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Are Apple's laptops and computers overpriced for their specs where you can get much better specs at a cheaper price with a Windows or Linux pc?

asked Jan 02 '12 at 18:38

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Q:Are Apple's Macs Overpriced?


It also depends on what your use it for. If you have a good job and allot of money then a Mac is a good choice for you because you probably need it for email and multimedia, but if your on a budget and you still want a powerful computer then a PC is for you. But i think Mac's are just too overpriced for what they are.

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answered Jan 03 '12 at 02:11

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aye so true! Even though these specific examples are outdated, they are still valid because today's macs are just as overpriced hehe

(Jan 03 '12 at 08:17) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

no. higher quality means higher price. its like saying a ferrari is over priced because its more than a toyota camery.

answered Jan 02 '12 at 18:39

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I don't see any high quality coming from Mac hardware, it's pretty much the same deal with regular PCs. The only thing that really sets them apart is the operating system itself.

(Jan 03 '12 at 10:01) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

by default apple uses higher quality boards in their prebuilt systems as compared to a dell or HP

For example if you look on the inside of a max system, the surface mount components, (capacitors, regulators and various other hardware, is similar to what you will find in a $80-$110

while with your average dell PC, you are seeing the lower quality caps and components that you will generally see on a $30-40 board. But apple is not not more quality than the components you that will be used with a decent system that you build yourself.

(Jan 03 '12 at 10:29) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

I have had many lower end Dell computer and even after leaving them on 24/7, the motherboard has lasted the life cycle of the computer. Sure Apple might use higher quality products but chances are you won't be using the same computer in 5 years anyways.

(Jan 05 '12 at 00:54) KylePolansky KylePolansky's gravatar image

Actually, I was thinking more of the PCs that are self built with high quality and yet they're still affordable. One such example would be Asus motherboards.

(Jan 05 '12 at 06:39) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

The components themselves are not magically better quality than components from non-mac systems. They are exactly the same. The difference is that there exist no cheap low-quality components on mac systems. However this is not necessarily a good thing, I'd rather spend less money on a computer I'm not worried about breaking down or won't be using/keeping for long. You see no macs below 1000€ because as Jobs said "we don't ship crapware" and I believe that's detrimental to Apples success, you are alienating 90% of computer consumers.

(Jan 05 '12 at 07:00) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

the hardware its higher quality but how its used is. macs get much more power out of their hardware than pcs because of the limited number of machines the os has to work with. if anything goes wrong with it it goes wrong on every machine. so its fixed very fast. rather than having to fix a million different things for a million different machines. also the build quality of macs are much better. there are no plastic macs anymore. they're all aluminum, they all open and close very smooth, nothing rattles. then things like all the keyboards are al the same size so no matter what mac your on its the same. they control virus' much better. countless reasons they're higher quality.

(Jan 07 '12 at 22:38) GilOsborne GilOsborne's gravatar image
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Mac's are made to last alot longer, many can still serve most common functions and be ten years old. Most windows machines can barely handle basic functions if they are older the 4 yrs old. I am just now adopting to macs :)

answered Jan 02 '12 at 19:04

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Say what? My office has a crap load of Dell PCs from yesteryear which have Pentium 4 processors, and they handle the office work pretty well. Though one of them sounds like it's a Boeing about to take off.

(Jan 03 '12 at 10:00) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

not really, while some of the hardware can last a long time, apple tries to push people into the mac lifestyle which involved getting a new mac every 1-2 years.

In fact they design some of their systems to start having problems after 1-2 years This is mainly evident by their use of non user replaceable batteries (which are starting to encroach onto their laptop computers).

Doing things like upgrading memory has become harder on many of their modern systems and they test to drop support for older hardware very quickly, in some cases artificially.

For example there are some versions of the mac OS that will install on a system with 1GB of memory, and a slightly newer version that will come with newer macs that wants 2GB ram even though the newer version uses the same or less memory at startup, but still will not allow you to install.

Many average users do not know how to upgrade the memory on their mac and some will buy a new system when software updates become more difficult rather than attempt to upgrade the hardware.

so overall, while some of the apple hardware may be of premium quality, the company designs things in a way that causes the system to become obsolete or less than desirable in an artificial manner and not a manner of which true hardware obsolesces will drive a hardware upgrade.

(Jan 03 '12 at 10:17) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Every company pushes people to upgrade to the newest product, its up to the consumer to decide what to do. Poor consumer knowledge is to blame, not the companies because they all try to make a profit which keeps them alive. The consumer needs to take control of their knowledge and learn what there computers can do and what they can do to extend the life of their computers.

(Jan 06 '12 at 16:55) Derek Graham Derek%20Graham's gravatar image

To me Mac OS X makes them well worth it.

answered Jan 02 '12 at 22:05

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I believe so. I do not believe that it should be incredibly cheap. They need to respect feedback on the price and they need to alter prices in favor of the feedback (to an extent).

answered Jan 02 '12 at 19:01

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No, there not overpriced because they use quality parts that last a long time and for the amazing support you get with a mac i'd pay double for one and think it was a deal.

answered Jan 03 '12 at 02:09

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They're overpriced to me for the following reasons:

  • Price/performance ratio(Pretty much the same raw performance as regular PCs with same hardware)
  • Won't do what I want, right off the bat.(Includes games and certain hardware I use)
  • OSX(It's just too bland for my tastes.)
  • Same or similar design over and over again. Overused style gets boring over time.

answered Jan 03 '12 at 10:05

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Billy Aoki

Yes, but does that mean it's a stupid thing to buy?


I'm going to paraphrase/quote what Chris Pirillo said about iPhone vs Android

If you want the product or you like the product, then you have no reason to switch. If the product does what you want it to do, then you don't need to switch.

I have a MacBook Pro and absolutely love it. Admittedly, I'm typing this on a Windows computer I built to play games on. The Apple producs ARE expensive and in my opinion they DO overcharge you. However, the experience you get in return is truly amazing. There is a reason for everything with Apple products, so if there is NOT a feature there, Apple think you don't need to use it. And if you disagree, don't use Mac but don't tell Mac users they bought the wrong computer.

But, to put things into context a little -

If you go to whatever local clothing or sports shop, you have two main choices: Either buy the cheapest trainers, or you buy a top brand such as Nike, Adidas (or Converse if you call them trainers).

Tell me now, which ones do the job? The Cheap and the Top Brand. Which one do you buy? The top brand.

You sometimes pay through the a** to get them top brand trainers when the cheap ones (arguably) do the same job. Its the same with a Mac - you pay more for it because its a trusted brand and you KNOW it will be a quality product and you KNOW it will make you happy.

answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:02

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Great post! I agree with all here, especially how you expressed your opinion by telling why Macs are not overpriced with good detailed reasons.

I especially dislike when people don't give why. They just say - its too much money just get something else that can do the same - when it really can't do the same.

(Jan 07 '12 at 11:03) cccooper10 cccooper10's gravatar image

how many darth vaders do you have?

answered Jan 02 '12 at 19:11

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I have an old mac, from so long ago that has the multi colored apple on it. the kind that runs off of floppy disk.. anyways what I am getting at is that I have one of those and it still works.. so they are built to last.. and well.. in essence they are good computers, but I am just fit as a PC user because it was something that connected with me.. I would be wiling to use mac's but I just never felt like going out of my way because PC is my comfort zone

answered Jan 02 '12 at 20:07

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