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Apple MacBook @ PCWorld Business for £562.89 with 5% quidco

£562.89 @ PC World Business (Pcworld Business)
Processor - Intel 2GHz Core 2 Duo Memory - 1GB DDR II SDRAM Hard Drive - 80GB Display - 13.3in TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 Optical Drive - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo Battery - Lithium polymer 6h…
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banned8y, 10m agoFound 8 years, 10 months ago
Processor - Intel 2GHz Core 2 Duo
Memory - 1GB DDR II SDRAM
Hard Drive - 80GB
Display - 13.3in TFT active matrix 1280 x 800
Optical Drive - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Battery - Lithium polymer 6hour(s) run time (max)
Operating System - Apple MacOS X 10.5
Wireless - 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
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#1
Note - this is not the latest version of the Macbook - this has a 2GHz Processor and 80GB hard drive, whereas the latest base model (£699) has a 2.1GHz processor and 120GB hard drive.
Still a good deal though

+heat
#2
great price
#3
The price is £592.21 delivered so please amend to show this price as the policy here is not to quote Quidco price only in the title. Quidco is 5% Ex VAT which is ~£25 so the best price is ~£567.

I hope Apple stop offering DVD-ROM/CD-RW drives only on their cheapest laptops. :(
#4
Apple MacBook £499.00

£586.33 inc. VAT
£ 9.95 Delivery
Total £596.28


I think ive seen this laptop for £539 delivered on the Apple store website but its refurbished.
#5
This has similar spec to my dell laptop, which cost £233, not meaning to bash apple, but is the different look and OS really worth the extra? Not voting either way.
banned#6
yos2008
This has similar spec to my dell laptop, which cost £233, not meaning to bash apple, but is the different look and OS really worth the extra? Not voting either way.


Yes your Dell doesn't run OS X, they aren't comparable.
#7
There's currently one with this spec on Apple refurb for £539
#8
master_chief
Yes your Dell doesn't run OS X, they aren't comparable.


Or can it? :thumbsup:

Hackintosh FTW.
#9
and is ur dell 13" with 802.11 n and an isight and magsafe etc etc?

and os x is worth the extra money
banned#10
baconsandwich
Or can it? :thumbsup:

Hackintosh FTW.


Not legally no. Besides it's a massive pain installing it on anything other than a Mac and even then it isn't a flawless installation.
#11
we've just got a new macbook. went to currys and they had an end of line 1.83 duo in there ended up asking for a discount and got it for 433.00. its great. but if we wanted another one is it easier i wonder to use the apple HE discount or to go pcworld business and use quidco. guess you cant use quidco on apple HE?
#12
the 1.83s are pretty old now and yer if u can use HE the new penyn 2.1 is only £600 :) probably worth it considering all the revisions
#13
master_chief;1911752
Yes your Dell doesn't run OS X, they aren't comparable.


Despite what some people suppose, anything can be compared to anything else.

I don't mean to bash Apple they make good computers an good software but I have an honest question for you, is running OSX worth an extra £334 to you. If it is then great, please enjoy your purchase.

It is my belief that the person who's post you are replying too, did not mean to bash Apple, but merely to point out to some people who were perhaps unaware, that Apples hardware is not competitive on price.
#14
I could never go back to windows now having a mac I cant believe actually how good they are!
#15
hot deal
#16
apple hardware is expensive but for a far superior os and an amazing high standard machine with all the extra i mentioned above its work the money imo :)

ps i am an apple fanboy tho :P
#17
Spent many many years with PCs then jumped ship to a macbook and imac.
My opinion:
Pros - Elegant interface, consistently quick , great applications and fun to use
Cons - Expensive and fewer software titles

they're not cheap and they are not perfect but I seem to get more done with less aggro. :-D
#18
SneakyD;1911938
I don't mean to bash Apple they make good computers an good software but I have an honest question for you, is running OSX worth an extra £334 to you. If it is then great, please enjoy your purchase.
Are you being fair here by comparing this with a cheap Dell which is, I presume, a much larger and heavier machine? Isn't this more similar to the Dell XPSs, which are similar in price?
but merely to point out to some people who were perhaps unaware, that Apples hardware is not competitive on price.
Are you comparing like with like?
#19
pibpob
Are you being fair here by comparing this with a cheap Dell which is, I presume, a much larger and heavier machine? Isn't this more similar to the Dell XPSs, which are similar in price?
Are you comparing like with like?


exactly ur comparing to a heavy 15.4 inch with out a camera or 802.1 n and no magsafe etc they aint similar.
banned#20
SneakyD
Despite what some people suppose, anything can be compared to anything else.

I don't mean to bash Apple they make good computers an good software but I have an honest question for you, is running OSX worth an extra £334 to you. If it is then great, please enjoy your purchase.

