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Dell Studio 14 (i7) OR Apple MACbOOk

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July 10, 2010 9:35:33 PM

hi friends i am looking for a laptop recently and also started a couple of threads in the wrong section! neways my question is which laptop should i prefer:

1)Dell(TM) Studio 14 Laptop (T540530IN8) (aaprx 55k aftr customisation)

Intel® Core™ i7-720QM1.6GHz, 4Cores/8 Threads, turbo up to 2.8 GHz, 6MB Cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)
4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
14” High Definition 720p WLED (1366x768) Display with TrueLife™
512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Now with Microsoft® Office Starter 2010!

2)Apple macbook (60k)

# .4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
# 1066MHz frontside bus
# 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
# 250GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive
AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible4

Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5

what i care about

-Video editing/converting
-Web Designing (Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Flex, )
-Multiple OS's
-VMWare(a couple of virtual machines)
-a lot of coding as i am an engg student. (i.e keyboard and mousepad should be friendly)

What i don't care about


i doubt about only one thing that this Core i7 720QM has a clock frequency of 1.6Ghz would this affect the performance, as compared to a 2Ghz Core i5 or Core2Duo? coz if i go for a Corei5 or Core2Duo, i get more of RAM plus more Graphics memory...

Comment by any MACbOOk user would be very helpful, Thanks
a c 244 D Laptop
July 10, 2010 9:49:00 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Well although the Inspiron 14 has better specs but going with an quad core CPU in a 14" laptop will give you overheating problems,so go with an i5 CPU instead.
Or since you want to do video editing/converting, you may want to go with a bigger size notebook with a quad core CPU,because those tasks benefit more quad cores
July 10, 2010 9:55:55 PM

Thanks for ur prompt reply maziar.

Yes i did think abt configuring a studio 15 with i7 720QM and it costs almost the same, but the fact is that here in India we have a lot of craze about apple stuff so... is buying an apple macbook worth it or it is no competition to other Laptops in same price range???
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a c 244 D Laptop
July 11, 2010 8:06:13 AM

I wouldn't recommend the Macbook,if you want to go with Apple,then go foe Macbook pro instead because of having a better build quality/display
July 11, 2010 7:21:54 PM

i got a MacBook Pro 13 ANd its simply the best 13 inch laptop u ever use.

+ how can something that weights so much and so big and battery life of 2hours be considered a laptop in the first place ???? Macbook pro only weights 2kg small in size and has 10hour battery life, + its CHEAP :o  ( find another laptop with similar SPEC in the same price i dare U )