Macbook Pro vs. Alienware

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nick9191, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Alienware Area-51 m9750
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33ghz
    17" HiDef Screen
    2gb of RAM
    200gb 7200 rpm hard drive
    8700 GT 512mb
    Vista Ultimate
    4.7cm (2.2 inches thick)

    Macbook Pro 17"
    Core 2 Duo 2.5ghz
    17" HiDef Screen
    2gb of RAM
    200gb 7200 rpm hard drive
    8600 GT 512mb
    Mac OS X
    2.2cm (1 inch thick)
    Other stuff like LED Screen, multitouch, slot load.

    Macbook Pro £1750
    Alienware £1750

    Alienware has a slightly better graphics card, however is 2 freaking inches thick, ugly, and made from plastic, the macbook pro is an aluminum alloy. Macbook Pro is also faster and using newer processors.

    Overall, Macbook Pro wins.
     
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  3. nick9191 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    What, Macbook Pro is the ultimate laptop :D

    The point of this thread was to inform potential buyers who were considering Alienware laptops over a macbook pro.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Thin performance laptop vs. monster gaming laptop?

    It's not the first time it has been done here and Alienware has been rather slow to get updated components of late as well.
     
  5. e12a macrumors 68000

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    maybe because Dell = Alienware?

    seriously..apples and oranges comparison here.
     
  6. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Why would they come here if they were considering an alienware?

    Anyone who is considering an alienware needs to be hit in the head anyway. What a waste of money.
     
  7. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    I think you mean Apples and Lemons.
     
  8. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    What's the point of doing this as a qualitative analysis? If you weighing it on the form factor then the decision has already been made..
     
  9. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    That is what 92% (and shrinking) of the world thinks about people who buy Apple computers.
     
  10. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    An alienware is no different than other vista laptop with the same specs.

    Apples run Mac OS X, and you can't get that anywhere else.
     
  11. gothamm macrumors 6502a

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    when I configure the alienware on their website with those specs you listed, It comes out around $2000

    thank you for setting back the apple community a good ten years, along with re-affirming the notion that mac users are ridiculously biased :rolleyes:
     
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  15. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Owned! I agree, this isn't a proper comparison, and is the 8700GT even that good? Because that is the only thing I see that justifies the extra size. But man more than 2x thicker really is bad.
     
  16. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    The 8700GT is literally an overclocked 8600. Alienware doesn't even offer the 8800 in 17" yet.
     
  17. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely go with the MacBook Pro. The aluminum alloy case is enough to sway me to buy a MAC. I personally care more about the build quality of the case, the LCD, and the keyboard than anything else on a laptop. The hardware specs come a distant second. If you want to game then buy the MacBook Pro and then build a PC desktop. You can even buy yourself a nice Lian-Li silver aluminum V series case that matches your MBP. To me gaming on a laptop has always been a PITA.
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Eww... Gateway

    Seriously though, I know a couple people with Alienware laptops. They are fast, run coolers, if you have the money offer faster parts, but their designs are ugly IMO.
     
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Actually, nothing is more beastly than the 20" laptop :D
     
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    Yep thats the main reason why Alienware sucks now.
     
  22. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    They do in their 15" laptop.;)
     
  23. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    I tried as well but with the UK sites which the OP used.

    Alienware: £1536.90
    Apple: £1828.99

    The price of £1750 is even less than the price of an unmodified MBP 17" which is £1799.

    Maybe I got something wrong though.
     
  24. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, the m9750 hasn't been too popular. Perhaps a more equal comparison would be the m17x
     
  25. Csmitte macrumors 6502

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    true, form function
     

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