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    Mac/PC Prices?
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    Mac/PC Prices?
    why is Apple able to offer their line of laptops(which seem pretty powerful and compact) for so little and PC laptops cost a fortune for the same thing? that's why i decided to buy an iBook. the size and power and price were just amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRV
    why is Apple able to offer their line of laptops(which seem pretty powerful and compact) for so little and PC laptops cost a fortune for the same thing? that's why i decided to buy an iBook. the size and power and price were just amazing.

    Ask that question again once G5's are available in notebooks...

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    I think you still get what you pay for. A apple laptop for say $2000 would have the same ro greater performance than a $2000 pc laptop, although the specs may not appear to be alike.

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    mac laptops are cheap? maybe the ibook but those are "budget" systems (even though they are powerful). the rest of the line are a bit overpriced.

    whats weird about mac is that the smaller the screen the cheaper the notebook. with pc's then some of those smaller screen notebooks cost more than their 15" counterpart.

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    My friend has a dell inspirion 8600 which he got for around £920. Specs; centrino 725 1.6 GHz, 40 GB, DVD-CD-RW combo,512mb RAM, 802.11b wireless and a WUXGA screen whatever that means....
    I got a ibook for £860 with G4 1.33 GHz, 60 GB HD, combo drive, airport extreme, bluetooth module, 14.1" screen and the peace of mind called apple.

    I have started noticing some bad pixels in his screen and it is nowhere as fast as mine....

    Now who is the winner.......(I still haven't put in the comparison of looks and the mac OSX)

    Ya powerbooks are costly but look at the specs and one understands why..

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    I never considered mac laptops to be cheaper, Where do you live?

    My example would be a Dell 9200, 17in widescreen
    -1.6Ghz Pentium M
    -512mb RAM
    -128mb Radeon 9700 Mobility
    -8x Burner
    -100gb HD
    -80WHr 9-Cell battery
    -802.11b/g wireless built int

    $1,571, or if you use a coupon code, like 8WQ59398KXR61$, you can get it for $1,071.

    Compare that to a Powerbook G4, 17in widescreen
    -1.67Ghz G4
    -512mb RAM
    -128mb Radeon 9700 Mobility
    -Super Drive
    -100gb HD
    -Airport Extreme

    $2,700, or if you are a student $2,400

    Granted the PB has some features that you can't really quantify, OS X, Backlit keyboard, HD shock protection, aluminum case, and others.

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    me? i didn't say they were cheap, i kinda see what you mean.. they are expensive with the small screens.

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    sorry! forgot to add that I purchased online through the educational use discount scheme. But even without that add another £120 pounds and it is still comparable.

    As for the scheme all I had to do was type in my university name and place, thats it. If you purchase one from a apple store (one in UK in London at Regent street) some times they ask for ID sometimes they don't.

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    maverick2k
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    The 15.4" wide screens these days look as if the whole window is stretched out....

    and they grow in size too, laptops are all about portability, can't fanthom using a 17" laptop, it would be better to go with a desktop and as big a monitor as you want and faster as well.

    Ideal sizes are 12", 14" and 15" not more. Beyond that they are not laptops but maybe desktop replacements

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybutler
    mac laptops are cheap? maybe the ibook but those are "budget" systems (even though they are powerful). the rest of the line are a bit overpriced.
    Compare a PowerBook to a comparable high-quality PC laptop, like a ThinkPad, sometime.

    I did once, and came out over $500 in favor of the Apple.

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    Specs:
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    ThinkPad T42 (15.1")
    PowerBook G4 15"
    1.7GHz Pentium M
    1.67GHZ G4
    64MB Radeon 9600
    64MB Radeon 9700
    512MB, 1 module
    512MB, 1 module
    80GB 5400RPM HD
    80GB 5400RPM HD
    Bluetooth III
    Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Centrino wireless (G)
    AirPort Extreme wireless
    MultiBurner
    SuperDrive
    $2763 (Custom config)
    $2299 (Base config)

    Both laptops are about 5.5 lbs and less than 1.2 inches thick. Base warranty (1 yr) on both units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick2k
    My friend has a dell inspirion 8600 which he got for around £920. Specs; centrino 725 1.6 GHz, 40 GB, DVD-CD-RW combo,512mb RAM, 802.11b wireless and a WUXGA screen whatever that means....
    I got a ibook for £860 with G4 1.33 GHz, 60 GB HD, combo drive, airport extreme, bluetooth module, 14.1" screen and the peace of mind called apple.

