Apple Macintosh simply does more and costs less than Windows PCs

“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.

MacBook Pro. The first Mac notebook built upon Intel Core Duo with iLife ’06, Front Row and built-in iSight. Starting at $1999. Free shipping.
iMac. Twice as amazing — Intel Core Duo, iLife ’06, Front Row media experience, Apple Remote, built-in iSight. Starting at $1299. Free shipping.
iMac and MacBook Pro owners: Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using dial-up service. Only $49.
iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple Macs are less expensive than Dell PCs – April 24, 2005
Apple Macs are less expensive, more secure, longer-lasting than Windows PCs – April 21, 2005
Switching from Windows to Mac? Save money by asking to ‘crossgrade’ your software – April 12, 2005
Apple Macs are far easier, cost less to manage than Windows boxes – March 02, 2005


  1. Look at his first comparison chart. It clearly states that a similar Dell costs ~1000 less. If you remvce all the coupons/specials that Dell ALWAYS runs then yes, the Powermac is cheaper. But give me a break, the writer manipulates his facts until he gets the outcome he wants. This is FUD plain and simple.

    There are other reasons to buy a Mac besides price but at least own up to the fact the a Dell costs les..

  2. And it’s more fun. Can’t wait to see what Leopard adds to the mix. It just keeps getting better.

    I was just discussing the Mac with a coworker who’s daughter was fed up with viruses and spyware. I mentioned that she should try a Mac. He said that he would consider a Mac if it only ran Office. I brought him up to speed. He was actually very surprised that we had Excel and Word on the Mac (and zero viruses).

  3. dell bullshit like nothing. what you see on the ad is not neccassarily what youll pay.
    they dont include tax in their price for a start. which is alot. then theres all the stuff like wireless card etc etc.

    ive done comparisons to g5’s versus dell workstations and the mac is about $2000 cheaper. serious.

    the other thing they do is include xp home edition on alot of there computers which is even more crap than xp professional.

    and the list goes on…

  4. A heavily couponed DELL is usually a low budget crippled machine. You almost always leave the site paying from twice to three times as much to make the machine useful to you. Also does DELL make and all in one machine? Dont remember seeing it on the site.

  5. to Please Read the Article:

    The article compares the Macbook pro to a Dell laptop. There’s no mention of a desktop system. Please read the article before posting next time… thanks.”

    Actually, YOU should try reading the article(s). There are two. One IS about desktop systems, and is, in fact, the HEADLINE of the goddamned article.


  6. While it is a good comparison it must be noted that it is only for people that are buying a PC for the first time.

    For a current owner you have to taken into account the expense of replacing Windows Software to Mac versions. If the user has 1 or 2 expensive Windows apps then the Mac will very likely be more expensive and despite of MDN has mentioned in the past software companies don’t give discounts when you move from one platform to the other. This and Windows only biz apps/web sites is the biggest switch hurdle.

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