Macbook Vs Inspiron 13

17 03 2010

Apple’s Macbook (2.26) Vs Dell’s Inspiron 13

The Apple Macbook Prices out at a smooth $1000, but what does it come with? It delivers a 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 Ram, 250Gb HD, Nvidia Integrated 9400 and a 7 hour battery life. The port configuration is Power, GB ethernet, Display Port, 2 USB and a single port Sound input and output. All housed in a White polycarbonate unibody structure. Single button mouse with Multi Touch.

The Dell Inspirion runs a $924 price tag. Equipped with a 2.1Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR2 Ram, 250GB HD, Intel’s own Integrated X3100 series graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1, Intel Integrated Wireless N wifi, Windows Home Premium, and an unknown battery life. Port config is Power, VGA, Ethernet (Unknown Cap) 1 USB and 1 Firewire on the left side. The right side has another USB port and an Express 34 card slot. The front offers a SD card slot and an Audio input and an Audio output port.

For processor comparison, the Macbook only comes in 1 configuration, 2.26 or nothing. The closest Dell came with was a 2.1 or a 2.4. The 2.4 upgrade cost an extra $50. If that was applied, the price would be $974. With the upgrade, the Dell wins, but without, the Macbook wins, its a draw.

Memory: The Macbook wins hands down. While the Dell’s DDR2 isn’t shabby, the difference between DDR2 and DD3 is very noticeable. Apple is the winner.

Graphics Card. Apple’s Macbook is the winner. With programs moving torward GPU acceleration, the graphics card is becoming more and more important. The Nvidia 9400 blows away the X3100 in all benchmarks.

Ports: Both have 2 USB ports, an Ethernet Jack and that ends the similarity. The Magsafe adaptor is a win for Apple. As well as there integration of display port. While it requires a separate adaptor, it allows you to run a 2560 x 1600 display, unlike Dell’s VGA interface. Dell’s integration of a SD card slot, Firewire, Express 34 is a win for Dell. I’m personally torn for the audio jack. While its good Dell put them on 2 separate ports, they put them in front of the computer, making lap working much more difficult. I Have to say Apple wins for the Audio jack, but its a personal preference. Dell wins this category though because it have more features then the Macbook.

Overall: Its a Tie. If you like Ports and a slightly better processor, the Dell is for you. If you prefer having better overall performance, the Macbook is for you. $924 (or $974 for the 2.4Ghz Upgrade) Vs the $1000 Macbook. No Apple Tax here.

-Fourkill

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