Mac or PC?

Answering these questions will help you to solve your computer purchasing dilemma.

Mac or PC?

If you’re planning on purchasing a new computer, the first significant consideration you will come accross at is whether to get a Mac or a Windows PC. Ask yourself these three questions to help you find out which device is more suited to you.

Is this your first computer?

If you have previously owned, or spent a lot of time using either a Mac or a PC, it might be wisest to stick with what you know. Learning to use a new operating system (OS) can take some time and may not be worth the hassle.

If you’ve never owned a computer or spent a lot of time operating one, a Mac might be the way to go. They are known for being more intuitive than Windows PCs, and because of this, you will probably find Mac a lot easier to use.

Another thing to consider if this is your first computer is the other devices you own. For example, an iPhone or iPad will sychronise much better with a Mac than with a PC, and the opposite is true for certain other devices.

What will you be using the device for?

Macs and PCs have different pros and cons, and while you can almost always perform any task on both, each OS has its unique strengths. Macs are the standard choice for the creative industry, and if you do any sort of video editing, a Mac might be the way to go. If you play 3D video games as a hobby, a PC will probably be the better choice.

If you are purchasing this new computer for work, you may wish to consider what type of computers your co-workers use. If you are planning on starting a business or working independently, Windows PCs have generally been the choice for business., but this long established convention is beginning to change, with many new businesses proudly adopting Macs as their standard. 

How much are you willing to spend?

Although prices of different models vary vastly, as a general rule Windows devices are cheaper than Macs. For example, the cheapest Mac laptop available will cost you over $1000, whereas you can find a Windows laptop from a reliable and well-known brand for about half of that price. However, Apple takes great pride in the build quality of its devices and the ease with which one can have theirs fixed or replaced.

If you have a tight budget for your new computer, a Windows PC is probably the way to go. If you’re a little more flexible, consider either a Mac or a higher end PC.

Have you determined which will suit you better? Let us know which type of computer you use in the comments, and any strengths or weaknesses which you think it has. 





