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Are Macs More Expensive than PCs: Part 2

Updated on August 13, 2012

When it comes to personal computers, it has long been said that Macs are much more expensive than their PC counterparts. This is true for the most part, but the price of Mac computers are becoming much more comparable to other brands. In this series I will compare the prices of different types of Macs and PCs of similar forms and specs. In this part, I will be comparing the 15.4" MacBook Pro to other notebooks in the 15-inch category.

The computers I feature in this hub are on the best seller list for computers on Amazon. I choose the first four 15-inch notebooks and the MacBook Pro. The results may be different if I chose computers with similar specs as opposed to similar size which I am comparing.


MacBook Pro 15"
MacBook Pro 15"
Acer Aspire V3
Acer Aspire V3
Asus 15"
Asus 15"

NoteBooks

MacBook Pro 15.4" - $1799

2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
500 GB Hard Drive
4 GB DDR3 Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / Intel HD Graphics 4000
15.4-inch LED Display (1440 x 900)

Acer Aspire 15.6" - $630

3.1 GHz Intel Core i5
500 GB Hard Drive
4 GB DDR3 Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
15.6-inch LED Display (1366 x 768)

ASUS 15.6" - $460

2.3 GHz Intel Pentium B970
500 GB Hard Drive
4 GB DDR3 Ram
Intel GMA HD
15.6-inch HD Display (1366 x 768)

HP Pavilion 15.6" - $480

1.9 GHz AMD 3505M
640 GB Hard Drive
4 GB DDR3 Ram
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
15.6-inch LED Display (1366 x 768)

Sony Vaio E Series 15.5" - $680

2.5GHz Intel Core i5
500 GB Hard Drive
6 GB DDR3 Ram
Intel HD Graphics 4000
15.5-inch LED Display (1366 x 768)



Comparisons

Now I will be comparing the specs of each of these laptops to see which laptop is worth your money and will end the debate on whether Macs are more expensive than PCs.

Processor

The Acer Aspire processor is clocked the fastest with a 3.1 Ghz Intel Core i5, but that does not necessarily make it the best. The MacBook Pro has a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor which means that it can handle more tasks at a faster speed (Comparing Intel Core i5 and i7). Apart from the Sony Vaio, the rest of the laptops have low end processors that are almost outdated.

Hard Drive

The HP Pavilion and the Sony Vaio have the most storage space with 640 GB Hard Drives on each of them. The remainder of the notebooks have 500 GB Hard Drives which aren't that bad, but do not match up with the other two.

Ram

Once again, the Sony Vaio is on top with a significant 6 GB of Ram. This is much more than the standard 4 GB Ram in the other Notebooks.

Graphics

This category is swept by the MacBook Pro which has two graphics cards; an integrated card (Intel) for on the go low energy processing and a discrete (NVIDIA) card for heavier graphics processing. This equates to much better performance than the single integrated graphics cards on the other notebooks.

Display

With notebook computers, the display is an important part as you will be looking to use them for multimedia purposes. The above notebooks are in the 15-inch range, but vary ever so slightly in size. The Acer, HP and ASUS have the largest screens (15.6") while the MacBook Pro has the lowest (15.4"). When it comes to resolution the MacBook Pro is well ahead of the others with a 1440 x 900 resolution while the rest have 1366 x 768 resolution. This affects how crisp and detailed the screen will be and with the high resolution of the MacBook Pro and smaller screen, the display will have much better picture quality.

Which Notebook has the best value for money

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After comparing the prices of the 15-inch notebooks, I believe the Sony Vaio has the best specs for the money you spend followed closely by the Acer Aspire. This shows that Macs can be a lot more expensive than PCs. However, I think the MacBook Pro is a better deal than the other two notebooks because you simply get more for your money. The MacBook Pro is a computer for those who need more power, but the power comes at a price. What do you think about it, is the MacBook Pro at a reasonable price for what it gives you? Let me know in the comments.

Are Macs More Expensive than PCs Part 1

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    • redwards01 profile imageAUTHOR

      redwards01 

      6 years ago from Bermuda

      Well said Davide, I couldn't agree with you more. If you want to pay less for a PC, you tend to run into more issues whether or not the specs are the same.

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      David 

      6 years ago

      If you're going to spend 1800 for a macbook then why not just get the Retina display? At least with the Macbook pro retina display you'll get the HD display, SSD, 8Gb of memory and all the nice things money can buy. Search around for a similar laptop close to the macbook pro and you'll find that the price are not necessarily far off. With PC's you run into problems and you have to restart, defrag, system recovery, do a partition. With Macbooks you seldom have these issues.

      Storage: How much storage do you really need to come with a laptop? why not just get an external drive?

      SSD boots up faster, lasts longer, and lacks the moving parts present in a HDD. Anything with moving parts are bound to wear and tear issues.

      there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to choosing a computer.....

      but if you really can't afford a higher end model then there's no choice but to settle for something else. PC or MAC it's a preference issue.

      check the displays on the stores. if the laptop feels warm or hot while on display then that's not a good sign.

    • redwards01 profile imageAUTHOR

      redwards01 

      6 years ago from Bermuda

      Most similar speced computers cost less than the MacBook Pro, but not as cheap as those I used above. However, for me, I find Macs to be much better on the software side and thats why I choose them over PCs

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      chriss 

      6 years ago

      I think that somebody should take one mac book and some other notebook (not mac) with the same specs and compare price then. Or take these two with the same price and compare specs. Its useles to throw away $1799 for macbook, when you can get some notebook with the same specs for $850

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