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Please refer to my post above.
No offense, but your above post (comparing prices) is hearsay, and by no means proof of an objective comparison.

EDIT: Anyone who actually goes onto the sites I linked to earlier and does the comparisons for themselves will know what I'm talking about.
    
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The XPS line is as overpriced as your precious mac's, and not worthy of being used as an example for price comparison.
Yet still less expensive. You get dual GPUs with the most expensive Dell, and a faster processor for $300 more than the MacBook Pro. That's called being overpriced on the part of Apple.
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(oh and a side note even if you pay for the 4 year plan neither the battery nor the charger is covered by DELL)
You, my friend, are full of it. Having done senior level tech support for DELL, I can personally tell you that the battery is covered for one year, and every other item (yes, including the ac adapter) are covered for the life of your service contract, which can be a maximum of 5 yrs. There are certain instances where the battery is covered longer, but more than likely don't apply to you, as I am sure you did not order your system through a large company's employee plan.

I cannot comment on Apple's battery policy as I have not researched it personally, but I can tell you all the major portable companies, DELL, HP, etc. all have the same one year policy regarding the batteries, unless you purchase a special battery plan.
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The XPS line is as overpriced as your precious mac's, and not worthy of being used as an example for price comparison.

Now take the Dell Vostro 1500 line, and compare it to the Macbook Pro, which retails at $2,799. I customized a 1500 to match the specs to a macbook pro (2.5ghz C2D, 8600M GT, 2GB memory, 250GB HDD, etc). Funny thing is, it only came out to $1,292.

$2,799 - $1,292 = $1,507
$1,292 / $1,507 = 1.166 = Macbook Pro 117% MORE expensive for what you get than the Vostro.

That's a freaking HUGE difference, I don't care which way you put it. The Macbook is MORE THAN TWICE AS EXPENSIVE as the PC.
I just went and customized one and it costs $1700. It also had a 256mb GPU not the 512...couldn't seem to chose a 512. That was with $384 instant savings. So that’s a $1,000 less for the notebook that looks like it was built into a cardboard box and isn't portable at all, like a laptop should be.

I personally would never buy a high powered laptop, and if I did, you'd better bet I would either get the XPS or the MBP. You get what you pay for. Go look at the build quality on the Inspiron line. I have three friends at my university with those Inspiron gaming laptops and each one of them are pieces of garbage. I also have a friend with one of the Alienware gaming laptops and it works GREAT...when its working.

So if you are willing to settle for bottom of the barrel, be my guest.
    
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You, my friend, are full of it. Having done senior level tech support for DELL, I can personally tell you that the battery is covered for one year, and every other item (yes, including the ac adapter) are covered for the life of your service contract, which can be a maximum of 5 yrs. There are certain instances where the battery is covered longer, but more than likely don't apply to you, as I am sure you did not order your system through a large company's employee plan.

I cannot comment on Apple's battery policy as I have not researched it personally, but I can tell you all the major portable companies, DELL, HP, etc. all have the same one year policy regarding the batteries, unless you purchase a special battery plan.
That is exactly my point they have a ONE year policy and when does your battery usually die... it dies in most instances just after a year... no they do not cover the battery I had gotten my DELL laptop for free from my school and I would never take a free dell ever not even an XPS. as I have said many other times I am telling about MY experience and what I have read on DELL's website and no the adapter is not covered with the "extra" 4 year plan and what not my school got all of us to survive the whole 4 years of college. but my main point stands i like ho you didnt quote that part that I have to wait for it I have to actually have downtime....in the time in which I should be doing school work or wateva I do not have the laptop but for an apple laptop you can expedite it by going to the store and getting it immediately. its great that you have a different story but I am telling mine... and honestly I have never met dumber tech support in my life then when i talked to them wow I had huge migraines ugh..but thats off topic sorry. continuing on "certain instances" that means sometimes but with apple's it is covered EVERY TIME!... I mean honestly how did you make any bit of a smart comment it can be covered for 5 years but the battery is not which i said was one year so you agreed with me and then certain SPECIAL ppl get batteries after the year...the special instances are usually defects from DELL but thats not everyone even though somebody had payed for the 4 year plan and yet i pay for the 3 year plan with apple and I know that it is covered I dont need to wonder maybe it might be...
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I just went and customized one and it costs $1700. It also had a 256mb GPU not the 512...couldn't seem to chose a 512. That was with $384 instant savings. So that’s a $1,000 less for the notebook that looks like it was built into a cardboard box and isn't portable at all, like a laptop should be.