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    Flame
    12th Nov 2014
    10:38am
    I'm a Mac convert. I always had PC but got feed up with them breaking down and short life considering what I paid for them. Mac has given me no trouble, once I learned to navigate it so pleased I converted
    Aquarian
    12th Nov 2014
    12:44pm
    I am very surprised that with regard to the Mac you did not mention simplicity of use and no more virus concerns. Those of my friends that have switched to Macs are so surprised that they did not do so a lot earlier. I used Windoze at work and have used Mac at home for about 20 years. There is just no comparison.
    andromeda143
    12th Nov 2014
    12:55pm
    Microsoft continually brings out new versions of software (Windows, Office etc), and use devious means to force you to update, like not supporting older software etc. With Apple you can choose freely whether to update or not. Automatic Windows updates seem to gradually slow down your computer until you throw it away in exasperation and buy a new one and then the cycle begins again. Microsoft software is very powerful, but is usually overkill and Windows is so complex that you do not control your own machine with it. Apple is simpler and not so prone to virus and security attacks.
    Microsoft has created an atmosphere in the community where everyone feels that one must have the latest and most powerful computer and software. This is clever marketing but does not serve the consumer. You should be able to buy a computer and software complete as a package and not have to update it until the whole system is no longer able to do what you bought it for. I have had fully working Windows PC's for 8-12 years which never gave me any trouble, but that was because I only used the software it was originally designed to run. I use Apple now because I can control everything on the computer and it is much simpler than Windows.
    Aquarian
    12th Nov 2014
    1:07pm
    What "gets my goat" is when friends ask me for advice re what to buy. I tell them Mac and explain why. Then when I next see them they have gone to "the dark side". Then this is the part that really gets to me, they ask me for help when they run into typical Windoze issues. These days I back off and tell them I don't use Windoze so cannot help them.
    andromeda143
    12th Nov 2014
    12:57pm
    I forgot to mention also that updates to Mac OS X are either free or very cheap, much more so than Windows.
    pete@nakedhydroponics
    12th Nov 2014
    1:05pm
    Linux Ubuntu. Free operating system, free software applications, free upgrades, super simple to use, super reliable, no probs with malware... Works perfectly well on cheaper hardware. Stop throwing money at people who already have way too much.
    Aquarian
    12th Nov 2014
    1:08pm
    Exactly Pete. Another UNIX based OS like Mac.
    raymondp
    12th Nov 2014
    1:22pm
    I was once told "if it works, it's a Mac" how true is that saying?, well over 15 years ago I swapped from a PC to mac and have not looked back. The worst I have happen is a memory stick died on me - that wasn't the Macs fault either, so basically nothing has happened in 10 years, no virus, no confusing error messages - unlike a PC constant updates and startup problems are now a thing of the past.
    ming chew
    12th Nov 2014
    1:39pm
    Like the others, I have had my share of untold frustrations with windows eg virus, fan, etc. Switched 'camp' easily 3-4yrs ago with no hitch so far. VERY satisfied indeed.
    Kentasker
    12th Nov 2014
    2:39pm
    Having spent a lifetime on Windows devices, I am mow quite interested in the Apple environment. But how much of my paid software on my Windows computers can be transferred or loaded onto a Mac? I would have $thousands worth of programs by disk or download. Hard decision!
    Aquarian
    12th Nov 2014
    2:48pm
    Talk to the guys at a Mac store. They are very helpful. You can run Windows apps on a Mac (if you have no choice) using Parallels. My son is with Emirates and he uses paralells for that reason but wishes he did not have to !!
    pete@nakedhydroponics
    13th Nov 2014
    1:53pm
    You can set up Linux to dual boot (2 OS' each on a separate partition). I think you'll find like me that the more you use Linux, the more you'll hate your forays into the windows environment.
    Alternatively, you can run your windows in a 'virtual box' from within Linux
    berocca
    12th Nov 2014
    5:37pm
    Bought an iPhone, couldn't wait to get rid of it. Then I got sucked into buying an iPad. More Apple crap. Never again
    Aquarian
    12th Nov 2014
    6:48pm
    That's fine. We all have different requirements. Mine are just to use devices as easily as possible with no hassles. My brother is a Widoze fan because he likes to fiddle with things.
    Young Simmo
    12th Nov 2014
    7:52pm
    Wow, I bought a new Asus with Windows 8 about 4 months ago. I have had Microsoft computers since the year 2000 and never thought much about it. Mind you just about every time I see somebody using a Laptop on the TV news etc, it nearly always has that apple on the lid.
    After reading these comments I am seriously thinking even at 75 years, maybe I could handle a change.
    Can somebody tell me if going from Microsoft to Apple is any harder than going from Windows 7, to Windows 8.
    Aquarian
    13th Nov 2014
    12:28am
    You will be going from complex to simple. I can assure you !
    berocca
    12th Nov 2014
    9:54pm
    I find that every time Apple updates it's OS they have to bring out bug fixes to sort out the mess
    Cassius
    12th Nov 2014
    11:38pm
    Mac user swear by their computers PC users swear at their computers
    MacI
    13th Nov 2014
    12:43pm
    Like others who have expressed their view on this forum I am a convert to Apple Mac. I love my IMac. After years as a user and an advocate for Windows PCs, professionally and personally, I finally faced up to realty that Apple Mac's are far superior. My main reason for advocating for Windows PCs was price - I thought that the cost of Apple PCs was a rip off. I've come to the conclusion that while the initial outlay for a Mac is relatively expensive its used-by-date will extend well past the used-by-date for a Windows PC. Some of the reasons are as follows:

    1. An Apple PC is a fully integrated package of hardware and software. This gives Apple full control over the quality and reliability of the product. Microsoft supply the Windows Operating System and a plethora of manufacturers supply the hardware.
    2. Apple PCs come in a limited range of hardware configurations that are released periodically rather than the constantly changing hardware platforms produced for Windows PCs.
    3. Apple release software updates infrequently. Compare this with the frequent updates to Windows platforms. How often do you find yourself waiting for updates to be applied when you boot up your Windows PC (with no idea of how long they will take)?
    4. Major Mac Operating System updates are free on newer Macs and remain compatible with a range of older hardware configurations going back years. With Windows, in practical terms, you are stuck with the version of Windows you got with your hardware. Again the benefit of Apple controlling both the hardware and software.
    5. The quality and design of the hardware is superb. You may pay more for a Mac but the re-sale value compared with a Windows PC is far superior. Try EBay for used Macs to see how they still retain their value. You can hardly give away a Windows PC once it is more than a couple of years old.

    I love the fact that when I switch on my IMac in the morning in few seconds its up and running. My old Windows Notebook (admittedly running Vista - one of the worst versions of Windows) took ages to boot up, not to mention the updates, and seemed to take longer and longer as it aged.
    Aquarian
    13th Nov 2014
    1:17pm
    Mmmmmm ! Can't help noticing the lack of feedback from Windoze users. Wonder why ?
    Young Simmo
    13th Nov 2014
    1:46pm
    They are probably busy Googleing Apple jokes.
    Mak
    13th Nov 2014
    2:09pm
    Aquarian, you can't even spell Windows correctly, so what's the point of sending feedback to an illiterate, one-eyed Mac user.
    Apple Mac's are limited in their usefulness for Mr & Mrs Joe Average, Microsoft Windows sit at the top as computer and Windows being much more of a household name, similar to Band-Aids commonly used for a wound dressing, Victa being used for a lawn-mower and Hoover used for a vacuum-cleaner.


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