“We’ve all heard how Macs are supposedly so much more expensive than PCs, but now that Apple is going Intel, is this still the truth? Some may ask if this was ever even true in the first place. Now that the playing field has been leveled some, we’ll be able to get a better idea of where Apple stands in terms of price… This comparison does not take into account more subjective factors such as design. Also, this comparison only take into account initial cost of purchase, not total cost of ownership,” Nick Mediati writes for Deep Thought. “For this comparison, I took a 17” Gateway Profile 5.5C and a 17” iMac Core Duo. I went with the stock iMac and a customized Profile, since the base Profile was rather stripped down. The results were somewhat surprising.”
“At least in the case of an iMac and Gateway Profile 5.5 fresh out of the box, the old Apple marketing slogan from the mid 90’s holds true: ‘Macintosh: It does more. It costs less. It’s that simple.’ The iMac wins,” Mediati writes.
Full article here.
Dan Frakes sizes up a Dell Inspiron E1705 vs. Apple MacBook Pro and finds much the same story. Full article here.
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