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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Refuting The Apple Tax
by mjhi11 on Fri 17th Sep 2010 14:53 UTC
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It's clear that few have taken my challenge of attempting to configure a similar Dell PC as there hasn't been a single complaint about what a painful process it is! I've configured 4 different machines within the last 24 hours and in each case it was difficult to configure a similar system for less than a similarly configured Mac. With that said, here's another test…

Using I entered "13" Intel Core 2 Duo Laptop" as my search criteria. Here are just a few of the results…

Sony VAIO VGN-Z520N/B 13.1" Laptop (2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 Processor, 3 GB of RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Vista Business) Black by Sony 1 new from $1,199.95.

HP ENVY 13 Series with Magnesium Alloy Casing, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo SL9300 processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache) w/512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4330 Graphics, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 13.1" High Definition LED HP Radiance Infinity Widescreen Display (1366x768), 3GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm), 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4330 Graphics, Wifi-N, Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000, HDMI port, Webcam with microphone, 4 Cell Li-Ion Battery, Beats stereo speakers, Corel VideoStudio Pro X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, Stardock My Colors
1 new from $1,149.95.

Dell Studio XPS 13 (1340) Laptop - Obsidian Black Color, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (3MB cache/2.4GHz/1066Mhz FSB), 2 GB DDR2 , 160GB Sata Hard Drive, 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability, 13.3 inch HD WXGA Edge-to-Edge Laptop screen with 2.0 Megapixel Camera, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, Wireless 802.11g Mini Card, Wireless Bluetooth, Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium by Dell Buy new: $1,499.99 to $1,199.99.

Apple Macbook Pro from the Apple Online Store. 13-inch: 2.4GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Memory, 250GB hard drive1, SD card slot, Built in Camera, Built-in battery (10 hours), NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, Free Shipping $1,199.00.

Of course if you dig the specs will be a little different for each machine but overall these machines are targeted at a similar market and in just about every case, the PC's specs trailed the MacBook's either with less memory, or a slower processor, or bundling Windows "Home" versus "Business", etc. Clearly none of this is "scientific" but it's pretty strong evidence against the so-called "Apple Tax".

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RE: Refuting The Apple Tax
by _txf_ on Fri 17th Sep 2010 18:53 in reply to "Refuting The Apple Tax"
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Of those, the most recently refreshed have been the macbooks. Yes, definitely unscientific...

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RE: Refuting The Apple Tax
by nt_jerkface on Sat 18th Sep 2010 02:12 in reply to "Refuting The Apple Tax"
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13" pc laptops aren't very common and tend to be older and have low speed cpus for battery life. 14" is the new 13" since netbooks are taking over anything smaller. The entry level 13" macbooks aren't that far from the pc market.

It's at 15-17" and desktops where the Mac markup really kicks in. $1800 for a 15"? That's funny. Keep your aluminum case, I'll take a 15.6" notebook pc with Blu-ray and a 3 year unlimited warranty and have enough left over to buy another one in 3 years.

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