The CPU is but one aspect
by Jimmy Greystone - 4/4/11 6:13 PM
In Reply to: umm wrong by cap1killife
The CPU is but one aspect of what makes for a good laptop. Apple's displays are simply gorgeous, there's no two ways about that. They make almost everything else look like something from the bottom of a murky well. And there are a number of under the hood enhancements about Mac OS X 10.6 which really make the most of dual, quad, sextet, octal, whatever core CPUs. Microsoft has admittedly made some pretty impressive strides on that front with Vista and Windows 7, but it doesn't quite scale as gracefully as Mac OS X. Windows' process scheduler still likes to dump a bunch of processes on one core while another might be sitting completely idle.
You may have a Core i7 and someone else may only have a Core 2 Duo, but if 40-50% of the potential of that Core i7 are being wasted because of an inefficient process scheduler, it's really not going to seem to be that much better than a lowly Core 2 Duo being utilized to it's full potential.
Then there's the fact that a lot of the companies stuffing i5/i7 CPUs into laptops had some SERIOUS hardware issues. Like the CPUs were literally melting the cases and burning out in very short order. You may not have all the latest and greatest bells and whistles with an Apple product, but whatever bells and whistles they DO have, will generally work, and work well... Consistently... Over long periods of time. You can of course make the walled garden argument, and I won't disagree, but not everyone is interested in the amount of effort it takes to contend with the additional freedom or Windows or Linux.
So when we really get down to it... I have to ask: Who are you trying to convince more? Me or you?
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