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    Member Since
    Jul 03, 2009
    Macbokk Pro 15" vs Dell M4400
    I'm planning to buy a new laptop. Please help me choose between the two.

    Windows Vista® Business 64-BIT SP1 (Can be upgraded to Windows 7)
    Intel® Core™ 2 Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB) OR
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9800 (2.93GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M, 512MB
    4.0GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM
    15.4” UltraSharp™ WXGA+ (1440x900) LED Display
    160GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor

    MBP 15"
    2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm

    I will mainly use this computer on 2D and 3D CAD softwares, like Autocad and Solidworks.
    Dell M4400 has NVIDIA Quadro and Intel Quad Core, which has superior performance than MBP.
    On the other hand Mac is a lot reliable (stable, virus free, longer battery life) than Windows (from what I've heard. I haven't used mac). If I ever choose MBP, I still have to use boot camp to use the windows native cad software like solidworks.

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    chrismac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 12, 2009
    15.4" uMBP: iPhone 4
    One has a solid OS. The other has a flawed OS built off already failed Vista.

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    The hardware on the M440 is stellar, minus the resolution...HDD space, and the RAM (being picky).

    If you are going to be using Autocad then I say stick with a Windows Machine. The GPU on the M440 seems more suited for what you are doing.

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    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    Agree with Crimson, for your Audocad, Stick with the Dell and Windows.

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    Strukt's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 14, 2008
    rMBP 15" / 2.6GHz / 16GB / 512GB
    I just had to leave a comment because I really liked the answers arreis_email got ...

    This is something I like about this forum. You wont get any sales pitch here. For some the Mac might not be the right computer after all. Especially if you are after raw performance. The difference here is that people actually tell you that. Good and honest answers, me like.

    Keeping it real.

    If you are just going to install and mainly use Windows on a Mac I do not see any reason for bying an Mac in the first place.

    (I am sorry if this was a little bit off topic!)
    My Blog: Apple Laptops

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