Why MACs are away too expensive?

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XheartcoreboyX

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so he got that toshiba-win xp-half the price of the mbp santa rosa 2.4 and with the same specs...he was like ''haha idiot buying the same laptop for twise the price,just because its a ''MAC''....'' o_O
so that little stupid story just to ask why MACs are so expensive compared to other laptops?just because of the OS X??:rolleyes::confused:
 

anti-microsoft

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so he got that toshiba-win xp- with the same specs as the mbp santa rosa...he was like ''haha idiot buying the same laptop for twise the price,just because its a ''MAC''....'' o_O
so that little stupid story just to ask why MACs are so expensive compared to other laptops?just because of the OS X??:rolleyes::confused:
Design, OS X and ease of use

Do you want to have a 15" thick Laptop witha cheap black and silver plastic laptop that is as noisy as hell with last decades ports (parallels, VGA monitor PS2...)

You know what I mean??
 

XheartcoreboyX

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Design, OS X and ease of use

Do you want to have a 15" thick Laptop witha cheap black and silver plastic laptop that is as noisy as hell with last decades ports (parallels, VGA monitor PS2...)

You know what I mean??
its just 1.5'' thick -_-...
 

zioxide

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I highly doubt he got a laptop with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and 8600m GT for $1200. The C2D alone is $500. If he did, the rest of the components were most likely cheap pieces of **** that are going to wear out quickly. A MBP could easily last you 5 years, but good luck getting 3 out of a Toshiba.
 

Turkish

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so he got that toshiba-win xp-half the price of the mbp santa rosa 2.4 and with the same specs...he was like ''haha idiot buying the same laptop for twise the price,just because its a ''MAC''....'' o_O
so that little stupid story just to ask why MACs are so expensive compared to other laptops?just because of the OS X??:rolleyes::confused:
Price laptop to laptop, like feature to like feature and a Mac will usually come in very close. In some cases Macs are actually much cheaper.

Have to know what you're comparing to give an accurate example.
 

gnasher729

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so he got that toshiba-win xp-half the price of the mbp santa rosa 2.4 and with the same specs...he was like ''haha idiot buying the same laptop for twise the price,just because its a ''MAC''....'' o_O
so that little stupid story just to ask why MACs are so expensive compared to other laptops?just because of the OS X??:rolleyes::confused:
Yeah, like all cars have four wheels, an engine and a windscreen wiper. Same specs. Just on some cars, the windscreen wiper falls off after a while...
 

dpaanlka

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When you're comparing Macs, the price reflects not just the specs of the hardware (which is common in PC-land). You have to also factor in the engineering it takes to cram that into the very thin and sexy cases, plus Mac OS X and iLife (last time I checked, Toshiba isn't developing any operating systems).

Your "idiot" friend is hardly buying the same laptop. Put them side by side and the difference will be quite obvious.

I really wouldn't push the reliability aspect as previous posters have - I don't think Toshiba hardware is any less physically reliable than Apple hardware (same can't be said for software).

As a side nit-picking, its Mac, not MAC. It's not an acronym, just a shortened version of "Macintosh" - and MAC actually is an acronym for something else related to computing.
 

zv470

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How about we compare the cost of OS X with the cost of Vista?
It's going to be difficult to justify this one. :eek:
 

oscuh

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iLife only scratches the surface of what OSX/Macs offer to say a Toshiba/Vista setup.

To use the car analogy, saying the Toshiba is better is like saying a base Cavalier with no stereo, no AC and a stick-shift is better the top end Cadillac CTS-V with all the goodies simply because it's cheaper.
 

JHacker

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People constantly say/think that what they're getting in an "equivalent" machine has the same components.

This is false.

Just because the processor is Core 2 Duo doesn't mean it's the same.

Price a Dell and price a Macbook with the same specs, and the prices are very similar.
 

Gandhi

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What model Toshiba is it? We can make a better comparison if we know what we are comparing with.
 

aristobrat

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How about "who cares"?

You're never going to convince someone that sees Macs as stupidly expensive that they're not, so why bother wasting your time and energy? :confused:
 

dejo

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Price a Dell and price a Macbook with the same specs, and the prices are very similar.
Ah, but there's the rub. It's almost impossible to get the exact same specs in all areas on two different-branded computers. Therefore, compromises are made as to what specs are important and what specs aren't. This is subjective and therefore can be misleading. One person may think having a FW800 port on a laptop is absolutely necessary whereas another person may not and thus ignore that spec.

And, it is never a good idea to become so mired in the numbers that you forget the hard-to-quantify, qualitative factors. These tend to have much more influence on your enjoyment of a computer than whether the CPU is, say, 2.2GHz or 2.4GHz.
 

Jim Campbell

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so he got that toshiba-win xp-half the price of the mbp santa rosa 2.4 and with the same specs...he was like ''haha idiot buying the same laptop for twise the price,just because its a ''MAC''....'' o_O
so that little stupid story just to ask why MACs are so expensive compared to other laptops?just because of the OS X??:rolleyes::confused:
After your "Thinking twice about a Mac" thread, this one is starting to whiff awfully strongly of trolling, there ...

Cheers

Jim
 

WildCowboy

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We've had plenty of threads on this topic, and I don't think we need another one. If you'd like to read up on this issue, here is a recent thread. Here is another one.
 
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