Boot Camp - so what?

This post is really, really late...better late then never. I started it in's been fermenting since then.

I have given a lot of thought to Apple's Boot Camp. It allows owners of newer Macintosh computers (with Intel processors) to install Windows XP or the newer Windows Vista on their Macs. This lets them run Apple's OSX for a Mac "look and feel" with access to Mac software or Microsoft Windows with access to a greater number of Windows programs.

This doesn't at first seem significant as why would Mac owners, who tend to be anti-Microsoft, want to install Windows? The reason is simple. Many Mac owners run Windows at work. Being able to use the home computer for both will be a bonus for them.

However I don't think this is the main audience. They've learned to live without Windows on Mac for many years. However, there are two other classes of users. Those that want to buy Mac but haven't due to one or two programs that don't come installed and those that may buy a Mac because it's cheaper then competing manufacturer's computers.

The first of this second group doesn't require much explanation - they can now buy a Mac and use Windows software they need for work or personal use that is not available for the Mac. The second does but is explained easily. Mac laptops are known for their ergonomic and aesthetic design. An equivalent Windows laptop in terms of quality and design would be Lenovo's Thinkpad T60. So lets compare the Macbook Pro and the T60 to see which comes out on top:

(BTW, what's up with blogger and tables? Scroll down to see the table in this post.)

Lenovo Thinkpad T60, Model

Apple MacBook Pro

Processor: 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Screen: 15.4” WXGA (1400x1050)

Memory: 2GB

Hard Drive: 120GB


Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 128MB

Processor: 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Screen: 1440 x 900 pixels

Memory: 2GB

Hard Drive: 120GB

CD: 6x double-layer SuperDrive (CD/DVD RW)

Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM

$2,278 USD

$2,499 USD

The price is essentially the same if you consider the cost of the upgraded video card, which just happens to be perfect for Vista. One caveat though, you need to shell out a few hundred dollars for either XP or Vista. Even with the slight cost increase it may push users like myself to try using OSX when I wouldn't have if that's all I could run on it. It will definitely mean my next home computer purchase will be a Mac.

The other piece. OSX is equivalent to Windows Vista Ultimate, an operating system you'll have to shell out $3,99 USD for.


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