When the MacBook Pros came out it looked like that’d be a great opportunity to switch and while the feature set finally looked reasonable the price point for what I want was artifically high due to selections that I couldn’t get with other configurations. It’s not that a particular end configuration was expensive compared to a Dell (or System76) but the fact I could get the exact configuration I wanted out of the Linux laptop and not the Apple made the actual price point lower by over $1000. With the new MacBook Air models that just came out I decided to do my standard configuration. For this one I’m doing a 13″ to replace my MacBook Air but with the reasonable bump ups to make it last a long time. After all, I like to keep hardware for awhile so no reason to skimp out to have to replace it yet again in a couple years.
What were the end results? When I put together the exact configuration I’m looking for in both systems the Mac comes out to $1599 compared to $1659 for the Dell. That’s pretty astounding to me. I finally have a Mac option that fits my need at essentially the same price point. What does that mean? First, it means that the imminent demise of my antique personal laptop is imminent. Second, it means that it’s probably getting replaced with another Mac.