Abstract In comparing the prices of Apple Macs and Dell portables, my research team (i.e. myself) has found that between Apple Macs and Dell portables, when configured for theoretically similar performance and features, Dell portables cost much more than Apple MacBooks. Methodology My research team (i.e. myself) went to the Apple Canada Education Online Store, and configured a white MacBook 2.0GHz with the following configuration: 13.3" Widescreen Display 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo Processor 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (512x2) 120GB HDD iWork '06 Pre-installed SuperDrive (4x) Airport Extreme Apple MiniDVI-VGA Adaptor Mac OS X 10.4.2 Not forgetting that all Macs come with the following: Front Row Remote Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR Built-in iSight Mac OS X CD iLife '06 The price for this configuration is C$1845. In order to obtain a comparable Dell system with theoretically similar performance, my research team (i.e. myself) chose a Dell Inspiron 640m with the following configuration (justification for selections in parentheses): 14.1" XGA Display (most similar to 13.3" display in terms of viewing area) 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo Processor Windows XP Media Center Edition Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 backup CD (to equal the Mac OS X CD included) 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm (to equal the capacity of the MacBook) 120GB HDD 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery (to equal the MacBook's battery life) Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhance Data Rate) Easy Media Creator 8 (to equal functions of iLife, although not the ease of use) D-Link DSB-320 USB Web-Cam (to equal iSight) Dell Ditty 512MB Flash MP3 Player (to provide equalization (though not true equalization) of the free iPod Nano 2GB promotion by Apple for Education Customers) Microsoft Office Basic- Includes Word, Excel, and Outlook email (similar, though not equal to iWorks) Remote Control for Windows XP Media Center Edition (to equal the Front Row remote) Combo: Paint Shop Pro, Photo Album Premium, and Paint Shop Xtras (to equal iPhoto) Combo: Sonic DigitalMedia and MyDVD Plus (DVD+RW only) (to equal functions of iMovie and iDVD, as well as native Mac OS X burning capabilities) The price for this configuration is C$2125. Reflections My research team (i.e. myself) realized that the myth of Macs being more expensive than PCs can be easily debunked. Yes, the base price of Macs is more expensive than a PC - the unconfigured Mac was C$1349 compared to C$999 for the unconfigured Dell Inspiron notebook. But then compare what you get - no Bluetooth built-in, no Front Row remote, no iSight, no iLife... think about how much you miss out on. Not forgetting the integration between iLife software, and the ease of use that comes with it. But when you try to bring in equalization add-ons, such as additional software and hardware, you'll find that the Dell Inspiron notebook costs much more than the MacBook (at least C$280 more). Even with taxes, the MacBook is C$2103.30, which is still less than the Dell. It is easy to see how PC manufacturers, especially Dell, try to cut corners in order to cut costs. The hidden costs of these extras are masked by the low prices of their baseline, and baseless, configurations. Conclusions My research team (i.e. myself) would strongly recommend a Mac to anybody looking for security (from Windows viruses) and ease of use. If anybody tries to bring out price as an option, please refer them to this experiment posted here on MacRumors Forums. (For citation, please just use the URL of this thread.) Additionally, my research team (i.e. myself) would recommend that other users perform the same experiment with other PC manufacturers, such as HP, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Acer etc., and come up with other prices. Not only would this provide a stunning Mac vs. PC price comparison, it would also help reveal price comparisons between PC manufacturers. All-in-all, Mac provides more value for money than PCs.