macbook or (gasp) dell

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DJTJ, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. DJTJ macrumors regular

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    Ok so here's my dilemma. I need a new computer, a portable desktop of sorts. I really only need windows to run 1 program, sound forge. So here's the question. Should I get a macbook and run bootcamp (does anyone here know how well it would run with sound forge?) Or get a dell. They have a pretty crazy price right now up here in canada on there top line xps notebook. Now i know its wonky looking, and I know some people say dell sucks, and I know why, but this machine has some pretty awesome specs for the money. On dell.com they want $3500 US dollars, and on the canada site there 3000 canadian with some free upgrades! If someone can tell me that i can run soundforge on an intel mac, then ill probably just wait till the new macbooks come out.

    Thanks!! :D
     
  2. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    well i mean you have two nice macs right there and you already have a 15" powerbook that will still run reasonably well for the next few years...

    if you really need the pc software and want something different, i guess the dell would suffice nicely.

    otherwise, stick with the macs. :)
     
  3. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    and sorry i dont know anything about sound forge :(
     
  4. mac4drew macrumors regular

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    I don't see why you couldn't run Sound Forge... intel Macs (including the future MacBook) are just like any old PC when they boot up in Windows. You're not emulating anything, nothing's going to be slower or any less compatible... everything is just the same as it is on any PC.
    So I would be extremely surprised if you couldn't run Sound Forge or Premiere or any of the other Windows answers to what mac has to offer...

    Although, I must ask, why is it that you must run Sound Forge? Most people would buy a Mac to use Logic or Soundtrack, not the other way round.

    And Dells do suck, I'm sure you've had at least one friend whose keyboard has fallen apart or paneling has broken off their computer... you get what you pay for.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Yeah, I was gonna ask you why you "need" to run Soundforge? What sound editing needs to be done? Can you do it using a Mac program, or even free like Audacity?
     
  6. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    *GASP* :eek: :eek: What did you say??? Whoa, HOLD ON A SEC. TIME OUT.

    Are my eyes decieving me, or did you just say "i guess the dell would suffice nicely". ......................*passes out*
     
  7. Mord macrumors G4

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    well with an XPS look forward to a 9lb notebook that has a 45 min battery that burns your crotch off.

    what does soundforge acctually do, theirs more than likely a better or at least equal native mac version

    edit: DUDE, sony software sucks go learn logic express or pro if you have lots of money.
     
  8. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I split my MacBook Pro's hard drive 70GB (OS X), 30GB (XP). I run OS X 90% of the time for everything and when i need to play a game on the move or do whatever that can only be done on the PC i dual boot. You should have no problems at all running any software using bootcamp.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    LOL :D

    That pretty much sums up that laptop. :)
     
  10. Moshiiii macrumors 6502a

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  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    That scariest words that one can hear when buying
    a new computer! :eek: ;) :)
     
  12. Mord macrumors G4

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    "well with an XPS look forward to a 9lb notebook that has a 45 min battery that burns your crotch off.
    hey *******, get your facts straight!! Dont be such a mac fanboy, there are better machines than a ****ing Mac!"

    harrassment, mod warn the OP

    funny thing is that my quote is actually from first hand experience complete with the extra big battery.
     
  13. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    If I was in your situation, it'd be a no brainer for me. You only need to run one Windows program, so why spend all that money for one task? Get yourself a MacBook (Pro?) and install Boot Camp on it... problem solved! :)
     
  14. Mord macrumors G4

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    to the harrasing dude, your a moron and to call me whiney how about you stay online for half a second.

    see the whole idea of a forum is that people talk and discuss things, most of the time people disagree, so instead of throwing a hissy fit how about you propose a logical argument or, oh wait you dont have one.

    edit: no more contact, maybe he acctually looked up the specs and battery life of the XPS's :/
     
  15. savar macrumors 68000

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    Dell laptops -- even XPS -- are terrible. I've got one. My thinkpad is far nicer.

    Never used a MBP so I can't comment on that.
     
  16. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    macbook pro is head and shoulders above every PC notebook i've ever seen. if you got one i'm sure you wouldn't regret it.
     
  17. derajfast macrumors 6502a

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    my friend at college has xps

    screen isnt very nice
    its HUGE, and my macbook pro has better specs
    he said he never unplugs it because it gets an hour and 15min batt life tops
    the keyboard is actually kind of tiny and not good quality

    get the mac
     
  18. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sounds like my friend's 17" Alienware Laptop. :rolleyes: :)
     
  19. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Rolls on floor laughing and choking on my own vomit.
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Isn't this the laptop that has the aluminum foil top? Hawt.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. generik macrumors 601

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    In that case then I'll loup its head off, because only the Thinkpad deserves to be so arrogant :)
     
  22. solvs macrumors 603

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    I bought a Dell prior the release of the MacBooks because I needed a PC for work and it was cheap. You get what you pay for, there is a reason they are so cheap. Sell your PowerBook and buy a nice MacBook. Find some way to get it at discount, refurb or edu if you can up there if you need to save money or wait for the new models and get one of the old ones at discount. Or just continue to use your PowerBook and get a better program than Sound Forge (ewww BTW). Or just run it in VPC and take a lot of coffee breaks. :p

    The Dell monitors are ok though, just butt ugly.
     
  23. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sorry to hear about that- getting a Dell is always a reason for pity. :eek: ;) :)

    While the styling is no where near that of Apple's, I would not go that far. :)
     
  24. solvs macrumors 603

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    [​IMG]
    That ain't pretty.
     
  25. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    If the 'Dell' logo and button markings were a slightly different tone of grey, then the answer would be 'yes'. As it is I find it irritating.
     

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