I’ve always been an opponent of Mac. Mostly because of the fanaticism behind the brand. I still cannot get my head around paying an inflated price on identical hardware just because of a brand. Not to mention, the inability or limitations to upgrading that hardware. Below I will show how a 15″ 2.2GHz MacBook Pro compares against an almost identical hardware PC.
|Model||15″ 2.2 GHz MacBook Pro||SAMSUNG Series 7 NP700Z5A-S0AUS|
|Operating System||OS X Lion||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit|
|Processor||2.2GHz Intel Core i7||Intel Core i7-2675QM 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB||AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1TB|
|Hard Drive||500GB 5400-rpm||1TB|
|Optical Drive||8x slot-loading SuperDrive||DVD +/-RW Super Multi Dual Layer (S-ATA)|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g, 10/100/1000BASE-T||Gigabit LAN and WLAN|
|USB||Two USB 2.0 ports||2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0|
|Dimensions||14.35″ x 9.82″ x 0.95″||14.2″ x 9.3″ x 0.94″|
|Weight||5.6 lbs||5.04 lbs|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours||Up to 7.8 hours|
This was the closest core hardware PC I could find to compare against. Even with this, the Samsung has twice the graphics memory, system memory and hard drive space. Some personal preference features which I enjoy having are the USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. In order to get an HDMI port with Apple, you must buy a proprietary Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter. MacBook has an aluminum body, but this is an aesthetic detail. It seems that this aesthetic appeal is why people would pay an additional $650.
You may claim that MacBook pro has a more robust operating system. However, this is untrue. I do give Apple credit for providing excellent customer and technical support, however, if you are planning on spending this amount of money on a piece of hardware, I would assume that your technical knowledge would drive you towards a PC platform.
* Price as of 2012/04/29