A quick one here since I was curiously (enviously) looking at the new macbook pros.
I just did a quick comparison of the price of a reasonably fully specced macbook pro, and a maxxed out dell alienware, and a more standard dell XPS 15 on their respective US websites, and the comparison was interesting:
|CPU||CPU:2.13ghz quad core i7||2.2ghz i7 (win)||2.2ghz i7|
|HDD||500gb Sata 2 7200rpm||500gb Sata 7200||500gb Sata 7200|
|Vid Card||ati radeon 5730(1gb)||ati 6750m(1gb) and onboard (win)||nvidia 525m(1gb)|
So, the macbook is cheaper than the alienware. But the XPS 15 is much cheaper than both.
From what I understand, the macbook is 1/2kg lighter than the XPS15, which is intended much more as a desktop replacement than an actual portable. But anyway, if you’re buying a macbook, you need to justify another $1000US.
That wouldn’t be too much of an issue for me I don’t think, since $1000US is probably about 1c per hour I spend on my mac. I’ve never been happier with a laptop than my mac (owned dells and toshibas previously) and I find it stupidly productive. The OS is worth probably another say $500 to me, because I like unix, and the level of ‘proper’! software support, and weight is pretty important as well. And the simple magnetic power cord has saved my ass more than … a lot, because I like to leave my mac dangling on the edge of tables, tipping precariously with the power cord rigged as a trip wire to trap the unwary. Most often me.
But there you have it, a mac versus dell comparison!
Disclaimer, happy (mostly) macbook user, and apple stockholder.