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So someone I know said her PC was slow (it's probably full of crap she's installed, but oh well) and one of her friends recommended a Mac. Now, as a Windows 7 fanboy and a hardware enthusiast, I said that she could get a faster Windows PC for the same money or an equally fast Windows PC for less.

She then proceeded to argue that because of optimizations made by Apple, the programs communicate better and react faster. I can't argue with that (and Windows isn't exactly the least resource demanding OS on the market), but I believe it has little effect on equally fast HW and a fast Windows PC of equal price would still trash a Mac.

With the price differences in HW for a Windows laptop and a Mac, I'd say it's possible to get a good i5 with a decent GPU and an SSD for the ~$1500 the cheapest Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, GT 320M and 250 GB HDD) on the market costs.

So: Above Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, GT 320M and 250 GB HDD) with Apple software for $1540 vs. Windows Laptop with i5, HD 5650, 4 GB RAM, 80 GB Intel X-25M SSD with Windows software for $1590. Which would win?
Oh and the girl who wants a new laptop is not interested in any of the Apple exclusive software.

I know what I'd answer, but I'll leave it to you to answer this.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 1/20/11 at 1:05pm
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the cheapest MBP is US$1200 with the specs you listed for $1500
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Originally Posted by oregonducks45 View Post
the cheapest MBP is US$1200 with the specs you listed for $1500
This is Denmark, my friend, not the US. That's one of the main reasons why I even wrote prices on these things. People on this forum know prices without even looking them up
Edited by B!0HaZard - 1/20/11 at 1:22pm
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The Windows laptop, of course.
An i5 and SSD would blow away a C2D and 7200RPM HDD.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 1/20/11 at 1:21pm
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Can't you get an i7 in that windows machine for that price? Either way, I would most definitely pick the w7 laptop.
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Ask her to elaborate on Apple's "optimizations".

I've had serious trouble find good comparisons between the two OSes from a performance stand point. Good meaning identical hardware (a mac with bootcamp, each OS on identical drives) and programs that are as close to each other as possible.
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what does she use it for? just browsing the internet?
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The Windows laptop, absolutely no question about it. I'd love a Mac computer, but I'd only like one if I had a Windows computer and I felt that there was nothing I could add to it.

No matter what OS you're using an i5 and a Sandforce SSD will absolutely destroy a C2D and a 7200RPM drive.
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Can't you get an i7 in that windows machine for that price? Either way, I would most definitely pick the w7 laptop.
Not really, it seems stores have run out of all models except one and even if they had 'em, I want at least 10 hours of battery time. I was actually going for the cheaper 14" (4820TG from Acer, which is a nice machine (check sig laptop )), but the only available model right now is a 15.6". So I'd go for the cheaper 14" with an i5 for less money, but sadly I don't have much choice. I want it to have as long battery time as the Mac and the only ones I can get are the Acer's which, as you can hear, aren't really available right now.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post
She then proceeded to argue that because of optimizations made by Apple, the programs communicate better and react faster.
Have to love those unfalsifiable statements.
I love those kinds of people. They make a ridiculous statement, you ask "how", and they reply, "it just does."

And the Windows machine, of course. As someone stated, i5>C2D and SSD>>>>>>>>>>>HDD.
Even if you don't use the i5 horsepower, the SSD more than makes up for the extra price.
Edited by HealthyBigMac - 1/20/11 at 1:30pm
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