The Phantom City

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1920 x 1200

I really want to get a MacBook Pro, now that I can do my work (Apple) and play games (Windows) with it, and the Pro models were just updated. So, I’m salivating over the concept of paying the Mac premium for a laptop, checking out the 17″, 1680 x 1050 display version — I’ve gotten too used to 1600 pixels’ worth of space at work and home to go to the 15″ display — when suddenly I realize they now have a 1920 x 1200 version as an upgrade.

Sigh. Bigger is better, right? I can’t help but think, though, that while Apple might have a way of actually enabling me to read what’s on the screen, I wonder about running Windows on it. Would I spend the entire time squinting at text? And more importantly, if you fire up Baldur’s Gate 2 or Panzer General, can you actually see what’s going on? Because we know that’s what a computer is for. ;)

Note: Before I get anyone talking about the “Mac premium” comment, yes, I know, Macs are much closer in price to Wintel laptops now. I haven’t tried the new configuration yet, but the last time I compared that premium had shrunk to around $200 over Dell, which apparently means we need to start talking about the Sony premium. Anyway, that “around $200″ is kind of an interesting price point, since Apple is now successfully getting people to spend $125 extra just for a black case on a MacBook. :)

Update: Check out this analysis of Mac vs. Dell pricing.

2 Comments

  1. Well if you include applecare, which you should, you will find that for comparable the apple will be close to several hundred dollars cheaper. Otherwise, I think the premium for directly comparable computers from dell is currently the apple is cheaper, unless you pay the apple memory premium.

  2. Interesting. Yeah, I noticed the Apple memory is insane, but it looks like it’s easily addable later and a lot cheaper from third parties.

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