MacBook vs. Vaio 13.3-inch

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  1. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    This might surprise you.

    I configured both notebook computers as closely as I could.

    Configuration:
    13.3-inch 1280x800 'XBrite/Glossy' Display
    Intel Core Duo 2.0Ghz processor
    512MB SDRAM (256x2)
    60GB Hard Drive

    As configured the Sony Vaio only has a CD-RW/DVD Drive, but it does have a Hybrid Graphic System - nVidia GeForce Go 7400 and the Intel GMA 950. The MacBook as a DVD±RW/CD-RW Superdrive and Intel GMA 950.

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    Price: Sony Vaio $1908.99

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    Price: Apple MacBook $1299.00

    Oh, I forgot to mention - the Sony runs Windows XP and the Apple runs OS X :D
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    So somehow Sony managed to fit two GPU's in their laptop, and Apple only put one... Weak sauce Apple!

    And what are the sizes and weights of the laptops?
     
  3. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Ok, I would go with the macbook. Sony is quite new to computers, so I would give this some time. You use a Mac, so you pobably prefer OSX to WinBlowsUp.:)
     
  4. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Apple MacBook:
    Size and weight
    • Height: 1.08 inches
    • Width: 12.78 inches
    • Depth: 8.92 inches
    • Weight: 5.2 pounds
    Sony Vaio:
    Size and weight
    • Height: 1.5 inches
    • Width: 12.5 inches
    • Depth: 9.3 inches
    • Weight: 4.07 pounds

    Hmmm. They got the 2nd GPU in there and for less weight! But for $600+ more money and a crap OS. I'll stick with my MacBook, thank you! :D


    OT: imacintel What Airline do you fly for? :eek:

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  5. iGary Guest

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    Oooh, cool, Dave - you got a MacBook - how are you running PTMac et al?
     
  6. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'll let ya know. Don't have it - quite yet! Eagerly anticipating for sure :) I already know that the Intel Mac's run the pano stuff fine. It's just a matter of speed - I'm very curious to see how the MacBook does...
     
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    Cool. I just tried out PTBatch on the Quad and it did all 6 stitches in like 1:30 with all four cores working...then it hit Enblend...80% and 3 minutes. :rolleyes:

    Congerats, bud. Let us know how you make out. :)
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Go with the MacBook! Do you really want a PeeCee? :eek: :confused:
     
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    Cooknn would never lower his self like that.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would hope not! :eek: ;) :D
     
  11. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Just crunched 7 nodes on my Dual 2GHz. 12 minutes 45 seconds with Enblend. Not bad! The MacBook will be good for a node here and a node there - just to show off what I do. That and the fact that I'll *finally* be mobile - and with OS X! I never bought into the web on a cellphone thing. Waited patiently for this iteration of the consumer laptop. We'll call it a prosumer laptop. Yeah, a dedicated GPU would have been nice. And the <cough> glossy screen might be unecessary, but it's a damn good deal, and I can't wait to pack it in my Tamrac's secret pocket with my D70s. I think I'm gonna have to get another bag though - just for the MacBook :eek:

    No way! This information was posted so that others might see the light ;) I was actually quite surprised to see that Apple was very competitive with their price!
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sorry, now that I went and reread your post, I see you were not actually considering buying a PeeCee. :eek: I knew that you were smart enough not to go and do a thing like that. :) :) :)


    And yes, Apple is competitive with their pricing! :)
     
  13. nosser macrumors regular

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    for the price of the sony you could get a mbp and run both os's. I'm getting a mb to compliment my imac and pb thank thank very much!
     
  14. stefan15 macrumors regular

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    Ooh I've heard of this notebook! You can switch between graphics cards to save battery life!! Don't knock Sony so much, they are really solidly built. However do NOT buy from Sonystyle.. it's a huge ripoff. Go to futureshop/bestbuy and wait for a sale if you want to go with the Vaio.
     
  15. EricChunky macrumors regular

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    Please don't forget that the sony is just half weight as the macbook
    and it has a decent graphic card

    these two alone worth the price differenes

    only sad thing is it doesnt run macosx.

    darn
     
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    If you want something lite. Why not get a PDA?
     
  17. iSaint macrumors 603

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    wow, talk about talking way over my head! :confused: :confused:
     
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    What the heck kind of math are you using? :confused:
    5.2lbs (MacBook)
    4.07lbs (Vaio)
    4.07*2=8.14lbs
    Now, last time I checked, 5.2 < 8.14...
     
  19. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    He's talking about creating QTVR pano's. We both shoot virtual tours :)
     
  20. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Oh, ok, I am familiar with that...surprisingly! thanks! Where do you do your work Cooknn?
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So the graphics cards operate one or the other, and switch on the fly? Or are they capable of cooperating to boost performance, or having one run the external screen, or something else like that?
     
  22. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I work in Southwest Florida. You can see my work by clicking the link in my sig :)

    I think I read that it's one or the other. Performance or Battery Life for the most part.
     
  23. octoberdeath macrumors regular

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    you can pretty much do the same thing with the Macbook Pro i believe. compared to sony, apple is pretty cheep!
     
  24. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't think the MBP *had* a GMA 950.... Is this true?
     
  25. bumpy macrumors newbie

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    Sony Vaio

    New boy here, please no flushing of heads...

    The graphics cards on that Sony are not hot-swappable, you have to re-boot as soon as you flick the switch.

    The Intel one is best for battery life, the nVidia is best for games.

    Also, isn't it a bit unfair to do a price comparison with the fancier carbon fiber cased version of the Sony? They do a magnesium cased one for quite a chunk less...

    Still, I'd go with the MacBook.
     

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