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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NeoX
Member since:
2006-02-19

There are no cheap i5 laptops from apple. If you just want to surf the web on a 15 inch laptop you have to buy a MacBook Pro. Dell will give you a fairly nice and cheap Studio.


Cheap being the right word.


Apple will always give you the bare minimum. How long had Macbooks CD burners instead of DVD burners? How long did they have only 1 GB Ram when all Vista Machines had (needed) 2 or 4.


Not to be picky, but I have a First Generation MacBook, which was the first MacBook intel model. It came with a "SuperDrive" to burn CDs and DVDs. My previous model PowerBook from 3 years earlier (2003) also came with a DVD burner standard.

As to RAM I would never want to run Vista with 1GB RAM, it is a disaster. But the fact that MacBooks were sold with 1GB RAM when 10.4 and 10.5 were out is a testament to the OS. You could get along with 1GB RAM just fine for many tasks. My MacBook is maxed at 2GB, it is a Core Duo and I am running the latest 10.6 snow leopard without a glitch. It is plenty fast for most things, except games, and I use it daily to help me remove malware from my Client's Windows PC's.
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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Only the more expensive model came with a super drive.

The base model had only CD recording until frickin' late 2008!!!
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook )
PC laptops in that price range had DVD burning only since 2004.

And 10.5 loves RAM nearly as much as Vista. My friend had a 2008 model with just 1 GB and browsing with Firefox was unbearable. He immediately upgraded to 4 GB (which in Apples store would have been a few hundred euros at the time. He bought bulk and paid only 100)

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

The base model had only CD recording until frickin' late 2008!!!
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook )
PC laptops in that price range had DVD burning only since 2004.

Even sooner than that: I have an Acer Aspire 1350 that I'm still using today. Bought because I was starting my phd studies, in August 2003. It has a TOshiba 2x DVD/RW drive, which has been failing for years now, from failing to burn DVDs, to failing to read them, to the point where now it can't even boot from CDs anymore. Probably a lens problem. Anyway, Windows XP, 512MB, Athlon XP-M (an incredible CPU which is just half as fast as my other Core2 Duo 2Ghz CPU when encoding x264 videos using StaxRip; it evens beats the Core2 at the BOINC benchmarks, but we know how reliable benchmarks are, don't we?). Anyway, my point is: that Acer laptop cost me 1499 EUR back then, which was quite a dent in my skinny student savings but it still works today after a two year hiatus. So it's also durable. Eclipse C++ ran fine on it in last June with no sense of lags or slowness to it, along with BOINC, tor, various utilities, and the memory happy consumer that Opera is.

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