software/protection plans
GAH! Let's remember that the MacBook comes with lots of 1st party software, and the dell comes pre-loaded with adware and crapware that brings down the price! THEY ARE ADVERTISING TO YOU ON YOUR OWN COMPUTER!!!
post #104 of 246
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Macbook Pro - $3,499
- C2D @ 2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- Basic 17" Display
- 8x Optical
- No extra software/protection plans

Dell XPS M1730 - $3,059 ( I cant get the link to work, if you don't believe me configure it yourself)
- C2D @2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- 17" Ultra Sharp Display
- 8x Optical
- 8700M GT
- No extra software/protection plans
well from what I see its coming out to be pretty close actually... did you add the bluetooth?? or did you forget that dell actually does not provide a batery that will last 4-5 hours without paying another $400 for the battery...but again the ram is unneccesary and if you flip it down to 2GB which most ppl will be getting they are the same EXACT price...Ive already accepted the fact that apple over prices their ram but their laptops themselves are not...and did you add the extras service which yes apple costs 350 to do and the dell one costs 300 to do three years but apple extends ALL their warranties for 3 years as in battery charger what not.... DELL does not and they do not cover the battery after one year and the same goes for the charger

oh and on the note of OSs atleast we all have one OS as in leopard rather than vista home home premium, business, ultimate and then all the diff. 64bit and 32 bit versions we dont pay extra for any of those softwares
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Originally Posted by CapDubOh View Post
Macbook Pro - $3,499
- C2D @ 2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- Basic 17" Display
- 8x Optical
- No extra software/protection plans

Dell XPS M1730 - $3,059 ( I cant get the link to work, if you don't believe me configure it yourself)
- C2D @2.6GHz
- 4GB 677MHz DDR2
- 200GB SATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- 17" Ultra Sharp Display
- 8x Optical
- 8700M GT
- No extra software/protection plans
Nice! BUT, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1195599780039 , order your own cpu and 2nd hdd for raid 0, and youve got both of those beat in performance, and it will cost less than 2000$ :X
    
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40% of college planers are? so wait, like 50% of kids actually are going to college and even less actually make it through high school... don't see where this article is going...
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Nice! BUT, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1195599780039 , order your own cpu and 2nd hdd for raid 0, and youve got both of those beat in performance, and it will cost less than 2000$ :X
yet again not about performance -_- do you like read what you want honestly...look what I am saying is that most college students as in the average user... DO NOT USE THEIR LAPTOP TO GAME! you might and thats grat but i dont and many ppl i konw dont because they know better its more rewarding on a 22" with a full keyboards (with a little extra buttons like my G15) nad a good laser mouse(yes i know you can have that for your laptop aswell but do you really wanna setup a WHOLE table to play honestly??...its just what OTHER ppl do not you but what I have seen personally... most ppl buy one laptop at a time they dont want to buy two... and the macbooks are decent for most of the stuff everyone wants to do... no one here uses it for gaming the hwole price factor is bull **** its much more competitive pricing comparing in battery life, performance and accesibilty(weight). the whole reason ppl buy a laptop is so its portable..they can carry it around with no problems..its wireless they dont have to plug it into a wall constantly because then it just becomes a desktop... and it can do decent tasks
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well from what I see its coming out to be pretty close actually... did you add the bluetooth?? or did you forget that dell actually does not provide a batery that will last 4-5 hours without paying another $400 for the battery...
Right, but I don't think that $400 for a battery is very accurate!

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but again the ram is unneccesary and if you flip it down to 2GB which most ppl will be getting they are the same EXACT price...
Let's not forget the fact that you don't need a huge amount of RAM to run Leopard like you do other OSs... Other laptops need it. It's not necessary for a computer running Leopard, though.

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oh and on the note of OSs atleast we all have one OS as in leopard rather than vista home home premium, business, ultimate and then all the diff. 64bit and 32 bit versions we dont pay extra for any of those softwares
True. Don't even start to compare vista to Leopard if you're not going to use vista ultimate for comparison.
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yet again not about performance -_- do you like read what you want honestly...look what I am saying is that most college students as in the average user... DO NOT USE THEIR LAPTOP TO GAME! you might and thats grat but i dont and many ppl i konw dont because they know better its more rewarding on a 22" with a full keyboards (with a little extra buttons like my G15) nad a good laser mouse(yes i know you can have that for your laptop aswell but do you really wanna setup a WHOLE table to play honestly??...its just what OTHER ppl do not you but what I have seen personally... most ppl buy one laptop at a time they dont want to buy two... and the macbooks are decent for most of the stuff everyone wants to do... no one here uses it for gaming the hwole price factor is bull **** its much more competitive pricing comparing in battery life, performance and accesibilty(weight). the whole reason ppl buy a laptop is so its portable..they can carry it around with no problems..its wireless they dont have to plug it into a wall constantly because then it just becomes a desktop... and it can do decent tasks
I read it all, and CLEARLY performance is something considered when buying a laptop. I have stated many times prior that this is not about gaming, do you read period?... The laptop is better for everything, raid 0 means getting things done faster, office work, moving needed files, whatever, as well as cpu speed and ram.
    
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Right, but I don't think that $400 for a battery is very accurate!
fine my bad it was actually 300
the laptop he gave in the link the M1730 has a ****ty battery it does great in the beggining and here are reviews from dell owners themselves link and here is the warranty i was talking about
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This product comes with 1 year limited warranty.
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