Consumer Reports has beaten the hornets’ nest, releasing its own opinions on the Mac vs. PC debate in its latest consumer computer survey. In the survey, the research firm overwhelming gave Macs better scores than PCs. However, it also noted that the Macs cost three to four times the price of a PC. The results, interestingly, play into both companies' current advertising campaigns.
The publication purchased most of its computers at Best Buy. Its top picks were all Apples -- with MacBooks holding the top spot in the lightweight, 14-inch, 16-inch, and 17-inch categories. In the lightweight category, the MacBook Air took top honors, scoring 60/100, with HP's dv3-1075us in second with 55/100. The HP system, though, was priced at $850 USD, while the MacBook Air retailed at $2,300 USD.
The 17" MacBook Pro also sat atop its category with a mark of 80/100. Next up was the Dell Studio S17-162B, which received 64/100. The Dell laptop cost $750, while the MacBook Pro retailed for $2,800. In the 14- to 15-inch category, the MacBook Pro again took top honors with 75/100. The runner ups were the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4910 and the Asus X83Vm-x2, which received 64/100. The 14" MacBook Pro cost $2,000 USD, while the Windows PCs in the category ranged from $450 to $850 USD.
Overall, Consumer Reports say that Macs are superior to PCs in quality, customer support, and innovation, but the publication complains that they are overpriced.
The study certainly was a bit questionable in that it failed to compare pricier, high performance Windows systems like Gateway's gaming laptops (available at some Best Buy locations), Toshiba's X305, Alienware, or Voodoo laptops. In its defense, though, most of the systems are not available at large brick-and-mortar retailers.
However, the quality advantage held by Macs based on factors like battery life and form-factor may not be enough for Apple to outcompete Windows-box OEMs. Mac sales, during the recession economy have fallen, while PC sales have held steady thanks to low-priced offerings like netbooks which continue to post growth.
quote: In other news, water is wet, the sun rises in the morning, and diamonds are forever. Details at @ 11.
quote: Apple computers cost more to make, using higher quality manufacturing processes, materials, and quality control. It's not a shock to recommend them for reliability,
quote: I also do a ton of gaming (my main use of a computer at home these days) --- which makes the Apple argument null and void right there.....Apple machines can't play my full game library --- and yes EVEN WITH the Windows emulation they feature.
quote: Maybe because even under bootcamp, you're still stuck with inferior hardware specs (eg try and get the latest graphics card working on the apple).
quote: Remember we are talking laptops....
quote: I have a hard time believing that you need more power than that.
quote: And if you do, well, you shouldn't be looking at a laptop then, because you will not even be able to watch a 2 hour movie on that laptop due to your battery dying.
quote: That all said -- its too silly that we argue over who likes what machine...its a friggin made man object -- its a tool...use what you like and shut up about it already.Macs are good for some needs, PCs still serve other niches better....what's the big deal? Who cares what you favor?
quote: Who cares what you favor?
quote: So... You're looking at $2800 + $60/yr for antivirus +$200 for OS upgrades... Don't know what Apple does about productivity software, but I doubt it's all included on all Macs.
quote: Pirks, who intentionally provokes ire at Mac-users in general
quote: Mind you, the price of the Windows machine does not include the $60/year required to keep up with the pre-installed anti-virus package, nor the up to $800 to continue using the pre-installed "trial version" of Microsoft Office 2007 after the 60-day trial period, nor the cost of upgrading it to Windows 7 so that Microsoft support will continue (expected to run between $200 and $400), nor the cost of a spare battery so that you can run the Windows laptop for the same length of time as the Apple laptop (usually about $160)...
quote: Also, I don't think Snow Leopard will support the PowerPC Mac users, so how about their continued support?
quote: If it was the typical Best Buy customer, who has the computer literacy of a 5th grader, then I'd say the survey was skewed.
quote: they refuse to use a PC due to lack of Logic
quote: But maybe you're right, they should switch to a PC cos it's cheaper... forget the fact they'll go broke because they can no longer use Logic + all the plugins they use to make music. The money saved on a PC would clearly be worth it.
quote: By DEredita on 5/6/2009 12:31:47 PM , Rating: 3 A $2700 Windows laptop would've had a quad core, 8GB of ram, high end mobile video with 1GB dedicate video ram, and at least a 500GB hard drive.
quote: Additional 9-Cell Battery 1" thick, ~6.4lbs
quote: apple owns EA
quote: I am a sound engineer and I am a mac. :P
quote: You are an idiot
quote: A $2700 laptop will blow a $2700 Mac out of the water, and eat it for appetizer.
quote: And have a resale value after just one year of about $900. The Mac's resale value will still be well above $2000.
quote: The publication purchased most of its computers at Best Buy.
quote: Overall, Consumer Reports say that Macs are superior to PCs in quality, customer support, and innovation, but the publication complains that they are overpriced.
quote: But nobody flails their arms around like a lunatic every time they hear about someone running an i7 rig with triple SLI with $400 graphics cards and four-way RAID on 256gig SSDs and 16 gigs of RAM overclocked on nitrogen cooling and a keyboard that has a button that dispenses piping hot ramen when you press it and the rig comes with a complementary clown that pops into your room and makes you a balloon animal whenever you gain a level in WoW.
quote: (aside from the glossy surfaces)