Having worked on both platforms extensively and having recent experience with my son`s PC (he`s a gamer and of course the newest games are on PC first or exclusively) I side with the Mac`s. My background includes both working with PCs on jobs, and teaching graphics and productivity (word, excel, etc) software - usually on PC. (I started way back when Microsoft Word was a Mac program - PC people used WordPerfect as their standard.)
From what I`ve seen, cheaper PC laptops are just that - cheaper. They may have the same ram/HD/video/USB2, but not the sound, networking ease, build quality or decent included software. Not to mention as soon as you buy a PC you`re also going to buy as much security / firewall / antivirus / pop-up stoppers / etc software as you can afford. Yes, that may change as Macs become more popular (thank you thomasz - I note you said they are becoming more popular - and there`s a reason for that) however the way the Mac OS is built it is inherently more resistant to attack than Windows. With Windows, it seems to be a running battle to keep ahead of attacks.
Consumer reports has consistently rated Mac`s highest for user satisfaction, and the lifetime use of a Mac is generally two to three times longer than a PC. As well, overall cost of ownership is usually substantially less than PC`s.
For you business owners, you should really note that last point - the purchase price and the cost of ownership are two separate issues and can make a big difference to your profit line. Not only do Mac`s generally take less maintenance, but you need 1/5th the IT department compared to a PC based business. Its long been a (sort of) joke among Mac users that IT departments refuse to allow Macs in the work place because 80 per cent of them would lose their jobs.
Just for the record, I do think PC`s can be well made and work incredibly well - but they wind up costing more than an equivalent Mac, look at Voodoo Computers machines. Beautifully built and rock solid. Very expensive.
As well, if you`re really technically inclined and know the PC, stick with it - making the change can be really hard if you already know how to make Windows sing - Macs are based on Unix and have a different psychology.
And yes, there are bad Macs that misbehave, just like PCs. It happens.
However, my experience with PCs has occasionally left my jaw on my
chest for silly/simple/stupid problems that took an IT person to fix
and had brought the PC to a dead stop. I don`t have time to learn all the PC tricks - I`d rather just work.
If you would rather not worry about the technical stuff get a Mac.
Overall, there`s nothing I do that my Mac doesn`t seem to handle better than the PCs I`ve used. And as pointed out, the new Macs will do both anyways.
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