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tillsbury, Apr 11, 8:22am
Subject says it all, really. Looking at 3-4 weeks shipping at the moment. Wonder whether yoobee or Harvey Norman or that crowd might have it in earlier than that.

pyro_sniper2002, Apr 11, 8:24am
I would have thought unlikely they would hit the shelves before Apple could get one to you. You could always order from the site and cancel it if you find one in a shop.


farside03, Apr 11, 8:24am
Not me, I enjoy value for my money.

remmers, Apr 11, 9:40am
More a Great Wall type of guy eh!

If you compare the same build quality and experience lack of hours spent tracking down or trying to dodge viruses and then add in residual value you will find that Mac Book is overall inexpensive, assuming that you value your time.

vtecintegra, Apr 11, 9:47am
It's certainly expensive when compared to the older Macbook Air and Pro models (which are a hell of a lot more powerful)

tillsbury, Apr 11, 10:11am
Those giant luggable computers, you mean? ;-)

vtecintegra, Apr 11, 10:39am
Yeah that extra 160gm is going to make all the difference :p

suicidemonkey, Apr 11, 10:40am
So a fully aluminium laptop with extremely high resolution display, fast i5 processor, extremely fast pci-e ssd, wireless AC and more, isn't good value for 1900$ when pretty much no windows laptops can match it for the price?

Not a fanboy, I prefer windows, but I do think that the macbooks are a very good deal for what you pay.

vtecintegra, Apr 11, 10:43am
Except this new one doesn't have a 'fast i5 processor' - it is an ultra low power Core M model like you'd find in a UX305

jackiesavage, Apr 11, 6:30pm
I love my Apple and will certainly be upgrading to the retina. No virus, very few upgrades, awesome picture, fast, light but super strong, RELIABLE but not boring. I could go on. Get the first one available.

tillsbury, Apr 11, 9:32pm
It'll be interesting to see. The only benchmarks I've seen of the 1.3GHz (cf 800MHz in the Asus) show it outperforming a 2013 2.4GHz i5 in Geekbench, but they are unconfirmed at present. Shouldn't be long before we find out.

vtecintegra, Apr 11, 10:25pm
Burst performance probably isn't going to be an issue, but sustained performance certainly will be.

Fine if your needs are lightweight, but probably not going to replace your normal laptop like even an Air can.

dudekrulz, Apr 11, 11:22pm
that Mums and Dads types don't fully utilise.
Forget about the wall-garden OS that is Mac.

remmers, Apr 11, 11:57pm
Why do you think OS X is a walled garden?

dudekrulz, Apr 12, 12:12am
Forced updates to every damn thing, strange default settings that make no sense, a nightmare to administer.

raf55, Apr 12, 1:03am
The retina mini iPad was worth the extra, got it direct through Apple when they first came out and no regrets

remmers, Apr 12, 1:59am
Well I run win 8.1 and OS X and find there are more updates on win, both have access to my NAS, I find OS X is far easier to setup and run on networks.

suicidemonkey, Apr 12, 2:41am
How is it a walled garden? It's just as open as Windows

lugee, Apr 12, 11:05am
My XPS 13 for $1700 would like a word with you.

thusisperfectio, Apr 12, 8:20pm
Surface Pro 3 compares pretty well to the new Macbooks. Better specs, touch screen, similar screen res and cheaper.

suicidemonkey, Apr 12, 9:01pm
I didn't consider that. Nice machine actually. Much lower res display unless you pay $2500 for the QHD model. But still, very nice.

suicidemonkey, Apr 12, 9:03pm
Forced updates? I probably have to update my Macbook once every few months. They're few and far between, and by no means "forced". Windows is like once a week.

And strange default settings? Not that I've encountered.

vtecintegra, Apr 12, 11:42pm
Faster CPU but much slower SSD and the form factor is pretty much love it or hate it (whereas the Macbook is just a traditional laptop)

Also once you add the cover (which is essentially mandatory) its a bit more expensive than the Macbook

lugee, Apr 13, 1:06am
Much lower? It's only 16% less pixels across. I wouldn't classify as much, but to each their own.

I can't see any pixels unless I put my face about 3"" from the screen, which obviously looks retarded. And you get a bit more battery life with the slightly reduced resolution.

suicidemonkey, Apr 13, 1:30am
Still that's a difference of 230ppi vs 170. Not insignificant.

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