This is the third post in my series "I Went Mac, But Then I Went Back." If you want to catch up on the previous posts, click the links below:

In this post I want to show a price comparison on computers. The table below shows the specs and price of my new computer, as well as the specs and price of a comparable Mac laptop. There are a few features on my new laptop that you cannot get on a Mac and vice-versa. 
HP Mac
Operating System Windows 8 OSX Mavericks

Processor

4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ
(2.4GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) (Quad-core)

2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
(upgraded $85.00)

NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

Display (Screen)

17.3-inch diagonal Full HD LED-backlit Display (comparative to
Apple’s Retina Display) (1920 x 1080)
(upgraded $100.00)

15-inch is the largest MacBook Pro you can buy (with Retina Display)

Memory (RAM)

16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
(upgraded $125.00)

16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM

Hard Drive

1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
(standard)

1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage

CD/DVD Drive

Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
(upgraded to include Blu-ray $75.00)

Apple USB SuperDrive
(additional $79.00)
(Apple’s new laptops do not come with a CD/DVD drive. You have to
purchase a separate device – does not read/write Blu-ray discs)

Backlit Keyboard

Yes
(upgraded to include $30.00)
My HP also has a 10-key on the keyboard. MacBook Pros do not have
10-key

Yes
(included)

Fingerprint Scanner

Yes
(included)

No
(Macs do not give the option of fingerprint scanners)

Webcam and Microphone

Yes
(included)

Yes
(included)

Speakers

Beats Audio speakers

Apple do not specify the kind of speakers they use in their computers

Wifi/Bluetooth®

I added Bluetooth® ($30.00)

Yes
(included)

USB Ports

4

2

SD Card Slot

Yes

Yes

HDMI Port

Yes

Yes

Warranty

2 years
(included)

AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro
(additional $349.00)

Price (with shipping)

$1,373.01

$3,527.00
Difference in Price $2,153.99
The difference in price is over $2,000!!! Wow! I could not believe that price difference. Why are Mac computers so much more expensive than Windows? I have a few ideas which I think are pretty accurate.
  • I think the biggest reason Macs are so much more expensive is because you are buying the logo. You are buying the Apple logo on the back of the computer/iPhone/iPad, etc. Apple knows that their products are popular. They know that people will but them, so they raise the prices - a lot!
  • When you buy a Mac computer, you are buying a Mac. What I mean by this is that there isn't a bunch of other 3rd-party software pre-installed on a Mac. This 3rd-party software is known as "bloatware." When you buy a Windows computer you will notice that there is always a bunch of other software installed right out of the box. For instance, when I bought my computer there were probably 20 different software programs ranging from games, photo software and other trial software. One reason why Windows computer are cheaper is because they come with bloatware. These 3rd-party software companies pay computer manufacturers to have their software pre-installed on each of their computers. It may not be an extreme cost per computer, but when you figure 20 or more programs installed on your computer, the price did come down a bit. Although this software is annoying to have on your Windows computer, they can all be uninstalled if you really don't want it. I think I spent maybe 20 minutes uninstalling all of the bloatware on my computer. Is 20 minutes uninstalling software worth the price difference to you?
  • I mentioned this a little bit in a previous post, but the hardware may be more expensive in a Mac than a Windows computer. Mac laptops are built with an aluminum body, whereas my computer may look aluminum, I can tell that it is just a hard plastic that has been painted to look like aluminum.


Anyway, those are some of my opinions as to why a Mac computer, or any Apple product, is more expensive than a Windows computer. In my opinion, the $2,000 cost difference is a major deal breaker for me getting a Mac. I feel like I have gained a lot more with my new laptop than I would had I bought a Mac, and for a LOT cheaper!