On Tue, 1 May 2007 19:41:49 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
You mean there's a reason other than "because we can" Apple tax? :-)
The more I see of this game, the more I see the same sort of things
happening across contexts, rather than being problems unique to one
platform or another. Right now, there's more in common between MacOS,
*NIX and Windows than there was between late-'80s OSs like (say)
Windows, PICK or *NIX - and same goes for the hardware.
For example, I came across an old article about ?defective Apple G3
motherboards, which were nearing the end of thier 1-year warranty, and
Apple wasn't doing anything special for the increased failures. The
cause? The same old "bad capacitor" problems we saw around that time
with PCs. At that time I switched from generic Intel chipset
motherboards to Intel motherboards, which were better on this, but
those of that vintage are beginning to fail the same way, and they too
are near the end of thier (3-year) warranties.
As to quality, "you get what you pay for" is a best-case guess. You
get what you specify; if you don't specify, you can pay a brand-name
premium and get junk. Folks buying on brand name (like Dell, etc.)
and avoiding "home" models in favor of "business" ones in a quest for
better quality, are just stumbling around in the dark.
Where there's a big brand, there's invariably some sort of gouging
going on. The best way to avoid "modelism" and brand lock-in is to go
generic, with specified parts. Here, that isn't costlier than the
branded PCs, especially as with the brands, you may have to go for a
premium "model" to get the core parts you want.
I always start with a good motherboard chipset and a good, large hard
drive. The rest flows there; next, I'll care about motherboard brand
perhaps, and case airflow, and RAM warranties (the CPU and mobo are
3-year, the HDs I use are 5-year; I like 5-year RAM) etc. with the
processor being almost the least important spec.
On motherboard brands: You can't make a stellar motherboard out of a
duff chipset, and even the "mighty" Asus makes motherboards based on
duff chipsets, leveraging the brand name for the margin. So pick your
chipset first, and then the brand of board it's in.