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Join Date: Jul 2002
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There are only a few things I would have a problem with on his price comparisons.
On the Desktop comparison, he doesn't mention whether or not the non apple PC's come with a monitor or not. Only the MacMini ($599) comes without a monitor. The one he quoted for $999 has a 17inch built in display.
His comparison of processors isn't valid because those lower end PCs he is throwing up use lower end processors. They may have the same or similar clock speed but they normally have less cache or other performance enhancing features. When you do a price comparison of a MacBook Pro and a truly matched system like the Dell XPS the price comparison shifts back to the Mac's favor.
Then there are a few overriding factors. Almost without exception, Mac notebooks are thinner and substantially lighter than their competitors. Those XPS systems weigh a ton and usually come with a HUGE power brick. Only the smallest of the XPS systems really compares (and arguably exceeds) Mac laptops.
Then comes quality. Now I'm not going to slam PC manufacturers on quality because I know that the numbers are so close it really doesn't matter that much. However Apple does generally rate at the highest quality levels with Sony being a close 2nd. Apple's extended warranty is also generally regarded as being better than most others in the industry and their customer service IS ranked the highest. And just look at the damn thing. IMO only Sony makes a laptop that is as nice as an apple. Of course it cost just as much too.
I do agree that Apple has more of a markup than Dell, HP, Gateway, etc. But IMO you're getting what you pay for. And once you've considered all the hardware basis, IMO you're still getting a better operating system in OSX. The presenter has a valid point about business apps but just about everything you need to run a business IS available. For example, Exchange may be the king of email but Oracle, IBM, and open source solutions are out there that are arguably better. With Oracle, you can even keep using Outlook, but you're not limited to it.