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#1
This is interesting, where did you get the link from? Is this education?
#2
no, it is not education!
#3
Shockingly bad prices, even with the education discount.

What annoys me is that in the US, the white Macbook is now priced at $999 (approx £570). The same Macbook on the UK store is £719, which is £20 dearer than the previous cheapest Macbook.

I've had macs in the past, and I really like the OSX operating system, but I won't be buying another Apple laptop unless they decide to sell for more sensible prices.

Just another example of how we get ripped off in the UK.
#4
skinrush;3202625
Shockingly bad prices, even with the education discount.

What annoys me is that in the US, the white Macbook is now priced at $999 (approx £570). The same Macbook on the UK store is £719, which is £20 dearer than the previous cheapest Macbook.

I've had macs in the past, and I really like the OSX operating system, but I won't be buying another Apple laptop unless they decide to sell for more sensible prices.

Just another example of how we get ripped off in the UK.


I am under the impression you can run OSX on just about any old PC now there are hacked versions & loaders around!
Don't know how easy it is, or how workable in everyday terms, and not interested in trying even if it is, but who knows, it might have some impact on prices if it takes off, and will certainly change a few smug looks when you can have a functionally identical Macbook for about 400 quid! :whistling:
#5
the new macbook body is made mainly from a single sheet of aluminum, and alot of the features have been refined and redeveloped. The new screen for example is led and the trackpad is made from glass. It really is a beautiful piece of kit. So £20 more is justified in my opinion.

I've never seen a PC that has worked as well or looked as good as a mac
#6
milesy29
the new macbook body is made mainly from a single sheet of aluminum, and alot of the features have been refined and redeveloped. The new screen for example is led and the trackpad is made from glass. It really is a beautiful piece of kit. So £20 more is justified in my opinion.

I've never seen a PC that has worked as well or looked as good as a mac


I've seen plenty.
#7
It's £20 more for the old white plastic version which they are still selling and that hasn't changed from the old ones. So no led screen or glass touch/trackpad!

The new Ali version is £949!!!
#8
This is showing as EPP Corporate Perks UK?? Surely this is for employees linked to EPP and not general public?
#9
milesy29
the new macbook body is made mainly from a single sheet of aluminum, and alot of the features have been refined and redeveloped. The new screen for example is led and the trackpad is made from glass. It really is a beautiful piece of kit. So £20 more is justified in my opinion.

I've never seen a PC that has worked as well or looked as good as a mac


Its not £20 more for the aluminium, the £719 model is still the old version and the spec for that is absolutely pathetic in my opinion. 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD and Intel X3100...

You pay slightly more for Mac OS and that's fine, but this sort of hike is a joke.
#10
Ps that's a bit naughty linking through the corporate perks site - as mentioned above, you have to work for a company that is part of the scheme.
#11
And for £949, you're getting an intel core 2 duo 2.0GHz processor, 2GB ram & 160GB hard drive.

To put that into perspective, I sold a Macbook 6 months ago and bought a Dell Inspiron with 2.2GHz core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM & 160GB hard drive for £369. Whilst I'd prefer a Mac OS X operating system (as you can install Windows onto it anyway), glass track pad and the nice looks, I'm not going to pay £580 more for it than I did for the Dell.

Apple seem to be trying to sell the fact that the new aluminium Macbooks have decent graphics cards in them. However, for £949 you could buy a PS3, decent 26-32" lcd tv, and still have change to buy a better spec'd windows laptop.

For goodness sake Apple, start being realistic with prices.
#12
milesy29
This is showing as EPP Corporate Perks UK?? Surely this is for employees linked to EPP and not general public?


Ah thanks for that, this is not for the general public this price. Wonder if they'd know?!
#13
..r;3202800
Its not £20 more for the aluminium, the £719 model is still the old version and the spec for that is absolutely pathetic in my opinion. 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD and Intel X3100...

You pay slightly more for Mac OS and that's fine, but this sort of hike is a joke.


I agree this is poor show. I am a mac fan, but to hike the price here in the UK for the lowest spec, when SJ highlighted a price drop is just plain rude! And to be honest who's gonna want one having seen the new macbook?
#14
skinrush
And for £949, you're getting an intel core 2 duo 2.0GHz processor, 2GB ram & 160GB hard drive.

To put that into perspective, I sold a Macbook 6 months ago and bought a Dell Inspiron with 2.2GHz core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM & 160GB hard drive for £369. Whilst I'd prefer a Mac OS X operating system (as you can install Windows onto it anyway), glass track pad and the nice looks, I'm not going to pay £580 more for it than I did for the Dell.

