Dell’s Laptop Comparison Chart Shows Apple Laptops Behind in Upgrade Cycle as well as Costlier

Submitted by lalit on August 8, 2010 - 9:14am.

Dell has posted a chart called “Apples to Apples Comparison” that compares Dell Studio 15 and 17 laptop against Apple MacBook Pro 15 and 17. The chart basically shows hardware comparison as well as price savings offered by Dell. According to Dell, a Studio 15 laptop offers about $1249 savings when compared to MacBook Pro 15 and a Studio 17 also offers $1249 savings against MacBook Pro 17. And when we checked their website we found that their claims were true in many ways.

Yes, MacBook Pro has better design, industry leading unibody aluminum case, slimmer profile (its about ½ inch thinner than Dell laptops), much better screen and twice the battery life. However, is the over $1,000 price premium right?

Lets compare the Studio 15 with top-of-the-line MacBook Pro 15, the system that Dell uses in the comparison doesn’t include things like Bluetooth, backlit keyboard and better screen, so we added those and price reached $1,099, which is still $1,100 less than MacBook Pro 15. And, don’t forget that Dell offers Core i7-740QM Quad Core processor and 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card, whereas MacBook Pro comes with dual core 2.66GHz Core i7-620M processor and 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphic card. Also Studio 15 comes with 7200RPM hard drive, but Apple charges $50 for the upgrade from 5400RPM drive to 7200RPM drive.

So, for $1,100 less Dell is offering a quad core processor priced $378 on Intel’s website and a graphics card with 1GB GDDR5 memory, in place of MacBook Pro’s dual core processor priced $332 and a graphics card with lower 512MB GDDR3 memory.

We wrote an article in May titled “Are the new MacBook Pros worth buying?” We came to the conclusion in that article, it’s better to skip this generation and wait till Apple again updates MacBook Pro lineup later this year or early next year. And, now comparing Dell’s Studio 15 with MacBook Pro 15 we are absolutely sure of that conclusion.

It looks like Apple is trying to maintain a price point $1799, $1999 and $2199 for MacBook Pro lineup, even if the specifications offered by the laptop doesn’t justify the price tag.