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I’m looking at getting a laptop these days, and decided to see if Apple had a laptop that would let me justify returning to the Mac. I don’t need the Pro, so the MacBook would be fine. Since I’ve been looking at a lot of PC laptops, I’m familiar with their feature set and prices, too. So I notice this:



13-inch screen
2.1GHz Core 2 Duo

1GB memory

120GB hard drive1

Combo drive

Price: $1,149



HP 530 Laptop Computer

Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz




15.4" WXGA

Price: $660


This HP laptop has the same amount of RAM and HD, it has a SuperDrive (better than Combo), and it has a 15” monitor. The retail price for this is $660 and you get a $50 rebate on it right now, so $600. Even with that CPU, it’s no more than $800, versus $1150. That’s $350 more for a lesser product.


Possibility of me getting a MacBook: None.


This made me think – If Apple is this out of touch with one product line, it has to be out of touch with the other as well. Surely enough, comparing hardware, a Dell computer when matching the price of a Mac will absolutely destroy it, feature for feature. You can get a CPU 25% faster, you get 400% more RAM, you get 200% more storage, the graphics card is 200% faster. The only difference is a 19” monitor versus 20” monitor.


Apple computers are ripoffs. It’s 2008, Apple switched to Intel, Apple machines are supposed to be cost competitive – and yet we’re still back in the PowerPC days. It’s commodity Intel hardware, and Apple can’t even price it at PC clone rates. Utter BS.


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Jun. 19th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Let me know...
...when you no longer have to call me to troubleshoot your OS :P If you're happy running commodity PC hardware with a Linux flavour or Windows -- go for it.

I've always found the total productivity gains -- and general usability -- of the OS + the hardware, have done it for me every time.

So, basically, if all you ever do is purchase price calculations, you'll never get a Mac. If you do TCO, the Mac looks pretty good,

(you didn't mention warranty -- does the HP come with a 1 year warranty? I would expect so...)
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