Best laptops are now selling for more than $1,000,000 in Australia.
And if you’re lucky enough to own one, you can expect to pay up to $7,000 less than you’d normally be paying for a laptop.
In fact, many of the top laptops on sale for sale on eBay and other online retailers have prices in the region of $700 or more, according to data from Macquarie University.
This is in part because a significant proportion of new laptops are being made in China, where wages are relatively high compared to other developing economies.
It’s also because Chinese manufacturers are increasingly turning to technology that is less labor-intensive, such as cloud computing and embedded processing, to boost productivity.
This has meant that the cost of new laptop hardware has been rising for some time.
“The reason you see prices going up so quickly is because we are getting more and more machines from China,” says Josh King, senior vice-president of research at Macquarrie.
“They are doing more of the heavy lifting of manufacturing, so the cost is going up a lot faster than what it should be.”
A recent study by Macquare found that the price of laptops had risen by more than 100 per cent since 2007.
Apple, too, has been struggling with a slump in demand, as it has faced criticism over its low price of the iPhone.
Apple recently slashed prices of its new iPhones, iPads and Macs, and some of its older MacBooks, while lowering prices of some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.
It also slashed prices on new Apple TVs and iPads, and has begun selling more of its MacBooks at $1 per day.
The Macquari study found that while the cost per pound of Apple’s MacBooks had increased by about 100 per in the past five years, it had actually fallen by only 10 per cent.
However, Apple’s sales of Macs have increased over the same period.
And Mac users are getting increasingly interested in tablets and other low-cost devices.
In the first quarter of 2020, the average Mac user purchased a tablet, and the majority of them were for less than $300, the study found.
In 2016, Mac users bought about 1.2 million tablets, with the majority for under $100.
This year, Mac owners will spend more than 3 billion dollars on tablets, according the Macquaria research.
“That’s going to lead to higher costs and higher costs for people,” King says.
“And there’s no question it’s going up, but it’s also going to slow down the demand for other devices and the demand will continue to grow.”
A better option For Mac users who are looking to save money, there are a few options available to them.
For starters, the Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models all have cheaper prices than their Windows counterparts.
But for a bit of extra cash, you could look at the Intel Core i5-2420M or Intel Core M-3560 processors from the latest Core i7-2700U and Core i9-3710K chipsets.
These processors are more efficient and cost a bit less.
If you can get the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v4 processor or the Intel Celeron N3050 processor, you’re going to be looking at a price drop of about 50 per cent on average.
This will likely translate into a bigger savings for Mac users, but you’ll have to be a bit careful.
The MacBook Air comes with a Core i3 processor that has a price cut of about 25 per cent, which will save you about $200.
But there are other cheaper options for Macs.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro costs about $500 less than the Dell Inspiron 17.
And there’s also a cheap option that’s a lot more powerful than the $1.5 million Dell XPS 13, which is a touchscreen laptop with an Intel Core m3 processor and 16GB of RAM.
“If you’re looking to get a better Mac laptop, I would say look at one of these systems,” King explains.
“But also look at some of the other cheaper ones, because you can usually find them for less money.”
This article appeared in print under the headline “Mac price war is not over”