Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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I'm A Little Surprised...
by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 22:09 UTC
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I'm sincerely surprised that the majority of commentary here has focused on hardware pricing. I guess this is because I've failed the first rule of journalism...know your audience!

Of course many of the individuals who follow may very well be able to build a comparably spec'd machine by hand for less. My point was, compared to name brand, industry leaders (such as Dell for example), Apple is in fact competitive. If you don't believe so, give Dell's online configuration tool a spin. You may be surprised.

But let's be fair. The appearance, the materials and quality is worth something too and this is an area where few home-built systems can match Apple.

Take the Mac Mini for example. Small, efficient, elegant. To hand-build something at the same level of quality would be quite a task, not impossible, but quite a task and that's not even considering whether it can be built at a significant discount.

The same thing with the 13" Aluminum MacBook Pro. I purchased it for $1100 and it's been the absolute best laptop I've ever owned. Light, reliable, dependable, built like a tank, fast and in typical Apple fashion "it just works". Yes there are bare-bones laptop kits as well, but I've yet to see a hand built laptop that is as well-engineered as my MacBook Pro.

Of course someone can always built a cheaper mouse trap, but does it work as well as the competition, is as durable and retains its value over the long term?

Every Mac I've bought in the at least the last 5 years is still in use, operational and productive, looks as good as new and none have needed a single repair. I can't say that about the 2 PC based laptops that I've used during the same period (keyboard replaced on one, wireless card replaced on the other, cracks in the plastic casing, loose screen hinges, broken latches) not to mention weighing almost twice as much as my MacBook Pro and with power supplies that are almost as big as my laptop and weigh almost as much as the laptop as well.

So let's make sure we're comparing apples to apples (no pun intended, I only wish to be that clever). Yes I'm sure the smart readers of can probably build a system less expensive, but I contend that building one as well designed, reliable, dependable, elegant and in similar form factors has been difficult for Apple's many competitors to date, and poses some challenges to the home builder as well.

How abou the other points made in the article? I enjoy the feedback!

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