To begin I have to thank all who read and commented on my questions about buying an apple or another PC. I need to fill you in. We have five PC’s in this family, four in this house and one at our condo. My primary workhorse is a Dell M90 laptop. The hard drive is small, the processor is slow by today’s standards, and when upgraded to Windows 7 some of my older software doesn’t work. I also had to chase down some drivers for some of the attached hardware. I do use it away from home and the battery time is on the short side. (I do carry an extra battery) So time to shop!
Lots of changes in the past 4 plus years! If I list out the features and specs of my M90 and shop for a near equivalent machine within both the apple and PC models now available, the results are most interesting. First, for those who believe there is a phenomenal difference in price between a full featured pc and an iMac pro that is a myth. Including a service plan, 2yrs Dell and 3 years Apple, the cost difference is under $100.00. The tempting low PC prices seem to barely include an on/off switch. Once you select a PC you find that you have to buy the software to fit your needs. Some can be moved from your old machine, some might need some sort of upgrade and some needs to be replaced. 5 years is a long time in the world of PC software.
So, I compared the apple imac pro to the M90. The screen size is a bit smaller, the machine is fast and it comes loaded with software. Admittedly some software I will never use. If I can break my addiction to Microsoft Office, I will only add about $110 worth of software to an apple. The battery technology is technically awesome. Apple has to change the battery when it dies but that is expected beyond 5 years out. Operating time on a full charge is 8 to 9 hours. My PC is good for 2 hours and I have now replaced the battery twice in 5 years.
Currently you end up with a free HP printer in the package.
Yes sitting down at the Apple Store is a pre requisite to a decision. I spent an hour in there on Friday working some of the searches I do, connecting to remote sites and systems I have to support and checking out general configurations of the imac that would support my needs. You bet! The functionality is indeed different but having lived through all the Microsoft iterations from 3.1 to Windows 7, I think I can work it out. (I started out with a Radio Shack Model III and it took me a week to figure out the word processor. I ended up more than paying for that machine selling what I wrote)
Being very conservative, I haven’t made a decision yet. I’ll go back and talk some more, exercise the floor models again and then . . .! I do see that if you are a so called power user, there is little difference in price. If you are afraid of changing your habits, stay with what works. If you have time and inclination to learn, the decision gets a little harder.
My apologies for not posting this sooner, we had to deal with my lovely manager (wife) breaking an arm and surviving some rotten weather. Look forward to Chapter 3 shortly.
-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"