Wednesday, July 19, 2006

No MacBook Pro for Me

At least not for a while. While I was price-comparing last night, I looked at the 15" Dell with the discounts available to me, and it was such a good deal that I went ahead and bought one. Until yesterday what was keeping me from upgrading my computer was the fact that I was building the house, and I was trying to scrape up enough money to cover closing costs on the loan. It would be nice to be able to mess around with OS X, but that ability it's not worth $1000 to me. For comparison to the Mac, I used the ATI graphics card, but I prefer NVIDIA, since I'm probably going to stick Linux alongside Vista and XP on this thing. Yay for Windows ext3 drivers! Here's the rundown:
E1505 Dual Core Intel Core Duo processor T2500 (2MB Cache/2GHz/667MHz FSB), Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Inspiron E1505Intel Core Duo processor T2500 (2MB Cache/2GHz/667MHz FSB)$2,623.00
LCD Panel15.4 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen SXGA+ Display with TrueLife
Memory2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
Video Card256MB NVIDIA GeForceGo 7300 TurboCache
Hard Drive120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Operating System (Office software not included)Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Network Card and ModemIntegrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Combo/DVD+RW Drives FREE 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Sound OptionsIntegrated Audio
Wireless Networking CardsIntel PRO 3945 and Dell 355 Bluetooth Internal Wireless Cards
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed)Microsoft Office Basic - Includes Word, Excel, and Outlook email
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed)McAfee included with the Starter, Silver, Gold or Platinum Package.
Primary Battery85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Warranty3Yr Ltd Warr, At-Home Service, 30Day DOC, PC Training, 2Yr Antivirus Suite
Future Operating SystemsWindows Vista Capable
Operating System Re-Installation CDGenuine Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition re-installation CD
Media Center EnhancementsTV Tuner w/ Remote Control
SAVE $100 (After mail in rebate) w SILVER BUNDLE which includes 3Yr Limited Warranty, 3Yr At-Home Service, 3 Yr Hardware warranty support, 90 day PC Training, 30 day HelpDesk How-to Assistance, 2Yr McAfee Antivirus Security Suite (Pre - Installed)
Dell EPP/FSS Customers: Save 35% off select Inspiron systems!- $918.05
Boeing employees receive additional 21% discount (before tax, shipping & handling) - $358.04
Subtotal: $1,346.91
Shipping and Handling: $19.99
Shipping Discount: - $19.99
Sales Tax: $118.55
Total: $1,465.46

That price doesn't include the $100 rebate. Anybody else want one? The 21% off is good through July 28th.


  1. Well, once I eventually get my own new macbook pro, I'll let you play with it!

  2. all you had to do was let me get it for you silly silly boy