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On Nov 27, 2009, at 10:25 AM, jay-R5TnC2l8y5lBDgjK7y7TUQ at wrote:
> Traditionally apples have been price competative.  I don't believe this to be the case any more, they have fallen well behind.  6 months ago I priced out a mac book pro vs a dell inspiron, for my sister going to college.  Specs were 

The Inspiron line isn't Dell's top line of notebooks and the prices are going to be lower than Dell's Precision lines where the competition with Apple is.  I'm leaving gaming notebooks out of it because "gaming notebook" is an oxymoron.

Interestingly, I just compared the base model white MacBook 13" with Dell's 14z.  With Dell's holiday sale price the 14z costs about $100 more than the MacBook when comparably configured.  I looked at an Inspiron 17 which is cheaper by a few hundred compared to the MacBook Pro 17", but it has an IGP rather than a dedicated GPU.

Looking at a Precision M6400 17" compared to a maxed out MacBook Pro 17"... and holy mother of god.  The MBP is $3400.  The M6400 is $5200.  That's with the same CPU, disk, memory, screen, etc.  So yeah, I'm'a stand by my statement that Apple's prices are competitive. :)

But all that said, sure, if you look around you'll easily find cheaper hardware than Apple.

> machine, spend the extra money and get a ultra portable laptop.  You won't get a lot of work done on a netbook, but they are great for basic use when you have some time to kill.  

Again, it's just me.  I used to have  Psion 3.  It was very nice for what it did, but what it did wasn't much.  Netbooks are just too small (physically) for me.

--Rich P.

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