But I don’t see how you can look at this comparison and declare there’s some sort of unique Mac Tax. High-end laptops tend to command high-end prices, whether the software they run hails from Redmond or Cupertino.
I think this exactly nails the issue. There are not alot of choices in the Apple world – that is the weakness. But it isn’t that they are over-priced. They might be over-priced for what you want though. If you want a 17-inch machine just to do email, Apple doesn’t make a cost-effective machine for you. If you want a 17-inch machine for editing video – Apple is competitive.