Apple Macbook Pro 13" 2.26GHz, 2GB, 160GB - £827.99 - Dixons (Now 787.79) - HotUKDeals
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The MacBook Pro in the 13-inch chassis combines high performance and precision design. With a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card this is fantastic value.

* 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* iLife '09 pre-installed
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Up to 7 hours battery life
* MAC OS X v10.5 Leopard Operating system

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#1
Good discount on a Macbook, but you're paying a massive premium for decent looks and OS X.
#2
Good discount on a Macbook, but you're paying a massive premium for decent looks and OS X.


Your life will be better by paying that premium.
#3
darrenlucas
Your life will be better by paying that premium.


It's a laptop.............. It shouldn't really vastly improve 'your life'.

Don't get me wrong, if I felt that I could justify the extra x number of hundred pounds, I'd buy one. They look good.
#4
It is hard to justify the price.

I have a Macbook Pro it's a nice piece of kit but not a lot better than the Dell's I own. I also had to replace the hard drive as Apple have been shipping Macbooks with defective hard drives that click, beep and lock up for 30-40 seconds at a time:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2049659&start=0&tstart=0

Apple thinks these freeze/lock ups is 'normal' performance. If that is the case, Windows 7 on a shiny Dell or HP is going to be a far superior option for everyone. :)
#5
Makes me laugh when people moan about apple.

They make high quality goods. I bought an ipod 15gb in 2002 and it lasted me until 2008, i could
stick another 15gb hard drive in and it would probably last me another 6 years.

I have seen image departments using powerbooks (yes before macbook pros) to capture
and retouch images for National daily newspapers. They are built to last, yeah some might have
problems but tell me one product that has never had a single problem. Ferrari, acer, dell ??????
#6
joeybutterface
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Windows 7 on a shiny Dell or HP is going to be a far superior option for everyone.


I like your faith in Windows 7! But even if Windows 7 proves to be better than XP and Vista, maybe even coming close to OS X, there is still the issue of usability. For most purchasers of an Apple computer the whole experience of the iLife software and the features such as Time Machine backups mean their lives will be much smother and safer than those who opt for a Dell or HP with Windows.

Every relation I know I have persuaded to switch to Apple and now they never phone me! Because now their PCs don't keep going wrong needing support and guidance! Apple is not perfect but they are nearer to perfection than Windows will ever get.

I say if you can afford Apple then buy Apple because it make for a better stress free life.
#7
Cheap crap. Good deal if you NEED to use a mac tho.
#8
hottie from me
#9
not technically a macbook 'pro', they just re-branded their macbooks... yes I do have a pro
#10
There's a reason why Macs only have 5% of the market share.

You could buy a 17" Windows laptop with a blu-ray drive, double the hdd/memory, faster CPU etc cheaper than this tbh.
#11
Cyborgmatt
There's a reason why Macs only have 5% of the market share.

You could buy a 17" Windows laptop with a blu-ray drive, double the hdd/memory, faster CPU etc cheaper than this tbh.


Yet still this will perform better than that 17" at video production/editing and graphics designing. Thats what they are built for and surprisingly Apple have managed to make something with lesser spec than a windows based laptop perform better.
#12
There's a reason why Macs only have 5% of the market share.

You could buy a 17" Windows laptop with a blu-ray drive, double the hdd/memory, faster CPU etc cheaper than this tbh.


Well the market share is actually nearer 20% and over 90% in the high end. I can see where you're coming from though. I personally think that Apple products are worth the extra money.
#13
zxcvbnmm
Yet still this will perform better than that 17" at video production/editing and graphics designing. Thats what they are built for and surprisingly Apple have managed to make something with lesser spec than a windows based laptop perform better.

Production and editing works perfectly fine on Windows. Look up the benchmarks.

Doing production/editing on a 13.3" laptop is not practical.

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of Macs, but they're just designer laptops with apple tax slapped on top of them yet you're still missing modern day features like blu-ray, hdmi etc, the price isn't justifiable in the current climate.
#15
Why buy a Mercedes when you could buy a Daihatsu?
Why buy a Pioneer when you could buy a Technika?
Why buy Marks & Spencer when you could buy Aldi?

