Macbook Pro Alternatives !

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bluethree, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Bluethree macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2010
    Heracy I hear you cry ! Burn him at the stake I hear you clamour ! :p BUT....what if we are left without a significantly upgraded MBP in the weeks ahead and as a product it remains outclassed and poor value; what are the alternatives everybody would consider ? Be brave I dare you and give us your thoughts no matter how much it hurts :rolleyes: ....

    My option

    HP Envy 15-1100 (UK Model) weighing in at £1500 (incl Tax) (thats around $2416 of your Yankee Dollars :D) with the following features:

    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Intel® Core™ i7 Processor i7-720QM
    1.6 GHz
    6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
    Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® wireless networking
    2.35 kg
    38 cm (L) x 24.4 cm (W) x 2.65 cm (H)

    Full spec........
  2. maratus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    I'd get this one

    Sony Vaio VPC-Z11DGX/SJ

    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Intel Core i5-540M 2.53Ghz
    4Gb RAM
    13.1" 1600x900 or 1920x1080 Z-Bright (compromise between glossy and matte, without stupid glass in front of the screen)
    192Gb Raid 0 SSD (up to 512Gb Quad Raid 0 SSD)
    Intel 5700MHD + nVidia GT330M (1024Mb GDDR3) with on-the-fly switching
    3xUSB, DVD-RW (or BluRay), ExpressCard/34, HDMI, SD/MMC
    Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Ethernet, 3G WWAN, GPS
    12.4"(W) x 1.0-1.3"(H) x 8.3"(D)
    Unibody Aluminum top + Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic bottom
    Backlight keyboard + multitouch trackpad
    Up to 7.5 hours with standard battery
  3. FangBianMian macrumors member


    Jan 22, 2010
  4. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Good thread!

    I'm currently using a Vaio with a similar design to the one posted there and it's a decent machine. Just doesn't feed as well built as my mates macbook pros though... Wonder what that one feels like.
  5. archre macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2010
  6. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Thinkpad laptops are really awesome. I think I'll be going for a MBP anyway.
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
  8. harleygold macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2009
    Coming from a PC my whole life, this iMac is my alternative. A high priced alternative at that.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The downside of alternatives is that you're stuck with windows. Perhaps not a huge deal unless you have a lot of $$ invested in OSX software.
  10. archre macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2010
    Anyone else thinks that 'Envy' is such a stupid name for a laptop?
  11. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #11 all the people that think the MBP chasis gets hot, go check out a display model HP Envy...and I certainly wouldn't pay :apple: prices for an HP machine...
  12. sarashah macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2010
    Dell Vostro 1700
    The Vostro 1700 is a business-inspired desktop replacement. It is not as pricey as Dell’s Precision M6300 mobile workstation or built for gaming like the XPS M1730, but it can still pack a punch. It is available with discrete or integrated graphics and can be upgraded to WUXGA if you need the extra screen real estate. Like many other MBP alternatives, it’s got a cheaper starting point but it is heavier and not nearly as portable. Starting weight is 7.71 lbs. but expect it to go up from there.

    Pro: Highly configurable, available with XP or Vista, dual hard drive option
    Con: Upgrades get expensive as they accumulate, not very flashy, somewhat boring
  13. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Since I just switched (a few months actually)... and I loooveeee my MBP... I will not change it for anything in the next 2-3 years at least!

    Though the Sony with 13" 1080p screen is a beast! Apple should take some notes and create a really pro machine!
  14. maratus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    I doubt anything can match Vaio Z, and Apple certainly won't even come close. Don't forget that Z has same weight as Macbook Air with battery life, performance and features superior to highest-end 15" MBP.
  15. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    F u c k the weight of the MBA... a 13" MBP with similar specs to the Vaio and a little heavier that the Vaio will be perfect! I'll toss my current MBP and get that one in an instant (or when I have the lizards)...
  16. svedekim macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
    The Vostro series are ENTRY level notebook. Marketed at business-people who doesn't want to pay up for the real models (lattitude in this segment). It's not in anyway an atlernative to a MBP og thinkpak T series.

    The specs might be ok, but the build quality is far from the above mentioned.
  17. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
  18. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Honestly, I often wonder if people would use all the power of an i5/i7. I'd much prefer using a Core 2 Duo with OSX then an i7 with Windows. That's just me. I got my Macbook Pro 13" in September, so I'm glad I'm not caught up in this.
  19. coast1ja macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    The thing is, people will always be able to use all of the power available in a CPU. Until everything occurs instantly, or even before you think to do it, there will always be a need for a faster computer. Most users simply don't know how fast machines can be until they experience one. Just like most users don't know the speed that an SSD provides until they switch from spinning platters. The bottom line is that there was always be a bottleneck, and I'm glad it's no longer the CPU.
  20. flakes8 macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2009
    New England
    Sounds like a name for a cell phone :rolleyes: I think there is a phone in the states with that name.
  21. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    There is linux too. Many flavors of it actually. Especially for IT professionals it might be an even better platform than OSX and Windows.

    I've faithfully used XP from SP1 to the day. It's too old anymore.

    I just love carbon fiber. It's a great machine.
  22. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    dell studio 15" isn't so bad and it's ~$1360 with 4 gigs of ram, core i5, 500 gb 7200 rpm, 1920x1200 led, radeon 4570 + 512 mb vram, bluetooth, backlit keyboard and weighs about the same as the mbp - 5.54 lbs. Now they just need to get it to run osx =\...though win 7 isn't so bad these days..

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