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    Default My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Following on from my previous thread of a friend's laptop no longer working, she has asked me to suggest a notebook.

    She doesn't want to spend too much but needs something more capable than a netbook.

    No matter what I look for, I can't seem to find a laptop faster than a macbook for the same price or cheaper (macbook $1848).
    13.3"
    Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz
    2gb ddr2 memory
    120gb HDD
    Geforce 9400M

    I'm a 'pc person' and I always thought macs were generally more expensive, but I cannot seem to find a PC laptop with a faster GPU (faster than Geforce 9400M or Radeon 3470) and cpu for the same price or cheaper.

    I've looked at Acer, Asus, HP, Sony and Toshiba. My friend doesn't really want a Dell since she wants to be able to see, touch and try out the notebook before she buys it.

    The closest laptop I can find is the HP dv5-1210A/1209A ($1399), which has a Radeon 3650 but a significantly slower processor (AMD 2.2Ghz). It has a larger hard drive (but my friend already has an external drive) and a bigger screen than the mac (but the resolution is the same).

    I always thought the mac tax was several hundred, but at this price point (considering macs are -not- supposed to be competitively priced), I can't see a better deal; slightly more expensive pc laptops are actually -worse- than the HP. Is there a line of notebook pcs which I'm not aware of... help!? am I going insane!?

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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Really depends what she wants to run, the GPU suggests gaming and for that MAC is a terrible choice.

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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    get the dv5 1209AX, i have that one and its great, even plays farcry well with no lag etc.
    good price for the specs.
    macs are overpriced anyway
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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Quote Originally Posted by utopian201 View Post
    No matter what I look for, I can't seem to find a laptop faster than a macbook for the same price or cheaper (macbook $1848).
    13.3"
    Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz
    2gb ddr2 memory
    120gb HDD
    Geforce 9400M
    Try harder:
    Asus X56A 15.4" C2D MV P8400 2.26Ghz 250G 2GB VB
    [ASUSX56A-AP0] NZ$1,615.90
    Asus X56A 15.4" C2D MV P8400 2.26Ghz 250G 2GB VB

    CPU Intel Montevina P8400 2.26GHz
    Memory 2G DDRII 800
    H.D.D 250GB HDD
    VGA Intel GMA X4500HD
    LCD 15.4" WXGA
    Wireless LAN 802.11AGN 10/100/1000
    ODD DVDRW S-Multi DL
    O.S Windows Vista Business
    Power Adapter 90W
    Bluetooth Yes
    Webcam 1.3MP WebCam


    Took me about 5 seconds, didn't even look at other brands, or other models even yet.
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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Hi thanks, that one is about the same price, but it has integrated graphics...

    How did you find it? I can't seem to find a site which lists notebooks by CPU/graphics card in NZ (with availability in Chch). Pricespy only lists by model number which usually aren't that informative

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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Email Des at GlobeSpec, hes always seen me right in Christchurch
    www.globespec.co.nz

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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    www.pricespy.co.nz


    Just be careful which shop you choose, some of them aren't that great with after sales service.
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    Default Re: My friend needs laptop and I'm suggesting a mac - help!

    Quote Originally Posted by utopian201 View Post
    Hi thanks, that one is about the same price, but it has integrated graphics...

    Over $200 cheaper, bigger screen, bigger HD, faster processor...
    Far better configuration (unless you want gaming)

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