These kind of arguments wind me up. I own both a Macbook Pro and a Sony Vaio. It's just a matter of personal choice really and weighing up what you can afford.
Personally I use the Mac now and would never consider going back to using Windows. However this comes at a cost, as I have to save a little bit longer to buy my next laptop. I think though that it is worth saving that extra money if you are a heavy user like myself, so I do. I could go on all day about what hardware/OS I prefer but it's really each to their own.

Good Price for a Mac though as it is usually almost impossible to get any discount on them.
1 Like #16
RoBad;5881325
Why buy a Mercedes when you could buy a Daihatsu?
Why buy a Pioneer when you could buy a Technika?
Why buy Marks & Spencer when you could buy Aldi?

These kind of arguments wind me up. I own both a Macbook Pro and a Sony Vaio. It's just a matter of personal choice really and weighing up what you can afford.
Personally I use the Mac now and would never consider going back to using Windows. However this comes at a cost, as I have to save a little bit longer to buy my next laptop. I think thought it's worth saving that extra money if you are a heavy user like myself. I could go on all day about what hardware/OS I prefer but it's really each to their own.

Good Price for a Mac though as it is usually almost impossible to get any discount on them.


Absolutely. Yes they're expensive, but some people (myself included) think they're worth it. Windows 7 is good, but I still prefer OSX.

For those that want one, and can't get student discount, this is a great deal. Voted hot. (posted from my - you guessed it, 13" Macbook Pro)
#17
ehhh??? be cheaper to get a pc. apple suck anyway

this aint a good deal just tons of apple fanboys are putting it hot
#18
zxcvbnmm
Yet still this will perform better than that 17" at video production/editing and graphics designing. Thats what they are built for and surprisingly Apple have managed to make something with lesser spec than a windows based laptop perform better.


Unlikely. OSX may be more efficient in some aspects than Windows is, but Apple's hardware is exactly the same as the hardware that all other manufacturers use so when it comes to something that needs a powerful system, the system with more power is probably going to win.
#19
@shadowdogg

Don't be an idiot. If you want a Mac, this is a good deal. End of.

Why do these threads always turn into an X is better than Y debate!
#20
Now, I own two windows laptops. But recently had to get rid of my macbook because it wouldnt do some of my work stuff!!

I will say, they are simple to use if you stick to the basics. Very stylish, VERY QUICK, high quality components and I would have another one tomorrow if I diddnt need some windows based programs. Dont mention boot camp, what a load of tosh, while very good, the mouse pad on the mac wont work right on windows using boot camp. Stupid issue IMO.

HOT DEAL, any discount on a mac is hot. Superb piece of kit.
#21
shadowdogg
ehhh??? be cheaper to get a pc. apple suck anyway

this aint a good deal just tons of apple fanboys are putting it hot



How embarrassing... Saving £72 sounds like a good deal to me.
1 Like #22
I think Charlie Brooker put it brilliantly

"I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui."
#23
aircanman;5881419
Now, I own two windows laptops. But recently had to get rid of my macbook because it wouldnt do some of my work stuff!!

I will say, they are simple to use if you stick to the basics. Very stylish, VERY QUICK, high quality components and I would have another one tomorrow if I diddnt need some windows based programs. Dont mention boot camp, what a load of tosh, while very good, the mouse pad on the mac wont work right on windows using boot camp. Stupid issue IMO.

HOT DEAL, any discount on a mac is hot. Superb piece of kit.


The mouse pad works fine... you just have to install the boot camp software from the Leopard CD after boot up. I run the Windows 7 RTM on my Macbook, works a treat. Boot camp is excellent!
#24
I love Charlie Brooker, why no Screenwipe DVD though? :(
#25
sonicfury
I think Charlie Brooker put it brilliantly

"I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui."


I bet he has a mac, its just denial. Everyone would have one if they could:whistling:
#26
vinnie_nine
not technically a macbook 'pro', they just re-branded their macbooks... yes I do have a pro


Not quite true, the screen got upgraded to pro quality ones and firewire was put back on. These were actually upgraded as part of the Pro name change.
#27
ok having tested the osx Snow leopard on my macbook with an nvidia 9400 the results where astounding,snow leopard was astonishing true 64bit support and grand central and open cl technology will blow away anything you have seen here was the test
Dell T7400 using windows 7,(8gb ram quad core intel xeon 3.4ghz) Handbrake to rip to maximum quality a dvd of 8gb took 1hour 50minutes the mac using leopard was 2hours 10 minutes same mac using snow leopard 48 minutes tell me what they have done with snow leopard is introduce stuff that microsoft will take 5-6 years to copy/clone.
Apple are lightyears ahead of the competition and windows 7 does not realy introduce anything new
More bloat osx snow leopard footprint 5gb
#28
mankymanning
Not quite true, the screen got upgraded to pro quality ones and firewire was put back on. These were actually upgraded as part of the Pro name change.


