• Your favorite

    Apple

    ,

    iPhone

    ,

    iPad

    ,

    iOS

    ,
    Jailbreak
    , and
    Cydia
    site.
  • Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings


    Microsoft’s Canadian website is now advertising the merits of Windows PC’s over that of Apple computers by comparing various models and configurations. This kind of advertising is nothing new of course, however, the PC’s that Microsoft has chosen to compare are hardly evenly match machines. Mac’s have always fetched a higher price than rivals, but it’s all about what you get for your money that really counts.

    Microsoft argues that with the money you save by buying a PC instead of a Mac, you’ll be able to use that savings to go on a Hawaiian vacation instead. The tag line, “Surf the web or surf Hawaii,” is Microsoft’s attempt to entice customers to chose a PC over a higher priced Mac.

    If your only concern is price then the choice is obvious, go with the PC and you’ll save some hard-earned cash in the process. However, Apple doesn’t have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry for nothing. Microsoft is well aware of this fact and would rather that people focus on the price instead of the specs.

    Over the last few years, Apple has steadily chipped away at Microsoft’s dominance and their latest ad campaign clearly indicates that they consider Apple to be a serious threat. Microsoft’s market share may still be close to 90%, but Apple maintains a considerable lead when with it comes to portable devices like the iPhone and iPad. Does Microsoft really have anything to worry about? Probably not, but where would they get their best ideas from if it weren’t for Apple?

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 272 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      That's kind of harsh don't you think SB? I'm almost 30, I use my MBP for work/play and I love shooting aliens in the face. How does you stopping playing games at 16 have any meaningful impact of the cost of PC's, what they are good for and how they are used? The answer is, nothing. Just because you don't play games and components/full pcs are relatively cheap doesn't mean it's a tick in the box against PC's in general. If you don't use your personal computer for games AND play doesn't mean others that do don't have a system that holds the same value or is as good.

      Everything else aside, that advertisement is brilliant. What a good tongue in cheek bit of humor the person who thought of that has! I hope that person continues in the ad business because that's a great ad.
      Harsh? Naw.

      I am just drawing the correlation between an importance of gaming in a computer system to an individual, with immaturity and the companioning meager bank account balance. The ad is great but assure you that most people buying a $400 PC are doing it because thats about every penny they have and certainly are not going on trips to Hawaii (maybe Taco Bell).

      Seriously though, If you are proud and happy to open up that Acer laptop and rock windows, more power to you.
    1. wakka102's Avatar
      wakka102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      Well, first of all you just compared a DESKTOP to a LAPTOP. That's assinine. Compare your tower to a MacPro. Your PC won't be smoking anything but it's own processors trying to keep up, in vain. There's a reason high end visuals are done nearly exclusively on on a Mac. TV, music, Hollywood, ect. Well, the answer is simple. PC can't.
      Not sure where you get that from, Mac's and PC's can both run the exact same hardware, the only difference is you are paying more for the same hardware on the mac. Maybe some people prefer to use Final Cut, but that's really the only advantage your going to get.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by wakka102 View Post
      Not sure where you get that from, Mac's and PC's can both run the exact same hardware, the only difference is you are paying more for the same hardware on the mac. Maybe some people prefer to use Final Cut, but that's really the only advantage your going to get.
      You're right. Laptops and desktops are the same and Macs and PCs run the same hardware. 99% of the entertainment industry uses Mac because they look cool. It has nothing to do with octocore processors or 32Gbs of RAM. Psh, Sony VIAOs have eleventycore processors and infinity RAM. And Avatar was made on a Dell netbook. Dell netbooks have the same stuff one of those rip-off MBPs have.

      You have no idea WTF you're talking about. I obviously lost you when I told you comparing a desktop to a laptop was dumb. And it is. Very dumb.

      EDIT; comparing a NEW desktop to a 2+ year old laptop none the less! Do you also tell people you know nearly nothing about computers when they ask about your Mac? You should.

