Last month, we wrote about how (assuming you were going to buy a good quality 27″ 5K monitor), you could get an iMac for only $350 more than the Dell monitor alone. Today, that deal is even better! Apple updated their iMac lineup with a new 4K 21.5″ option. But the 27″ 5K iMac that we used for this comparison also received an update, with newer 6th generation Intel Core “Skylake” processors and a $200 price drop. Now the 27″ 5k iMac starts at just $1799.

If that weren’t enough to convince you that the Mac is a better bargain, the Dell monitor was on sale, but as of today’s writing, it is not. So if you ordered today, you’d pay the full price of $2199… $400 more than the 27″ 5K iMac. It’s like Apple will pay you $400 to buy this amazing machine!

Below is the original post, with some updates for today’s numbers…

People complain that Apple Macintosh computers are more expensive thanWindows PCs. They’re not when you compare comparable systems and value. When you take into account TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) the Mac wins hands down.

Let’s take a simple example comparison. Today, you can go to the Dell store and purchase a Dell 5K hi-res display for $1649.99…on sale with a discount of $550 (at the time of this update, the sale is over) $2199.

Dell 5K Monitor

OR…you could go to the Apple Store paying full retail price (we can do better) and purchase an iMac with an integrated 5K hi-res Retina display for $1999 $1799. In other words, for $350 more $400 less you get the following:

    • 3.2 GHz quad-core 6th generation Intel “Skylake” Core i5 processor
    • 8 GB RAM and 1 TBhard drive
    • Mac OS X Yosemite El Capitan and built in productivity suite including iMovie, etc.

That’s a powerful system with a display that’s extreme quality…and entire computer for only $350 more plus $400 in your pocket!

The ongoing savings in Total Cost of Ownership of a Mac come from a highly reliable operating system in Yosemite (soon to be El Capitan) that doesn’t require ongoing purchase of anti-virus software or expensive maintenance and reinstallation. One common incident on a Windows workstation like getting a virus or malware can take your computer down for a good amount of time as well as cost you a bundle to fix.

Due to the value proposition in Apple systems, we’re currently in the process of moving clients that have been Windows based for years over to the Mac. We’re also able to move old in-house servers that require lots of support and high maintenance costs into cloud-based services that save a lot and are more reliable. It just makes sense. If you’re interested in exploring options contact us today.

Tim Cimbura – CEO and Software Engineer

Tim is an expert in creating custom business solutions that make businesses more effective, productive, and profitable. He specializes in rapid application development with FileMaker (certified in all versions) for macOS, Windows, iPad/iPhone and web app integration with WordPress. He also knows Apple technology inside and out.