Plus the sd slot, illuminated keyboard and battery (I get 7-8 hrs wifi surfing on mine with the brightness one notch above half).
#29
mankymanning;5881532
Not quite true, the screen got upgraded to pro quality ones and firewire was put back on. These were actually upgraded as part of the Pro name change.


So did I... I had the last gen 17" Macbook Pro... and this 13" model chucks OSX round faster.. google the benchmarks. Obviously the GFX card isn't as good for gaming, but otherwise it's a fast little machine, and way superior to the 'Macbook' model.
#30
eddieitman
ok having tested the osx Snow leopard on my macbook with an nvidia 9400 the results where astounding,snow leopard was astonishing true 64bit support and grand central and open cl technology will blow away anything you have seen here was the test
Dell T7400 using windows 7,(8gb ram quad core intel xeon 3.4ghz) Handbrake to rip to maximum quality a dvd of 8gb took 1hour 50minutes the mac using leopard was 2hours 10 minutes same mac using snow leopard 48 minutes tell me what they have done with snow leopard is introduce stuff that microsoft will take 5-6 years to copy/clone.
Apple are lightyears ahead of the competition and windows 7 does not realy introduce anything new
More bloat osx snow leopard footprint 5gb


True windows 7 isn't even up to leopard standard, to compare it to snow leopard is laughable.
banned#31
Adidas Addict
I bet he has a mac, its just denial. Everyone would have one if they could:whistling:


Charlie Brooker hasn't got time to spend wishing he had a macbook.

He spends most of his time (crying) wishing he was Garry Shandling or Jon Stewart or even his friend Chris Morris.

He even cries that he isn't Jon Oliver, screaming 'Why Mr Stewart? Why didn't you take me??'

On a more serious note, the irony of that article is that he moans about people defining themselves by the things they buy, but either ignores or is oblivious to the fact that he is defining himself by an absence of Apple.

It's either sad or brilliant.
#32
darrenlucas
Your life will be better by paying that premium.


Wow, you must lead such a meaningful life.

skinrush
It's a laptop.............. It shouldn't really vastly improve 'your life'.

Don't get me wrong, if I felt that I could justify the extra x number of hundred pounds, I'd buy one. They look good.


There is no denying macs look good. But they only have "one look". Perhaps for people who like following the flock and like being told what to do without developing personalities or opinions of their own - like most of my friends from east europe, it is fine. Others want machines which are customisable and reflect what their individual idea of style and good looks is.

HotBot
I like your faith in Windows 7! But even if Windows 7 proves to be better than XP and Vista, maybe even coming close to OS X, there is still the issue of usability. For most purchasers of an Apple computer the whole experience of the iLife software and the features such as Time Machine backups mean their lives will be much smother and safer than those who opt for a Dell or HP with Windows.

Every relation I know I have persuaded to switch to Apple and now they never phone me! Because now their PCs don't keep going wrong needing support and guidance! Apple is not perfect but they are nearer to perfection than Windows will ever get.

I say if you can afford Apple then buy Apple because it make for a better stress free life.


Sure, if you want to browse the internet and well....send emails. The old argument that mac are better for video/photo editing have been made so redundant due to the powerhorse graphics cards and cheap beautiful large screen monitors and oodles of ram you can buy for a far cheaper pc makes the argument for a mac almost as stupid as an argument over religion - you can talk about it being as articulate and sounding as sensible as possible but at the end of the day you will only go with what you "like" as one isnt better than the other.

Cyborgmatt
Production and editing works perfectly fine on Windows. Look up the benchmarks.

Doing production/editing on a 13.3" laptop is not practical.

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of Macs, but they're just designer laptops with apple tax slapped on top of them yet you're still missing modern day features like blu-ray, hdmi etc, the price isn't justifiable in the current climate.


