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Apple's 30" Cinema now cheaper than the Dell equivalent!

The 20" and 23" displays are also subject to new pricing

The 8 core Mac Pro is a deal simply because you cannot get the 3Ghz quad-core Xeon anywhere else - even direct from Intel right now.

link to MacPro stats

http://www.apple.com/macpro/
- bigjt
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#1
maybe we might see the 30" Dell in their last easter deal day tomorrow at 800quid or so?! :w00t:
[admin]#2
Thanks bigjt - I was going to post the 30" price drop the other day but forget. It was a very heft price drop, over £200 if I remember the old price correctly.
#3
[SIZE=2]lol managed to create a £10,000 8 Core Mac. Sweet! lol[/SIZE]
#4
The reason for the price drop is to coincide with their new OS, supposedly coming in June in which Apple are bringing out new Monitors and a new range of iMacs, which I bet will be the same but just in black.

I would still choose the Dell screen as their panels tend to have, when properly configured, the closest colour correction compared to any other screen.

8 Cores is just insane, unless you do HD video editing or 3D rendering, it's just silly. Also they give you an £800+ Processor and a lame 250GB drive and 1GB ram, which will bottleneck the Processor under serious load and leave it on par with a normal Core 2 Duo or even less. That's why they extort you on RAM upgrades, as you need it to get the best out of the 8 cores.

Not criticizing your post, as I agree it's a much overdue price drop for Apple Monitors.
banned#5
magicplastic
A recent pc pro review said that the Apple monitors were streets ahead of Dell in terms of colour accuracy..

I have read many in depth dell vs apple articles and dells win every time and they are cheaper.

If it comes to it get a dell...you really are just paying extra for the name and silver of an apple monitor
#6
in this review the apple just squeezes it

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10442_7-6470175-2.html?tag=btn
banned#7
The dell 20" vs Apple 20" is what I considered when buying that and between these two specific models....dell won.

Dells boast far more connectivity options. A memory card reader (on sizes 24"+).

http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=2400&p=1

Mind you price was taken into account but having said that BOTH monitors have seen significant price reductions now
#8
I wouldn't trust the PC Pro or CNET review, they used their own in-house program that is about the same as any free one you can download. My friends who do professional photography and 3D rendering for games all own Dell monitors. They spend a lot of time and money getting every aspect of the monitor perfect as can be and it's hands down better than the Apple.

As before, these Apple monitors are on offer till they bring out new models within the next few months.
#9
You can often get Dells at huge discounts even from Dell; they had the 24” model at just over £400 a few days ago. Is there an equivalent for Apple monitors? If not they just can’t compete purely on price.
#10
SmilingCrow
You can often get Dells at huge discounts even from Dell; they had the 24” model at just over £400 a few days ago. Is there an equivalent for Apple monitors? If not they just can’t compete purely on price.
Welcome to HotUKDeals :)

eBay links aren't allowed in the forums sorry.
banned#11
no Apple products prices do not vary like others do, it is the same price everywhere for the most part.
#12
genkgenk
The reason for the price drop is to coincide with their new OS, supposedly coming in June in which Apple are bringing out new Monitors and a new range of iMacs, which I bet will be the same but just in black.

I would still choose the Dell screen as their panels tend to have, when properly configured, the closest colour correction compared to any other screen.

8 Cores is just insane, unless you do HD video editing or 3D rendering, it's just silly. Also they give you an £800+ Processor and a lame 250GB drive and 1GB ram, which will bottleneck the Processor under serious load and leave it on par with a normal Core 2 Duo or even less. That's why they extort you on RAM upgrades, as you need it to get the best out of the 8 cores.

Not criticizing your post, as I agree it's a much overdue price drop for Apple Monitors.


Which Dell PC/Workstation compares with the Mac Pro? I tried to find a 2 x dual xeon dual core config but it ends up costing a hell of a lot more for a similar config
#13
rayman
eBay links aren't allowed in the forums sorry.

Fine, but you might have left in the rest of the post where I stated that the Dell 30" TFT is available on eBay for £875 by a seller with a very good reputation and just deleted the link. Or are we not allowed to even mention eBay in the forums? Please clarify.
#14
Comparing the 20" and 24" from Dell and Apple, the Dell beats hands down, mostly because of the cheaper price, and the extra options. But for the 30" display, its a close race. However, if you are a student or work in an educational institution, remember that you get 15-20% off monitors, so therefore the Cinema Display would have an edge then.

