carbonium wrote:It's not the best designed 17" laptop as it's dated. Dual Core CPU, Sata II instead of SATA III and a slow graphics card hampers this one. Might want to pickup at least a mid 2011 or newer 17" macbook pro for the Quad core CPU, SATA III so your SSD's run twice as fast and the better GPU.
Obviously, what constitutes best varies by context. But best designed, and best spec'ed are two very different things.
Its not difficult to design a computer by cramming every mid-range variant of cutting edge hardware into an approximately laptop-shaped build envelope then cladding the whole thing in a hunk of plastic. ( I have an HP fitting this description, with a suck screen, and horrible driver support. HP deems this POS as "Elite", and my employer bought the BS, I guess. )
Mac 17" laptops are very solid (unibody), attractive machines, with very nice displays, good keyboards and f-ing AWESOME track pads - which I would value at $300 alone, as its my most common interface with any portable computer.
A gaming laptop this isn't, but If you yearn for a truly portable 17" laptop that has non-suck screen resolution ( WUXGA is so nice for programming ) this is a great buy, even at apple exaggerated prices.
Show me a pc that has these specs, and looks even 30% as well-sorted as this one ( Aesthetics are not frivolous, think visual ergonomics ) - and I will be grateful.
Otherwise I am willing to pay a premium for something like this - Especially since I can be up and running with a unix terminal and full open-source development stack within a few minutes of boot-up.
( to be fair, yes this laptop could be much faster, and I would like to see it cheaper too - PCs are not crap, this is not a holy war )