Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE: I'm A Little Surprised...
by ciplogic on Thu 16th Sep 2010 22:48 UTC in reply to "I'm A Little Surprised..."
ciplogic
Member since:
2006-12-22

+1
I've bought a Mac Book for 1000 euros (in EU) and because the performance even it was somewhat enough, was not impressive, I've bought a Sony Vayo product (3 month difference, Sony bought later).
In short differences are like this:
Mac/PC:
CPU: Core 2 - 2.13 / Core i5 540M
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 / 4 GB DDR3
Graphics: NV 9400M/ NV 330M
Screen: 1280x800 / 1920x1080
Screen diagonal: 13 inch / 15.4 inch
Hard drive: 250GB / 500GB
To be fair the OS X may be cool and it has not installed Office 60 days evaluation version or other bloatware.
But as far as pricing goes, I really could not find a high res Mac laptop display on less than 2000 euros.
Another problem with Macs is that they don't offer low ends, like the healthy netbook market. Bobcat CPU from AMD shows this: we need laptops with good top to bottom hardware and working. We need innovation and not being someones cherry picking of our options.
The specs that are mostly missing in "PC"s are mostly the style that you pay that much, and some finesse things. In rest, I do agree that prices are fairly looking bad to Macs in general, but for users I think that OS X is priceless, enough to pay another laptop for it ;)

Edited 2010-09-16 22:51 UTC

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RE[2]: I'm A Little Surprised...
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:53 in reply to "RE: I'm A Little Surprised..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

As you said, you bought the Vaio after the Mac, and you didn't say exactly when the purchases were made, just that they were three months apart. I'm going to assume you bought them a little less than a year ago, as the MacBook you describe is a mid-2009 model.

So, a few points:

* You're not going to get a 1920x1080 screen at 13 inches, Mac or PC; you're comparing a 15" to a 13" and complaining about the difference in resolution?
* Apple has yet to put a Core-i series processor in the MacBook line; they reserve that for the MacBook Pro line, which does have a 15 inch model.
* The current MacBook has NV 320M graphics and DDR3 RAM; as I said I'm not sure when you purchased each machine but I felt it was worth mentioning.
* You never mention what you paid for the Vaio; the one my sister has is roughly comparable to the MacBook that was in production when she bought it and the Vaio was about $100 more expensive.

Another problem with Macs is that they don't offer low ends, like the healthy netbook market.


Well Apple has always said they wouldn't know how to make a sub-$500 laptop that wouldn't suck. My personal view is that the MacBook is their netbook: It's their lowest end model, it has excellent battery life, and considering that netbooks have steadily risen in both screen size and price -- they now average $600 when you look at all laptops marketed as "netbooks", including 12" and 13" models -- I'd say it falls neatly into the high end of the netbook market.

And you're right about something else too; for most Mac users, it's as much or more about the OS as the hardware. That's definitely the case for me.

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pos3 Member since:
2010-06-25

Well Apple has always said they wouldn't know how to make a sub-$500 laptop that wouldn't suck.

Aren't the components manufactured in china? Hence cost of components should be similar to other dell/hp components. What we are paying extra would be brand and design.

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