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Mac Pro Vs Others?

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#1 sphygmo


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Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:01 AM

Okay, kids. Here's my first stab at asking for help. My friend is considering buying a Mac Pro, but she asked me to help her weigh in the pros and cons before she decides to buy it.

I have no idea, though my girlfriend always said that Mac's are overrated, and that the software incompatibilities are still a bit annoying to configure. My friend is a very busy girl, and isn't really the type who has the time and patience for configuring software gliches (however minor they are), and she's an interior designer. She is also an amateur photographer, and is educated on Microcad, Autocad, as far as I remember. She designs furniture for a company in China. She wants me to check out other non-Mac brands with the same specs. So I bragged about being a member of a computer forum.

Help me out please! Thanks.

15-inch MacBook Pro
HK$ 19,200
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4MB shared L2 cache
Option: 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

15.4-inch (viewable) widescreen
1440 x 900 pixels
Option: Glossy or antiglare

2GB (two SO-DIMMs)
Option: Up to 4GB

Hard drive1
160GB Serial ATA, 5400 rpm
Option: Up to 250GB, 5400 rpm

Optical drive3
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM

Built-in iSight camera
DVI video out with support for DVI video (up to 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display) plus VGA, S-video, and composite video output with adapters (sold separately)

Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n)6
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)

Apple Remote; full-size, illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor; scrolling trackpad

Two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one FireWire 800 port, one ExpressCard/34 slot

Combined optical digital/headphone out, combined optical digital/audio line in, microphone, speakers

Battery life7
Up to 5.75 hours

1 x 14.1 x 9.6 inches
2.59 x 35.7 x 24.3 cm

5.4 pounds
2.45 kg


I just need alternatives comparable to this laptop's specs, and help her make a decision. Thanks.

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#2 sphygmo

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:12 AM

Does this mean there's nothing better out there? Mac Pro is the best? :thumbsup:

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