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  10 October 2012
Originally Posted by PBlades: Am I right to think that buying a Mac would be good in terms of customer support when travelling, since apple is everywhere nowadays? or is this not really a valid point vs a dell...

I think it depends on what the problem is. If you have a power adapter die under warranty the Apple store would probably replace it on the spot. If you had a motherboard die both Dell and Apple would probably send a refurbished unit in the mail which would take at least a few days.
  10 October 2012
ya, Apple support has been great in my experience. It's as good as it gets apart from on-site. For laptops it's especially fast.
  10 October 2012
If you are going to travel, you might want to consider the weight of the machine as a priority.
So long and thanks for all the fish
  10 October 2012
the Dell is 7.76 lbs and the MBP is 4.5 lbs. The Dell looks like the kind of machine you aren't meant to carry
  10 October 2012
Originally Posted by cgbeige: the Dell is 7.76 lbs and the MBP is 4.5 lbs. The Dell looks like the kind of machine you aren't meant to carry

More power = more weight.

Also if you're hauling over 100 pounds of tripods, lights, lenses, and a cinema camera on a cart the 3 pound difference between two laptops will be indiscernable. Either machine would be a great tool to have, this is just nitpicking now.
  11 November 2012

I study architecture and I am thinking to buy a laptop.

I am between a MBP and the Dell M6700. The price is about the same for the two models in Sweden.

The programms that I am going to run are ArchiCad, AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Sketch Up, V-Ray and the whole Adobe Suite.

I am using OSX in about 5 years and I don't have any problem with the environment. I attach the specifications of both the systems in order to help me choose the best.

MBP Retina 15':
2,7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3,7 GHz
256 GB SSD
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB GDDR5

Dell M6700 17.3':
Intel® Core™ i7-3740QM Processor (2.70GHz Turbo, 6MB)
NVIDIA Quadro K4000M with 4 GB GDDR5
8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3
500GB 2.5' (7.200r/min) Serial ATA II-harddisk

On the Dell I have the option to add the Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM Processor (2.70GHz Turbo, 8MB). At the same price I can add a second SSD HD 128MB. Which of the two upgrades do you recommend (if any)?

Thank you in advance!

Edit: 10 days after the original post and no reply. I would really appreciate an opinion, cause i find it very difficult to choose the dell, due to the design and the OS.

Furthermore the clock is ticking and I have to buy the system in the beginning of December.

Last edited by theotses : 11 November 2012 at 07:26 PM.
  11 November 2012
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