Wednesday, May 04, 2005

How to Switch to a Mac - Part 5 - The Misconception: Macs are too expensive

The Misconception – Mac’s are too expensive

Mac’s have always been perceived as too expensive. The phrase “you get what you pay for” truly applies to a Macintosh. As I described in my previous post Which Model to buy (http://switchtoamac.blogspot.com/2005/05/how-to-switch-to-mac-part-4-mac.html) you are paying for seamless integration, stability, ease of use, and quality engineering. In January 2005 Apple recognized that the price barrier has always made it diffucult for people to Switch To A Mac and addressed the problem by introducing the Mac mini.

The Mac mini is the most affordable Mac available on the market, with a starting price under $500. The Mac mini is an attractive system for switchers. Please refer to this page and look for the post titled "Macworld: Editors' Notes: The Mac mini: Comparing Apples and Oranges" for a comparison between a Mac mini and a Dell Dimension, an interesting read for those of you who are thinking about switching, you might be surprised! Macs have become more affordable in recent months as Apple has rolled out new systems at lower price points. Apple recently release new Powerbooks, and iMac at lower prices.

In reality, Mac’s are not more expensive than their Windows bases counterparts. In fact, one can make the argument that Mac’s may be more cost effective and a better value in the long run. When one takes the seamless integration, stability, ease of use, quality engineering, and low cost of maintenance, into account one can easily conclude that a Mac is not necessarily a more expensive proposition. A Mac doesn’t run the risk of infection from viruses or spyware. These reasons alone will save the Mac user from headaches, frustraction, lost data, compromsed personal information, time, and money. What you get is ease of use and a secure and stable computing experience. As a result, the argument that Mac’s are too expensive no longer applies. Although you can spend between $500 and several thousand for a Mac, stay within your means and get a system that you can grow with.

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5 Comments:

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Nastard said...

I like what you're doing, and I'm glad there's more of a push to break down Mac myths and really sell on what a Mac can or cannot do. However, and as much as I hate to be a pedant, the use of an apostrophe to pluralize "Mac" is distracting and makes it hard to take the site seriously. In forums, I gloss over the use of "Mac's", but on a site like this, which looks professional and does a good job of presenting itself, I expect better.

I say this because I like the site and want it to do well. Good luck to you, and thank you for your contribution to the Mac community.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger switchtoamac said...

Thanks for the feedback. I'll take your comments into account when I update the site from this point forward.

I look forward to getting the word out on the benefits of a Mac. I switched in September 2004.

Regards

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger ortuno2k said...

Wow, what nastard sais about the Mac's thing is true, but I didn't notice it.
Good job at building a great blog about Mac computers with lots of useful information.

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous webslappy said...

I've contemplated making a switch to a Mac for awhile and was really intrigued when the mini came out but after looking under the hood...I'm still waiting. I understand Apple wanted a small form factor but I just don't get only putting 1 memory slot and using a 42000rpm laptop hard-drive. Apple could add an additional memory slot and a regular hard-drive and the box would still be tiny compared to a comparable pc.

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Weinan said...

But a desktop hard drive will generate more heat and require a bigger/noiser fan too.

 

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