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MAC vs. PC – Help me decide!

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MAC vs PCMy MAC is driving me up the wall! I made the switch 2 years ago and frankly, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Besides having the cuter character (I’m a sucker for Justin Long), what benefit is there to owning a MAC?

Seriously. I need to buy a new laptop soon and I can’t decide if I want to stick it out in the MAC world or go back to PC. I want to hear from people in both camps. What do you have? Why?

Thoughts? Insights? Opinions?

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There are 27 comments so far.

    arlene

    December 23, 2009

    I am and always will be a Mac girl. But I use my computer mostly for desktop publishing, and they’re better for that.

    Mara @ What's For Dinner?

    December 23, 2009

    My biggest perk of having a mac is that its not susceptible to ANY of the viruses or any other crap that PCs get. I found with a PC, it was down and running slowly more than it was running correctly. Most Mac problems can be fixed by shutting down the system and restarting, rather than hours of “debugging” with a PC. The only problem I’ve ever had with my mac was that the letters on the keyboard wear off!

    Jeff O'Hara

    December 23, 2009

    Mac!!!!!!

    I’ve never been a happier computer user until i switched to a mac. No dealing with virus’s, blue screen’s of death, etc.

    The big question is why is your Mac driving you up the wall?

    I switched 3 years ago and I am not looking back. I picked up the new 13″ macbook pro and love it. The new track pads are the best trackpad i’ve ever used.

    tj

    December 24, 2009

    Mac! In the 3 years I’ve had my iMac my parents have gone through 2 PC’s infested with viruses. I love not worrying about that anymore. I love the iPhoto program, iChat, photo booth, iCal I love using the mail system on it. I AM HOOKED! :)

    Melissa (TheDailyMel)

    December 24, 2009

    I have both, but still consider myself a Mac geek. That fact aside, the big selling point to me for the Mac over the PC these days is the ability to run multiple operating systems. Now that there are Intel-based Macs available, it’s really nice to be able to run both OS X and Windows natively and no longer having to use an emulator. Not to mention the fact that since OS X is built on Mach 3.0 and FreeBSD, I have access to UNIX as well.

    Melissa (TheDailyMel)

    December 24, 2009

    Forgot to add that I’ve been using Macs since 1991 when I got a Mac Classic. I now have a Macbook Pro.

    Kathleen

    December 24, 2009

    Mac!!! I have had my Macbook for two years and I love it! I have never had an issue or virus. I have to use a Dell Desktop for work and I can’t stand it, it runs too slow and crashes. Stick with the Mac! Have you called Apple about your Mac problems? They have outstanding Customer service. Merry Christmas!!

    Rebeca

    December 24, 2009

    I have a Mac and it’s all I’ve ever used regularly- here’s why… (just based on mine, not even the ones my fam owned before and currently)

    My first Mac was an iMac G5. I moved from NY to MD and had to leave it behind. My dad shipped it FedEx. FedEx damaged the box and subsequently the computer. It was out of warranty. My bro took it to the GeniusBar. They fixed it free.

    My first iPod broke no less than 10 times (because I dropped it a lot). Fixed free all the times or got a new, refurb one if the issue couldn’t be fixed.

    Macbook #1- HD crashed twice. Geniuses spent hours the first time and days the second time getting as much of my data off them (I didn’t back up well) and then replaced the HDs free. I spilled water on it once and needed a new display. They replaced it free. I spilled something else on it, replaced the MOTHERBOARD free.

    The lessons I’ve learned: I really need to take better care of my current computer (and I do love my Macbook Pro) and the people at Apple REALLY care about their customers. Most of my issues occurred outside of AppleCare yet I’ve not spent one penny to fix my gear.

    I had a Dell Laptop and Desktop in there. The laptop charger stopped working, spent tons of $$ to replace the battery since that’s what the tech said, then finally the cord- all while still in warranty, but that wasn’t covered. The Desktop got the blue screen of death three times, spent hours on the phone, got quotes on repair costs (that made me ill) and fixed them myself all three times (after many tears and swear words).

    Lessons learned: not enough customer support, and half the time it’s someone who’s reading a script and in the end I’ll learn a lot about my computer since I’ll be doing all the work.

    Bottomline: I’ll admit that both have benefits but for my money I’d rather go Mac because I *know* that I’m going to have a great computer and team of people who will fix it until it is one even if I’m being stupid with it!

