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Apple charges premium for MacBook Pro

updated 08:50 pm EST, Mon February 13, 2006

Apple charges premium

Apple's MacBook Pro is nearly $1000 more than a similar Dell notebook (after using a coupon) or just over $400 without coupons, according to a blog entry at ZDNet. While the debate rages, the Dell Core Duo notebook offers a larger 17-inch screen, faster graphics, and a faster optical drive. "pple lovers will always feel that the extra money is well spent and they will always believe they have the superior product. PC shoppers with more realistic budgets will always prefer the cheaper product (with mostly superior specifications) that can run all of their existing software. The difference is that the latter will always outnumber the former by more than 10 to 1. Apple has always managed to charge a premium for their hardware because of superior branding and a diehard fan base, but they will always be priced out of the main stream. A lot has changed in the last year with Apple Macintoshes running on an Intel Pentium M platform (which I predicted), but the more things change the more they stay the same."

by MacNN Staff





  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I give, the Dell is better, but it runs windows, so.............

    I just never get it, slam Apple for the hardware, slam Apple for the OS, but there is a h*** of a lot to be said for a company that makes a complete package. I have never, never use a PC (to this day), that doesn't have OS/hardware issues, conflicts, whatever, there is always something. My mac just works and works well. Mac bashers will always deny this, but I have to use PC's, yep, that is a reality of the corporate world, but my mac is a part of me 'cuz I can do what I want to do without some lame message or obscure issue. The Apple machine, with the OS is a better machine, and worth more than a Windows machine with faster hardware, who has time for all that?

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here we go...

    Get used to this... you'll be hearing it again and again for years and years. Now that both machines run on the same processor, many will say they're the same hardware, which simply isn't true. But the processor will invite comparisons that were more difficult to do before Intel.

  1. macpkaso

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Shame on you MacNN for just copy/pasting from a kid's blog who didn't even do proper research!

    Please read a follow up response from a real reporter @

    BTW: I'm a reader at both sites.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Forgot to include

    the OS in the comparison chart. Apple has Mac OS X. The Dell has Windows. THAT makes all the difference in the world. I could go into the unique features included in the price for the Mac, but that's all I need to say, really... Apple has Mac OS X; Dell has Windows XP.

    Does the author stop to think why Dell needs to offer $650 rebates just to unload their hardware (and why Apple will sell all MacBooks it can make at the "regular" price)? It's not that Apple "has always managed to charge a premium for their hardware," it more like Dell being forced to offer steep discounts.

  1. ddukes

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dell's prices are low...

    Because of all the advertising space they sell on the desktop.

    My relative bought 3 NEW Dells for under $1500 and he lamented at the fact that each one has a dozen icons (yes a dozen) on his desktop that advertises some trial period software. Even the virus protection on his machine only lasts 30 days until he's "not protected".

    What a bunch of crock. I spent a total of an hour and a half removing all that c*** from 3 machines since he just doesn't have that kind of time or knowhow.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The MacWorld article referenced above pretty much refutes this so called comparison from this kid's blog. When you accurately compare them they end up being about the same price. As for including coupon/rebate savings into the equation, you can get $150 off at Amazon on the MacBook Pros too, something that the blog comparison fails to mention of course.

  1. thetman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cheap because

    the reason dell is so cheap because like ddukes said each one of those trials is paid for by that company so dell gets kick backs for including that software.

  1. AppleCello

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Please, dont bother to mention the cheap plastic case, massive thickness, and overall cheap build quality of the dell.

  1. ibnabouna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not only that...

    ... but Apple cannot seem to ship the Macbook Pro at a reasonable time. There is a frenzy of users over at the Apple discussion forums wondering when their new Macbooks will arrive.

    Nonetheless, I would rather pay the premium and put up with this over using Microsoft Windows and Dell PCs on an everyday basis.

  1. danrnw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacNN as Journalists?

    The headline to this article has no question mark. So we are to assume MacNN is saying FOR CERTAIN, the Mac laptop costs more.

    This site is becoming less and less useful for realistic information. It's all about hype for hype itself. Guess what MacNN, there are other places we can get our Mac news.


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