Tags: Apple, Comparison, Macbook, Technology
I’m in the market for a new laptop and I purposefully waited for the new MacBooks to be released. I priced out a Dell XPS M1330 and once the features are matched up as close as I can make them, there’s a $60 price difference in favor of the Dell. $1599 vs $1533. The MacBook comes out ahead in GPU, FSB, and operating system (OS X > Vista because of Unix) and the Dell comes out ahead in terms of connectors (HDMI, Firewire, card reader, ExpressCard slot, etc.). I tried to configure a comparable Ubuntu machine, but the processor speed is fixed at 2.0 GHz and easily went over compared to the $1299 MacBook. The only competitor now is a late model 15″ MacBook Pro which for refurb starts at $1349—a very tasty price indeed. The MBP matches the advantages of the m1330 and has a better GPU, screen size, and resolution than the new MacBook. How much better is the GPU? Let’s see.