According to Associated Press, Apple's Mac Pro is a better deal than a top-flight Dell PC.

A comparative review of the two offerings states: "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 Pro's advantages against similarly specified Dell PCs. 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.