apple's are CHEAPER than dell's!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kuyu, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. kuyu macrumors 6502a

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    Check out these comparable systems and the student price after taxes.

    14.1 iBook: 933 G4, 256 ddr266, 40 GB, combo drive, extreme, ati 32ddr, app, bluetooth.
    AFTER TAX: $1606.96

    14.1 Dell inspiron 600m: 1.4 pentium M, 256 ddr266, 40 GB, combo drive, 802.11g, ati 32ddr, 3 year warranty and 3 year tech support, bluetooth.
    AFTER TAX: $2069.12

    This is amazing. There's almost a $500 difference. For the price of the Dell you could get a powerbook! And I thought Dell was the "bargain PC specialist".
     
  2. joeyjojoe macrumors regular

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    if you're looking for a bargain pc, you shouldn't be looking for a 1.4M. second, you forgot to tack on the apple warranty. third, you're comparing a 1.4M PC to a 933 G4 (which isn't too realistic in my opinion).

    that being said, yes apple is quite comparable to other laptop manufacturers.
     
  3. kuyu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    the app stands for AppleCare Protection Plan. I did include the warranty. I read somewhere, maybe cnet, that the pentium M was fairly similar to the G4 in power usage, but the G4 still had a more productive cycle, so you could compare the two. The pentium is probably a little faster though. Also, I included dell's versions of iLife apps, just to be fair. These systems have a similar software package, similar warranties, similar battery life, and similar hardware. The main difference is the price.
     
  4. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    No, he didn't forget the warranty. "APP" stands for AppleCare Protection Plan - 3 year warranty just like Dell's.

    I think those processors are about as close as you're going to get. What would you use instead (model, MHz)?
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    that looks like a good comparison, except that I think the 1.4 ghz M will be a lot faster. Rower, it might be the best comparison out there, but the G4 won't keep up, IMHO.

    btw, what graphics card is that on the dell?
     
  6. kuyu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    dells website just says ATI 32MB, so i'm not to sure what type of graphics card is in it. It's likely very similar to the mobile 9200 in the iBook.
     
  7. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Like I asked before, what is a "fair" comparison to you?
     
  8. MetallicPenguin macrumors 6502

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    I don't feel like typing out all the specifications, but I put together a 15" Powerbook with a Precision M60; and the Powerbook was $10 less. I know the Dell had a 1.6GHz processor and an equally sized hard drive; I made everything else as equal as possible too.

    Although, I think the graphics card in the Dell might have been better by a tiny bit.
     
  9. joeyjojoe macrumors regular

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    oh sorry, i thought "app" was referring to the apps that come standard in OSX, but your reasoning makes much more sense.

    i would say a centrino would be more along the lines of a g4. don't get me wrong, my laptop is great and all, but its no speed demon (not that i need one). i've seen a 1.4M in action and it feels much snappier. my point is: Yes Apple laptops are similar in price and performance to what is on the market now. i think its one reason you see so many switchers (like me) getting powerbooks and not desktops (since the PC is still king there).
     
  10. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to burst your bubble bro, but 1.4Ghz Centrino will rape the crap out of ur ibook in pretty much any test.
    Powerwise, 1.4 will probably be about 2x faster than 933 g4 ibook. Second, battery will still last longer than ibook's.
    Besides, look at other specs like memory and fsb.
    And lastly I was just able to build a centrino 1.6 for 1999....

    Cheers.
     
  11. yamabushi macrumors 65816

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    These kind of comparisons are really pointless. You could find a reason to argue the point either way if you tried hard enough. Besides, these are not items that you can simply exchange and expect to use them in the same way.
     
  12. Fahd macrumors regular

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    Processor wise I would compare a celeron or a P3 with the G4.

    If I get time, I'll pull out a 256 MB RAM chip from my notebook and benchmark my PB and NoteBook. (See sig) I would say that would be a more reasonable comparison.

    As a sidenote, my PB (w/panther) boots up a lot faster than my notebook (w/xp pro). But overall I feel my NoteBook is faster than the PB.

    A new notebook with the same same specs as mine would probably cost only about $699-$899 now. (I bought it for $1299 all inclusive in Feb 2002.)

    All in all, I would say apple is still a lot more expensive.
     
  13. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    2x faster on what, exactly? I rather think not.

    How long does the centrino battery last? The 14" ibook gets excellent battery life... 4+ hours with lots of use, easily.

    "other specs like memory and fsb" are already taken in to account when you say that the centrino is 2x faster, no?
     
  14. Fahd macrumors regular

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    I've seen laptops based on centrino that last for 7 hours. Sony claims that one of theirs lasts up to 13 hours. I havent tested any of these myself.

    On my PB 12" the best I've gotten so far is a whopping 5 and a half hours, which is great. I couldnt be happier.
     
  15. Wyrm macrumors 6502

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    I think the important lesson to take away for anyone debating between an PC-x86 and an Apple is that these products are in the same ball-park, almost <gasp> comparible, whereas historically Apple has commanded a massive premium for their products.

    -Wyrm
     
  16. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    The Word "Compare"

    Has anyone ever thought about comparing personal preference effeciency?

    Graphics artist: Which of the two models will be more effecient for specifically graphics work? For each model, what are the most important specs to consider, and in each model how productive are they for doing graphics?

    Gamer: Which of the two models will be more effecient for specifically playing games? For each model, what are the most important specs to consider, and in each model how productive are they for game play?

