Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd May 2006 16:03 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y CNet compares Acer's TravelMate 8200 to apple's MacBook Pro, and concludes the Acer wins; but only by a small margin. "The Acer pulled ahead with ample features and superior performance and battery life, then sealed the deal with its lower sticker price. If you're looking for the most connectivity and fastest performance for your dollar, the TravelMate 8200 is the laptop to buy. The MacBook Pro's strengths clearly lie in aesthetics, from its lightweight, eye-pleasing design to its graphics-friendly display to its elegant operating system. And Apple's superior software package could be said to offset the price differential between the MacBook Pro and the TravelMate 8200."
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RE[6]: OSX
by snowbender on Thu 4th May 2006 10:19 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: OSX"
snowbender
Member since:
2006-05-04

No, he/she is _not_ saying that. Read his/her comment:

"OS X aside, the iLife suite alone has no equivalent on the XP machine unless you go out and pay extra for the software. And what iLife provides is software that is essential if you are going to do anything with audio/video on your computer."

He is saying that for the 'home' user, OSX comes out of the box with nice software to do audio/video stuff on your computer. If you want something similar on Windows XP, you need to buy it separately.

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RE[7]: OSX
by alcibiades on Thu 4th May 2006 10:43 in reply to "RE[6]: OSX"
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

He said in the other post:

"I switched to a Mac several years ago after an endless struggle trying to get decent software to work with audio/video on a Windows machine. I spent a lot of money on software for that end and it never seemed to work very well."

Agreed, the second post is a bit less extreme, but I think he really does mean that macs are essential for audio video. And I think that is nonsense.

As for iLife, its probable real value is the retail price it sells for. Why would it be any different?

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RE[8]: OSX
by snowbender on Thu 4th May 2006 12:03 in reply to "RE[7]: OSX"
snowbender Member since:
2006-05-04

Ah, ok.. in that sense I agree with you.

As for iLife, I believe most people never acknowledge this when comparing the price of an Apple computer with the price of another computer. Of course, you get iLife and (probably) pay its price whether you want it or not. But I believe that Apple wants to offer the consumer a "complete" product, a kind of 'all-in' package: hardware+software for doing the stuff the "average" user needs. And their software and hardware is decent quality. I think their idea is that you buy a computer 'package' at Apple, come home, unpack it and can start doing most "normal" stuff out of the box.

I think it's a model you either like or hate.

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