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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Nice Article
by NeoX on Thu 16th Sep 2010 23:43 UTC
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I really liked your article, it was a good read. I agree that there are a lot of overly critical people here and on other such tech sites.

The "Apple Tax" will always be a fallacy that people cling too and it is simply ridicules to this day. My first Power Mac was 15 years ago and it was a Power Mac 7200/75 that I picked up for $500 brand new on a clearance sale to make room for the newer models. It was a great Mac that lasted several years until I finally sold it, long after the G3 and G4 came out. For classic applications it ran awesome. I could not by a similar PC for that money in 1996.

I have helped literally 100's of people buy computers of all types. Anytime a Mac was in the equation it was usually chosen, especially PowerBooks, iMacs, MacBooks, Performas, you name it. And prices were always competitive in the class of computer that they wanted to purchase.

Sure you can build a high-performance PC for cheaper then a Mac, but not by much when you factor everything in.

The $1500 Mac Pro Clone mentioned above, did it really have all the specs of the Mac Pro? Did it have the workstation class CPU, the server like drive bays, the heavy aluminum expandable case and high-end power supply? Did it have the same quality error correcting server class RAM and expandability? I seriously doubt it and if you added all those things that $1500 would go far closer to the cost of a Mac Pro.

Has no one heard the expression you get what you pay for? Sure I can buy a Hyundai Sonata, but it cannot compare to a similar model Lexus. I can by a Mitsubishi Eclipse but it cannot compare to a BMW Z3 or Mercedes SLK, from a quality and performance standpoint. Apple computers have a degree of Fit and Finish that you just cannot get with any other computer maker. It is evident from the time you open up your Mac package.

Also the software Apple creates is on a level of its own. People sometimes take for granted just how good the iLife suite is, not to mention OS X itself, until they have tried to find alternatives like it on Windows. Save your search there is nothing quite as elegant as these tools.

I am a die hard Computer user, going back to the days of Commodore Vic-20. I have seen, used, built and owned just about every computer you can have. I was an Amiga user in the early Mac days but the last 10 years have shown me that there is nothing quite like an Apple computer. Don't get me wrong, I have often sold people on a good Windows system too, depending on their needs. But give an Apple Mac a try and I don't think you will be disappointed. Well unless you are a hardcore gamer! ;-)

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