Don't forget resale value. If one is planning to keep the system for about a year or two. The resale value of a Mac, if not totally, comes very close to the price difference. For example one of my friends just got rid of a Gen2 Macbook Air for almost $900.00. It wasn't even a top-line model either. My 2007 Macbook Pro, I've seen them go for over $400.00 on ebay. That's a lot for a used computer over three years old. I think the initial cost was about $1600.00 NIB.
I really miss the way my old PowerBook G4 would burn my lap after 10minutes of use. I mean it was slower and hotter than Core 2 Duo?
yeah but thats only becaues your all ready getting old hardware when you first get it XD. nah that ties into the whole "hipster" "artist" stuff.. and bein a "rebel" for not using windows w.e. it probably would be slower thoe atleast for the regular desktop stuff its a risc processor after all and then comparing single core/dual core. macs powerpc's arent that good but its still something different. and then theres the whole "security" that the powermac would be alot more secure than any x86/64 mac. and then theres not really any competition/no real way to compare like.. buying the exact same hardware for like 1000$ more the little piece of aluminum case . its not like.. dual core 1800$ quad core like 700$ and as long as your carefull with your stuff almost any brand will last long enough.. kind of like a bmw, or a rollsroyce or something to me like.. oh wow it looks cool but pretty much every other company has a product that will cost less and outperform them..
Not just pretty, it's called craftsmanship. Plastic hinges start to break after heavy use, aluminum is much more durable (okay so the first MacBook Air hinges were a fail). Plastic cracks with age, just ask me old T-30 Thinkpad. And like I mentioned, craftsmanship equals a higher resale value.
As for PPC being more secure, how? There are probably more known exploits for x86/AMD64, but it has a much larger user base because that's what Windows is designed for. That doesn't make PPC architecture any more secure.
The biggest reason Apple switched to Intel is because the PPC was (at that time) at its limit. They were getting too hot in notebooks, and could not achieve the same speed as Intel's Centrino (w/o getting too hot for a small notebook. I remember my Powerbook got ridiculously hot, after only a short while.
Anyway, a Mac is within $150.00 - $250.00 of a high end Sony Vaio or Toshiba with the exact same specs, and the Mac is going to have a much higher resale value. A top-line Carbon Fiber Sony with an i7 is almost head to head with an equally equipt Mac, except the Vaio has a 512MB more video ram (each has the M330, but the Mac is only 512MB). But the Mac has a better display. Really Toshiba and Sony are the only manufacturers that make quality notebooks anymore. Acer and Dell are mostly plastic budget computers, I guess HP makes a few decent models, but again a high end one is going to be near the cost of a Mac.
Edited by tekio, 22 January 2011 - 07:54 AM.