      Lemme break it down, because I really don't think you get this. Laptops are built for portability. Desktops are built for performance. BIG desktop, littly tiny laptop. You cannot fit the same hardware in a laptop, because it's small and built for.......PORTABILITY. It usually takes 2-3 years before tech advances enough to be fit into a laptop case. That is why an iPhone doesn't have a quad core processor. (YET!) It's also why laptops don't have 2Tbs internal storage. (YET!) Get it yet? You were going backwards comparing a 2 year old laptop to a new desktop. Especially a $2000 PC. You can get a quad core PC for $1000, so I'm interested to know the specs of your desktop. A more fair comparison would be a 2 year old desktop vs a new laptop.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Harsh? Naw.

      I am just drawing the correlation between an importance of gaming in a computer system to an individual, with immaturity and the companioning meager bank account balance. The ad is great but assure you that most people buying a $400 PC are doing it because thats about every penny they have and certainly are not going on trips to Hawaii (maybe Taco Bell).

      Seriously though, If you are proud and happy to open up that Acer laptop and rock windows, more power to you.
      So those that look at gaming performance in a computer are immature and have no money? That's pretty harsh in my book. Prejudice even. I had an HP laptop that was well worth the money I paid for it, it couldn't play games though. My next computer was a $3000 MacBook Pro and one requirement I had was that I be able to game on it. Seems like you've got some prejudice against those that choose to pursue hobbies and entertainment that's different from your tastes. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro now and I damn sure wouldn't have it if it wouldn't play games well enough to satisfy me. I also have a $400 HP Home Server because it was so cheap and fit my needs. I understand you're 'successful' in whatever endeavors you're in, but because you don't game and have disposable income doesn't mean that those who don't have alot of money to spend on a MacBook or don't think the performance is good enough for the cash outlay compared to competitors means that they're poor or immature. It means their priorities are different from yours. I respect your opinions but it smacks of prejudice to me. I think gaming performance is very important and I'm not poor or immature.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      I agree somewhat. I had to browbeat my Mom into buying an iMac because it was so 'expensive' compared to a similar spec PC. She is not hurting for money by any stretch of the imagination, she's very well off because of hard work and spending her money wisely. After a year she's very happy with it, but still says it would have been much cheaper to purchase an equivalent PC.

      I had the cash to buy any PC on the market, sans boutique gaming PCs, and one of my requirements was that the MBP had to have half decent video card because I would be gaming on it. Maybe not everyone does that, but at the $3003 out the door price it better damn well do everything my old PC could do and more. Thankfully Apple replaced my 2009 MBP with a 2011 MBP after many, many issues and I was happy to see Apple have a card that wasn't woefully underpowered comparatively. I use mine for work and play and bank accounts don't have anything to do with it, it's personal preference. Maybe I took your comment the wrong way but it seemed like you were insinuating that only immature people without alot of cash buy PCs. That couldn't be farther from the truth in my experience. I saved for a very long time to buy my MBP and only pulled the trigger when I found out it was an okay gaming rig.
      A gaming rig? A laptop no don't think so. People need to realize laptops aren't made to be gamers.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      A gaming rig? A laptop no don't think so. People need to realize laptops aren't made to be gamers.
      Do you play games on a MacBook Pro? Because I do on mine and it works just fine thank you. I get plenty of performance in every single one of the 15 games I have installed on mine and have nary a complaint about how fast it is.

      All these are played at 1900x1200 and all graphics turned up to max save SC2 which is on high everything but still native 1900x1200

      Left 4 Dead 2= avg 40+ fps in big swarms

      Half Life 2/E1/E2= 80+ fps

      Portal 2= 40+ fps in big open areas, over 70 fps in the test chambers, and rock solid 30 fps when recording full res and sound with Fraps

      Fallout New Vegas= 45-50 fps everywhere

      Fallout 3=50+ everywhere

      StarCraft 2= 30+ in big battles, 50+ in small battles

      Half Life (original)=200+ fps at all times (bad example because it's so old, but still)

