Ugh, I can’t believe I have to switch to a PC now.

dranakin

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I’ve been running a PowerBook G4 (mid-2004 model) for almost 6 years now, and was really hoping for a new configuration on the MBP 13 (by new, I obviously mean Arrandale processors). The fact that I can get a 15” with i5 and Blu-Ray for even less than an underpowered MBP 13 is really disappointing.

I’ve been trying to find Mac-to-PC transition websites, but it must be a laughable prospect. Not anymore for the budget minded.

Good-bye, I guess. :(
 

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You're on a PowerBook G4, looking to upgrade, and lack of BluRay is the dealbreaker? Good lord....
I don't really care about Blu Ray, but why is what he said causing you to insult him?

Some people DO want to upgrade to specific things. If BD is one of them...then great for them?

I don't get all of this "if I don't want something, then you obviously don't need it" mindset that is WAY too common in these parts.
 

GLDFSH

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Feb 15, 2010
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I'd be amazed if the sales of the new 13inch will be in any way decent, to stick with such an old processor, stick a 'pro' label and a £999 price tag on it is laughable..who really needs 10 hours battery life anyway? It's not like carrying the charger with you is going to break your back. Gonna be getting a sony E series i5, 4gb, 500gb, blu ray, 1080p..the retail price for that is £800 I think. I'd love to see a poll on how many 13inch waiters on this forum are gonna buy one vs buy a refurb vs buy a pc
 

mrklaw

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I'd be amazed if the sales of the new 13inch will be in any way decent, to stick with such an old processor, stick a 'pro' label and a £999 price tag on it is laughable..who really needs 10 hours battery life anyway? It's not like carrying the charger with you is going to break your back. Gonna be getting a sony E series i5, 4gb, 500gb, blu ray, 1080p..the retail price for that is £800 I think. I'd love to see a poll on how many 13inch waiters on this forum are gonna buy one vs buy a refurb vs buy a pc
on this forum? Maybe you're right. In the real world? nobody knows what 'an arrandale' is - maybe a rare breed of cattle? They'll see the apple marketing stuff with bar graphs and '50% faster' and buy it in droves. And enjoy it
 

Jaro65

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So you haven't upgraded in 6 years, even though the 13" MBP's have been apparently selling extremely well for the last couple of years?
 

H00513R

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Mar 12, 2010
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You still have options, but if you really want to switch back then good luck. I think you'll be missing your Mac within a week.
 

Rondue

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lol

no i3 or i5 for the macbook 13.. yea i am, but i already knew apple wouldnt touch the 13s the fact that they got a video card bump was a shock to me. The guy who started this threads demands are pretty funny only because of what he is currently using.
 

iSax1234

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Feb 8, 2010
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who really needs 10 hours battery life anyway? It's not like carrying the charger with you is going to break your back. [/QUOTE said:
You know you're right who needs a battery in general? Why not just keep it plugged into the wall all the time, oh wait then it would be a desktop. Who needs laptops?

Sometimes you're not around a outlet is why you need a 10 hr battery
 

Sequin

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Mar 21, 2010
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You know you're right who needs a battery in general? Why not just keep it plugged into the wall all the time, oh wait then it would be a desktop. Who needs laptops?

Sometimes you're not around a outlet is why you need a 10 hr battery
One of the pros of switching to a Macbook for me IS the battery life. I'm tired of not being able to get through two classes without my laptop dying.
 

GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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You waited 6 years and you're switching back to a PC because of BR? Interesting.
I have to ask though, what's the point of the thread?
 

KingYaba

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Aug 7, 2005
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Up the irons
I’ve been running a PowerBook G4 (mid-2004 model) for almost 6 years now, and was really hoping for a new configuration on the MBP 13 (by new, I obviously mean Arrandale processors). The fact that I can get a 15” with i5 and Blu-Ray for even less than an underpowered MBP 13 is really disappointing.

I’ve been trying to find Mac-to-PC transition websites, but it must be a laughable prospect. Not anymore for the budget minded.

