A friend on Facebook believes that the Macs are overpriced pieces of crap and people shouldn’t have to buy them as long as they can buy Windows 8 laptops which cost half or less than what the Macs do.
Game on then.
From Apple, weighing in at 2.02 kg we have the 15” Retina MacBook Pro (2012)
From PC, weighing in at 2.7 kg we have the Lenovo Ideapad Y500 (2012)
The merits of the Lenovo (a short list so I thought we’ll get done with it first):
- A 2GB GDDR5 graphics card compared to the 1GB GDDR5 of the R-MBP.
- A DVD-RW drive. Right, too bad it doesn’t have a floppy drive as well.
Now we move on to the elephant in the room. Here’s how the MacBook is better in numbers:
- 2.4GHz processor beats 2.2GHz. Small but notable.
- The R-MBP has a rated battery life of 7 hours. So after the first 3 hours the Lenovo is nothing more than a waste of air. What’s the 2GB graphics card doing now eh? At least I can see them pixels on the MacBook even with half the graphics prowess.
- The R-MBP has a 256GB SSD while the Lenovo has a 1TB HDD. Now size vs speed is an entirely different conversation, one where I would definitely side with speed but leaving that aside SSD’s cost way way more than HDDs, even ones with 4 times the capacity.
- The Retina display. Beautiful, gorgeous, EXPENSIVE. Lenovo has a miserly 1366x768 display they so proudly call an HD display. Even if I were to shed 4134911 pixels from the MacBook’s display I still would have a better screen. A screen with better colours and viewing angles. Oh and the Lenovo screen has a 0.2” larger diagonal making the pixel density even more shameful.
- And despite all this the MacBook (358x247x18mm) is way skinner than the Lenovo (387x259x36mm). There is a notable decrease in every dimension and the thickness is half of that of the bloody Lenovo! Downsizing means $$$.
- 680 grams. Yep! That’s what I WON’T be carrying. Lighter is better, good luck arguing with that and 700 grams is just a lot!
It’s not always about the numbers you know. Hence we have the subjectives:
- The MacBook is carved out of a single block of aluminium while the Lenovo clearly isn’t. Cutting a block of aluminium isn’t as easy or cheap as moulding plastic.
- Attention to detail. Having a much superior build quality and design clearly reflects the hours of ideating and design poured into shaping the product. Everything from the asymmetric fan blades to the illuminated Apple logo.
- The vents. The Lenovo has the ugly grill while the MacBook has elegantly shaped and yet hidden vents on either side of the keyboard.
- The MacBook Pro emits no sound whatsoever. With a DVD drive, not so fancy fan and traditional HDD the Lenovo is bound to be louder. You can’t put a price tag on serenity! ;)
But lets get to brass tacks, when you’re using a laptop you’re looking at the screen and around it. And it is much better to look at a screen running OS X than Windows 8.
The software alone more than justifies going the extra mile and getting the MacBook. Pleasant, simple and extremely stable. Also worth noting is the longevity of the software. A friend uses a 2008 iMac with 2GB RAM and very poor specs and runs Lion without any hiccups. Compare that to my PC, one with a quad-core and 8GB RAM that has crashed several times in recent memory alone not to mention the many many hiccups and bugs.
And there we go…
If you’ve read my words you know the MacBook is much better. Of course it is since it costs a lot more. The Lenovo might be a good device and it certainly significantly cheaper than the MacBook but that clearly doesn’t make the MacBook overpriced. You get what you pay for and you get a lot more in the MacBook.
There are devices and there are premium devices. I mean of course the fan noise and the position of the vents are no reason for anyone to exceed their budget while buying but that in no way should undermine the efforts the company has put in perfecting a products. Perfection, or near perfection, comes at a price and the price in this case is very much justified.
PS The charger. Again, not a deal breaker but having a MagSafe 2 charger is bloody cool. Magnets man.