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View Poll Results: Are you getting a MacBook?
Yes 5 25.00%
Maybe 4 20.00%
Waiting for improvements 3 15.00%
No 8 40.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Is anybody getting or plan on getting any of the new macbooks. If so tell me what do you like and think about it and tell me your dislikes. If you are not tell me why you are not getting it and name at least 2 things you like about it.

Apple - The new MacBook - Video
Apple - MacBook
Apple - MacBook Pro
Apple - MacBook Air
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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I refuse to pay a premium on hardware that's no better than Windows based laptops.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:56 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I refuse to pay a premium on hardware that's no better than Windows based laptops.
can you do a comparison
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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I've ~2 yo MacBook - love it. Fast, light, friendly/easy to use. Have MS Office installed so can do vast majority of work stuff on the Mac OS side. Will acquire another one, probably later next year, after the new models have been tweaked some more - and then it will also be a refurbed, lower cost yet same if not better quality [refurbs are 100% inspected, vs. new ones are spot/random checked]. That's my preference.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I refuse to pay a premium on hardware that's no better than Windows based laptops.
Windows based laptops with similar specs as a Macbook are also similar in price; a few brands are even more expensive. The 'Mac tax' is a myth.


I do not plan on buying a Macbook mainly because I am just not that into laptops; although I am really digging on the option for a solid state drive on the new Macbooks. I am saving my money for the next release of the iMac.
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Here's my biggest problem with Macbooks.

I don't like OS X. I've been in it a few times, I've even done minor internal maintenance in them... and I just don't like it.

The odd part, I LOVE Ubuntu and XP. And, actually, if i could XP to put my start button in the bottom left corner of my screen, with the start bar running vertically up the left side, I'd probably never switch.


K-Luv: No "mac" tax? Sure. But there is a Mac premium:

Macbook pro
15.4" LED screen
2.5Ghz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM
128GB SSD
GeForce 9800M
AppleCare Protection
Total cost:
$3348

Dell XPS M1530
15.4" LED screen
2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM
128GB SSD
GeForce 8600M GT
3 Yr Warranty
$2358
And I added in the 9-cell battery for that cost

HP DV5T SE
15.4"
2.53 Ghz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM
400GB SATA (5400 RPM, no SSD available)
Integrated graphics (lame)
3 Yr Warranty
1 6cell/1 12 cell battery
$2083


Now, what is it that the Macbook Pro has that is worth over $1000 more than a pretty equivalent laptop from Dell or HP. Granted, the 9600 GeForce is gonna spike it, but we're talking MAYBE $400 max.

None of them have Blu-ray, though Dell and HP have the option, which still keeps the price under that of Apple. (Apple doesn't even offer it)

So, what is it exactly that Apple is charging so damn much for? The components are all pretty much the same, excepting the video card.


Now, the Macbook Air I like... but again, it's extremely expensive and it's extremely expensive even compared to other laptops of its class.
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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Windows based laptops with similar specs as a Macbook are also similar in price; a few brands are even more expensive. The 'Mac tax' is a myth.
They aren't even remotely close in price, your paying much more for the Mac.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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They aren't even remotely close in price, your paying much more for the Mac.
Dave, you've made this statement twice in this thread - please, show unbiased proof to back up these claims that Apples are "much more" expensive compared to a non-Apple version. And do such in terms of 'value' - not just price. Oh, and what is considered "much more" - 50 or 500 dollars? Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:28 PM
 
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Dave, you've made this statement twice in this thread - please, show unbiased proof to back up these claims that Apples are "much more" expensive compared to a non-Apple version. And do such in terms of 'value' - not just price. Oh, and what is considered "much more" - 50 or 500 dollars? Thanks.
Radek posted comparisons for you. If you want in terms of value, you need to define value. It can be different for everyone.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:01 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Radek posted comparisons for you. If you want in terms of value, you need to define value. It can be different for everyone.
Is Radek = Dave?

As to 'value', that is exactly my point, you said it well there. Purchase price [as what Radek posted] does not equal value - the intangibles + the price paid upfront + the price paid later + satisfaction.

There are many articles, here is one more indepth that compares these two laptops:
Apple's Notebooks Take On the PC Competition | Maximum PC
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