I am glad you brought up this point. I have three macs. A laptop and two desktops. The laptop is 2 years old, a 15 inch powerbook and even though two years ago it was fine, today it refuses to play any 720P HD mkv, ogm files. Its come to the point I cannot ven watch HD video reviews on gametrailers.

The other one is a 15" inch imac, wich has little function as it is 4 years old. The resolution on the machine is preety poor too. Not useful for a lot of the tasks I need a pc for.

Finally theres a 17" one, which is doing everything I can expect it to do right now, which sadly is browsing the internet and sending emails (As macs are preety useless for everything else).

I don't know, without pissing any more folks off all i can say is, mac machines are crippled, overpriced pieces of junk that frankly have as much relevance in this day and age as the royal family - useless, but people will always attach themselves to it, because they have emotional/historic/false esteem connected to it.
#33
Must say - and only because it's relevant to anyone reading this threaad and considering buying a Macbook, that Snow Leopard is very fast indeed.

I think whether it's "better" than Windows is a personal thing, but for me, it's vastly superior.

If you're not sure about OSX, go to your nearest Apple store and have a play!
#34
MadonnaProject;5881624
Wow, you must lead such a meaningful life.



There is no denying macs look good. But they only have "one look". Perhaps for people who like following the flick and like being told what to do without developing personalities or opinions of their own - like most of my friends from east europe, it is fine. Others want machines which are customisable and reflect what their individual idea of style and good looks is.



Sure, if you want to browse the internet and well....send emails. The old argument that mac are better for video/photo editing have been made so redundant due to the powerhorse graphics cards and cheap beautiful large screen monitors and oodles of ram you can buy for a far cheaper pc makes the argument for a mac almost as stupid as an argument over religion - you can talk about it being as articulate and sounding as sensible as possible but at the end of the day you will only go with what you "like" as one isnt better than the other.



I am glad you brought up this point. I have three macs. A laptop and two desktops. The laptop is 2 years old, a 15 inch powerbook and even though two years ago it was fine, today it refuses to play any 720P HD mkv, ogm files. Its come to the point I cannot ven watch HD video reviews on gametrailers.

The other one is a 15" inch imac, wich has little function as it is 4 years old. The resolution on the machine is preety poor too. Not useful for a lot of the tasks I need a pc for.

Finally theres a 17" one, which is doing everything I can expect it to do right now, which sadly is browsing the internet and sending emails (As macs are preety useless for everything else).

I don't know, without pissing any more folks off all i can say is, mac machines are crippled, overpriced pieces of junk that frankly have as much relevance in this day and age as the royal family - useless, but people will always attach themselves to it, because they have emotional/historic/false esteem connected to it.


Sorry, but that post is pure and utter crap. That's all I can be bothered to argue with you, but there we are.
banned#35
is it weird that through ucas go you can get this for £791.20?

13-inch: 2.26GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB Memory
160GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
Ships: Within 24hrs
Free Shipping
£791.20
#36
tom619;5881679
is it weird that through ucas go you can get this for £791.20?

13-inch: 2.26GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB Memory
160GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
Ships: Within 24hrs
Free Shipping
£791.20


Plus they have a student deal on at the moment meaning you can get a free ipod touch and a free printer. Sell both of those on and you're looking at about £600
#37
siksik6
Sorry, but that post is pure and utter crap. That's all I can be bothered to argue with you, but there we are.


Thank you for the critical analysis of my post. You really should not have bothered. No, really, don't next time.
#38
MadonnaProject;5881708
Thank you for the critical analysis of my post. You really should not have bothered. No, really, don't next time.


It wasn't worth it!
#39
One of the best things about macs is the lack of maintenance that osx requires. I currently run a 24" iMac and a 13" Macbook Pro. The iMac is coming up to 2 years old and its as fast and silent as the day it came out of its box. The main reason I switched years ago was all the crappy de-fragging, clearing out this and that and all that ******. Not to mention anti-virus.

Whether you buy a mac for hassle free computing that requires little or no maintenance or you just want the best performing combination of operating system and hardware, or maybe you just want the best looking equipment on the market for any of these reasons and millions more. Just buy one and enjoy it, you'll never go back.

fanboy rant over:whistling:
banned#40
good job i start uni in sept! theyve got loads of cracking deals on refurb macbooks

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
250GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Built-in iSight camera
Illuminated keyboard
£1,029.00

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