Hello. I am an ex-Mac user. And I have my reasons for being one. I want to share a few facts with you guys, and make a few things clear about Apple and Mac. Many people will be outraged at the facts that I post here, but they are the facts and they can't be changed. Feel free to try and disprove my facts it will be hard and will take a little manipulation of the facts. Hardware -- A few important remarks and comparisons between the PC's and apples. -You can built your own PC, you cannot custom-make a mac. -90% of hardware upgrades come out for PC market first. -PC hardware is cheaper than mac hardware, which makes upgrades cheaper. -Macs can run only 10% of the software designed for all computer systems. -They're not compatible with many web sites. -Macs lag bedind in developement of applications. Prime example is iChatAV--it came out for mac in 2005, when PC's had video conferencing already in 1995. -In order to upgrade a mac, you need to buy rare 'mac compatible' hardware. -Maintaining apples is more expensive: apple technitians are on average 25% more costly. -- Price comparison Price of the computers is an important issue, especially to college students. Take a look at the comparison. MacBook Pro -15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution -1.83GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 Cache -667MHz frontside bus -1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM -100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive -Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) -ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory price as of Feb 13, 2006: ------$2,499.00-------- source of information and price: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?family=MacBookPro ----------------------------------------------- Dell Inspirion e1705 -Intel® Core Duo Processor T2400 (1.83GHz/667MHz FSB) -Operating System (Office software not included) -Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 -1GB3 Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz -80GB3 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive -FREE!8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability -Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) -Trend Micro PC-cillin with AntiVirus and Spyware removal 36-months -Office Software (not included in Windows XP) -Microsoft Office Basic - Includes Word, Excel, and Outlook email -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps4) -3 Year Limited Warranty5 plus 3 Year At-Home Service6 plus Nights and Weekend. price as of Feb 13, 2006: -------$1,971---------- source: http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/entnb_e1705?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs ---------------- These two computers, one from Apple and another one from Dell have almost identical configuration, including even THE SAME PROCESSOR. Dell also includes free software and support, and extensive hardware, ex: wireless and so on. But the price is the main issue..... what can I say, apple's greedy. --------------- I will place more, but can you disprove of these facts? Obviously you can't because facts are facts.