“Apple’s well-crafted machines have been gobbling up market share, even though the MacBook and MacBook Pro cost more than many other laptops,” Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post.
MacDailyNews Take: Compare hardware features and you’ll find that similarly-configured Macs are very competitive or less expensive than Windows box assemblers’ offerings that simply cannot compete with the Mac’s included software and operating system. Apple’s refuses to offer junky low-end personal computers that won’t serve the customer well.
Pegoraro continues, “Manufacturers of laptops that run Windows complain about having to compete in a commodity market yet fail to make their machines less of a commodity. They ship machines built from the same components, add the same mediocre programs and hope that some glossy paint will make the results stand out.”
“The most critical number for a laptop is its weight,” Pegoraro writes. “The default batteries on a Dell Inspiron 1520 and an HP Pavilion dv2500t, for example, kept them running for only 2 hours 9 minutes and 1 hour 52 minutes of DVD playback, respectively. Higher-capacity batteries can extend those times but add bulk and weight. A MacBook’s standard battery, meanwhile, lasted 3 hours in the same test, and a Toshiba Satellite U305 ran almost as long.”
“The most important part of any computer can be the software it operates on. But this gets little attention from firms besides Apple: Its Mac OS X and iLife multimedia programs offer an ease of use and elegance absent in Windows,” Pegoraro writes.
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