Apple's new professional Mac is a better deal than a top-flight Dell PC, according to Associated Press.

A comparative review of the two systems, states that: "The recently released Mac Pro maintains the Apple shine in design, usability and software, but also does something unexpected: it turns the old Mac versus Windows PC price equation on its head."

The report looks at the Mac Pros' advantages against similarly specified Dell PCs, in summary these include: price, features, the ability to run Windows using Boot Camp, video handling, speed, expandability and operating temperature.

"The difference in price - and that it was in Apple's favour - was so surprising that I contacted Dell to confirm that I had not made a mistake in configuring its workstation," the report explains.

A Dell representative confirmed the price comparison, saying: "The results were a bit surprising to me, too. But it is what it is."

You can read the report here