Apples & Oranges – Mac vs. PC

People often ask me whether I think they should purchase a Mac instead of a PC. I absolutely adore Macs, but I have several PCs running in my house, and no Mac to be found. Here’s the lowdown on the biggest differences between Macs and PCs (for the average user), and why I don’t currently have a Mac.

  • PCs can be significantly less expensive than Macs because there are several different companies manufacturing them, and often you can find the next-to-most-recent PC for hundreds less than the most current model.
  • Macs may be more expensive, but they make up for that in cutting edge technology.
  • A Mac will outperform a same-speed PC in virtually every benchmark test.
  • The reason Windows compatible computers have outsold Macs is because Windows was designed to run on virtually any hardware, such as Dells, Toshibas, Sonys, etc; whereas the Mac OS was designed specifically to maximize compatibility with Apple’s own hardware.
  • Were you to research comparable Mac and PC computers, you will see that there are PCs that price around the same as a Mac, as well as some that fall above and below the price of the Mac.
  • If you are able to upgrade RAM in your PC, chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to do the same in a Mac.
  • There is more software available for Windows. The big names, like Adobe, MS Office, and the like have versions available for both, but when it comes to gaming or software released by smaller companies, chances are there are less titles available for Macs.
  • The Mac OS is simply more stable than Windows. It truly is a GUI (Graphical User Interface), and when you look in the system folder, things are named what they are. There are no files with names that you have to look up on Google in order to know what they’re for.
  • Macs have a virtually non-existent problem with viruses. The reason for this is that hackers are aware that there are far more Windows-based computers out in the world and are out to wreak havoc on as many people as possible.
  • Sometimes it seems as though if you breathe on a PC wrong, it shuts down for no reason. Frequent crashing isn’t a problem on Macs.
  • Just like a new car model, I would never purchase the first release of a new model PC or Mac. I would wait until it had been around for a while to allow the companies to fix any bugs or issues.
  • Macs were virtually designed for people who do extensive graphics or video work.
  • If your computer use is pretty much limited to word processing, checking e-mail, and surfing the Internet, there really isn’t a reason to purchase a Mac. Unless you just want one.

I first learned how to use a computer on a PC, then learned how to use a Mac. I have had extensive experience with upgrading, networking, troubleshooting and repairing both. I am a graphic designer. I also do web design and processor intensive work on my computers. My tendency is to purchase a PC with the fastest processor and video card I can find, with less than optimum RAM, sound card, etc; then upgrade everything else to where I want it. So, the big question is this: why don’t I currently have a Mac at home? Simply because the Mac I want would cost too much. Until our household income can justify purchasing a new Mac every few years, I’ll be sticking to PCs. I just don’t want to settle for a Mac that is anything less than what I want.

Just for the record…PC is a misnomer. It stands for “personal computer”. Over the years, it has just become common practice to refer to all Windows-based computers as PCs because they have dominated the market share for so long.

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