Originally posted by DHagan4755By the way, are you related to Jack Bauer?
Jack is my younger brother. I taught him everything he knows.
Originally posted by Zenga
after reading & posting forum after forum about the upcoming macbooks i wonder if i shouldn't just buy me an 12" ibook or a powerbook right away?
Please don't do that unless you're content with 1024x768 and need to run PowerPC-only apps.
Originally posted by ryanh
Because of this, I'm not sure why anyone hasnt mentioned putting a 1.88 Core Duo in a 13.3 MBP as either a second, higher end model or as a BTO option.
Originally posted by DHagan4755
Why doesn't Apple offer a 1.67GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro for a lower price?
Both very interesting points. In a perfect world, you could
go to the online Apple Store and BTO a 13.3" with a 1.87Ghz Core Duo, or a 15.4" with a 1.67Ghz Core Duo, depending on whether you favor size or performance. I very much hope the Intel switch allows Apple to loosen up and start offering more BTO options like that. I think the current 2.16Ghz BTO option on the MacBook Pro is a good sign we may see just that.
That's an interesting article. I wasn't aware that the MacBook Pro's were as competitive as they are. I thought it was interesting the author didn't go as far as to point out how the Dell is 1.6 inches fat and 8 pounds heavy. That's certainly something worth considering. Doesn't Dell offer anything that isn't a battery-powered gorilla?
Still, that Inspiron/MacBook Pro comparison ties in well with the BTO options ryanh
mentioned. If Apple offered more mix and matching in the BTO department instead of just picking price points and filling them with enough components to justify the cost, it would be easier for a joe shmoe like myself to comparison shop. That way, one could BTO a 15" MacBook Pro with a lesser processor, graphics card, hard drive, etc and not have to spend $1,999 just to get an Apple laptop that can do better than 1024x768. Alternatively, if someone wants a 13.3" MacBook Pro they don't need to settle for the lowliest Core Duo processor and a lesser graphics card.
Obviously they'd still have their pricepoint fillers for retail sales, which most customers would still purchase, but that doesn't mean they can't allow more BTO options at the online store. I could be totally wrong, but there shouldn't be any thermal issues with putting a 2.16Ghz Core Duo in a 13" MacBook anymore than there would be with the current 15", as they're the same thickness.
On a side note, the software included with that Inspiron is really depressing. It's painfully apparent why buying a new PC is so boring; it doesn't come with any new cool stuff you can play with. It's faster than the last one you bought, and that's all it has going for it. Hell, it's not even thinner or lighter than my girlfriend's 2001 model Inspiron.
Buying a new PC is no more exciting than buying a new router when your current one burns out.