Anyone switching back?
May 27, 2010 3:25 PM Subscribe
Why do Macbooks cost so much more than Windows notebooks? Now that Microsoft has gotten it right with Windows 7, is the Macbook still worth it?
posted by 4ster to computers & internet (61 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Please, let me say from the beginning, I am not interested in an Apple Fanboy vs. PCs ROOL! Macs are teh SUXXORS flame war here.
I used PCs for years, until the spring of 2006, when I bought a Macbook. Other than the cracking top plate, it has been a wonderful device which has really helped me to do some very good and helpful stuff at work, especially using iMovie and iDVD.
Yet for the first time in a while, I have been paying attention to the price of Windows 7 notebooks, and OH MAN I cannot believe what you can buy in a PC not versus what a refurbished Macbook Pro costs.
Why is this? My theories are:
1. Apple charges more because, let's face it, they can.
2. It is supply and demand. Since so many companies can make Windows notebooks, it drives the price down.
3. These $700 Windows notebooks are made of crap components with a high likelihood of failure (as my last nightmare of a Windows notebook was, except I paid twice that for it).
4. Once you factor in the cost of MS Office (versus iWork), the price isn't that different.
5. Some combination of 1-4.
6. I don't know what I'm talking about, and that is where you come in.
Granted, I love the Mac. It has been so trouble-free, and I can spend less time dealing with registry keys and more time just getting stuff done, but 7 is a good OS, and I'm wondering if the Apple tax has gotten a little high. I have the luxury of using any OS I want for work, so I just want to keep all my options open.
Has any one else wondered this, or does anyone else have any insight on it? Have you made the decision to switch from the Mac to the PC?
Thanks, as always, for your help and insight.