So here's my list of requirements:
- CPU powerful enough to play 1080p video, which means a Core 2 Duo at 1.8GHz.
- 2 GB RAM.
- 7200 RPM hard disc if possible, otherwise a big 5400 RPM disk (where there's no concrete requirement of bigness).
- If possible, the system should be able to drive a 30-inch monitor at 2560 x 1600.
The Apple India store doesn't let me configure a machine online; I have to pick one. The cheapest Macbook costs me Rs. 50,000, and it has only 1 GB RAM. The guys at the local Apple store told me I could bump the memory to 2 GB for approx Rs. 1000, and the disc space to 250 GB for another thousand or two rupees. So I end up with a Macbook with a 2.1 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB memory, a 5400 RPM 250 disc for something like Rs. 52,000. Note that the disc runs at only 5400 RPM as opposed to the Dell's 7200 RPM. If I were to configure the Dell with a 5400 RPM 320 GB disc (bigger than the Macbook's), its price would actually drop by a couple thousand rupees. Also the Macbok can't drive a 30-inch monitor at full resolution. So let's compromise with a 1920x1200 video output. Still it's Rs. 52,000 for the Macbook vs. Rs. 38,000 for the Dell.
How does the Macbook compare to the Dell? A slightly faster CPU (2.1 Ghz vs. 1.8 GHz) (which I don't need), a slower (5400RPM vs. 7200 RPM) disc or a smaller one (250GB vs. 320 GB), ability to drive only a 24-inch monitor at full resolution instead of a 30-incher (this is important to me), Firewire (which I never used), Bluetooth (did you try transferrring a hundred MB over bluetooth?) Or for the sake of comparison let's add Bluetooth to the Dell for less than a thousand rupees. Still it's Rs. 52000 for the Macbook vs. Rs.39,000 for the Dell. I'm sure that among the amazing skills Mac users have is the ability to compare two numbers. So tell me, isn't that a significant difference? Or if I insist on the ability to drive a 30-inch monitor at full resolution, I'll end up with a Macbook Pro at Rs. 89,000 as opposed to Rs.39,000 for the Dell -- more than twice the price.
OS X may actually be worth the money, but let's say that outright. Don't make stupid claims that a similarly configured PC costs as much as a Mac because for many people the Mac will have things you don't care about.