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Andrew: Well, I hate to say it, but as a person who has used PCs when forced to, but someone who has only ever spent money on Macs... you get what you pay for. I'm sure you've heard that one before!
It all depends on what is important to you. My goal is to get as much of my life as possible onto one laptop computer. I want to pare down my possessions and make my computer the one productivity tool I can't live without. And, I'm succeeding in doing that. As I shed the other possessions in my life and transfer as much of my life as possible to one laptop, that Mac gets even more valuable to me. So, it's entirely worth it to me. I happily pay more because I get an immense amount of personal value out of it.
Plus, if I have to look at an interface all day, I'd rather it be a pretty one.
Oh, and I don't get viruses. And I spend little time troubleshooting. Actually, the list goes on, so I'll cut it short and simply say: Don't knock it until you've tried it.
mmm... I am reading this question and wondering if it could start a "little war" between which PC is better...lol... A while back I answered this question in my website. So, let me quote it again:
“A cheap Dell user asks: Macs are like Ferraris they’re expensive and Extremely Powerful .“
Was that a question or comment??
Some things you have to consider first:
Your "cheap" Dell...you'll be lucky if it includes Wireless A or B and bluetooth. Last time I checked these were premium and optional, an extra $200. A wide screen adds about another $100 to the price.
Yes, it is true Macs are like Ferraris They are more expensive than your average $499.99 cheap plastic Dell computers.
All Macs nowadays use aircraft quality Aluminum, stainless steel, bullet proof polycarbonate and impact resistant glass.
Another plus to new Macs is that they come with iTunes, iLife (iMove, iPhoto, iDVD, Garage Band and iWeb), Mail, Oxford American Dictionary, iChat, Widgets, Address Book, Automator, Art Directors Tool kit, Omnigraffle, OmniOutliner(usually standard on MBP), Sherloc and Comic Life. All of these are full working programs.
None of that windows computer standard package of "demos and shareware" you are accustomed to get with your new computer. Which most of it will end up deleted from your computer anyway.
On top of all that free software you also get with a Mac: iSight (built in Camera), 24bit Audio both digital (optical) and analog, professional Widescreen with color filters and SyncMaster resolutions, motion and light sensors which makes your mac do cool things, a handy remote control, Wireless B,G and N, Bluetooth 2.0, ExpressCard 34, Firewire 400 and 800, DVI output, The Magsafe safety power plug.
If you want to know more about the features included with a Mac please go here: http://www.apple.com/macbook/
In short the question that sometimes has to be answered is: "why do people buy Bang & Olufsen products? or Bose? when a cheap "no name brand" will also give you sound..." but whatever the answer the main point is not that one is cheaper than the other but the fact that you have a wide range of product options to choose from and you can decide to buy whatever you want. whatever fits your needs...
The last HP laptop I bought cost me $3700 with tax. My MacBook Pro cost me $2990 with tax. So, in this case the Apple machine was cheaper than the HP laptop.
Now, as a final comment i will leave to those who see fit to start calling me out based on my initial comment:
When i initially wrote that comment, i was in high school and knew very little about computers compared to what i know today. I was not ready to acknowledge that the woz and jobs had started a revolution.
While Jobs initially did do wonderful things, he also had flops, as do all. But in the end, he left with these crowning achievements:
Changing the way people look at portable music devices.
Creating a studio for animation that is beyond good, which has brought many great works into the field, and created many jobs for animators.
creating the first widely accepted tablet
revolutionizing the way music is delivered (LEGALLY, GUYS)
making a phone that is also a computer which was widely accepted.
revitalizing the home-pc market with the imac (the colorful ones, not the others)
helping design the fonts that make up about 10% of current fonts today.
helping design beautiful pieces of art that also function as computers (Unibody design, i suppose. It is flawed, but it is also beautiful and finely crafted)
actually managing to follow consumer trend... okay, not follow, CREATE.
That is a pretty hearty list of accomplishments, but he did have some downfalls.
The switch to PC architecture completely killed the line between how macs and PC's function day to day.
overselling computers by attempting to cash in on another companies flop just made them look worse.
overpricing chinese made computer parts (foxxcon) to people who may not know as much about computers, and are thus more easily swayed to buy those items.
I think Jobs was a better man than i used to, but i think a minority of his followers ( a lot of them on here, and one person i know in life) stain his legend with their over-inflated egos and opinions of everything.
And to answer the original question once and for all.
Why are Apple computers more expensive than other computers?
Because many hours of work go into designing how they are built, and their aesthetic design, as well as funtionality in the case of mac pro's.
