I had mentioned to my wife a while back that I hadn’t been shopping for a new computer since I got my Mac. I was right. I blew up my MacBook several months ago and I haven’t stopped searching for a new PC since. I have been through a used notebook and am currently using two desktops, but I still want a new computer.
I just priced out HP’s Envy series notebook with 6GB RAM, Core i7, 500GB HDD, and 3-year accidental coverage. Plus a few other things (like a wireless mouse): $2588.76. For a laptop. I might as well buy a MacBook Pro if I’m going to drop that much cash.
So I popped open a new tab and had a 15″ MacBook Pro configured in 60 seconds, with as close to the same hardware specs as the HP: 4GB RAM, HD-capable screen, 500GB drive, 3-year AppleCare plan. No Apple Remote (they’re not included these days): $2648.00. For a laptop.
They’re both built much the same (single-piece metal base), but now I can’t decide. I don’t have the money anyway, but it would be a hard decision with that much money. For what I do, I would probably be better off with the PC, but I know the MacBook would still be around in five years.
Given that, I already have a 20″ iMac, so if I really need the Mac, I have one. I don’t already have a mobile workstation, so the PC would probably win. I know, I know… I can Boot Camp the Mac or virtualize Windows if I need it in the field, but why? If I’m going to need Windows in the field, why don’t I just take Windows to the field?
I will say that Apple is not overpriced – they just don’t sell cheap crap like Acer and eMachines. Apple just doesn’t appeal to the masses, and they know their niche and fill that role very well. I just found it interesting to see that an HP premium notebook and the MacBook Pro match up pretty well. So for everyone that says “Macs are for rich, spoiled kids,” think about it when you walk out of Best Buy with that flimsy plastic shit you paid $499 for.