Some choice quotes on the new MacBooks



by jokell82 (536447) Alter Relationship on Tuesday January 10, @02:40PM (#14438788)

Ok, I’ll play that game. To get a comparable system, you need to do some serious upgrading to the Gateway. XP Pro (which is free for a limited time), Office Basic (as the mac comes with iWork ’06), a single 512mb stick of ram (only available in 533mhz modules, oh well), upgraded graphics, upgraded monitor (the MacBook has a 1440×1960 resolution, closest option on the gateway is the 1400×1040), upgraded hard drive, upgraded optical drive, and upgraded bluetooth.

All of that to get it *almost* equal to the MacBook is $1814.98. Plus, that does not come with a firewire camera, nor a remote control, not to mention all the software Apple bundles in for free.

So the premium is $185.02, and that’s only if the additional hardware and software standard on the MacBook are worthless to you.


by 2nd Post! (213333) Alter Relationship gundbear AT pacbell DOT net> on Tuesday January 10, @02:41PM (#14438796)

That extra $550 can be measured in five things:
Size and weight(which translates to engineering and design), since the Gateway is 1.3″ thick and 6lb and the MacBook is 1″ thick and 5.6lb
Dual link DVI; the Gateway only has VGA and s-video, while the MacBook can power the new Dell or the old Apple 30″ LCD.
Software: The MacBook comes with iLife, OS X, iChat, etc
Hardware: The MacBook comes with a 640×480 30fps build in video camera
QA: I think Apple notebooks are slightly more reliable than Gateway… but feel free to buy the Gateway if that extra $100 savings means that much to you

All five things together work to roughly $110 per point, don’t you think?


I was waiting today to see if Apple came out with new iBooks, which is the product I’m most interested in.  Looks like that model is going to be put off until the summer sometime (just guessing).  I can’t wait to read the user reviews on these machines.  Also, I predict people will be running Windows and or Linux on these before March.  Maybe even by the end of February.


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