Thurrott: Apple Mac Pro ‘at least competitive and often cheaper’ than similarly configured Dell

“One of the things that really interested me in the WWDC keynote from earlier this month was Apple’s comparison of Mac Pro prices to Dell workstations. Typically, it’s really easy to refute these claims, and while I have little doubt that one could possibly configure a Dell workstation that undercuts a Mac Pro while also offering a much wider range of add-on possibilities, I think it’s fair for me to, again, state that Apple’s pricing this time around is commendable. I mention this only because I often complain that Apple’s machines are quite pricey when compared to the PC competition,” Paul Thurrott writes for Paul Thurrott’s Internet Nexus.

“With this in mind, Anandtech takes one of their standard, overly-long looks at the new Mac Pro and, in part one of its 20-part (!!!) review, notes that a similarly configured Dell Precision Workstation 490, at $3110, is far more expensive than the $2390 Apple. It’s not a direct comparison, of course, and Dell does do some Crazy Eddie pricing deals on a regular basis that lets you get free displays and massive discounts, but no matter: Apple is indeed competitive this time around,” Thurrott writes. “So they’re at least competitive, and often cheaper if you want the exact configurations Apple offers. And that’s good stuff.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Paul, if you “have little doubt that one could possibly configure a Dell workstation that undercuts a Mac Pro while also offering a much wider range of add-on possibilities,” then do it. We’ll wait.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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Dell cannot compete with Apple’s new Mac Pro price or feature set – August 15, 2006
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31 Comments

  1. Surprised MDN didn’t pick up on the fact that the price ($2,390) Paul lists is the machine the Anandtech could have built on their own, not Apple’s price. Apple is actually cheaper when you have a student discount like I do.

  2. Give me a break, competitive that’s bull and you know it. Can a Dell run OS X and Windows, NO. Show me a Dell made out of 1/8″ brushed aluminum, all you get from Dell is plastic from recycled drink bottles. With Apple you not only get a much better system, but you get quality.

  3. It is quite hilarious that someone with alleged computer skills can’t go on the net and run the comparison himself. Why quote another site (and make snide comments whilst doing so) without check the statement himself.

    So what does it matter if Dell bundle a cheap-ass 15 inch LCD screen with their PC (stands for Piece of Crap). That $250 savings would hardly make up for the shortfall.

  4. quote: “Surprised MDN didn’t pick up on the fact that the price ($2,390) Paul lists is the machine the Anandtech could have built on their own, not Apple’s price. Apple is actually cheaper when you have a student discount like I do.”

    Actually, that self built unit did not have a power supply or an OS which would be extra. I think they had to supply their own case and time to build it.

  5. MDN … stop being silly and petulant! Just because Thurrot is a … (won’t say it, my kids might be reading this) does not make him Always Wrong.

    Take your ‘standard Mac Pro’ and add in Apple’s 20″ monitor.

    Take the ‘comparable build’ mentioned in the Keynote and subtract the second CPU.

    The Dell is now less expensive than the Mac. The Dell comes with a monitor (no savings if you decline it) and the second Core 2 doesn’t – if we are to believe Anandtech – add that much to system speed unless you are heavily into multi-tasking. And most folk just are not. Heck, most software can barely make effective use of two cores, never mind four.

    Now … I’m not saying the Dell would be as good a buy, just that the cost would be lower for similar performance. Even a broken clock is occasionally right.

  6. Thurrott is seething inside. If you look very closely, you can probably see the very subtle difference in his skin coloration as his veins fill with piss and vinegar. Of course, no one wants to look that closely at Paul, but you can see it in his writing.

    I can imagine him sitting at his (sub-standard) PC, reading all the wonderful specs on the new Mac Pro, and the amazing new Leopard features that he might hope to see in Windows in the next twenty years, and saying, “Apple…” the same way that Jerry Seinfeld says, “Newman…”.

    Thurrott’s frustration with his Redmond allegiance takes on the literary equivalent of the twitching of an RLS sufferer, desperately trying to get some sleep. Those of us who have been reading his ramblings for years can’t help but to sit back and smile.

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