Originally Posted by kpluck
Hours installing antivirus and antispyware programs? Yeah right. Vista comes with Windows Defender...
And what about the HP's firewire port, express card slot, HDMI out and, from what I can tell from their web site, an optical drive with Blu-ray capability? Don't see those on the MacBook anywhere.
I prefer not needing an anti-virus, most are a PITA; I've seen (seemingly) well-behaved enterprise McAfee installs however.
Such laptops break down in my experience- those with 10-in-1 readers and ports galore. Toshibas, HP/Compaqs, inexpensive notebooks, etc. They overheat and sustain MOBO damage.
Originally Posted by randomdude
A 15-inch Macbook Pro with
- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 Dimms)
- 250GB Serial ATA HDD @ 5400rpm
- 8x optical disc drive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT graphics card with 256MB dedicated video memory
I then went to dell.com and looked at a computer there
, and customized it a bit.
A 16-inch Dell Studio XPS 16 with
- Intel® Core 2 Duo T9800 (6MB cache/2.93GHz/1066Mhz FSB)
- Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit (yes, it really can handle the next entry...)
- 5GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms)
- 320GB Serial ATA HDD @ 7200rpm
- 8X optical drive (DVD+/- R/RW CD-RW)
- ATI Mobility RADEON® HD 3670 graphics card with 512MB dedicated video memory
...What does a Macintosh have that could possibly justify this? And don't tell me that Macs are more reliable. They may be, but I have had a Dell laptop for three and a half years, and I have had zero problems with the hardware.
Get XPS/Alienware/Sager if you want raw performance, but like a sports car, don't expect low-maintenance, amenities, or a usable cupholder.
Get Macbook/Pro if prefer a smooth problem & stress-free ride, with great amenities.