Apple’s Saving Grace – I’m Not Sure

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That’s the new Macbook on top (via Engadget).

We still have the old one around, for the reduced priced of $999 ( or £719).

I’m wondering how much of a price difference there is between this one ( the $999/£719) and your Typical Dell.

13” Macbook (£719- base):

  • 2.1GHz
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB DDR2 Memory
  • 120GB hard drive1
  • Intel GMA X3100 graphics

The Dell Inspiron 1525 from dell.co.uk (£399 – no customisations):

  • Intel® Pentium Dual Core Processor T3200 (2.0 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache)
  • 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™
  • Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
  • 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2×1024]
  • 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive

Ok. Here is the same 2.0 GHz Inspiron 1525 from Dell.com ($699):

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5800 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
  • Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280×800)
  • 3GB2 Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
  • Size: 320GB3 SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

That’s a £310/$200 difference in price.

Of course such a comparison doesn’t take into account the MacBooks multi-Touch trackpad or Apple’s legendary Customer Service ( Dell Uk is good, too), or Vista Media Centre that is bundled With Vista Home Premium, or Dell’s cheap colour upgrade.

There’s a gap. But is it Worth It?