Apple Macs now cost less and run faster than Wintel PCs

“About a month ago, I compared the cost for Apple’s desktop, server and laptop products to their nearest Dell equivalents and discovered that Macs generally cost less than comparable PC products,” Paul Murphy writes for LinuxInsider. “That was a bit of surprise, but the truly astonishing thing that came out of the comparison was that Dell’s product line extends marginally below Apple’s at the low end, but has nothing to stack up against Apple’s 17-inch Powerbook, XServe G5/XServe RAID combination, or Cinema displays at the high end.”

Murphy writes, “Bottom line: when you upgrade the PCs enough to allow an approximately apples to apples comparison, Apple turns out to offer both lower prices and a broader range than Dell. The PC community response is, first, that the multimedia features distinguishing the Mac aren’t necessary and, secondly, that the PC is so far ahead of the Mac on speed that the comparisons are pointless anyway. Personally I think they’re begging the question on stuff like firewire: that they don’t see the value of Apple’s multimedia capabilities only because they’ve never had them, but that’s an argument for another day. In this column I want to focus on the performance part of their response.”

“So are PCs faster than Macs? The real answer is that relative performance depends entirely on the software and is both hard to define and hard to measure,” Murphy writes. “The short answer, however, can be based entirely on raw hardware capabilities, and that answer is pretty simple: the Mac wins hands down.”

Murphy concludes, “I think the intuitive bottom line on the Macintosh versus PC productivity debate is actually pretty simple: I’ve never met a PC user whose focus on the job he or she was supposed to be doing wasn’t significantly diluted by the need to accommodate the PC and its software, but I’ve never met a business Mac user who considered the machine anything other than a tool, like a telephone or typewriter, for getting the job done.”

Full article here.


  1. I’ve been saying this for years on the forums. Dell and Gateway and the others quote low ball prices, but by the time you get finished configuring a machine you can reasonably use in an office they invariably cost more than Macs. Not to mention, you get much higher quality product from Mac hardware and operating systems.

  2. That last statement is so true…
    I work for a PC software company that makes synchronization and encryption applications for Windows, and we are constantly doing shit to keep these Dells running.Then every once in awhile we buy an even bigger piece of shit like an Emachine and have huge problems trying to keep that running. And NONE of them seem to be as efficient as my 3.5 year old 500mhz iBook. But none of the assholes here have ever even used OSX, and they don’t believe that anything could top Windows, so I just sit quietly, and let them pretend they are superior…

  3. My Macintosh productivity is severely diluted by spending time during the day reading Macintosh websites.

    My Windows productivity is severely diluted by the fact that my SysAdmin did something stupid that is preventing me from seeing my network drives and thus billing my jobs out.

  4. Sadly, the only people who will read this article are Linux users, who have already made the jump away from Microsoft, so are far more open minded about other OSes. Apple taking users away from other alternative platforms, especially open-source ones that are so helpful in providing new features into OSX itself, just doesn’t have the same appeal as getting people off Windows.

    It is, however, nice to see a non-Mac related site admit that Macs are not expensive.

  5. Very true. I also reported that on-site Macs are cheaper than PCs and offer more bang for the bucks: Which – invariably – makes some Wintel user honestly wonder… and sometimes switch.

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