New MacBook; Good investment??

By AMDIsTheBest010
Jun 27, 2006
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  1. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    i'd agree.. AW laptops are not so easy on the laps.. impressive as they are, some are quite heavy and suck up heaps of juice. Its more of a desktop replacement laptop, and one for which braging rights belong to.......

    Plus if someone has the money to get one of those, they would make lots of friends fast in collage :D, and why the heck would that person be in collage when you can buy your way into uni with that amount of money lol...
  2. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    Yes, exactly my point
  3. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    why would i make alot of friends with an alienware?
  4. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    well actualy, maybe more techie friends.. i think the name ALIENWARE has something to do with it.. hmm... :knock:

    Anywhoo.. they're still quite expensive....
  5. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Posts: 142

    It doesn't matter, becasue your only there to learn. If you like to have a Mac, then go ahead. You don't need that good of a laptop. Its only college after all. Its only four years. Save yourself some money, and buy a cheap laptop, and at the end of the four years, sell it on ebay. When you get out, ask your parents, or buy yourself a great CoreDuo laptop.
  6. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    Curnetly the only thing that I would invest in is a Conroe or a Mac Book.
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    Ah well I just got my new laptop which has a core duo inside. The things is great and puts my desktop to shame. I dont need the conroe, or some out of this world performer. Its for college.

    I thought about the following criteria

    Size
    Battery life
    Quality
    Software included
    PRICE
    Threat of being stolen (Big flashy alienware will be the first)

    I got a s96j barebones and got all the parts, and having a two and a half hour battery life (I have two batteries) and cosing 1500, with a 15inch screen it fit right into my market.
  9. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    im just not really into building my own laptops, just not my thing
  10. IBN

    IBN TechSpot Maniac Posts: 625

    Go with the Intel based Mac. That way you can have the best of both worlds. I dunno about linux but you might also may be abe to install that also.

    Make sure you also get some kind of support package as mentioned a few posts ago. Its always good to have your back covered just in case.
  11. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    ahh the site i bought the parts from Installed them, the OS. No OEM junk either, name brand parts, no AOL hidden ads on the desktop.

    But I was very tempted to get a new macbook.
  12. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    ohh, didnt realize that
  13. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    I ordered the AppleCare protection plan, it was an extra $249.00 but i figured that that way if anything went wrong, i can use that
     
  14. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    Well, I read a newspaper article in the Wall Street Journal about a new program called Boot Camp, which, if u have a Intel-based mac, u can run Windows on it. Boot camp merely creates the partition. This way, u can have Windows XP and Mac OS X at the same time. The program is downloadable at Macs home website, search for "Boot Camp".
  15. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    Yes, I have been reading up on it on apples website, You donwload the Bott Camp software, that creates the partiton, and then you buy WinXP and it installs it for you. When you turn on the computer, you select whether you want OS X or XP
  16. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    Do u have an XP cd?
  17. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    No, but i can buy one
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,443   +268

    I guess I arrived to this thread a bit late since you made up your mind already. In my opinion the MacBook is more expensive than the average laptop with similar specs, just like a Thinkpad does. As it just happens both of them have a certain reputation of durability and support, so perhaps the cost is justified to you but if you were looking for a cheaper and somewhat similar spec'ed machine (you did not mention the videocard, weight and battery life you expected from a new laptop)...

    Without any major research:

    Lenovo 3000 N Series N100 (07682CU) NoteBook Intel Core Duo T2400(1.83GHz) 15.4" Wide SXGA+ 512MB DDR2 667 100GB 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 - Retail
    $1,195.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834146155

    DellHome - Inspiron E1505 Laptop with 1.66Ghz Intel Core Duo, 15.4" WXGA TFT, 512MB DDR2, 60GB HD, 8X DVD+/-RW, and 802.11 for $699.30 with FREE Shipping!
    http://www.techspot.com/deals.html

    Looking around harder you could probably come up with a more "luxury" machine without the larger price tag. With Apple you get Mac OS X though, which could be important to you...
  19. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    I hant even really noticed the specs on the Lenovo systems, they are actually better than the MacBook. You even get the Nvidia GPU! does Lenovo happen to make a NoteBook with a AMD chip, like the AMD Turion64 Mobile chip? b/c my desicion to switch to an Intel, really contadicts my name as others have told me. I just didnt know if Mac OS X worked better for college, or if WinXP would work better?

    I dont really want a Dell Machine, just b/c never really had any good luck with them.

    But, I've heard that IBM/Lenovo have really good service, and make quality machines.

    MacBook Specs:
    80GB 5400RPM HD
    1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
    13.3" display
    Core Duo T2300
    ATI GPU
    DVD/CD-RW combo drive
    and MS office for about $150
    plus tax and shipping, for about $1,800

    thanks for the links Julio
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,264   +215

    From my first post in this thread:
    Its going to be naitively supported in 10.5 Leopard, so you won't have to Bootcamp, which is still beta, and likely will be until 10.5.
  21. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    ohh, really well then maybe i'll wait and see what the markets going to do here in the coming months
  22. IBN

    IBN TechSpot Maniac Posts: 625

    Macs are very expensive. But as it came across that you were considering a Mac, i thought you already knew that. Dont worry about your username you can sign up with a new account.

    If your asking what kinda spec laptop you need for college, then aslong as your not doing anything like engineering or similar degrees you dont need a powerfull laptop at all. any old thing would do.
  23. IBN

    IBN TechSpot Maniac Posts: 625

    Market aint gonna do jack for Macs. They are and always have been expensive.
  24. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 546

    But the prices have gone down significantly in the past few years

    for example a 15" flat panel imac G4 used to be $1,999
    specs on the G4:
    40GB HD
    256MB RAM
    DVD/CD-RW
    PowerPC G4 777MHz
    5USB 3xUSB 2.0 2xUSB 1.1
    2FireWire 400
    Mac OS 9-10.3
    Integrated GPU
    10/100/1000 RJ-45 connector/56K modem


    Now you can get an imac 20" with Core Duo for 1,799
    Specs for the CoreDUo
    250GB HD
    512MB RAM
    Dual Layer Super Drive
    Core Duo 2.2GHz
    Mac OS X 10.4
    5USB
    3xUSB 2.0
    2xUSB 1.1.
    3 FireWire 800
    ATI GPU
    10/100/1000 RJ45/Airport Extreme Wireless w/Bluetooth
  25. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    Wow 20"

    Are you going to be lugging this thing to class?

    Also, of course it looks like a big differnce, but comparing old and new technology is always going to look lopsided
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