It is my belief that the person who's post you are replying too, did not mean to bash Apple, but merely to point out to some people who were perhaps unaware, that Apples hardware is not competitive on price.


Yes I guess you can compare anything to anything else but that doesn't mean it would be a fair comparison.

The problem is people only look at the cold hard facts of Spec sheets and make comparisons from there. There are so many different aspects to compare, Operating system is one, form factor is another. As someone else pointed out the extras with the Mac compared to the £200 cheaper Dell certainly bring the price difference closer.

Much like driving a car, computers are about the experience it gives you not necessarily what is under the bonnet. For example browsing the internet on the Macbook is, I can pretty much guarantee, faster than that guys cheap dell despite similar spec.
#21
Is this a special or do they normally stock this model for this price?
#22
pibpob
Are you being fair here by comparing this with a cheap Dell which is, I presume, a much larger and heavier machine? Isn't this more similar to the Dell XPSs, which are similar in price?
Are you comparing like with like?



My thoughts exactly.

You cant really compare a Dell with a Macbook........... but

The cheapest vaguely similar inspiron on Dell's website, comfigured with a Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz, webcam, anti-virus (cos you need it), and no other software, comes to £428.99.

This is admittedly still cheaper than a Macbook, but you have got the seriously glitchy, slow and compatability issue ridden Vista OS, rather than OS X. It should be noted that you can install Vista or XP onto an Apple machine too, should you want to. The inspiron in question is a 15.4"er compared to the much slimmer/lighter 13.3" Macbook. So, it depends on what you're after.

The difference between a similar specced Windows machine and an Apple is well worth the money in my opinion. Just my opinion though.
#23
mitch92uk
Is this a special or do they normally stock this model for this price?


This model was released in 2006 and replaced in 2007 and has been revised 3 times since.

so no they are old and been discontinued and have prob been sitting around for 18 months
#24
yos2008
This has similar spec to my dell laptop, which cost £233, not meaning to bash apple, but is the different look and OS really worth the extra? Not voting either way.


Specifications aren't just processor, RAM etc... If you compare the MacBook with your Dell, you'll most likely find that the MacBook is much smaller and has several features your Dell doesn't...

The equivalent Dell is the XPS M1330, which costs around £700 for a similar spec to a MacBook and is a pretty good machine; it's lighter than the MacBook and has some neat design features, though the trackpad on the XPS is tiny and (crucially for me) doesn't come with OS X and iLife '08.

A £233 Dell machine isn't similar to either a MacBook or an XPS M1330.
#25
Macs rule.

#26
why not get one of these

The cheapness of a PC with OSX

http://www.psystar.com/
#27
MacBook Pro is also reduced down to:

£953.59 with quidco and delivery.

http://www.pcwb.com/catalogue/item/APMBP12
#28
PC World Business and MacWarehouse.co.uk must be the same people then. Identical price and identical stock count.
#29
I feel its necessary to point out that unlike desktop PCs when it comes to Laptops there is much more to consider than simply the CPU and RAM you are getting for your money.

How hot does the laptop battery run? How loud is it? What's the quality of the trackpad? Is it well made and will resist damage over time? How much does it weigh? How bulky is it? What is the quality of the wifi reception like? How many hours will you get on the battery. Which components if any are upgradable? How big is the power brick? The list goes on.

I mention this because A. people who says Macs are expensive generally dont consider any of these points and B. because many people looking to buy a one Windows laptop over another dont consider these facts either.

When one laptop it way cheaper than another it is generally because you get what you pay for! OK so in the case of Macs you are paying a premium for the OS, but not THAT much, alot of the price is actually made up of better hardware, you just need to look further than CPU and Harddrive size to see it.

While I dont own a Mac its interesting to note that a hell of a lot of Linux guys are using Macs with Linux installed because they rate the hardware that highly. You get what you pay for with hardware.
#30
If anybody is interested in this deal then I would recommend upgrading the ram to 4 gigs and changing the hard drive for a 250gb western digital, both combined will come up at under £100 (play.com and aria) these can be swapped by a novice in under 5 minutes without invalidating your warranty.
#31
The Mac weighs 2.5kg, the lowest cost Inspiron weighs 2.7kg the lowest cost Vostro weighs 2.84kg. These are not the lightest Dells merely the cheapest. Both the Ispiron and Vostro come 50% larger hard drive than the mac and DVD Writers as standard. It is very true that the mac has some features that the dell doesn't, no one is disputing that, but is also true that the much cheaper Dell's have features that this Mac doesn't.

No one is saying that this is not a good price for a Mac, it clearly is. That is why I voted it hot.

