“Despite all the urban myths to the contrary, when you actually compare Apples to comparably equipped Dells, the Apples are not only tastier-looking, but they’re less fattening, too! Every single one, which I have to admit surprised me a little bit,” Leland Scott writes for Musing from Mars.

“And my shopping experience also confirmed my suspicions about Dell. In every single case, Dell starts you off at a ridiculously low price, only to lead you slowly and surely to a much higher one. They do make you feel better–at least, in the “home” computer section of their store–by showing you that you’re still getting $250, or $350, or $500 off, but the discounted price still turned out to be higher than Apple’s,” Scott writes.

“The most ridiculous case is their ‘budget’ system. Walk into the store, and you look around and say, ‘Wow! Look at that, Martha! They have a computer for $299! It comes with a printer, too!’ But what a crock that is. The $299 system is so ridiculously crippled that no one will ever walk out of the store with one and be happy. No, before you know it, the price has climbed way up, well above the Mac Mini comparably equipped,” Scott writes.

“How refreshing it was to step into Apple’s store after the confusing mish-mash that is a Dell shopping trip,” Scott writes. “At Apple, the choices are simple, and you can make your choices and be out in a few minutes. It’s very easy to understand the differences between the systems, and the choices are clearly explained without distracting you from your task. Try that at Dell! No way.”

Scott looks at Apple Mac vs. Dell in five categories: Consumer laptop, Pro laptop, Budget desktop, Consumer desktop, and Pro desktop and finds that, in every category, Apple’s Mac models cost less than comparable Dell PCs.

Full article here.

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