      Please tell me how that's 'not a gaming rig'? I'd like to know how my MacBook Pro isn't made for gaming, because in my experience it does the job very very well. If I turned off AA and turned the textures down a bit in all of those games I'd get another 20% improvement in fps. AA isn't really needed for me at that res and textures can be dialed back if need be but even without turning anything down it's a screamer. Especially for a laptop that's an inch thick and weighs less than a sack of concrete. It's a laptop 'gaming rig' if I've ever held one, that's for sure.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      No sorry I don't. I've got a ps3 for gaming. I use my mbp as a computer, I'm not saying you cant game on it. I was just stating that laptops aren't made for gaming, which is a fact.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      No sorry I don't. I've got a ps3 for gaming. I use my mbp as a computer, I'm not saying you cant game on it. I was just stating that laptops aren't made for gaming, which is a fact.
      Actually you're wrong. There are plenty of laptops made for gaming and if it's a 'fact' they aren't made for gaming then you need to go talk to Apple. Last time I checked they were boasting about it's gaming performance on their website. How's that PS3 doing in playing online games...OH WAIT. While you poo poo about laptops not being gaming rigs your PS3 is completely unable to play online and won't be able to for the rest of the month. Seems my gaming rig is more capable than yours at gaming right now. Oh and by the way, I can drive my display on my MBP AND my 46" tv while playing with minimal frame rate hit. Do it all the time when friends are over. Your PS3 can't do that.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Wow. My ps3 still works why wouldn't it? Psn is down yes but that doesn't effect my game rigs gaming ability. I still stand by laptops not made for gaming. Just because they can and do doesn't make them gaming rigs. I'd rather have a tower with sli'd/crossfire'd video cards, a ton of ram, and of course windows, than game on my mbp. That's just me tho too.
    1. dustin4vn's Avatar
      dustin4vn -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      No sorry I don't. I've got a ps3 for gaming. I use my mbp as a computer, I'm not saying you cant game on it. I was just stating that laptops aren't made for gaming, which is a fact.
      hahahaha... you got me a good laugh. laptops aren't made for gaming? ARE YOU Fugginz KIDDING ME? My HP envy 17 runs up to 3 24 inch monitor at a 1080p resolution for gaming... and it cost around 1.8k while a MBP cost up to 2.5k n you can't do **** on it.

      I'm not hating on the MBP, it has it positives, but it's not the laptop that i would go with unless i got some spare changes...

      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      Wow. My ps3 still works why wouldn't it? Psn is down yes but that doesn't effect my game rigs gaming ability. I still stand by laptops not made for gaming. Just because they can and do doesn't make them gaming rigs. I'd rather have a tower with sli'd/crossfire'd video cards, a ton of ram, and of course windows, than game on my mbp. That's just me tho too.
      well did you ever get a good laptop? or just MBP... just becuz it's overprice doesn't mean it's good. i believe ur just pissed cuz you bought the MBP . tell me what makes tower and laptops gaming different?. while both can handle graphic at max, both support multi-screen output, laptops are portable, laptops are slimmer. if you say PC aren't made for gaming, then you're a hater, BUT you said laptops aren't made for gaming, but tower pc are... then how?
    1. lucky_phil's Avatar
      lucky_phil -
      I'm just going to leave this here.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      ^thats why you get the upgrades elsewhere than directly through Apple

      Nonetheless just bc it's a bit pricier than you would prefer to afford doesn't mean it isn't a good computer. With the OS + the hardware it may look like a PC can par up to it with the same specs. Truthfully you may not admit it but Mac OS + Hardware = smooth sailing/fast action

      Windows naturally is just a heavier OS. also the need for antiviruses will slow any computer down. Just bc Mac and PC can pack the same guns doesn't mean they'll run the same way.

      You can't expect just bc a truck has a bigger and more powerful engine that it's faster than a sports car, can you? Bigger and heavier bodies weigh the truck down, and that's just one of the many factors.

