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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Apple notebook not for bargain hunters, part II

I've had some weird email from people debating that the price on Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro is expensive compared to similar PC laptops. It is, and provides a good example:
I took the configuration of the MacBook Pro (1.67GHz dual-core Intel Core Duo chip, 80GB hard drive, 512MB of memory at 667MHz, 1400 x 900 15.4-inch screen, a DVD burner and an ATI graphics chip) and replicated it on Gateway's configurator.

The base configuration of the Gateway notebook starts at $1,149. Then I upgraded the memory from 512MB at 533MHz to 512MB at 667MHz ($20), upped the drive to 80GB ($100), shifted from an integrated chipset to an ATI graphics chip ($100), upgraded from a CD burner to a DVD burner ($75) and upped the 15.4-inch screen resolution from 1280 x 800 to 1440 x 990 ($100).

That brings the total price of the Gateway to $1,544, a difference of $455.

The exercise brought up an interesting nuance. With Gateway, you can tweak the configuration a lot of ways. By knocking back the features a bit--lowering the resolution on the screen, sticking with an integrated graphics chip, rolling back a bit on the hard drive--you can drop the price to $1,149. That's $850 less, enough to buy a second budget notebook as a companion, or a desktop with a flat panel. And some of these differences--such as integrated versus standalone graphics--you may never notice.
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