    Kelly Ashyby

    December 24, 2009

    Wow, what can I add for the LOVE of Mac! We switched over 10 years ago and have never been happier! Now on occasion there is a need for a PC and now I can run Windows on my MacBook Pro easier then ever with VMware Fusion. I feel that PC’s are for business and Mac’s are for personal use! We have a complete Mac network set-up in our home including the new Mac Mini server!! Just tooo coool!!! ;D

    Deb

    December 24, 2009

    We have both. I stopped using the PC when we got the Mac. You know what they say, once you go Mac…

    Jim

    December 24, 2009

    I’ve owned and loved 5 Macs and many PCs (and use both at work). They are both *just* tools – I can create a beautiful Web site on either. It’s just about preference (and possibly price). I’ve done tons of video, audio, graphic design, etc. on cheap PCs and so far, no one has called me out on it. :) Apple does design so well that Mac users will “never switch back” and are even willing to pay a premium to have that brand. But, I don’t find any real edge in productivity or value in Macs.

    As far as anti-Windows sentiments go, I’m on the Web everyday – I work on computers ALL THE TIME. I rarely get viruses (it’s been years), and I don’t have problems.

    I just bought a NetBook running Linux, which is where I’m headed – yet another choice. :p

    Alex

    December 24, 2009

    I agree with all the Mac love. I have a PC and a Mac and I only use the PC if I absolutely have to. It seems like much more of a chore to work on. There are a million ways to get to certain files or programs that are so redundant and take up unnecessary space.

    As far as people’s price issue, you generally get better value with Macs. Yes, they have a higher price tag. However, with that price tag you get unparalleled customer service (they have gone above and beyond in my 7 year mac history), tons of amazing software, and usually a longer life too. PCs tend to degrade with age, whereas Macs don’t (in my experience).

    And lastly, juxtapose these babies (then the answer should be clear):
    – “Top 10 Reasons Macs Suck” http://www.techimo.com/forum/processors-memory-overclocking/71664-10-reasons-mac-sucks.html
    – “Why Mac is Superior to the PC” http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/58174/top_ten_reasons_why_you_should_not_pg2.html?cat=15

    Need I say more? :)

    Alex Quintana

    December 24, 2009

    The first thing I would ask are why your Mac is driving you up the wall. We should talk about this :) but honestly it’s not so much my opinion as what I’ve noticed. If you’re not doing any hacking, Macs just work 99.9% of the time. The .1% is when some update breaks something and you get some system instability or kernel panics as a result, but it’s rare.

    Windows… I have to tweak for like 4-5 hours to get it just the way I like it, to get it running efficiently.. It has to be reinstalled every 3-4 months if you use it all the time. There’s the problem of viruses (although Macs are NOT IMMUNE to viruses and there’s actually a couple viruses out right now for Macs), the fact that pretty much every PC that you can buy in a store except for Alienware is substandard hardware. Macs on the other hand are always top of the line hardware (personal opinion about AMD vs. Intel excluded). The price difference isn’t much of a difference when you compare comparable Macs/PCs together, not like comparing an iMac with a high-end GeForce, high-end chipset, high-end CPU, etc. to some clunky HP with a “bargain” CPU in it (Centrino, Celeron, etc. etc.)

    Ultimately it’s up to you. Right now the only Mac I have is my Macbook Pro and I have no problems with Windows right now, but that’s because I’m not adding new stuff to the mix.

    Here’s an example. When I bought Left4Dead I had to buy a new videocard because the ones in here were overheating, then I had to donwload the drivers, install the drivers. I did not play the game the day I got it. Had it been a Mac I would’ve been playing from day one. :)

    Rob Emenecker

    December 24, 2009

    This is a tough one Roni.

    With Windows 7 the OS playing field is a tougher call. If it were still the days of Vista, I’d definitely go with Mac, but that’s not the case any more.

    As far as hardware goes, I’ve had good and bad experience with both Apple and Dell. Actually, my “preference” is for custom built PCs *IF* I am going with Windows. But, you specifically said LAPTOP, so that takes the custom built stuff out of the equation.