Good-bye, I guess. :(
Make this a good opportunity to learn how to use Ubuntu. Dual boot and keep your personal and work stuff on the Ubuntu side. Leave Windows for games.
 

thejadedmonkey

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May 28, 2005
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PM me if you have any specific questions.

The best advice I can give is:

1) don't use registry cleaners or defragers, Windows doesn't need it anymore

2) Get a CLEAN install of Windows. No bloatware pre-installed. The only anti-virus you need is MSE (microsoft.com/security_essentials)

3) iTunes WILL suck on a PC, there's no way around it.
 

dranakin

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Thanks for all the thoughts. I ended up ordering a Gateway NV5927U for $595. The tech specs are:

Processor Intel® Core™ Core i5-430M Processor1 (2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache) with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz sDRAM
Hard Drive 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
Display 15.6" HD Widescreen Ultrabright™ LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)
Chassis Chassis with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD with 128MB of dedicated system memory supporting Microsoft® and Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Convenience Features Gateway MyBackup Button, Touchpad Lock and Dedicated Numeric Keypad
External Ports (4) USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMI™ Port
Keyboard and Mouse Full-Size Keyboard with Multi-gesture Touchpad
Media Card Reader Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Memory Stick™, Memory Stick™ Pro, Multi Media Card™, Secure Digital™, xD-Picture Card™)
Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
Network 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Optical Drive 4X Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Sound High-Definition Audio Support, Built-In speakers, Microphone, headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack with S/PDIF support
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
Web Camera Built-In Webcam
Wireless Network 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™


I know it won't last as long as my PB G4 (6 years!), but hopefully I'll be happy enough. I've waited long enough. Take care, all.
 

pastparticiple

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Apr 13, 2010
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Man it is so frustrating to see how much you can get for so much cheaper. I don't see the MBP being worth 4 times as much. Double? Sure I would pay that for the OS and track pad but 4x? Won't do it.
 

kmaute

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Oct 5, 2008
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I ended up ordering a Gateway NV5927U for $595. The tech specs are:

Processor Intel® Core™ Core i5-430M Processor1 (2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache) with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz sDRAM
Hard Drive 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
Display 15.6" HD Widescreen Ultrabright™ LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)
Chassis Chassis with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD with 128MB of dedicated system memory supporting Microsoft® and Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Convenience Features Gateway MyBackup Button, Touchpad Lock and Dedicated Numeric Keypad
External Ports (4) USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMI™ Port
Keyboard and Mouse Full-Size Keyboard with Multi-gesture Touchpad
Media Card Reader Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Memory Stick™, Memory Stick™ Pro, Multi Media Card™, Secure Digital™, xD-Picture Card™)
Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
Network 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Optical Drive 4X Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Sound High-Definition Audio Support, Built-In speakers, Microphone, headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack with S/PDIF support
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
Web Camera Built-In Webcam
Wireless Network 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™


I know it won't last as long as my PB G4 (6 years!), but hopefully I'll be happy enough. I've waited long enough. Take care, all.
Don't let the door hit you in the butt. Enjoy windows. I'll have a laugh at your expense.

ETA: Just noticed the RJ-11 port. I can see why you were "wowed". Sweet.
 

crhudy1985

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Sep 23, 2009
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I'd be amazed if the sales of the new 13inch will be in any way decent, to stick with such an old processor, stick a 'pro' label and a £999 price tag on it is laughable..who really needs 10 hours battery life anyway? It's not like carrying the charger with you is going to break your back. Gonna be getting a sony E series i5, 4gb, 500gb, blu ray, 1080p..the retail price for that is £800 I think. I'd love to see a poll on how many 13inch waiters on this forum are gonna buy one vs buy a refurb vs buy a pc
I could care less about the "pro" label. I just want it to be unibody aluminum and a mac considering the last pc I bought only lasted me 15 months. And carrying a charger is not always the answer when you are places without outlets (like planes).