Apple are often accused of being more expensive and that Dell are much cheaper.
The reality is that Dell offers a wider range that includes real low-end products that are often constrained or using older technology. Apple, quite rightly in my opinion, doesn’t compete there.
Okay Apple have some other gaps in their line-up most notably the typical home power-user who doesn’t want a twin processor Mac Pro, needs more configuration options than the Mac Mini and already owns a display so doesn’t want an iMac. A box half the size of the Pro with a single dual/quad core CPU and no supplied peripherals would be perfect.
That aside I was checking out the prices for their new twin 3GHz quad Xeon boxes after some individuals balked at the price. They obviously haven’t seen similar specifications from Dell…
|Apple Mac Pro||Dell Precision 690|
|Processor||2xQuad Core Xeon 3GHz||2xQuad Core Xeon 2.66GHz|
|Memory||4x1GB DDR 667||4x1GB DDR 667|
|Storage||500GB 7200RPM SATA||500GB 7200RPM SATA|
|Optical||16x DVD-RW||16x DVD-RW|
|Input||Wired keyboard/mouse||Wired keyboard/mouse|
|OS||Mac OS X 10.4||Vista Ultimate 64-bit|
|Graphics||Nvidia Quadro FX4500 512MB||Nvidia Quadro FX4500 512MB|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce 7300GT 256MB||Nvidia Quadro FX550 128MB|
In this scenario the Dell is over 60% more expensive and comes with slower CPU’s.
So much for the “Apple Premium Tax”.