Shiny New Toys to Replace My Old Mac

Current: Mac Book Pro (mid-2010)

  • Manufacturer: Apple Model No. MC374xx/A
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB Serial ATA (SATA) Disk
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor and model no.
  • Max. Display Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Laptop Display Size: 13.3″
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hrs. wireless productivity
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.
  • Data ports: MagSafe power port, Gigabit Ethernet port, One FireWire 800 port, Mini DisplayPort, Two USB 2.0 ports, SD card slot, Audio in/out, and Kensington lock slot
  • Video connections: iSight Camera and Mini DisplayPort with support for DVI output VGA output, Dual-link DVI output, and HDMI output
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 1247

New: Macbook Pro with Retina Display (early-2015) $1399

  • Manufacturer: Apple Model No. A1502
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7-3520M
  • Hard Drive: 1TB Serial ATA Drive
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Max. Display Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Laptop Display Size: 13.3″
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hrs. wireless web
  • Weight: 3.48 lbs.
  • Data ports: MagSafe 2 power port, Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps), Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), HDMI port, Headphone port, SDXC card slot
  • Video connections: Thunderbolt digital video output, Native Mini DisplayPort output, DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 3148

New: Dell XPS 13 $1599

  • Manufacturer: Dell XPS 13 9343-7273SLV
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-5500U
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory
  • Max. Display Resolution: 3200 x 1800
  • Laptop Display Size: 13.3 “
  • Battery Life: 15 hrs.
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs.
  • Data ports: 2 USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Headphone output/Microphone input combo
  • Video connections: Mini DisplayPort
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 2867

After this assignment I’m left wondering what is the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit. Also, where can I get $1700 for free? So I can buy a new mac. I definitely think you get more for your money with the mac. True, the resolution of the screen is not as good, but once you get up to a certain point our eyes can’t even distinguish the difference. The mac has all the power and speed I need for not as much money. It’s a bit heavier, but who cares? Oh, and I definitely love al the data ports it offers.

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