Originally Posted by BenRoethig
Also a premium notebook like the Macbook should have an 8400G or GS in there. It may be entry level for the Mac but it's not by any means an entry level machine.
Good point, and I agree.
While I understand how Apple has higher profit margins, and they stress thinner designs and whatnot over typical PC's, specs wise, the current Macbook isn't the greatest - I mean the cheapest MB doesn't even have a DVD burner, and the GMA 950 has been around for 3-4 years now, both Intel, Nvidia, and ATI have better IGP chipsets out now that would run circles around it. If I compare the Macbook to another Windows laptop, based on the specs, it should really be a $600 laptop.
I wanted to get a Macbook at the start of the semester, but I had to put my money else where, but I still needed a laptop, so I bought a Windows laptop. For less than $800, my Toshiba has 2 GB of RAM, a 200 GB HD, an ATI x1200 IGP, a dvd burner, xD/SD/MS card reader, and a webcam, 4-pin Firewire, and 4 USB ports, and a little over 6 pounds. While it uses an AMD dual-core chip, it been more than fast enough. Even Vista Home Premium and drivers have not been an issue (some program issues with my Java compiler), but Office 2007 and Photoshop CS3 run great with it.