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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RE[2]: I'm A Little Surprised...
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:31 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm A Little Surprised..."
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

That's because Apple bends you over the fence with their upgrade and CTO pricing. It's common knowledge among Mac heads that you should buy the Mac stock and get your upgrade components third party.

I remember way back in '05 when I bought a G4 mini, I had configured it up with the specs I wanted and it was close to $1000 for a machine that started out at $499. I backed up and just bought it stock plus WiFi/Bluetooth (those were optional on the first G4s), and maxed out the memory and hard drive aftermarket. After throwing in the cost of the two putty knives, I came to a grand total of about $700. That was a savings of nearly $300!

In short, NEVER configure-to-order a Mac. Buy it stock and upgrade it yourself, and you'll stay within the realm of comparable Windows PC prices.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Wrong. I can get a fine Dell (monitor and all) for less than the cheapest iMac, and only the most expensive iMac supports a half-decent GPU. Apple just isn't competitive in the midrange desktop space.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

What in the world does that have to do with Apple overcharging for upgrades? I was speaking of the mini, not the iMac, which is an all-in-one and should be compared to similar computers like the HP TouchSmart.

Edited 2010-09-18 00:44 UTC

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