    Watching movies: Which of the two models will be more effecient for specifically watching DVDs? For each model, what are the most important specs to consider, and in each model how productive are they for movie play?

    In terms of a Mac vs. PC world, the word "Compare" doesn't cut it anymore. If someone were to ask how a computer from Apple "compares" with a computer from Dell, the question leaves open a vast variety of correct answers. I think that such general usage of the word "compare" is unacceptable, because you will get right answers from both sides, but not direct enough answers. What is the purpose, what components need to be considered, and how do they affect the performance of the intended task? That's "comparing".
     
  17. Fahd macrumors regular

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    Re: The Word "Compare"



    Good post! I believe most people overlook this.

    I have seen professionals in the video business not even look at PCs, for them Mac + Final Cut Pro is God.
     
  18. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    Some how I think that it is ATI's Radeon Shared Memory Architechture, which is essentially like the Intel Extreme found in other laptops.

    If not, it should be around a Radeon Mobility 7500 which, if it is, is crap and a half compared with the iBook's Radeon Mobility 9200.

    Also, I disagree with the point that a 1.4GHz could kill a 933MHz G4. The chip would definitely win, but Im not really sure how large the margin would be. Plus, we're talking iBooks against Intel's flagship mobile chip. Maybe if we pitted the powerbook's G4 (which, to my understanding, is quite a bit more upgraded than the one in the ibook) the margin would be even smaller. The 933 G4 is slick as all hell and, in my opinion, is the clocking sweetspot of the line. i happen to own a 933MHz G4 (quicksilver) that, with a large RAM cache, really really does run great. Im sure that the 2MB of L3 cache is doing its part too, but nevertheless the chip is fine and would fair quite well against the 500MHz faster Centrino chip.
     
  19. illumin8 macrumors 6502

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    Re: apple's are CHEAPER than dell's!!

    Everyone that makes these Dell comparisons never bothers to take a real Dell price. Dell is not like Apple and doesn't sell for the same price to everyone. If you just go to their site and "build your own PC" you'll get ripped off. You have to look for coupons and specials. These coupons and special deals change every couple of days, but there are always some of them around. Try this one out for a better comparison:

    DellHome - Inspiron 1100 Laptop with 2.3Ghz Celeron, 14.1" TFT, 256MB DDR SDRAM, 20GB HD, DVD-Rom for $674 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

    Or this one:

    DellSB - DellSB - Latitude D500 laptop with Pentium M Processor 1.30GHz, 14.1 XGA, 128MB DDR RAM, 24x Mini CD-ROM, 30GB HD for $999 After Rebate w/ Free Shipping!

    If anybody actually wants these deals, you should check out Got Apex which is a pretty good deals site. Of course they make money by referrals from their Dell sales, but if you want to buy a PC it's probably a good idea to check there first. That way you won't get bent over by Michael Dell and Bill Gates.
     
  20. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    True. That's because hardware is already an overkill on PCs or Macs for average users. Software is still lagging behind though.
    I think we all have seen GT3 grapchics on 299mhz PS2 processor...
    They can make it well, if they want...
    But in most cases, they don't... Fkin Half life 2 wants 128mbs of video memory on PCs....
     
  21. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Centrino is not a processor. Centrino is a collection of hardware bundled together. It is strictly a marketing thing. The processor in a Centrino system is the Pentium M.
     
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    I think that centrino based systems get about 4-5 hours with one battery and 7+ with two batteries. That's what it was when I worked at Gateway when they first came out with Centrino. I could be wrong though I have been out of the loop for a while, I quit Gateway at the beginning of the year
     
  24. Wyrm macrumors 6502

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    Actually that brings up a design difference between the old style Powerbooks and the metal ones.

    On the old powerbook (Pismo for example), you could slap in a second battery, (removing the DVD/CD drive). If you had 3 batteries, you could keep working while changing one (instead of the mad-sleep-dash-battery-swap), or you could put back the optical drive if you need it (assuming you are carrying all this stuff around). You could also recharge 2 batteries at a time!

    Since the metal books you can't take out the optical drive, and you can't put in a second battery. You'd also need another powerbook of the same form to recharge 2 batteries at a time. (Does Apple have a battery charger? Never seen one... even a 3rd party one)

    With the new metal series, I admit they are much lighter, but in terms of flexibility I thought Apple was taking a step backwards..
    when you are mobile, weight counts (but that justs eases aching muscles), but battery life is life. I don't know about the rest of you, but I could do without the optical drive when mobile (it's unix after all, you can just rip an iso to your harddisk and then mount it - who needs an optical drive always installed?) - and could use a second battery. I admit my current Powerbook gets better battery life than a single battery on my old one, but the Pismo can run at least 5 hours on 2 batteries even after 3+ years.

    So if they somehow changed the design that allowed you to swap the optical drive for a battery the current powerbooks might be in the 6-8 hour range.

    Apple could make a super battery, that is the form factor of the laptop... plus the original battery - fits in underneath and adds what, another inch? If battery life were linear, it would be like having 4-5 batteries (probably cost a fortune), but you get 12-15 hours maybe... ho ho ho.

    Other than that I guess we have to wait for Fuel Cells...

    -Wyrm
     
  25. kuyu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    glad to see all the discussion. As stated, I'm a college student and price is of utmost importance. While any pentium chip will smoke a powerpc chip, I've realized that there is no point to all that extra power. I am going buy an ibook as soon as I get the funds together.
     

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