      Oh yeah, and the whole desktop for $2000 and MBP for $2400... Yeah bet in a year from now your MBP will still resell for more than your desktop. Just sayin.
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Ya know, it's funny. I have both a pc laptop and an air. I posted my experiences with both. And the fanboys just stick their fingers in their ears and say lalalala. To those who think windows 7 can't compete with OSX are fooling themselves. And to those who think a Mac is just overpriced hardware are also, just fooling themselves.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      Wow. My ps3 still works why wouldn't it? Psn is down yes but that doesn't effect my game rigs gaming ability. I still stand by laptops not made for gaming. Just because they can and do doesn't make them gaming rigs. I'd rather have a tower with sli'd/crossfire'd video cards, a ton of ram, and of course windows, than game on my mbp. That's just me tho too.
      I agree. I really wish my water-cooled PC didn't spring a leak and die. It was a great PC and the SLI ares I had were fast, yet my MBP is just as fast as that one was. I didn't have re best cards but it didn't do anything I can't do on my MBP just as well. I plan on building another custom PC soon since I can reuse the case and alot of other stuff, but for right now my MBP works great. I don't think it was a waste at all.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by lucky_phil View Post
      I'm just going to leave this here.
      I like the last few lines. Replace Mac with PC and the exact same thing is true. ALL hardware has a life cycle, not just on a Mac. I agree with the upgrades being woefully overpriced but almost no one buys RAM and storage space from Apple. At least no one I know does.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by spice_weasel View Post
      Ya know, it's funny. I have both a pc laptop and an air. I posted my experiences with both. And the fanboys just stick their fingers in their ears and say lalalala. To those who think windows 7 can't compete with OSX are fooling themselves. And to those who think a Mac is just overpriced hardware are also, just fooling themselves.
      By no means do I feel win7 isn't worth it. I still use it even if I didn't *have* to for school. I use it for personal use sometimes too. I believe it's a heavier OS and it is slower to boot and execute but I don't believe it sucks.

      My issue is with people comparing the two incorrectly with analogies that don't entirely make sense.

      I myself think the base model MacBook (white) is overpriced but not the aluminum models. But I do believe PC's are simply not worth my money. Meaning: The win7 OS is worth my purchase, just not the hardware of a PC.
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      My PC is slightly slower to boot than the air, but I suspect that is due in large part to a hybrid drive vs a pure ssd. We are only talking about a 10 sec difference as well. As far as execution, I don't have a real comparison as my pc has a hybrid drive and the air has a ssd, but the air is slightly faster to load photoshop, and slightly slower to perform the same task.
      I don't paticularly think the macs are overpriced. You set your prices to what the market will bear, and I don't see any shortage of people getting in line to purchase Apple products
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      So those that look at gaming performance in a computer are immature and have no money? That's pretty harsh in my book. Prejudice even. I had an HP laptop that was well worth the money I paid for it, it couldn't play games though. My next computer was a $3000 MacBook Pro and one requirement I had was that I be able to game on it. Seems like you've got some prejudice against those that choose to pursue hobbies and entertainment that's different from your tastes. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro now and I damn sure wouldn't have it if it wouldn't play games well enough to satisfy me. I also have a $400 HP Home Server because it was so cheap and fit my needs. I understand you're 'successful' in whatever endeavors you're in, but because you don't game and have disposable income doesn't mean that those who don't have alot of money to spend on a MacBook or don't think the performance is good enough for the cash outlay compared to competitors means that they're poor or immature. It means their priorities are different from yours. I respect your opinions but it smacks of prejudice to me. I think gaming performance is very important and I'm not poor or immature.
      No worries bro. I am a mac snob and a fanboy. I have never denied that. Friends?
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by spice_weasel View Post
      My PC is slightly slower to boot than the air, but I suspect that is due in large part to a hybrid drive vs a pure ssd. We are only talking about a 10 sec difference as well. As far as execution, I don't have a real comparison as my pc has a hybrid drive and the air has a ssd, but the air is slightly faster to load photoshop, and slightly slower to perform the same task.
      I don't paticularly think the macs are overpriced. You set your prices to what the market will bear, and I don't see any shortage of people getting in line to purchase Apple products
      I see what you're saying. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. That's why I use both. But I would much rather run both on one single device, to choose which hardware it'd be a Mac. I don't like what most PC's are made out of (usually plastic) which is why I don't like the white MacBook at all. The aluminum bodies are just nicer for me, feels cleaner too.
    1. rockxz3's Avatar
      rockxz3 -
      PC's are better because..
      the government created apple to make pc user mad
      pc users are relaxed mac owners are soiled and think they know it all because they have no idea how a computer runs "wow this mac looks expensive must be good mom buy this for me"
      LOL ima get chewed out for this bring it on!!!
      ps before u think ima stupid a** kid ima stuborn a**hat 16 year old who loves chaos