> c) Apple Macs don't cost 3x an equivalent Dell, HP or Lenovo > laptop. An Apple Mac might cost 3x the *cheapest* Dell, HP or > Lenevo laptop, but that isn't an Apples-to-Apples comparison. Very true. A computer magazine actually did a comparison where they looked at Macs and _comparably_ equipped Windows machines, and -- surprise surprise -- the Macs were on par, and in some cases cheaper. I've also seen reviews (from pc-oriented sources) suggesting that Macs make excellent Windows machines, because the hardware is good, the drivers are solid, and you don't have to screw around with a bunch of crapware that the other companies put on Windows machines. As Wired says: "Now, before you launch into the Apple Fanboy comments, remember that this is not Microsoft vs Windows. This is Windows vs Windows, with Apple managing to bring its trademark 'it just works' philosophy to the Other Side." Regarding the Mac OS itself, you can generally run a Mac for _years_ longer than a Windows machine. My main machine at home is a G4 that originally came with OS 9, and it happily runs OS 10.4. That's like a machine that originally came with Windows ME running Vista. Linkage: <http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do? command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=macintosh_os&articleId=9023959&tax onomyId=123> or <http://tinyurl.com/33ax55> <http://www.macworld.com/2006/08/features/macproprice/index.php> <http://www.networkcomputing.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=194400555> <http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/09/the-ultimate-wi.html> <http://mailbox.allthingsd.com/20070823/running-windows-vista-on-a-mac/> On Nov 29, 2007, at 7:11 PM, Ken Schaefer wrote: > -----Original Message----- > From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist- > bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of TJ > Sent: Friday, 30 November 2007 12:19 AM > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] OT: Need a new laptop for development... > > As far as Mac go, they look pretty - thats about it for me. I would > never pay those prices when I can get 3 equivalent Windows (Dell, HP, > Acer, etc) machines for the same price as one Apple. Its a financial > no-brainer.