Two laptops arrived today in the Lab, a Dell and an Apple. It provided a interesting opportunity for comparisons.

First glance impression:

  • Apple – Sleek, well made, light
  • Dell – Large, clunky, heavy, “plasticy”

First power on:

  • Apple – Slightly long first startup, a few screens to go through, up and running without any additional reboots, found AirPort and was on the net flawlessly
  • Dell – Fast first startup, horrid Windows registration crap.

That’s as much as I got to see today. The Apple is just plain “drooltastic”, while the Dell is “just a laptop”. One caveat, is that the Dell is a lower end model, while the Apple is a midrange.