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January 19, 2014 11:43:58 AM

I'm looking for a laptop for everyday use and gaming. I have narrowed down my searches to 2 different computers: MacBook Pro 13' and Alienware 14

I know all the specs/tech and have been constantly looking at reviews. For everyday use, the MacBook Pro wins and for gaming the Alienware. I'm also looking for portability + good battery life.

I am leaning towards the MacBook due to issue with AW Battery life and noise, but being able to play games is a large factor in this decision as well. I know the MacBook can play games, but not as well (Would be playing games such as Minecraft, TF2, and at a stretch, Guild Wars2/Skyrim) If anyone can help me make this choice from experience or other, please do! I am also open to other laptops that would bridge the gap between gaming and everyday use a bit better. Thanks!

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Budget: ~ $1500 (give or take a 100)
Would like to use out of the house at school/road trips/ext

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January 19, 2014 4:56:00 PM

If your going to use it for any type of gaming then the alienware takes the cake. This is simply because it can run windows which is what almost all steam games are made for. A lot of steam games are not compatible with Mac OS.

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January 20, 2014 3:55:33 AM
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DonnyTechMaster said:
If your going to use it for any type of gaming then the alienware takes the cake. This is simply because it can run windows which is what almost all steam games are made for. A lot of steam games are not compatible with Mac OS.


The MBP can run Windows as well. Also, most games that the OP mentioned runs perfectly on OS X.

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The actual difference here is that the Alienware has a dGPU (GT 750M, am I right?) and the MBP has Intel Iris 5100. So yes, the Alienware will be better for gaming.

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For daily usage, the MBP wins hands down. The system will feel snappier due to the MBP's fast PCI-E based flash storage. Programs will load much faster compared to Alienware's ordinary 5400RPM HD.
Battery will be acutely better on the MBP too, specially under OS X. According to the tests I've read, it's almost thrice the endurance!

The MBP is also thinner and lighter, scoring good points for your portability issue. Concerning build quality, compared to the Alienware's plastic body, the MBP will also feel sturdier, more durable. Last but not least, the Alienware runs hotter (on the chassis) and louder than the MBP.


The final score for the MBP is the screen. With a HiDPI screen under a system that can handle it (OS X does a superb job with scaling) every thing you do on your computer looks nicer. Reading is better, images looks clearer and crisper. Stepping up to nearly 220 dpi from a Alienware class boring TN 720p panel is quite jaw dropping when you first see it.

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So, you have to weight you usage. If gaming clearly is your focus and is important enough to shadow all the rest, than go with the Alienware. Otherwise, I doubt you will ever repent choosing the MBP.

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January 20, 2014 4:11:57 AM

Thanks! While I'm looking to do some gaming, based off what you said the MacBook Pro should be able to handle small amounts of it, which is what I would be doing. And its much better suited for schoolwork and such. Thanks again, appreciate it!
January 20, 2014 4:59:34 AM

Turtleboot said:
Thanks! While I'm looking to do some gaming, based off what you said the MacBook Pro should be able to handle small amounts of it, which is what I would be doing. And its much better suited for schoolwork and such. Thanks again, appreciate it!


I appreciate that I helped you. If you'd be so kind, could you step by later to tell how you're liking your new laptop?
January 20, 2014 7:07:07 AM

Kai Dowin said:
Turtleboot said:
Thanks! While I'm looking to do some gaming, based off what you said the MacBook Pro should be able to handle small amounts of it, which is what I would be doing. And its much better suited for schoolwork and such. Thanks again, appreciate it!


I appreciate that I helped you. If you'd be so kind, could you step by later to tell how you're liking your new laptop?


Yep, will do. Should arrive within next couple of weeks. I'll let you know then! :) 
March 15, 2014 2:41:26 AM

Hello,

It's good discussion.

Thanks
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