As a bit of fun, I configured the Mac Pro to the highest of specs (came up to £10,000+!), and found that the higher education discount is actually closer to 25% off!

For those of you on a university internet connection, you can get to the store here: http://www.apple.com/uk/education/he
[admin]#15
Fine, but you might have left in the rest of the post where I stated that the Dell 30" TFT is available on eBay for £875 by a seller with a very good reputation and just deleted the link. Or are we not allowed to even mention eBay in the forums? Please clarify.


No eBay links. A first time poster linking to an eBay auction and talking up the reputation smells too much like self-promo in any case.
#16
Admin
No eBay links. A first time poster linking to an eBay auction and talking up the reputation smells too much like self-promo in any case.

Thanks for the clarification. There was more in my post than just the eBay link but that was also deleted which seemed harsh to me. I understand and appreciate why you don’t want eBay links but the way my post was moderated was very heavy handed.

I mentioned in the original post that was heavily edited that Dell has very good offers on their own monitors at times including a particularly good one that I discovered through this site only a few days ago; very tempting I must say. I mentioned the eBay trader in this context to show that Dell RRPs are best ignored and not really comparable to Apple’s RRPs which seem like the actual price you pay unless you have student status.
I have not bought from the eBay trader in question but his feedback speaks for itself; he doesn’t need me to big him up. I was just making an on topic post about comparative pricing, nothing more. I do appreciate that self promotion is annoying but let’s not get over zealous and paranoid here.

I only discovered this site very recently and it’s a wonderful resource and I took advantage of the Tesco deal on a Canon SLR, so thanks for that.
#17
I removed the first part which was all about the eBay seller yes. Also the link was underneath that and removed, both parts looking very much like promoting for that seller, which you were.
banned#18
"Promoting" and "Bringing to attention" there is a blurry line between them...
#19
rayman
I removed the first part which was all about the eBay seller yes. Also the link was underneath that and removed, both parts looking very much like promoting for that seller, which you were.

Proximo
"Promoting" and "Bringing to attention" there is a blurry line between them...


OK, so that I don’t come across as promoting a particular eBay trader, let me reword my posting:

There are a number of eBay traders that regularly list Dell monitors of 24” – 30” that offer very substantial discounts compared to Dell and have a decent enough feedback record for me personally to be happy to trade with them. These are new and not refurbished items and come with the usual Dell warranty.
Note: I have not traded with any of them, have no connection with them and offer no recommendations.

I sound like a lawyer now. :w00t:
#20
Yeah true Proximo and I took the decision that it was too heavily "bringing attention" to the eBay seller in this case.
#21
Thanks SmilingCrow and sorry that it sounded too tough on your post, but it's something we have to deal with.

Thanks also for the reworded version and once again :)

Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way.
#22
rayman
Thanks SmilingCrow and sorry that it sounded too tough on your post, but it's something we have to deal with.
Thanks also for the reworded version and once again :)
Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way.

Thanks for your generous reply. I do appreciate your position and I may well not have reacted so strongly had it not been my first post. From my position I was just trying to provide helpful information so I felt a bit aggrieved at the way it was handled. Anyway, let’s move on to other things.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

bigjt
Which Dell PC/Workstation compares with the Mac Pro? I tried to find a 2 x dual xeon dual core config but it ends up costing a hell of a lot more for a similar config

I noticed this when they were first released; it was cheaper to buy a Mac than to build my own which is unusual for this class of machine; the margins are higher on these products.
I think Apple must have a great deal with Intel on pricing!

genkgenk
Also they give you an £800+ Processor and a lame 250GB drive and 1GB ram, which will bottleneck the Processor under serious load and leave it on par with a normal Core 2 Duo or even less. That's why they extort you on RAM upgrades, as you need it to get the best out of the 8 cores.

It’s normal practice to offer a base level configuration and to be encouraged otherwise you would be forced to buy a higher spec machine at inflated prices. When you look at the cost of FB-DIMMs that these Xeon’s require I think Apple offer reasonable prices. Sure you can save a bit if you were to upgrade the RAM yourself but not massively so. It might be a good reason to upgrade the RAM yourself from a performance perspective though as these systems require 4 DIMMs for optimum performance.

Now if only Apple would stop with the BS marketing campaigns I could start to like the company as much as the computers. I think they should just leave the chips in the PCs and remove them from their shoulders. :roll:

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