Question about iMac.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gaelan, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. gaelan macrumors regular

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    Was talking to a buddy about my recent iMac purchase. He began to rant about how ht iMacs are currently a poor value based on their specs and components. I understand they are overdue for an update, but they still seem like good machines. Does Apple overcharge relative to the component costs in the machine or is my buddy just being a hater/dumbass?
     
  2. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    You pay a premium for a Mac; you can get a similar spec'd PC for less, but you lose other benefits, then, obviously. And to be honest, when you can get RAM for less than 50% of what Apple charges for it, it makes you wonder.

    However, even though the premium is there and you definitely do pay a little more, Apple seems to take better care of their customers and has better products.
     
  3. gaelan thread starter macrumors regular

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    that's what i'm banking on. he was mainly harping on the video card and other "mobile" components in the desktop.
     
  4. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't remember the exact numbers, and this was a comparison based on the C2D MBPs with Dell laptops when C2D first came out, but you'd end up paying $400 less or so on the Dell then you would for the MBP. The difference, to me, was the Apple operating system, the better feel and construction (though I'll concede that may have been untrue), and simply the fact that I could run any OS I wanted on the MBP through Parallels/Boot camp, where thats not as easy on a Windows laptop. In the end, I felt like I had gotten a better machine through Apple than the cheaper Dell would have given me. Plus, that Dell probably sells used now for a lot less than I could sell my MBP for.

    And it also has to do with product cycles. Dell and the other manufacturers constantly update their products. Its hard to go build a computer on dell.com and have it be the same two weeks later. Apple's products are the same usually around 6 months at a time. So, as Dell continually phases in new parts and products and configurations, they change the pricing on older parts, while Apple will still be using the same product a few months down the road.
     
  5. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502

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    When doing a price comparison you need to include the value of iLife. I don't know what it would cost to get the Windows apps equivilent to iMovie, iDVD and Garageband but it's not nothing.
     

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