Often Macs have a higher initial purchase price, though this has become less of an issue over the last several years, especially on the high end. In fact many times these days Mac portables and PowerMacs actually have a lower cost than equivalent PCs. (Equivalent being the key word here. A PowerMac G5 can not be compared to a bargain consumer PC)
However, all the studies I've seen (and no, they weren't all paid for by Apple) show that Macs are significantly less expensive when you look at the total cost of ownership over the life of the computer, and that ultimately Macs give you a higher return on investment.
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California Science Center
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What about costs? In Australia any peripheral or accessory seems to cost
more for a mac as well as initial outlay and upgrade costs?
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> >Yes, I would like to work on location in a studio of
> >some sort. so that are all mac?
> >But, as jeremy said, I dont want to buy photoshop for
> >both the systems though and I never got to grips with
> >the mac. Macs seem to be good for graphical
> >software, but its my perception that the PC is a
> >better all round computer.
> > Looks like its leaning towards me keeping the mac
> >now (which is dissapointing, I was looking forward to
> >going on a spending spree in PC world!)
> PC can be bad or good. Macs can be bad or good. It all depends on
> what you want to do, who you will use for tech support (if anyone).
> You will find 3 programs that will do a job badly for every one you
> will find on a mac. IE there are a lot of programs available for the
> PC that have nothing to do with the Graphics industry. You will find
> most mainstream software available on both platforms. You will find
> more viruses on a PC. You will find more specialized scientific
> software on a Unix or Lunix box. A Mac will run this as well. If all
> depends on what you are comfortable with. These days you will find
> many shops using both. The Mac is doing very well in certain market
> segments, but you can always find someone using a PC anywhere.
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