Where I spent my $1,300 Pound for Pound

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheRealAlex, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    so before Depreciation hit and the resale value dropped for old MBP I sold my 2014 MBP for $1,300

    But the new 13 Dual Core MBP even top speck is laughable.

    Take a look at this



    For a 13" it's amazing and for the price it can't be beat
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Apple have never had the bleeding edge hardware in their portables. They always go for a compromise between thinness, lightness, battery life, and specs. Likely in that order.

    Historically that's always been the case. Always. Not everybody likes it, but it's always going to happen. I can appreciate people's gripes, though I'm not sure why they're surprised.
     
  3. Oridus macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, although it wouldn't be a good fit for me, that alienware (for that price) may be a better choice for my wife if she wanted to do some more gaming on it in the future. Otherwise, I may look at a razor as well. I need something for her to use PS and LR on with multiple instances of photos open without the system getting bogged down, and so far all the laptops she's owned just cannot match up to my MBP (And obviously my custom built windows PC).
     
  4. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000

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    Gotta say....that is quite tempting...

    Especially with the ability to run external GPUs. I wonder when MBPs will get that support.
     
  5. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    See the same "spec" posts made every time anyone releases a laptop, but for this specific one, holy crap is it ugly. And heavy, and thick. At least the Razer laptops look somewhat sleek when they're closed. This thing looks like a replacement part for a refrigerator.
     
  6. samparmenter macrumors 6502

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    Thats some great spec for the price but my god is that heavy and horrible. If you can go to that instead of a macbook pro and be happy then thats great but if thats the case then you never needed one in the first place.
     
  7. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    GTX 1060 looks nice. You'll never see that inside a MacBook.
     
  8. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    It's horses for courses, if you need a gaming laptop you wouldn't even consider a Mac, likewise if you are a designer you wouldn't even consider Alienware as you would be laughed out of the door at a design studio.

    I have a gaming PC rig, Xbox One and PS4 for gaming and use Macs for work. Well, I say work but really everything apart from gaming, although I play WoW on the Mac, looks great on the retina Macs.
     
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Synaptic trackpads suck though.

    Especially with Microsoft updating trackpad gestures / drivers for the precision trackpads.
     
  10. Ries macrumors 68000

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    Sure it is ugly, it's also steel reinforced like a armoured truck :) But it shows you can make a 13" laptop with internals that blows away the 15" models for way less money than the 15" costs.
     
  11. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    So, like any standard laptop vs any ultra book then? :p
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    Next time I buy a PC, I want to see the SSD model.
     
  13. Abaganov macrumors regular

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    Can someone explain to me why apple can't just be cool and put GTX 1060 in their laptops?
    is it not compatible with the mac hardware or something like that?>
     
  14. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Well, except it doesn't blow away the 15" at all except in GPU. It has the same CPU, slower SSD, way worse screen, and poor battery life. And best of all, this chunk of steel costs $2100.

    But I mean, it's already been said: if you're in the market for this type of machine, you were never in the market for a Macbook. And if you're looking for a Macbook type experience, you wouldn't even give this machine a second glance.
     
  15. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Insipid. Disgusting. Like something from 1988.

    Glad I'm not a gamer, thats for sure.
     
  16. Ries macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't even notice the SSD difference (so it copies a DVD in 4 sec instead of 2 sec). I'd take the OLED screen over the Apple one, it's 103% Adobe, one wins slight at some colors, the OLED at other. It has DDR4 ram. And the price for same CPU, 256GB, 16GB RAM and the 1060/6GB GPU is $1,899.99.
     
  17. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like you found the computer for you then. I personally wouldn't be seen with that thing, but that's why some of us are in the market for Macbooks while others are looking for something very different.
     
  18. Altis macrumors 68020

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    Tell that to the exclusively USB-C/TB3 ports, which while terrific, are quite a while away from being well adopted.
     
  19. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So that's a savings of $1,000 one thousand dollars over a lower spec MBP.
     
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    I paid about half of a top rMBP last year for:

    - Skylake
    - GTX960M
    - Upgradeability to 32GiB RAM DDR4
    - 2.5" bay
    - TB3
    - ethernet
    - 3 USB Type A
    although it came with a 512GB m.2 instead of 1TB and the 4K version was not available yet.

    But now the SSD seems to have died and I have to send it for repair :(
     
  21. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    Too much power draw and it generates a lot of heat. D:

    The machine looks fine. But it's so big and heavy! I'd rather look into the razer blade. Similarly speced and priced but with a larger screen, half the weight.
     
  22. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 65816

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    In case anyone is interested

    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/alienware-13-r3-oled

    My Spec is $1799 -$179 Dell Enterprise Discount for Federal Employees aka me. -$1,300 sale of my old 2014 MBP.

    It's like spending so much money on a Ferrari La Ferrari $3 Million the MBP When for $1 Million you can get a superior Porsche 918 and it's faster aka the OKED Alienware 13.
     
  23. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    No thank you. I was lucky to grab a Samsung metal laptop in late 2014 with quad i7, 16 GB of RAM and fast SSD for cheap. Unfortunately, Samsung then decided to neuter most of their computer lineup.
     
  24. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    But it looks like ***** and has windows on it. Outside of a LAN party your gonna look like a kid and 4hrs of battery life ain't getting you far.
     
  25. cube macrumors G5

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    We were not happy with Samsung laptops. I will take an Alienware even if a Dell bezel cracked on me.
     

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