Is it because they are better?
That depends, enough said.
Okay guys, i am only gonna say this once and for all.
"Why are mac awesome."
1. Macs might be expensive, hell what, they are much more expensive when you compare them with laptops fro other brands with similar configuration. True. but hear me out, I bought a macbook pro, the price i paid for it, if i had spent the same amount of money on an HP or dell I could have got a much faster processor, better ram, hardware etc. This is also true. BUT when I actually bought the macbook, I realised, how awesome the machine is, Because, of the way everything is simplified and integrated into the machine. I'll give you a heads up.
I agree i compromised on the specifications of the processor,etc, but all of it was compensated when you actually use the machine. Macbook runs better than any other machine in the same price range even when the other machines might have higher specifications.
There is a classiness involved, in the simplicity of this machine. I mean, the bright screen, the amazing display, and you wont feel like its a machine where different parts have been put together, like the cd place is different and screen and keyboard is different etc, you wont feel that, all you feel is one integrated machine, that does everything you expect it to.
The software is seamless, the shutdown time and the startup time,
you can just shut down the lid and forget about shutting down the machine for days, it will automatically turn off the harddrives, you can begin whenever you want.
the camera is so clear, and it just feels like really futureistic , but very simple and it does what you want, there are no stupid schenanigan like uninstalling a software, subscription renewal, antiivirus software etc. just plain and simple use what you want.
I agree with people who feel little weird , coz you know you can get all of it , on a windows based normal laptop also, but there would be something or the other that you would not like about that.
MOST IMPORTANTLY__ BATTERY, my macbooks battery lasts like 6-7 hours, actually,
and usually when you use windows laptops they battery meter might say that you have 2 hours of battery left, but it actually finishes in like 45 mins. But in mac, if the machine says that the battery will last for 4 hours 32 mins, it actually does.
Once you buy a macbook, you will not regret it, but you would feel that i could have got better features for this price, but, in a week or so you will realize what you paid for and you would not feel like using a windows based laptop again.
and there is no need of using external software, for example , you can instal VLC player, MS office, and skype and i dont think you would require any add on softwares, because everything is already built in simply (unless you wnat to use special softwares like photoshop and all)
The machine is designed so well, its made from one single block of aluminium, and you will realise that everything in it and around it are highest quality,
like keys on the keyboard, the screen, trackpad, the rubber under the base of laptop, no stickers. Once you use the machine for about a week or so you will realize that alot of thought has been put into the designing to make it very very user friendly.
And i know , there are people who use specialised software on windows that are not available on mac. I use too, but there is an application called VMWARE, it simply makes another screen where windows 7 is simulated. No need to partition or anything. While runnig OS lion, doing any work on it you can just swipe four fingers on the trackpad and you get the windows screen, as simpply as that.
its so seamless that i played two movies simultaneously on windows (in vm ware) and mac, and i just swiped four fingers to switch between them real time.
I think it is really nice to own one , macbook, although I would be glad if it came cheaper, and If it did become cheaper, i dont think anyone would purchase any other laptop.
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I have an Asus notebook and is cheaper than a macbook and has better specs and runs everything! Also the Asus has a nice design (not plastic but aluminium). Keep about $600 bucks in your pocket and buy a SDD for it, it is great!
I have an ASUS N76VM, and yes, it runs also OSX Lion ;-)
Do not compare an Acer or cheap Dell with Apple. On the other side, Apple is overpriced because it is a 'model' and has limited upgrade possibilities because other hardware is not supported by OSX (no drivers). There is just one model/version of it, less to choose.
Apple is expensive because Apple decides your rules. You cannot change it, you cannot upgrade it, you cannot customize it, you must use the AppStore. Everything is customized to avoid that you can change it. It is not true that Apple is better, you have to pay for the unique components. Also when you want to upgrade (for example your harddrive or memory) and you want to buy it from Apple you have to pay 4x times more for the same harddrive you can by somewhere else. An OEM component is also treated as special.
That is also Apple! The hidden costs company. It's internal components is made in china and comparable to other computers. Nothing special about it, only the casing and the software. It is sleek but is it worth it? My Asus is also sleek.
So, if you don't want to think about things and don't want to be able to customize things and you have enough money to pay all the stuff Apple things you need it, then buy an Apple.
If you want total freedom (also in brand, model and specs), buy a PC!
A friend of mine worded it like this: Why does a Jaguar cost more than a Toyota? To people who love Jaguars, the price does not matter when it comes to style and performance. To people who love Toyotas, practicality and thrift win out. As long as you like what you buy it's all good.