Apple refreshes MacBook Pro's CPUs/GPUs, Dell unveils rival

By Matthew · 11 replies
Oct 24, 2011
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  1. In an unexpected move, Apple has updated its notebook offerings with slightly faster processors and graphics cores. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has received a 100MHz bump with a 2.4GHz Core…

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  2. humblechap

    humblechap TS Rookie Posts: 19

    And of course you can always install a Mac OS on the Dell...
  3. Dell and other OEMs really need to stop loading machines full of bloatware. If I was running Microsoft I'd put it in the licensing agreements. It creates a negative impression that Windows itself is bloated and crap right off the bat, when in fact a clean, properly-configured Windows 7 install is competitive with OS X.
  4. humblechap

    humblechap TS Rookie Posts: 19

    True, but the MAC OS is VERY nice to use. I cant beleive that after all these years I am turning to the dark side....
  5. The crapware allows the price to look competitive to the mac. Take it out and the Dell would probably cost the same or more than the superior quality mac. It is deceptive advertising; computers with subsidyware on them should have to state it on the box (which would mean almost all PC and PC laptops).
  6. soliozuz

    soliozuz TS Rookie

    I'm not sure, for the standard price of the MBP 17", you could get a fully loaded Envy 17" with some cash to spare that you could use to purchase Snow Leopard or Lion, whichever you prefer. I don't like the fact that it's so expensive when the parts are for the most part similar.
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Laptops really need higher screen resolutions now, 1366x768 displays were around 5 years ago. You can almost get that on a phone these days.
  8. Apple Sucks ,Period
    you can buy much better hardware this days way cheaper then apple sell it and get win 7 installed.
  9. Really? I'm a PC user but to say "Apple Sucks ,Period" is just being ignorant.
  10. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12


    I no longer believe that installing bloatware has much of an impact on the pricing. Used to be, I agree. I recently bought a Lenovo laptop directly from Lenovo's web-site. Minimal amount of crap, except for some of their own software such as battery and camera management. Otherwise it even had an option to skip any anti-virus installation.

    My son's year-and-a-half old HP laptop also came with minimal amount of crap. Just needed to remove Norton Security.

    I guess consumers are getting through to some of the OEM's.
  11. @nazartp

    Perhaps. But then why would they bother doing it when all it does is p*** off the purchaser??
  12. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    Slightly annoyed as I only just bought a 13" for my travels beginning of next year but I spent and extra £100 and done upgrades myself so personally I'm running better than the new one and I really doubt that extra 100Mhz is going to help me lol.

    MacBook Pro 13"
    8GB DDR3 1333 RAM
    Kingston SSD
    intel i5 2.3Ghz

    I was happy I got a discount too because I work in education so the savings went into the upgrades plus I made an external backup HDD from the 320GB drive I took out, the same upgrade from apple was nearly £200 for the RAM and to do it myself was £35 for Corsair RAM, and nearly £300 for the SSD.

    So slightly disappointed but not to bothered tbh.

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