PCs bite deeper than Apples, says Gartner

Contrary to popular opinion Apple Macintosh computers are cheaper to own and run than their PC counterparts, according to a study from market analyst Gartner.

Using its total cost of ownership methodology, which looks at the direct and indirect costs of owning IT equipment, Gartner found Apple computers are up to 36 per cent more cost- effective than competing PC products.

The study was conducted at Melbourne University's Faculty of the Arts, which uses 4676 Apple computers and 5338 Windows-based machines. It compared direct costs such as hardware and software for desktops and mobile computers, servers and peripherals, upgrades, service and support and depreciation. It also looked at the indirect costs of supporting end users, training time and non-productive downtime.

Gartner found Apple systems cost $1953 to support a year, while PC-based systems cost $2522. The Apple systems needed less technical support, and hardware and software costs were lower, according to the analyst.

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