The point I was making and I believe yos2008 was making is that there are cheaper options that offer a similar level of power. This information is not being offered to the Mac faithful who would not purchase a Pc anyway, but to people looking for a laptop around this level of power, so they can make an informed choice.

I have owned a number of Apple computers and as I have previously said Apple make good computers, but I personally feel that the on the lower end of the scale Macs are not competitive on the power to price ratio.
#32
Hello... why oh why, More PC v Mac ****! You want a Dell, buy a Dell. You want a Mac, buy a Mac!
The energy consumed by running all the internet servers across the globe that hold posts about PC v Mac would be massively reduced if people didn't feel the need for such irrelevant nonsense. Try both then buy - case solved! As a long time Mac user I would be very happy if Apple charged me less for my next Mac.

This is a great price for a MacBook, I'm happy with the combo drives but I wish they'd dump the Intel GMA graphics cards and so many new Mac games and older ones don't support it.

Bear in mind the new MacBooks should be released in the next few months and it seems likely that they will be sporting Aluminium enclosures and hopefully no Intel GMA, the MacBook Pros are also likely to sport a new look (see link: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/04/17/apple_orders_aluminum_13_inch_macbook_shells_3g_iphone_chips.html )

Apple Refurbs are well worth looking at. I use an Apple refurb 17" MacBook Pro, immaculate and never let me down and at a saving of several hundred pounds!
#33
designaw
Hello... why oh why, More PC v Mac ****! You want a Dell, buy a Dell. You want a Mac, buy a Mac!
The energy consumed by running all the internet servers across the globe that hold posts about PC v Mac would be massively reduced if people didn't feel the need for such irrelevant nonsense. Try both then buy - case solved! As a long time Mac user I would be very happy if Apple charged me less for my next Mac.

This is a great price for a MacBook, I'm happy with the combo drives but I wish they'd dump the Intel GMA graphics cards and so many new Mac games and older ones don't support it.

Apple Refurbs are well worth looking at. I use an Apple refurb 17" MacBook Pro, immaculate and never let me down and at a saving of several hundred pounds!


here here

well said and it was needed
#34
belovedmonster
While I dont own a Mac its interesting to note that a hell of a lot of Linux guys are using Macs with Linux installed because they rate the hardware that highly. You get what you pay for with hardware.


I assume you're just talking about the laptops? I can't see anyone rating the iMac hardware very high.

skinrush
This is admittedly still cheaper than a Macbook, but you have got the seriously glitchy, slow and compatability issue ridden Vista OS, rather than OS X.


Even with some hardware manufacturers refusing to write drivers for vista for newish hardware there's is likely still far more hardware that's compatible with vista than is compatible with OS X.

Having tried OS X I'd have to say my opinion is 'meh'. To use it's just a remixed version of windows, some problems are solved but it has other problems that windows doesn't.
#35
Been using macs for years now, will never go back, EVER!

Windows is just so slow, its a complete pain to do anything. The fact is OSX just works, its so fast compared to any verison of windows. A mac can shut down and then restart in the time it takes a windows machine to bring up the log on screen. Sure you pay a bit more, but if you spend more than an hour on your computer a day I think you owe it to yourself to start using a mac, you won't look back.
#36
you never get the same level of debate over say virgin vs sky, christianity vs jewish, petrol vs diesel but as soon as someone posts anything about macs it all goes belly up.

i've come across loads of good deals for macs in the refurb store alone that would warrant a post here but can't be dealing with the endless posts comparing macs to a dell etc.

this isn't a bad price for a macbook but like some have said, it's an old spec and sometimes youll find a better deal on the refurb store but for now its a ood deal and i'll warm it up a bit
#37
I started off in the Mac "world" and couldn't imagine why anybody would choose anything else until Win 95 came along.

Admittedly, they have some very nicely styled products but as a dyed in the wool "tight Scottish git" who prefers function over form (with regards to computing) I threw my lot in with the PC camp many moons ago.

I'm never entirely sure what problems people have with windows operating systems as most of my systems run flawlessly 99.9% of the time - or at least since I moved to XP anyway :whistling:
#38
Theres an equation for apple(style/substance)
banned#39
shutdown
you never get the same level of debate over say virgin vs sky, christianity vs jewish, petrol vs diesel but as soon as someone posts anything about macs it all goes belly up.

i've come across loads of good deals for macs in the refurb store alone that would warrant a post here but can't be dealing with the endless posts comparing macs to a dell etc.

this isn't a bad price for a macbook but like some have said, it's an old spec and sometimes youll find a better deal on the refurb store but for now its a ood deal and i'll warm it up a bit


Agree with you there.

The interesting thing is you don't get Mac owners going onto the Dell deals saying Dell's are no good.
banned#40
If dells are so amazing why are they having problems selling when apple products are flying off the shelves:whistling:

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