Apple Macs are cheaper than PCs

“At the low end… PC desktops are marginally less expensive than the Macs — if you can do without their connectivity and multimedia capabilities — and considerably more expensive if you can’t. At the very high end, however, all of the design focus is on multimedia processing and the PCs simply aren’t competitive from either hardware or cost perspectives,” Paul Murphy writes for LinuxInsider.

“So, bottom line, are PCs cheaper than Macs? No, despite what you read in the PC press, it’s the other way around. Compare Apples to apples, and Macs are cheaper than PCs,” Murphy writes.

Read Mr. Murphy’s reasoning here.


  1. Sure, you can get a lot of computers cheaper than a Mac. I’ll even sell you my Dull 1.8 at half price, which is cheaper than an eMac.

    You see, I’m getting rid of it because I’m bloody tired of the crap that goes along with Windows. Been there, done that and now I’ll never go back to Windows. Not even for Longhorn.

    Basically you get what you pay for (if you’re lucky) and you pay for what you get. There is an “apple Tax” on each box because the cost per unit of OS X is more than PC makers pay for XP Home, or Linux. Add to that the other little things like iLife and a lot of other little Mac apps, customer service by Apple employees (who are NOT in India) who actually give a damn about solving your problems and some time & money actually put into styling products that don’t look like high school projects and it’s easy to see where the money goes.

    If you think a really cheap PC (purchased or build for $500) is the way to go then get one – and come back and tell us how great it is in 2 years.

  2. ECT News Network produces these titles: E-Commerce Times, TechNewsWorld, MacNewsWorld, CRM Buyer & LinuxInsider

    Why was this article on LinuxInsider? All of the other titles are more appropriate place to publish.

    Remember MacNewsWorld had those Enderle vs Chaffin Death Match articles.

    This is a troll article from a tabloid source, they don’t support Mac or Linux, they just try to cause controversy to get hits. This seems like an attempt to get Linux users riled and start a flame war with Mac users.

    Boycott ECT, well at least be forewarned that they’re just after hits.

  3. If you go to the usual Apple sites on the web you’ll see Apple fans constantly complaining about the price of Apple products. Old habits die hard I guess. Facts are useless with them. They also complain about GHz when PC users no longer are concerned. Go figure.

  4. what about return on investment? the frequently forgotten about value rating? ROI?

    an average PC is out of commission from worms, trojans, viruses or bad Microsoft updates on average of full working days a year. let me tell ya – since we have no IT department in our small office of Macs and PCs, i lose no less than 20 billing days a year to fixing somebody else’s problems. lets put that in perspective – I bill out $1400 a day when i am using my mac, but cost our company when i have to fix

  5. yeah, those $600 Dells you hear about are vastly underpowered… when you customize it on the website, it’ll probably come out to around 1000-1100

    about the same as an eMac…

    if you want to play all those windows games.. it better be around $2000 i shit you not

    Thurrotts $400 gaming PC does not exist (he’s still playing Doom 3 on this imaginary cheap dell)

  6. You can build a good gaming PC on your own for around $1,000 (sans display) if you know what you’re doing and buy your components on sale from multiple sources. But most consumers don’t have the knowledge or patience to mess with all of that though. Besides, you can “game” good enough on a $149 console anyway. I’d much rather have the better computer (Mac) myself.

  7. At the lab here (edu prices) Powerbooks are no less than $100 cheaper than the 3 branded laptop models available at the store that – on top of that – do offer less than the Powerbooks.
    This FUD shattering fact made easy to debunk other myths Wintel users had and convinced many to switch.

    The thought that if one FUD (overpriced, way more expensive) is so blatantly false, maybe the others as well were pure bullshit becomes very easy to… sell ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. My late grandfather used to always tell me “buy cheap… get cheap”. I realize how true that is whenever I have the misfortune of using some cheap PC.

    The Dude abides.

  9. Oh, and my grandmother uses an iMac with OS 10.3. She is 84 and surfs the web, e-mails and takes comfort in the fact that she does not have to worry about viruses.

    I doubt that if she had a 400.00 PC that she would be e-mail or surfing the web…. because she is not a techno geek who knows how to go and get the latest drivers definitions and such.

    My brother who is fairly computer literate switched from PC to Mac then back to the PC (because Macs are so expensive). He has only had to reinstall Windows 3 times, has spyware, adware, and has caught almost every virus. He regrets the day he switched back to the PC and is waiting for some $$$ to free up to get a Mac.

    He thought he was going to do some gaming on it…. the only game he gets to play regularly is “kill the adware”, “dodge the virus” and “detect the spyware”. He got smart and got an xBox to play games with.

    The Dude still abides.

  10. The author’s analysis regarding the Dell 20″ monitor versus the Apple Cinema displays is in err:
    “Apple’s cinema displays are more than that. They’re intended to function at the core of digital production environments. Thus all three models, from the 20 inch to the 30 inch, have things like DVI and dual FireWire ports to enable plug-and-go video recording or media sharing.
    In consequence, the price ranges from $1,299 to $3,299, or $600 more than Dell wants for the 20-inch unit, but the additional things they do can’t be done with the Dell at any price.”
    First, the Dell comes with a 4 port USB 2 hub. It may not have a firewire hub, but you can buy that for $30bux, and USB2 is just fine for most people. You’ve got to be kidding me by saying that a 2 port firewire hub is something you cannot get an any price. Tape a hub onto the dell for 30 bux and consider that the price. This is pandering argument set up by the author at best.
    What the Dell monitor does offer over the Apple’s is as follows:
    (1) Better price–The Dell can frequently be bought for about $700bux like here:
    Even the lowely 20″ Apple display can rarely be had for even $1000.
    (2) The Dell monitor swivels tilts, moves up and down on its pedistal, and pivots. The apple monitor does not really swivel, you must move its entire base for that, which is not great. The iMac does this better, and the Dell swivels much like the iMac. The Apple monitors certainly do not move up/down and cannot pivot. The Dell pedestal is very flexible–and both dell and apple allow you to detach the screen from the base and use a VESA mount bracket to wall mount the screen if you like.
    (3) The Dell monitor also has FOUR video inputs while the Apple only has one. The Dell has a DVI, VGA, Svideo and composit video support and even does picture-in-picture between the multiple video in ports. You can move between the 4 video sources with a built in video source switcher right on the face of the Dell. Thus, the Author’s mention of DVI as if to imply it were somehow missing from the Dell is bizarre at best and seems disingenuous. Also, for $50 bux you can even add integrated speakers on the Dell.

  11. (4) The dell monitor has superior display specs. Oh, and the Dell 20″ is a higher resolution display–i.e. 1600×1200 (1.92 megapixels) versus the 20″ Apple’s 1680 x 1050 (1.76 megapixels). Contrast 600:1 Dell, 400:1 apple.
    What the apple screen offers over the Dell? The following things:
    (1) The 23″ and 30″ have a slightly brighter display 270cd/m2 vs 250 on the dell. The 20″ apple display is also 250 just like the dell.
    (2) Kick ass industrial design. The apple monitors are just beautiful. By the way, the dell is a nice looking monitor. IT is in two tone aluminum and black, and actually sits well with a G5. The base and side of the monitor match it well. But it’s not as slick as the apple monitors.
    Regardless, for the price of one apple 23″ display I bought 3 Dell 20″ displays. The dell blows the apple 20″ display out of the water in every way except design. That’s the reality. The analysis is tortured to find otherwise. This kind of gross blindness on a supposedly objective analysis makes me not entertain the other arguements which may well be on point.

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