It is well known that Apple computers cost way more than regular PCs and laptops. The question is, is it worth the price? The Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch laptop is currently its most popular model. It cost 2 – 3 times more than other notebooks with similar specs. Here is a quick look at whether this notebook warrants its hefty price tag, or whether it is all fluff and hype.
Lets start by examining its specification. It runs on a 2GHz Intel core 2 duo processor. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. Currently, this model cost a little over $1200. Lets compare this model to one of the most popular netbook models, the Asus Eee 1000HE. The Asus netbook runs on a 1.66Ghz processor, 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2GB) and a 160GB hard drive (with an extra 10GB of online storage). As you can see, the Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch laptop is just a wee bit more powerful than the Asus Eee. The Asus 1000HE currently cost a little below $400. Is it worthwhile paying three time the price for the Apple model?
Another popular 13″ laptop model in the market currently is the Toshiba Satellite A405-S2915. This laptop runs on a 2 GHz Intel processor, has 4GB of RAM (upgradeable to 8GB) and a 320GB hard-drive. This more powerful laptop costs just a little over $800, which is much cheaper than the MacBook.
So as we can see, the hefty price tag of the Apple MacBook MB466LL/A 13.3-Inch laptop is not reflected in its specifications. Is there anything else that warrants the hefty premium? Apple computers do have their own distinctions. For starters, they run on the Leopard operating system, which many claims (purportedly) to be user-friendlier than Window’s operating systems. Then there is of course the fancy mouse pad with multi touch recognition. Many say that Apple’s sleek design is simply irresistible. The MacBook’s display is a back-lit LED screen, which is quite rare among regular laptops.
There is virtually nothing that can be done on a MacBook that can’t be done on a regular laptop. In fact, there are way much more software out there that are specifically written for Window’s operating system compared to Mac softwares.
To sum up, the extra $400 that you will be paying for the MacBook would be mainly for the laptop’s design, fancy mouse pad and Apple’s operating system. In short, the novelty factor. If these aren’t good enough reasons for you to fork out the extra $400, there is really very little reason for you buy the MacBook.