Apple seem to be trying to sell the fact that the new aluminium Macbooks have decent graphics cards in them. However, for £949 you could buy a PS3, decent 26-32" lcd tv, and still have change to buy a better spec'd windows laptop.

For goodness sake Apple, start being realistic with prices.


Yes you are 100% correct, just like a 2.0 litre Kia is exactly the same as a 2.0 litre Mercedes...........after all it's the same spec right???!!!!??? WRONG! :whistling:
#15
megalomaniac
Yes you are 100% correct, just like a 2.0 litre Kia is exactly the same as a 2.0 litre Mercedes...........after all it's the same spec right???!!!!??? WRONG! :whistling:


Firstly, if you read my previous posts, you'll discover that I actually like Apple laptops, but feel that they are too expensive.

I'm not suggesting that Apple laptops are rubbish, just that they don't justify the current prices.

Secondly, cars are a little bit different to laptops. If you are in the market to buy a mercedes, then you probably don't worry about the cost of buying one. I wouldn't agree with your analogy that Dell/Windows is the equivalent of Kia and that Apple/OS X is Mercedes either.

Windows/Dell have a very high majority of their respective market shares, and Kia doesn't. And I've had enough of Apple's products to say with authority that they are not the equivalent of Mercedes. A more likely comparison would be VW and BMW in my opinion. But as I said, computers and cars are slightly different.
#16
skinrush
Firstly, if you read my previous posts, you'll discover that I actually like Apple laptops, but feel that they are too expensive.

I'm not suggesting that Apple laptops are rubbish, just that they don't justify the current prices.


Never said you did :thumbsup:. My point was, joking aside :-D, that you get what you pay for. Does your Dell have 1066MHz fsb? 1066MHHz DDR3? LED screen? 5hr battery life on an up to date OS with everything turned on? Does it weigh only 2Kg? etc. etc. There is added value, over and above what Dell tend to offer, in all those things. Whether it's added value to you or not is a whole different kettle of fish and one of personal choice, but to outright say there is no difference because the CPU and RAM are the about the same is just plain wrong.

skinrush
Secondly, cars are a little bit different to laptops. If you are in the market to buy a mercedes, then you probably don't worry about the cost of buying one. I wouldn't agree with your analogy that Dell/Windows is the equivalent of Kia and that Apple/OS X is Mercedes either.

Windows/Dell have a very high majority of their respective market shares, and Kia doesn't. And I've had enough of Apple's products to say with authority that they are not the equivalent of Mercedes. A more likely comparison would be VW and BMW in my opinion. But as I said, computers and cars are slightly different.


Cars and Laptops are much more alike that you think, be it a Kia, VW, BMW or Merc at the end of the day they all do the same job just like Dell's and Apples. So looking simply at headline figures like CPU and RAM is exactly equivalent to looking at a car and only considering CC and HP, most people wouldn't even dream of doing that with a car or even with a TV. So how come it's ok with computers? The only conclusion I can make is that most people don't either don't understand or don't care enough about them to differentiate in that manner. In that respect computers tend to be treated much more like tools, a hammer's a hammer to most right? But then a hammer costs a few £'s, computers cost £100's if not £1000's, so surely they deserve to be considered more thoroughly just like TV's and cars and not treated like a hammer where any old cheap one will do...........Anyway that's just my 2p (or 5p seeing as it's on Apples :thumbsup:)
1 Like #17
You make some valid points, especially with regard to added value.

Having previously owned more Apple Laptops/Desktops than I'd care to remember, I fully appreciate where the added value lies. I just don't feel that the asking price of the added value is justifiable. The problem as I see it, is that Apple laptops seem to be increasing in price during a time when their Windows equivalents are decreasing in price/increasing in value, and during a time of economic uncertainty. There may have been a time when I'd have overlooked the high price/low specification over aesthetics, and thrown a credit card in the direction of the Apple store, but these days, most people are searching for decent value.

You mention that people often look at headline figures such as the processor speed and RAM. This is certainly true and with modern operating systems such as Leopard and Vista, such considerations are more important than whether the system has a LED screen, glass trackpad or its weight in my opinion.

As I said earlier, I don't feel that Apple's pricing has translated well from the US to the UK, most likely due to differences in taxation and import costs. In any case, £719 for the white plastic macbook doesn't represent good value.

Whilst I'd prefer an Apple laptop to the Dell I already have, the added value you mention would cost me and others somewhere in the region of £500 extra to achieve, and speaking from experience, Apple don't out-perform others enough to justify that kind of additional expense.

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