Personally, I would not spend top dollar on the Macbook Pro as their seem to be a lot of problems asociated with the Rev. A of this product. Please see the following webpage for real world feedback on this product.
what kind of internet gaming? flash? WoW? sims online? something else?
if he's able to play this game on his current system, I'd say bank the money and wait for the mbp's in the summer time. if it can't play the game, or he just "can't wait", then I'd say go for the mbp, not like he's not going to enjoy it, and you your laptop back
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Personally, I just can't justify the cost of the Macbook Pro. I am in the market for a laptop myself, and I find the MacBook incredibly expensive for what you get. The exact same laptop from Dell (Core Duo, 1GB ram, 100GB HD, WSXGA+ screen, etc) is litterally over $1200 less than the Macbook!! That's a LOT of coin, even factoring in that the laptop is unfortunately a Dell. Think about it... $1200!!! I can buy the Dell AND an iBook for the same price as a Macbook!
Apple's switch to Intel, in my opinion, is going to be problematic if Apple doesn't stay competitively priced with other vendors. It's too easy to compare specs now, and that could hurt Apple in the long run.
As for what to do, that's always personal. You'll have an equal amount of people saying go for it as saying don't. It's personal preference... do what feels right.
Toshiba and Sony laptops with roughly the same specs of the MacBook Pro cost around the same as the MacBook Pro. Dell's a mass market company for people who need cheap systems, don't compare it with the better manufacturers.
2009 iMac 20", iPhone 4S for the wife and I, too many iPads
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Actually, the Sony and Toshiba's are over $500 cheaper with same specs.
So what's you're experience with these laptops? Have you held them? Seen them? Played with them? By all accounts, most reviews state that the Dell Inspiron series is on par with the big boys, except for IBM. I tried them out myself and personally find the Dell to be a (WAY) better build quality than the Toshiba.
But again... just opinion. But my opinion is based on hands on testing. Yours?
I agree with everything you say except the part about 'Sony'. Sony laptops are aesthetically pleasing, however, their warranty is terrible in Canada and the reliability of their systems is worse compared to Dell, IBM, Toshiba.
Sony are really a consumer electronics company who have only within the last 5 years attempted to ramp up their presence in the PC business. Stay away from them as far as PC's go.