Mac Vs. Dell Price

Discussion in 'Windows' started by SISO, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. SISO

    SISO Member

    Are Macs More Expensive?

    I did a little research and compared Dell's most comparable model to Apple's new Mac Book pro.

    Dell Studio 17
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz 899Mhz FSB
    17 inch WLED display
    3GB Memory
    250GB HD @ 5400RPM
    256MB ATI RADEON HD 3650
    CD/DVD Burner
    4 USB 2.0 Ports
    8-1 Media Card Reader
    HDMI Port
    Dual headphone jacks and Mic

    Backlit Keyboard
    Windows Vista Home Premium

    TOTAL: $1399

    Macbook Pro

    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1066Mhz FSB
    15 Inch LED scren
    2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x1GB (memory)
    250GB HD @ 5400
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M +9600M GT with 256MB
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    2 USBS 2.0 ports
    Mini Display Port
    Express Card/34
    Audio In/Out
    Backlit keyboard
    Mac OSX

    TOTAL $1999

    Bottom line:

    The Dell is $600 cheaper and you both loose and gain things. You loose some processing and graphics power (maybe not a noticeable amount, depends on what you're doing) but you can a bigger screen and several ports. You also have to put up with Windows haha. But, $600 isn't chump change. So, Macs it would seem, are a bit overpriced for what you get.
  2. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    I can build a PC for under what you're talking. Way, way under.
  3. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I use to build desktops myself, but with the prices today it isn't worth it. We use HP business machines at the office, but they come with 3 year warranties with next day repair service.

    Do you build laptops Bad? I've built many desktops over the years, but never a lappy.
  4. DaJoker

    DaJoker New Member

    Asus allows you to "build your own" with their white book lines. I have the Z71V provided through work, though it is now a "hackintosh" ;-)
  5. Fergz99

    Fergz99 Member

    I used to be one of the people saying the price of a Mac just isn't worth it, but after playing around with a friends macbook i am going with a mac in the near future.

    Not having to use windows really is worth the extra money.
  6. MM

    MM Administrator

    And not having to worry about viruses, etc... is a good thing.
  7. Deacon

    Deacon Member

    I never got the whole 'no viruses' thing with a mac. I have been using a pc for ~20 years and have gotten maybe 2 viruses in all that time. Keep in mind that I have surfed many questionable sites (porn, hacker sites, freeware/shareware, gaming sites, etc)...and that is on top of the fact that the majority of virus writers are writing for Windows.

    Anyone have a good explanation, or am I just in the minority?
  8. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    I like the idea of the Mac. They look pretty cool, and a few friends of mine love them. The times I played around with them, I found them to be pretty intuitive and I like the interface.
    My problem is that some of the things I need for work (like a Bloomberg) do not work on a Mac. So, that more or less knocks me out of the box.
  9. DaJoker

    DaJoker New Member

    Ah, but they DO work on a Mac. Just get VMWare Fusion or Parallels and run a copy of XP alongside OSX. It will allow you access to those windows applications somewhat natively right in OSX. No rebooting into windows like with Bootcamp. It works GREAT. I have to have IE to test websites at work, and I use VMWare Fusion all the time for this. There really is no excuse for not switching to a Mac these days.
  10. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    Hmmm...good thought. Maybe I'll give that a shot. If I can't get what I want out of it for work, I can always give it to my wife to use. Although, I have a feeling she'll commandeer the computer if I were to get a Mac.
  11. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    Video games.
  12. DaJoker

    DaJoker New Member

    Two words for you then: Boot Camp.
  13. Davis

    Davis Member

    The kicker is that Dell will often sell laptops (not top of the line but still very powerful) for under $600. They often have amazing sales when it is the end of their quarter because it boosts sales (they could care less about profit at that point).

    Two or three years ago they sold laptops for $250 each.
  14. Davis

    Davis Member

    SAP is a great reason to not switch. I'll add that SAP does work on a Mac but the newest updates generally have huge problems when running on a Mac.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2008
  15. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

    I don't have to do boot camp. I'm direct commission.
  16. Evil_Ernie

    Evil_Ernie Smell my finger


    That's not what he means!! :D

    Mac OS X Leopard - Boot Camp
  17. MAJ Badmotherfarker

    MAJ Badmotherfarker is drinking a beer.

  18. MM

    MM Administrator

    This is what I have been doing since March. I chose VMWare Fusion over Parallels because I liked the interface better. It had more positive reviews on Macrumors. I was still new to Mac at that time. I am very happy with it. I chose XP as well due to it's stability.

    I have only once booted into Bootcamp to use XP.

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