With more and more components being shared between the Windows and the Mac world in terms of hardware, why is it that Macs generally still cost much more? This thought comes to me as I begin to shop for a new laptop. I currently own an iBook G4 800MHz. I need something a bit more pro so naturally I turn to the powerbook. Only problem is that it is overpriced. Now don't get me wrong. I'm a mac person, always have been. But when looking at other higher end computer makers and seeing that even they price their computers far lower than Apple makes me wonder what Apple is doing? Sure, fancy looks and the best OS out there may be enough to sway a few, but if Apple really wants to switch the many, they need to relook their pricing strategy. For example: A new Toshiba Qosmio F20-GS1 ($2499.99 CAN) which features: -Intel Pentium M 750 (Centrino 1.86 GHz) -15.4" display -100GB HD -Dual Layer DVD Burner -128MB Nvidia GeForse Go 6600 Graphics Card -PCI Express -Windows XP Media Centre (I include this because it comes with extra features and hardware over the regular XP OS) A new Powerbook G4 15" (2499.99 CAN) which features: -G4 Processor @ 1.5GHz (similar enough to the Qosmio) -15.4" display (same) -80GB HD (20 GB LESS) -Combo Drive (NO DVD BURNER) -64MB ATI Mobility Radeon (50% LESS MB) The only things I can see with the Powerbook that is any better is that it comes with Analog audio in/out, DVI & S-Video out and has a backlit keyboard. But really! The video out options are really needed by only a few super power users. Oh! And while a backlit keyboard is pretty flashy, it's not flashy enough considering you're getting a lesser product. BUT!! The Qosmio comes with a built in TV Tuner and PVR Functionality. And an instant on feature that allows you to play CDs and watch TV without turning on the computer!(sigh...) So let's see what happens to the Powerbook's price when you make it spec closer to the the Qosmio: You get a Powerbook with the same GHz, the same graphics memory, the same HD, but still not a dual layer DVD burner (but at least a burner). But you now pay: $3,354.00 CAN. Almost $1000 dollars more! HOLY JESUS! Really! I simply don't understand. And what's worse is that the PC users I try to convert really dont understand. Imagine me trying to convert my friends (all poor students like myself). What do I say? Well...if you pay $1000 more you get OS X! And a pretty damn slick glow in the dark keyboard!! I'm sorry. It just doesn't work. And that's why despite this so called "halo effect" that supposedly going on, Macs are still stuck at somewhere around 3%. And why while so many major retailers are plum happy to carry the iPod and it's accessories, you'd be hard pressed to find a single piece of computing hardware in the same store. Lastly, it seems that Apple themselves don't really care either. I mean when the homepage of the apple site is littered with references to the ipod, and just one picture of a computer (the Mac Mini) you have to wonder how serious they are about their Mac division. And further, when you go to the store front page, it's all iPod until a little ways down. So maybe someone out there who has done a bit more research than me explain why Apple buyers have to pay twice as much for the same RAM and HD and Graphics capability. Frankly, i'm a little pissed. And unless something happens soon, i'll be one of the first to use a hacked version of OS X for Intel on my nice new Qosmio.