I personally would never buy a high powered laptop, and if I did, you'd better bet I would either get the XPS or the MBP. You get what you pay for. Go look at the build quality on the Inspiron line. I have three friends at my university with those Inspiron gaming laptops and each one of them are pieces of garbage. I also have a friend with one of the Alienware gaming laptops and it works GREAT...when its working.

So if you are willing to settle for bottom of the barrel, be my guest.
Ah, I see. Since you finally admit the numbers prove you wrong, you switch to libelous name calling like "pieces of garbage", "not portable at all", and "bottom of the barrel" to compensate somehow. That's just your opinion. That is arguable, the numbers aren't. You aren't fooling anyone. See my sig.
    
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I just went and customized one and it costs $1700. It also had a 256mb GPU not the 512...couldn't seem to chose a 512. That was with $384 instant savings. So that’s a $1,000 less for the notebook that looks like it was built into a cardboard box and isn't portable at all, like a laptop should be.

I personally would never buy a high powered laptop, and if I did, you'd better bet I would either get the XPS or the MBP. You get what you pay for. Go look at the build quality on the Inspiron line. I have three friends at my university with those Inspiron gaming laptops and each one of them are pieces of garbage. I also have a friend with one of the Alienware gaming laptops and it works GREAT...when its working.

So if you are willing to settle for bottom of the barrel, be my guest.

What more proof do you want?

And 512mb vram on an 8600M is pretty useless IMO. MAYBE if you're working with 100's of 25mp photos, but even then, it'd be difficult to fill that up.

And I've owned several laptops over the year, including an Inspiron for the past three. They break, all of 'em do, including macs. And really, show me proof that Mac laptops break less than PC laptops, and I'll believe you. Last time I checked a Consumer Report, there were actually MORE broken Macs than PCs. Don't quote me on that, but just saying something is a Mac doesn't mean it won't break as easy or will last longer. I've yet to see that.

But anyway, that's what the warranty is for. Never buy a laptop without a warranty that lasts as long as you intend to keep it.

Oh, and the Inspiron line is NOT a gaming line. Not sure why you called it that.

And if it's looks you're after, then you're right, you should go for a mac. After all, that's what all the "cool" people do, right?
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I really don't understand why so many people blow sooooo much cash on a laptop. I just bought a 2GB, 160GB, Turion 1.9Ghz X2, Vista Ult X64 Compaq(HP) laptop and I'm about $600 into it. I get about 3hrs out of a charge. I do alot of graphic design work (Photoshop) as well as website designing (Dreamweaver, GoLive) and it does everything I ask without breaking a sweat.

Buy a cheaper laptop to do 99% of what you do, clean install an OS, add some ram and use it.

I laugh at the people who spend $3k on a lappy to find out its worth less than half that a few months later.

I guarantee I will get $500+ out of this thing in a year if I decide to get rid of it.
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It's about style too. Girls like Mac, basically everything to do with Apple.
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Ah, I see. Since you finally admit the numbers prove you wrong, you switch to libelous name calling like "pieces of garbage", "not portable at all", and "bottom of the barrel" to compensate somehow. That's just your opinion. That is arguable, the numbers aren't. You aren't fooling anyone. See my sig.
What he said was that it is that it is not only the price that is taking into consideration there are other items. What is considered when you see a laptop is three things VS. price
The three Items are:
  • Performance
  • weight
  • battery life

The main objective of a laptop is to have all these three in it with a good balance ESPECIALLY for college. are you going to take a brick of a laptop to school?? walk around your campus the whole day with bricks in your bag??... as it has been said before you pay for comfortability and you get that and piece of mind w/ a macbook such as no worries with the weight...my battery life can last over 4 hours with wifi on and music going... and performance it does a decent job for what I need... and then moving on to peace of mind you dont have to worry as much with a warranty from apple its not like other warranties which are vague and unconvincing to me now
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