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    Default What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    I've never used a mac before, but I was wondering if there are any differences between a mac and a PC hardware-wise. The price difference says a lot.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    Short version: The chassis.

    Long version: With Macs, you're paying more for the right to use Mac OS X than the hardware itself.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peon View Post
    The chassis.
    The Logo on the cover.
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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    If so, if Apple wanted to compete with the PC market, then why are the prices so high if hardware difference is negligible? I could simply build a PC, install OS X, and call it a mac.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    One has more dollar signs on the price tag.
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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    Don't buy an Apple is the conclusion you and I are getting at here, it seems.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    The hardware is the same. Mac hardware is much more selective. The hardware used by Apple is a subset of the PC hardware made by Intel and other Apple partners. You can find all the Apple hardware used in PCs by other manufactures.

    You could say that the combination is unique and selective for compatibility with OSX and also compatibility between components. There is also selection for quality. This is not unique to Apple but comparable to what HP, Dell and others use in their business or higher end consumer lines.

    The LCD, keyboard and chassis also has a pretty good reputation. The Track pad is unique. Don't think it has been copied by any PC maker. The Megasafe power adapter is also unique and a better design then any PC notebook. Also Apple care is a great service.

    Once you compare the price of the Macbook Pro's to the business lines of the big PC notebook makers the difference in price becomes much less.

    If you look at the notebook just from CPU, GPU, harddisk and ram then a mac is no different. If you want a notebook which is solid and has extras such as the megasafe power adapter and good service by the manufacture the macbooks are worth looking at.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    I think you mean MAGsafe--but yeah, I have to admit, after repairing a number of power jacks on laptops, I wish every laptop maker would steal the idea. However, it should be noted that while the idea is great, the implementation is shoddy. At least the early adapters used very cheap wiring causing the wires to actually melt where the cord meets the end.
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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    Quote Originally Posted by brncao View Post
    I've never used a mac before, but I was wondering if there are any differences between a mac and a PC hardware-wise. The price difference says a lot.
    Actual hardware - pretty much the same as any normal upper mid range "PC".

    And on a side note - you can't say better built as more Macs failed on the 8400M GS than Vaios (quicker than Vaios...)
    This is then counterbalanced by Dells... who also has excessive failure rates...

    (Design flaw in the graphics card - didn't take thermal cycles too well)

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Mac and PC (Hardware)

    Quote Originally Posted by wave View Post
    The LCD, keyboard and chassis also has a pretty good reputation. The Track pad is unique. Don't think it has been copied by any PC maker.
    A lot of laptops, even some cheap netbooks such as acer aspire one has the same touchpad that supports multitouch and every feature on the macbook touchpad, so the synaptics trackpad isn't unique, only the size of the trackpad is unique.

 

 
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