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  • This is kind of a superficial evaluation not to mention it is out of date. Specs like what you are discussing are a moving target, as are the relative metrics for price point and hardware benchmarking. And, again, a lot of what makes Mac so great is the fact that their OS, software, etc., leverages hardware resources so effectively. It simply a matter of excellent integrated design. So I, Joe Entrepreneur, with an understanding of basic economics, am going to purchase a piece of a equipment that is a major productive force in my business. I want to be sure that everything about that equipment plays nice with everything else about that equipment, has (very) minimal stability issues, minimal maintenance /upkeep, downtime, is subject to the fewest possible viruses. If I understand that this piece of equipment is a depreciable investment – not an expense – that will well outlive its depreciation cycle and continue to to be useful for 5-10 years, depending on where I allocate the device over its useful life. If I know these things and also know that, especially in business, the poor man pays twice… if I know these things, I will go with the best Cadillac Mac that more than fits my needs…because that is the rule of forward-compatibility in buying.

  • The entire debate about Macintosh pricing shows an abysmal ignorance of Econ 101. It’s called price vs value.

    I have been using Macs and Windows systems side-by-side since 1986. These are the things I have learned.

    Macs have a higher initial price because, unlike products from Dell and HP, they are not built to a price point but to a level of performance and reliability. This means the true cost of ownership can be less.

    For example, Windows can cost anywhere from $150-$300, depending on timing, and discounts. OSX 10.6, was $29. The video editor Sony Vegas, was $699 the last time I checked. Final Cut Express, the equivalent, but easier to learn and use, is $150. Other Mac software, when not free, is similarly cheaper.

    Think about the lost productivity from Windows system crashes. With Macs, I have had exactly TWO system crashes in over 25 years. Yes, I have had individual (non-Apple) program crashes, but none have brought down the entire system.

    The well-known preference of Windows for malware is another productivity-crusher. This is not to say that there is no Mac Malware but it isn’t nearly the problem as with Windows. This is partly because the Mac core programming is more difficult to write a virus for. Not only because there are more Windows systems, as Microsoft fans would have us believe.

    On the reliability front, Macs require fewer repairs. The one hard drive failure I had on a Mac was especially ironic because, when I opened it up to replace the drive, I learned the drive had been built by IBM! As a former IBM employee, I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Because of their more reliable construction with components selected for quality instead of price, Macs do not need replacing as often. Currently, I have two Mac laptops, both older PowerBooks, one a 1 GHz Titanium 15″ and a slightly newer 1.5 Ghz 13″. Both still work as well as when they were new.

    As a result of this reliability, the resale value of Macs is much better than Windows systems. Generally, when I have to replace a Windows system, I give it to charity because the resale value is so low it isn’t worth the effort of selling it.

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to schools or other organization willing to accept older systems unless they are using them for training in repair or recycling the parts for the materials. With Macs, I have donated a couple of laptops to college students from families that could not afford to purchase anything for them. They are delighted to get even and older Mac. Any Mac, even one 5 or 6 years old, can be sold in one day.

    Taken together, this is why a Macintosh is actually cheaper to own.