    I have started noticing some bad pixels in his screen and it is nowhere as fast as mine....

    Now who is the winner.......(I still haven't put in the comparison of looks and the mac OSX)

    Ya powerbooks are costly but look at the specs and one understands why..
    Funny thing, Dell and Apple laptops are both manufactured by the same company, Quanta.

    Also you are not comparing similar systems. The Centrino laptops include Pentium M CPUs which are lower power and run much cooler-- this maximizes battery life and does away with heat problems at the expense of computing power.

    Also, it sounds like the Dell had a better screen-- WUXGA = Wide Ultra eXtended Graphics Array, 1920 x 1200 resolution. Powerbook screen resolution is only 1024 x 768 I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick2k
    My friend has a dell inspirion 8600 which he got for around £920. Specs; centrino 725 1.6 GHz, 40 GB, DVD-CD-RW combo,512mb RAM, 802.11b wireless and a WUXGA screen whatever that means....
    I got a ibook for £860 with G4 1.33 GHz, 60 GB HD, combo drive, airport extreme, bluetooth module, 14.1" screen and the peace of mind called apple.

    I have started noticing some bad pixels in his screen and it is nowhere as fast as mine....

    Now who is the winner.......(I still haven't put in the comparison of looks and the mac OSX)

    Ya powerbooks are costly but look at the specs and one understands why..
    Nowhere as fast as yours?

    What tests have you run to confirm this? An iBook couldn't beat a P-M/Centrino even if the P-M book was turned off.

    The 8600 beats up even the best Powerbooks in Protools, and by a pretty serious margin.

    Results?
    Check out www.Protools.com and visit the forums.

    There aren't really any other benchmarks that put the G4 up against a P-M, because there really isn't any point.

    But what else could you compare? General OS GUI response? Well-kept Windows XP based PCs still very much hold that crown. Office Apps? Haha, I won't even bother. Video-editing? Shhhhhh...

    And where did you get the idea that Apples don't have or get bad pixels? Man if I only had a penny for every repair order I've sent to replace a PB/IB users LCD because of bad pixels - I'd be a millionaire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRV
    why is Apple able to offer their line of laptops(which seem pretty powerful and compact) for so little and PC laptops cost a fortune for the same thing? that's why i decided to buy an iBook. the size and power and price were just amazing.
    Is this a joke?!

    Apple laptops are way more expensive than their PC counterparts.

    I bought a Centrino Pentium-M 1.5 (2MB L2) with 64MB Radeon 9700 and 15" screen.. £599.

    A 12" inch (!!!) ibook with 32MB Radeon 9200 (feeble compared to the 9700) costs £699.

    You can get PC laptops for less than £499 easily, with a 15" screen. Apples cheaper? No way Jose.

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    From newegg.com...


    HP/Compaq Presario R3470
    Part#: PPR473UA
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3400+ with PowerNow
    Display: 15.4" WXGA TFT LCD
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home
    Memory: 1024MB DDR SO-DIMM SDRAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go with 64MB DDR(dedicated)
    HD: 100GB
    Optical Drive: DVD±RW and CD-RW
    Communication: 56K Modem, 10/100 LAN, WLAN 802.11b/g
    Ports: 3 x USB2.0, 1 VGA, Audio Ports, 1 S-video, 1 1394, 1 LPT, SM/MMC/MS/MSP/SD slot
    Dimensions: 11.18" x 14.25" x 1.8" (LxWxH)
    Weight: 7.8 lbs

    $1,499.00


    That's a killer notebook for $1500. Looks like they only skimped on the video card and the OS.

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