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Poll Results: Macbook pro or Inspiron 9400?

Poll expired: Feb 23, 2006  
  • 53% (7)
    Macbook pro
  • 46% (6)
    Dell Inspiron 9400
13 Total Votes  
post #11 of 20
This is basicly what it comes down too

Macbook= Everything but gaming

Dell Inspiron= Gaming

so you make the choice....
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post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
I decided ill upgrade instead , its $700 cheaper ( including x1900XT)
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post #13 of 20
Well Done
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post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Pentium D 930 overclocked to 960 ( 3.6)
975X motherboard
x1900XT
2 Gigs DDR2 pc5300 Crucial Ballistix ( $400 ram)
550W forton
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Another raptor hd so i have 76 gig raptors


hows that?>
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post #15 of 20
The Mac Book Pro looks like an excellent Laptop if we compare with a PowerBook, 4x-5x faster, but I'm curious about performances with Intel Chip not about PowerPC vs Intel, about Windows vs MacOS. I bought an iMac Intel and the performance is good 2X faster sometimes, not with all applications sometimes 1.5x, 1x and sometimes 2.5x; the operating systems works excellente and it's really 2x faster .

Last night I bought the WinTel Emulator (http://openosx.com/wintel/index.html) and that was the best purchase I could do. OpeOSX's WinTel works perfectly with the iMacIntel, I've installed Windows XP and had the same performance for my Desktop PC 3.0 Ghz P4. I cound't feel the diference, well the diference is you can use Windows and MacOS in the same machine working full speed both. I try Office, Internet, Visual Studio 2005, and some other applications of my everyday use, and all work perfect. Before write this Reply, I try Doom 3 "Demo " for Windows on the iMacIntel using WinTel and works good nothing out of this world.

So, I think in the possibilities, and the MacBook Pro could be a good choice if you considere use the excellent apps like iWork, iLife, the extremelly good looking of the MacOS X enviroment and advantange of UNIX/X11 apps. I think Apple make the best Desktop Computer ever with the iMac, now we just can speculate if Apple make the best Laptop Computer with the Macbook Pro.

Last fact, computer viruses, not all work in MacOS X, MacOS don't have the horrible bugs and problems of Windows, think about Temp Files, slow performance caused for unused REGEDIT records, Internet viruses, spyware, adware and all this stuff . Personally prefer Linux for an x86 based PC, since today I think MacOS could be a good choice.

I hope I could help with your decition .

P.S. Please excuse my bad English
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post #16 of 20
We have a Dell Inspiron Laptop. To be truthful, the hard drive and optical drives are not very good quality. This laptop was not used for over a year due to the fact the hard drive died. The fellow that owned it could not afford the price that Dell wanted to repair. I purchased a new Hitachi 5400rpm 5K100 40gb drive and replaced the hd cage & adapter. Now I have purchased a new Pioneer DVR-K16 DVD DL Burner. Both the hard drive works perfectly and the DVD Burner is flawless. The hard drive was $63.00, the new cage and adapter was $18.00, the DVD Burner was $87.99. All these prices included shipping. As of now we have a good performing laptop, I also upgraded the memory by adding a 256mb stick of memory. I would have gone larger 1gb or so, but the mobo Dell has chosen to use only accepts 256mb as the largest size that will work.
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post #17 of 20
I would get a MacBookPro. (in about 6 months I will :-)
It will be way easier to port games to the MacTel than to the PowerPC chip.
I am sure the games will be coming.

OSX is a very flexible, powerful, good looking OS.
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post #18 of 20
if you already have an Ibook then whats the point of getting the other mac notebook? and i say, stay away from dell, they run INTELS! >
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post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by fiendofmine
if you already have an Ibook then whats the point of getting the other mac notebook? and i say, stay away from dell, they run INTELS! >
The new intels are good chips, i think they are evening up on the chip race though, but i still like intel, especially their new chips going back, with slower clock cycle comparible to AMD clock cycle
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post #20 of 20
Definately go with the macbook...


* the processor is NOT 1.67...is is 1.82, 2.0, and now 2.13
* You can use Wintel to run "Virtual PC"
* I believe you can actually install XP on a partition and OS X on the other
* i own one and love it
* the x1600 Graphics is very good for gaming
* the macbook is a slimmer, beter designed product with a light-up keyboard
* the only downside is some software isn't universal yet, and rosetta will run
85% of the non-universal programs fine...
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