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Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?

 
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Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Apple with 13 inch display and 1TB HD with 8GB RAM.

Dell with 15 inch display and 1TB HD with 8GB RAM.

Battery life on the Apple around 7-8 hours.

On the Dell maybe 2 hours.

Both have backlit keyboards.

Heard SSD drives only last up to 5 years, and an extra $1000 for half the space.

With the Dell all my programs are easy to install and I know how to use.

But the Apple would be fun to learn.

Anyone got any suggestions why I should go with the Apple?
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Dell is $400 cheaper also.
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12/24/2012 09:49 AM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
But the Dell has Windows 8 installed.

Is it easy to change it back to Win 7?
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
bump
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12/24/2012 05:22 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
apple vs dell is like mercedes vs ford
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12/24/2012 05:25 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
But the Dell has Windows 8 installed.

Is it easy to change it back to Win 7?
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you can install third party software to make it look like 7
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12/24/2012 05:28 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
if you buy a mac (any mac), you can run windows in a virtual machine -- the virtual machine software is pretty cheap

if you buy a pc, you can't run the macos in a virtual machine (unless you create a hackintosh -- which is illegal, and doesn't run very well if you can get it to work)

to sum it up, macs can run windows, but not visa-versa, and to be fair even if you buy a mac, a virtual windows machine may work for everything -- i.e., research whether a windows virtual machine running on a mac can run ____insert your application here______ before committing to go this route
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
if you buy a mac (any mac), you can run windows in a virtual machine -- the virtual machine software is pretty cheap

if you buy a pc, you can't run the macos in a virtual machine (unless you create a hackintosh -- which is illegal, and doesn't run very well if you can get it to work)

to sum it up, macs can run windows, but not visa-versa, and to be fair even if you buy a mac, a virtual windows machine may work for everything -- i.e., research whether a windows virtual machine running on a mac can run ____insert your application here______ before committing to go this route
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read "if you buy a mac, a virtual windows machine may NOT work for everything"
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
apple vs dell is like mercedes vs ford
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Yeah I hate Mercedes.

Overpriced pieces of crap.
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
you can install third party software to make it look like 7
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Cant install 7 completely?
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12/24/2012 05:36 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Depends on what you'll be using the computer for. There was a time when dell made good machines. Not any more. I would never recommend a dell to anyone.
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Depends on what you'll be using the computer for. There was a time when dell made good machines. Not any more. I would never recommend a dell to anyone.
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My current Dell is over 2 years old and going well.

But I know in the next 8 months I will need something new as I will be doing a lot more video editing.

So planning for that.
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
If you decide not to go with Apple, build your own PC if you have the time.
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12/24/2012 05:50 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Okay, IT tech here, here's the straight shit-

For all intensive purposes, the hardware is equal.

However, the Dell is cheaper, you can order parts and upgrade it yourself, and I don't need to tell you that PC has a much larger body of available software.

The Apple laptop will have the same hardware at a much higher mark-up. Less bang for your buck.

Check, and post, BOTH video cards. That is important. And whether the RAM is shared or dedicated in the GPUs. I bet the Dell's is more powerful.

It is NOT illegal to run a "hackintosh", or Mac OS on a PC platform. Apple even releases distributions made to run on universal hardware.

I'd go with the PC. Mac is losing the market again when it comes to personal computing, and when it boils down to it, there's still nothing the Mac can do that the Dell can't, and several things the Mac won't do that the Dell can. You can also install any version of Windows you please. And if you plan to develop in 3D, you'll want the platform that's driven by 3D technology, right? As long as console games (and most games in general) are made on PCs, they will ALWAYS have the leading edge when it comes to development, because animators and gamers push the whole industry's advancement.
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Okay, IT tech here, here's the straight shit-

For all intensive purposes, the hardware is equal.

However, the Dell is cheaper, you can order parts and upgrade it yourself, and I don't need to tell you that PC has a much larger body of available software.

The Apple laptop will have the same hardware at a much higher mark-up. Less bang for your buck.

Check, and post, BOTH video cards. That is important. And whether the RAM is shared or dedicated in the GPUs. I bet the Dell's is more powerful.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30560657


Apple:

2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

With up to 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor is up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation.

Both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models feature the integrated, energy-efficient Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor,

Dell:

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM processor (6M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz , TPM)
MEMORY 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
HARD DRIVE 1TB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive

Dell with Windows 8 and $400 cheaper.
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12/24/2012 06:06 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
It is NOT illegal to run a "hackintosh", or Mac OS on a PC platform. Apple even releases distributions made to run on universal hardware.
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false

Apple Legal
[link to www.apple.com]

OS X (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
see page 2

"you are granted a limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive license:

(i) to download, install, use and run for personal, non-commercial use, one (1) copy of the Apple Software directly on each Apple-branded computer..."
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Its a Dell XPS 15, not 14.
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12/24/2012 06:10 PM
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
If you are used to Windows just get a Dell. I think the novelty of switching to OS X will be short lived.

People who grew up with Windows are more comfortable with Windows. People who grew up with Mac's are more comfortable with Apple.
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Re: Apple Macbook Pro 13 inch vs Dell XPS 14?
Apparently the Dell has a wireless issue.

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