Ok... I'm assuming you're comparing a similar sized (13.3" notebook).
I've configured the only HP 13.3" notebook available to match the specs you claim to have, and the specs that are in the comparable MacBook. $739 vs. $1299.
Processor> HP has an AMD 2.2Ghz. MacBook has a Core2Duo2.0. Advantage: MacBook.
Memory Type: HP uses DDR2. MacBook uses DDR3. Advantage: MacBook.
Memory> HP has a free upgrade to 3GB RAM. MacBook has 2GB. Advantage: HP.
Hard Drive> HP has a free upgrade to 320GB. MacBook has 160GB standard. Advantage: HP.
Graphics Card> HP has a 64MB ATI HD3200. MacBook has 256MB GeForce 9400M. Huge advantage: MacBook.
Graphics ports> HP has better options built-in. Advantage: HP.
Operating System> HP has Vista Home Premium. MacBook has OS X 10.5, with an option to install Windows. Huge advantage: MacBook.
And I think you mean you use your PC card slot for a cellular
broadband adapter (not wireless broadband, which you have built-in). Which you can get with a tiny USB stick for the MacBook.
Anyway, the HP is a decent looking machine. If not for the OS, I would consider the differences (even the huge difference in construction quality and the graphics card) minimal enough to go with the HP. But the OS wins every time. It is well worth the Apple "tax" to get an OS that just works, and works the way I want it to work. If I were on a tight enough budget that I couldn't afford the unibody MacBook and would be forced to get something for less, I would go with the white MacBook. But that's me. If you, unlike me, can tolerate Windows (or are ignorant of or indifferent to the joy of using the Mac OS) then the HP is the right machine for you.
In fact, I AM using a white MacBook, first generation Core Duo, and if someone offered me the HP for free in exchange for my MacBook, I'd tell them to stuff it.
Originally Posted by nikon133
My NZ$1500 (US$700) HP has, gee, gigabit ethernet. a/b/g/n wireless. Decent webcam with 2 noise-cancellation mikes. 3D drive guard. Fingerprint reader. Bluetooth. Is based on latest Montevina platform. And so on. And it is NZ$800 cheaper than unibody Macbook.
You started your post correctly, though; with "Oh, gee, I don't know". Things like Bluetooth, Gigabit network... are common for some time now. It is really discouraging entering discussion with people who think PCs in general are still in late '90.
No, my laptop does not have magnetic latch. You really reckon it is so important..?
And it is plastic (though it does not crack). And no backlight keyboard. And no DisplayPort (thanks God for that!). And DVD is not slot-loading.
But it does have Firewire. Standard composite video output (so I can plug it to any TV with 5$ cable). PC card (which I use for wireless broadband adapter). Basic battery gives only 6 hours 15 minutes idle, 4 - 5 hours light work (email, Internet with wireless, document typing/reading). But I can swap basic battery with stronger one and add secondary battery which will increase weight but will give me easily 15 hours of autonomy (which is great for whole day on the beach, camping weekend, or those pesky international flights - which, for us Kiwis, almost every one is). And my DVD is LightScribe capable and can easily be removed (without opening case) and replaced with BR drive.
And it is still NZ$800 cheaper than MacBook that does not have some of above mentioned things even as option.
So... what is your point..?
Anyway... what makes iSight camera so special? Beside cool name? I recall old external one was very high end with glass optics, auto-focus etc, but built-in one seems to be pretty ordinary..?