Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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I'm with you on this one. At my budget, I had two choices for an OS X machine: A used Mac mini with limited expansion and non-upgradeable video, or a Leopard license for the infinitely upgradeable Hackintosh-friendly system I already owned. A Mac Pro would solve both my problems, but I'm not going to pay more for a computer than my car is worth.

So, I now use OS X on a system I built, and I'm on the fence about it. I would love to be on a true Mac, but Apple doesn't offer one for someone with my needs (inexpensive, fully expandable, reasonably powerful).

On the flipside, this computer actually performs better in Linux and Windows than OS X, especially video-wise, and I'd keep it with those OSes on it if I did have a "real" Mac.

Apple really is the Mercedes of the computer world: Sleek, powerful, beautiful and trendy, but way too expensive for the average consumer.

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