During the PC years, specs also mattered because there was one
common dominant force in computing: Microsoft. Because Windows was
everywhere, you could fairly reliably gauge the performance of one
machine against another. But with the rise of the Mac and more
importantly, smartphones and tablets, you can’t as easily stack
machines up against one another performance-wise.
As our technology becomes more humanely designed, subjective factors outweigh objective ones. Subjective factors can’t be assigned neat little numbers ranging from 1-10.