cornellbeez wrote:bk1 wrote:cornellbeez wrote:Regarding the "coolness" factor of Macs - I admit, they are sleeker and do probably look "cooler" than pcs. People probably associate you with graphic design or something artsy fartsy if you use one. But is the coolness factor worth the cost? Not if you are a liberal arts major law student who doesn't really use computers for anything beyond taking notes and surfing the net. And your firm or government employer won't be using Macs, either.
Is eating out for lunch 1 extra time a week for a year worth it if you are a liberal arts major law student? What about going out and drinking a couple extra times a month for a year?
Students spend plenty of money on stuff they don't technically need and if someone chooses to spend $500 over 3 years for a laptop they prefer and another chooses to spend that money on the equivalent amount of beer over 3 years, who am I to say that one worse than the other?
Someone is asking for advice in this thread, and people are providing it. I don't really care one way or the other. If you want me to elaborate, I can see how a rational consumer would value their utility from eating out (good, tasty food/social aspect) and drinking at or higher than the amount they pay, but I don't see how a mac user gets enough utility from using a mac when they are "low-end" users who don't get to use their computer to its full capacity anyway. They pretty much just use similar software as cheap pc users do in law school and the software functions just as well in both the mac and pc. Unless they derive a large amount of utility from using a "pretty" machine on a daily basis, it's hard for me to perceive how they can get the utility worth 1k when they are incapable of using a mac to its full potential in order to make it really worth the extra money. But who knows, maybe there are computer illiterate people out there who derive utility from using a prettier machine and value their utility at >1000. (In other words, "irrational" consumers haha).
So, let me ask you a question.
Given the choice between a Rolex Submariner, and say... an Orient Mako, which one would you take? They both are built solely to tell time. One costs ~5,000USD. The latter costs ~100USD.
Very irrational stuff, these watches are.