Mac vs. PC laptop
Last updated 3/14/2012
I know this topic has been talked about over and over elsewhere but none of the other reviews are credible, IMHO. This topic really hits my nerves because all these mac user think they have the best looking bad-arse laptop in the world; this mentality makes them smugs! I will point out some arguments put up by these “sch-mac” users and tell you the real truth.
“My Macbook pro is best performing laptop”
Are you f’in kidding me? I often follow this up with this question, “What are you comparing that to? 9 out of 10 times they will say it is in comparison to their prior PC computer…..which is over 5years old!! Lets even out the playing field shall we? Lets even it out by cost. Lets say Macbook pro is $2k to purchase. What is one of the baddest pc laptops that you can buy for $2k? Anybody ever hear of Alienware m17x laptop? Other dumbass reviewers always make a mistake of comparing MSRP of macbook pro to MSRP of pc laptop. This is unrealistic because you need to compare price based on “street price”, or the actual price you will pay to purchase the item. Macbook pro sells pretty darn close to its MSRP, PC laptops always sells for DEEP discounted price, just go check out k-mark, walmart, tigerdirect, and newegg. If you ever read another mac vs pc review that compares msrp, run from that website because that reviewer is a dumbass.
Now that we evened the playing ground, the real comparison comes down to top of the line Macbook pro vs top of the line Alienware m17x. Folks that know about Alienware are probably laughing right now because performance difference isn’t even on the same planet. Now here is a real treat. I have a real data from the same model year macbook and alienware. My buddy purchased a top of the line macbook for about $2k. At the same time I purchased a top of the line $3k(msrp) Alienware m17x for less than $2k. Mackbook is sleek and sexy, the Alienware looks scary as hell. We ran same benchmark on both of them. My alienware scored 17k+ at its lowest performance setting. The Macbook pro barely broke 7k !! in its highest performance setting. I was laughing my ass off becuase my wife’s $500 gateway scored higher than the $2000 macbook pro. In another example, I work on spacecraft related projects and I was working with this one lady that picked up a top-of-the line macbook pro for her consulting business. We had same engineering software loaded and we had to pull up a spacecraft CAD model on our computers. Mine came up in about 10minutes. Her Macbook pretty much gave her the middle finger. Her comment was classic! she said, “The guy at Best Buy told me this was the most powerful laptop.” First of all, you are in trouble when you rely on a Best Buy guy/gal for valuable information on really technical stuff. You have no idea what happens when I walk into my local Best Buy and we start debating about laptops, computers, and TVs…lol.
Here is a pop quiz, can you think of any ultra high end laptop that does NOT come with bluray player as standard equipment?….Yes, Macbook pro stands alone winning that trophy. PC has far surpassed mac in this competition in 2012. Most mid-level PC laptops now come with Blueray reader/writer, its pretty much the standard on PC laptops. I don’t know how one can spend $2k and not get a bluray reader/writer.
So why does Macbook pro offer such dismal performance and features for the money, compared to its equally street priced PC? Answer is all about thermodynamics. Apple prides itself in making sleek slim profile notebook and it doesn’t really offer great cooling. Higher performance will require higher cooling rate. This is also the reason why Macbook will always underperform against its rival PC laptop, for identical cpu and gpu. In other words, just because latest Macbook has the latest i7 doesn’t mean it will perform like the same i7 in Alieware. In fact, Apple’s latest i7 performs at about same level as what older alienware’s i4 processor will do. This is good and bad for Mac. Its good because they can package average level components in relatively slim packaging. Its also bad because it means Macbook is already 1-2years out of date as soon as its “newly” released to the public. What that means to folks like me is, Mac is already obsolete as soon as it gets released. Why would people pay $2k for an obsolete machine is beyond me.
Bottom line is this, in a fair comparison regarding performance, 17″ Macbook pro is just simply outclassed outmatched against the similar streetpriced Alienware m17x. Can somebody say young Mike Tyson vs. a ballet dancer? I can’t even believe this topic is even worth arguing over. A $2k Macbook looks great and will perform perfectly for most people around the world, but so can a $500 PC laptop from Newegg or Tigerdirect.