So you think Macs are expensive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AlBDamned, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    So you think Macs are expensive pieces of kit? Let’s banish that myth.

    Below check out these premium laptops:

    An Asus S6 Leather 1.5GHz Core duo, with 64MB integrated graphics, 11.1” screen, 1GB RAM and 100GB HDD, Intel wireless chipset, DVD re-writer.

    Price: £1,500


    MacBook Pro

    2.0GHz Core Duo, specced with 1GB RAM, 100GB HDD, Superdrive, Dedicated 128MB ATI X1600 etc.

    Price: £1,527


    And, even worse, the PINK Samsung Q40:

    128MB integrated graphics, 1.2GHz CORE SOLO ULV processor, 12.1” screen, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD writer.

    Price: £1,300 (for a 1.2GHZ core solo processor!!!)


    vs MacBook:

    2.0GHz Core Duo, 64MB integrated graphics, 1GB RAM, 100GB HDD etc.

    Price £1,159

  2. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    Those UK prices are horrendous no matter what your comparing them to. I actually think Macs are priced very reasonably considering the quality of the Hardware and the OS.
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    as far as the asus goes, it's an ultraportable. You're paying for the tiny size, so of course the specs aren't going to be as great.

    and the comparison is usually to Dell, which does generally have better prices. But the reason for that is that Dell is the 800 lb. gorilla of the PC market and can afford tiny margins. Their products are cheap not just compared to apple, but compared to a lot of other manufacturers as well.
  4. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    To a point, but Asus make other small notebooks and they aren't that much.

    I think here you're paying for things like the leather and the "hand sculpted hinge cap" and "jeweled details."

    It's not a direct comparison obviously, but it's interesting to see what other manufacturers flaunt as their top of the line models just because of all this crap they stick on them (literally).

    £15,00 is a lot to pay for a notebook with that spec. It's barely more portable than a MacBook yet a much worse spec and a lot more money.
  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    I believe the Keynote touched base on these myths as well. Check it out :cool:
  6. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    Actually, that's not quite so. Dell's XPS series 12" is perhaps their only comparable model to the MacBook because they have similar features (core duo, built in camera, wireless, top of the line OS). If you do a spec by spec comparison on Dell vs MacBook and apple is a little cheaper. In fact, the 'entertainment with webcam' model only comes with a combo drive at $1473. The only thing it has over the MacBook-the entry level one- is +512MB RAM (and it's in black:rolleyes: ).
    Dell does offer cheaper computers, but they don't really compare in terms of specs and quality. Apple simply does not offer junk laptops. That's not meant to be fanboyism, I just don't know what to call those $500 laptops. Doorstops?
    Basically, apple offers better 'bang for your buck' - at least on the MacBooks.


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