How great are these?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by hotwater10, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. hotwater10 macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    For x-mas I could be getting a 1st gen white macbook but i mquestioning how great are they really....How big of a step up?
  2. hotwater10 thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    a vista 448MB ram peice of crap dell insperon 1501.
  3. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    You need to give more information. Although some of us do use Dells (for work etc), few of us are well enough informed to know offhand what a Dell 1501 is like. Is it even a laptop? (I'm assuming it's a 15" laptop but knowing Dell, it could be anything).

    What processor does it have?

    What kind of graphics chip does it have?

    What's the screen specs (size and resolution)?

    How big is the hard drive?

    What's the Vista hardware score?

    What extras does it have (USB or firewire sockets etc)?
  4. Jisuo macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Google told me this about The Inspiron 1501:

    * AMD Sempron 3500+ (1.8GHz/512Kb)
    * 15.4" Ultrasharp WXGA display
    * 512GB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz (1 DIMM)
    * ATI Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory (Integrated graphics)
    * 60GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    * 24x CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
    * 6-cell 53 WHr lithium-ion battery
    * Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
    * Dell 1390 802.11g Mini Wireless Card

    I'd say you notice a difference, especially if you get 2GB ram.
  5. dragonmantek macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2007
    New York
    immense huge difference i'd say.

    from the specs that were revealed, it would be a vast improvement.
  6. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2008
    Westland Michigan
    It does not matter what kind of PC you have, a 5 year old or brand new Mac is better then any PC. Just my 2 cents.
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    How the hell did you get vista running on 448 MB of RAM!?!?

    I'm-I'm impressed!
  8. hotwater10 thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    why whats wrong with that? i thought that was normal?
  9. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    I'm guessing its the Home edition one.
    Probably still crashes every 10 minutes or when watching a YouTube Video.
    Anyways, you'll notice a huge difference when you get the MacBook.
  10. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    i just bought a late 2006 blackbook second of from a guy here in town and i couldnt be happier with it. the machine performs excellent and plenty fast, i won a laptop about a year and a half ago which had vista on it and what not.. and well this thing beats it in performance hands down.

    all i would recommend get more ram (2gb) and well a bigger hdd down the road
  11. Camoischaos macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Southern California
    Yeah 448mb for vista woah nelly when i first installed vista on my PC i had 1gig and that was bad but then i put in 4 gigs but man i feel bad for you. Id do the upgrade.
  12. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    There are some people here who would have you believe that Mac OS X will run on nothing but 4GB RAM.

    As for the two computers, the OP won't notice any difference in performance at all. Indeed, the old Core Duo processor that will be in his 'new' MacBook will be incredibly sluggish, especially when dealing with some of Apple's bloatware like iTunes.
  13. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Well I run 'bloated' iTunes (7000 songs) on a >4 year old PowerBook 1.5ghz with 1.5 GB of ram with zero problems… maybe PPC wasn't so bad after all :rolleyes:
  14. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    I'm sick of people being so ignorant about Windows.

    Honestly, Vista is an improvement over XP. That whole thing about it just being XP with a new GUI is BS.

    I have not had a problem with Vista, not with the speed, on a computer with 1GB RAM and Aero on, not with the stability (Not one BSOD in 2 years), not with viruses, not with anything.

    You know what keeps Vista going great? People stop surfing shady porn sites and pirating ****.

    Youtube does not crash because you're using Vista. Actually Macs have a harder time using Youtube, ha, the irony.

    I love OS X, but I still stand by the fact that there is nothing wrong with Windows. It has better support overall, and is not nearly as unstable as apple fanboys make it out to be. I wish people would open their eyes and see how much Windows has given the PC world (Mac = PC), and understand that OS X is not God, OS X and Macs have their flaws, and a 5yr old PC is still not that bad (I'm running off of a 6yr old eMachine of all things right now). A lot of you would still encourage someone to purchase a 5yr old Mac I assume.

    To the OP - A first gen Whitebook? Do you mean with just the Core Duo and 512RAM? You probably won't see much, if any significant speed boost with that.
  15. youssefm macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    finally.. someone who isn't attacking pc's lol.. i have an hp laptop alongside my new macbook.. and it sorta performs better than my macbook.. the only problem is the o/s, which i believe isn't bad but osx is 10000 better.. anyway back to the original poster.. i believe it should be a good buy, you'll be surprised at how good the macbooks are
  16. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I hope you didn't mean me.

    I was just shocked because I've literally never seen Vista run decently on less than 1 GB.
  17. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    Vista can run good on a computer with 512RAM.

    A lot of people just bought in to the early Vista haters. The exact same thing came about with XP years ago, and now look at people going, "OMG XP IS PERFECT!!!"

    Turn off Aero, it's not needed anyways. Voila, runs great on 512.

    There are very few stability issues with Vista, nothing more than a standard OS would have, like XP or Leopard.

    If you really look at Vista, and read up on it from a technical standpoint, you'll notice that it's really a great OS. They spent a lot of time building it, and there are a lot of great enhancements the average Joe can't see, and a lot of people get mad when they realize that the pretty graphics mean that they can't run it off of their 10 year old computer that started out with 98.

    With things like flash, OS X has some issues though. OS X is a nice OS, but until it gains much more support, it can't necessarily beat Windows, because Youtube eats up over half of my 2.4GHz CPU for one video. Basic tasks are harder on the machines.

    I love OS X, don't get me wrong. I'm getting a new MacBook in a couple of weeks, looking forward to it. There are amazing points to OS X that make me want to spend that insane premium, but I will always still love Windows, and wish people would see it for what it is, and not what other people exaggerate for no reason.
  18. hotwater10 thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    no actully itts the best vista.
  19. iMav macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    Columbus, WI
    I've never seen Vista run decently...period. ;)
  20. naid macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    I've had Vista run great... but it was quite cleaned-up and was running on a machine with 4G RAM.

    Back to the OP, that Macbook will be a big improvement.
  21. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2008
    Westland Michigan
    You have that right! Vista is the worst thing to come to the PC world, I didn't have a 1/4 of the problems when I had XP. But Vista forced me to Mac, which I love, so I guess I owe a thank you to Mr. Bill for making such a Piece of %$^&&*! crap. :D
  22. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Wow, y'all need to seriously stop hating on Windows...Especially Vista. It has got to be the best OS by Microsoft to this date. If you don't get viruses(virusi?) on it, just like with any other OS, it'll run GREAT. Even the Home edition. I haven't had Vista crash on me in the last 1 year I've had it. I would hate to go back to XP. Sure they changed things on Vista, but its all for the better, so if you actually don't know what they changed (except for the GUI) then you won't see anything better!
  23. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    I agree with pretty much everything you said, but this is one of thing that confused me. Windows didn't give rise to the Mac...Mac OS was before Windows..
  24. Camoischaos macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Southern California

Share This Page