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Apple MacBook 13" 2.0 2GB White - Only £699.00 @ Argos
Apple MacBook 13" 2.0 2GB White - Only £699.00 @ Argos

Apple MacBook 13" 2.0 2GB White - Only £699.00 @ Argos

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Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
2.0GHz processor speed.
3MB cache.
2GB DDR2 RAM.

13in screen size.
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels.
Widescreen.

120GB SATA hard drive capacity.

Multiformat dual layer optical drive 8x slot-loading SuperDrive.
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor.
256MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory.
2 USB ports.
1 Ethernet port.
1 FireWire port.
Built-in stereo speakers, built-in omni directional microphone, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/audio line out.
Bluetooth.
Infrared.
iSight webcam.
802.11b/g/n wireless enabled.
Mac operating system installed.

Software included:
iLife '09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand).
4.5 hours battery life with wireless productivity.
Size (H)2.75, (W)32.5, (D)22.7cm.
Weight 2.27kg.

16 Comments

Original Poster

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why are mac soooooooo expensive

I have this. got it for 720.

I love it.

The answer to the question above would be they're not made from crap,and they don't (well shouldn't) fall to pieces and tbe battery lasts double the time of a standard dell 9 cell battery.

£619 if your in education via apple direct

Isn't this the standard price in the Argos catalogue?? ..... not really a deal. Is also the same price on dixons website.

Voted cold.

t0mm;4799198

tbe battery lasts double the time of a standard dell 9 cell battery.



Nonsense.

RiKx;4799168

why are mac soooooooo expensive



Well it's not apple computers as a whole that are expensive. Some compare quite favourably. Their lower end machines do seem to rapidly become poor value for money though.

Original Poster

midlandscomics;4800601

Isn't this the standard price in the Argos catalogue?? ..... not really a … Isn't this the standard price in the Argos catalogue?? ..... not really a deal. Is also the same price on dixons website.Voted cold.

Wrong, cheapest price for ANY macbook @ Dixons is from ]£843.99

RiKx;4799168

why are mac soooooooo expensive



They are a photographers best friend :thumbsup:

EndlessWaves;4801027

Nonsense.Well it's not apple computers as a whole that are expensive. … Nonsense.Well it's not apple computers as a whole that are expensive. Some compare quite favourably. Their lower end machines do seem to rapidly become poor value for money though.


Nonsense?

So why can I get 6 hours out of my battery easily, could only get 3 on a dell.

whizzkid;4801047

Wrong, cheapest price for ANY macbook @ Dixons is from ]£843.99



Apart from ]this one :roll:

t0mm;4801505

Nonsense? So why can I get 6 hours out of my battery easily, could only … Nonsense? So why can I get 6 hours out of my battery easily, could only get 3 on a dell.



Interesting debate. :thinking:

Quality of batteries is a difficult thing to determine. Build quality, man hours etc will obviously boost your battery life. I don't know the specs of a Dell 9 cell battery, but my Macbook Pro originally had 5800mAh and has only lost 30% of its maximum charge over three years (no failures). However, the battery still lasts for a good hour and a half of solid wireless working so its of no major concern. It can be stretched too 2, 2 and a half hours if i'm being gentle. For any laptop, that's a significant amount of wireless time and a very good lifespan to match. Most batteries are shot by this age but that's due to folks never cycling the battery and constantly keeping it on charge.

Anyhow, I deviate. Two things control your battery life: mHa figures (ie. 5600mAh for my mac) and the efficiency(quality) and power consumption of your internal parts of your machine. Mac's are designed and built by Apple (or external partners), at Apple's specification. "Most" (read: broad generalisation) other computer retailers package existing products and parts from manufacturers to make their own parts. Dell is one such company. Costs are low at the cost of quality parts, where "quality" can entail inefficient fans, poor chassis designs to cope with heat (ie. lots of holes = dust that clog electrics, causes heating, causes fans to come on more, causes battery to drain, bateries drain faster because fans are not incredibly efficient etc etc) Macs are built as remarkably well sealed units and need to be efficient, especially more so with the aluminium casings and heat buildup issues.You do pay for that in price however. Significantly. :w00t:

Christ I've complicated things. Right, to summarise:

1) Mac batteries have good mAh. They are built by Sony, who have excellent battery life on any of their products (check out their phones/mp3 players/cameras/camcorders. Best battery life bar none).

2) Mac internals are efficiently designed = less power draw/drain.

Thus, one of these two, or a combination of both, is the most pressing issue determining battery life.

NB. Please note, I do not mean to "bash" Dell and I don't want (but inevitably will) to start a flame war. I actually like Dell, they produce very good spec computers at reasonable prices (as poignantly demonstrated on HUKD). Nor do I wish to start a Mac/PC debate. I use both. I use mac, linux and windows and I appreciate that each of them is fantastic for eac of their own individual strengths or preferences of the user. :thumbsup:

You get what you pay for with a mac etc.

Expensive but good build and good life. I have a mac book aluminium and the build quality is stunning, cost £770 inc quidco, applediscount and 3 year warranty. (rrp over £1000 if I pad for warranty)

you do pay for the name though, but it does have a good resale value for a laptop.

Also may I point out to people questioning the price, it comes with iLife 09 for free! Which in my opinion is best suite of software to handle your photos, videos, music for anyone who isn't wishing to be a professional (like families). That on a PC would be worth at least £100 in monetary value, but priceless in "things working" value, if you get me. You just know they work and they work together amazingly well. If you want to be pro in those areas again it performs really well with applications a step up like Aperture and Final Cut. But for those I would suggest you look at the Mac Pro range of Macs.

Then of course you can partition the hard drive and install a version of Windows (Bootcamp) incase you need to boot into that. So in essence you're getting a PC AND a Mac.

Don't forget to use Quidco if shopping online as that should get you back a tenner.

t0mm;4799198

The answer to the question above would be they're not made from crap,and … The answer to the question above would be they're not made from crap,and they don't (well shouldn't) fall to pieces and tbe battery lasts double the time of a standard dell 9 cell battery.


Battery life of a laptop depends just as much on the components used as the battery itself. A 17” gaming laptop with a 9 cell can have a worse battery life than a 12” with a 3 cell even for general usage. So unless you quantify your statement it isn’t very useful.
I had a Dell XPS M1330 and managed 5 to 6 hours from the standard 9 cell battery (85Wh).
People often ignore battery life and buy systems with 3 or 4 cell batteries which can really compromise usability.

Agharta;4985111

People often ignore battery life and buy systems with 3 or 4 cell … People often ignore battery life and buy systems with 3 or 4 cell batteries which can really compromise usability.



Well, bear in mind 'laptop' is no longer synonymous with 'portable personal computer'. A lot of people now seem to be buying laptops because they don't use the PC enough to warrent setting up and maintaining a good working environment at a desk and would rather use the space for something else.

EndlessWaves;4985139

Well, bear in mind 'laptop' is no longer synonymous with 'portable … Well, bear in mind 'laptop' is no longer synonymous with 'portable personal computer'. A lot of people now seem to be buying laptops because they don't use the PC enough to warrent setting up and maintaining a good working environment at a desk and would rather use the space for something else.



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