    As for the OSes, there are things I like about both. I don’t have a clear winner. Windows may edge out OS X slightly, but that is only because I work on Windows more. On the other hand, I love love LOVE the OS X terminal and console for remote admin of my webservers. Honestly, if I had to choose a new laptop right now, the decision would not be Mac vs. PC. I’d be inclined to put my hands on them both and consider the “real aspects”: ergonomics, comfort, REAL battery life, LCD/LED screen quality, etc.

    Chrissey

    December 24, 2009

    MAC!! For all the reasons listed above esp the hardware. I just got a new macbok pro and I had everything transfered from the old one to the new one including all my settings in less than an hour!! You would never be able to do things like that with PCs. I’ve owned Macs for 10+ years now and it drives me up a wall to sit infront of a slooooow PC

    Annalisa

    December 24, 2009

    Things I love about my 2yr old mac: 4 hrs of battery life, ‘finder’ function, easy to find dowloaded items, fast connection to wifi, “i” apps (iphoto, imovie, etc) that come pre-loaded, no need to download drivers to print, and i love the touchpad ;-)

    I have found that by increasing the memory myself and recently upgrading to snow leopard have made it faster to use.

    Overall, given the price difference, it might be hard to justify a mac but, there’s something about it i just love.

    Brandon W

    December 24, 2009

    I have used both, and I even have a laptop I slapped Linux on (using it right now, in fact). Ubuntu Linux – the Linux for idiots. Anyhow, I’m comfortable on any system and I see advantages and disadvantages with each. But I much prefer the Mac over the PC for a few reasons. First, the operating system is more stable. I’ve rarely get lockups or crashes. Secondly – and this is huge – I don’t worry about viruses. This makes the Mac run better for several reasons. I don’t have to worry about virus infections; most adware pop-ups imitate PC windows, so I KNOW it’s not a legitimate Mac window and can get out of there; and I don’t have to run virus software constantly so the system runs faster on the same level of hardware. And lastly, I simply find both the operating system and software designed for Macs to have cleaner and more intuitive user interfaces. It also seems that Macs will last longer, because MacOS seems to just get faster with each new version instead of more bogged down with “features” that slow the system down. My current Mac is 3 years old and still runs like a new machine with MacOSX “Snow Leopard” on it.

    So, I’m not a fanboy of any system, but those are the reasons I am dedicated to using a Mac.

    Amy

    December 24, 2009

    I am personally a PC gal. I use them for work and don’t want to take the time to learn a new OS.

    On the other hand, my BF got a new mac the same time I got my new laptop. They each have the same stats. We put vista on his mac and started running different things. His vista out performed mine on everything we tested and tried. He has since put windows 7 pro on his and loves it.

    I don’t regret getting my pc but was very impressed by his mac. The biggest benefit that I can see to getting the pc was the cost. For the cost of his laptop I will be able to replace my laptop in a couple of years and take advantage of the more powerful hardware.

    If you are looking at laptops take a look at the ASUS brand. That is the one that I got and so far I really like it.

    Alex Quintana

    December 24, 2009

    Asus is like in my top 2 of motherboard manufacturers. I am definitely happy to see that Asus laptops are being sold in Best Buy.

    I definitely would approve of buying an Asus laptop when going with PC. For 10 years they have been the only motherboard I ever use in my machines.

    Jaye

    December 28, 2009

    I guess I am in the minority but I am a PC girl all the way. I do not have problems with my PC crashing or always getting viruses…..I use a PC at work, and everytime I end up using a Mac I end up getting frustrated. I think most of it is I am too lazy to learn about the new OS.

    I personally feel that Mac is really over priced. I like using my PC and I don’t have any problems. I just bought an ASUS and love it, and I am not ashamed of it. ;)

    Michelle N

    December 29, 2009

    I have a PC but dream of having a MAC one day. They are just too pricey for my budget at this time. I will get one, one of these days.

    patty

    December 30, 2009

    I’m a total computer novice with a pc that I hate. Hoping to get a laptop for my birthday in Feb. After reading all the comments I will have to consider a MAC. Do you think it’s a good choice for someone with limited/no tech skills? What did you decide Roni?

    catherine lynn

    January 1, 2010

    I have been a PC girl all my life. And up to about 2 years ago I would never have considered changin to a mac. last year however, i managed to get my hands on a mac for my work placement and oh.my.word. I loved it like i love scooby doo (thats a lot). My last PC desktop that I had accumulated tons of viruses (but we never downloaded anything or went to any “bad” sites. so i dunno how that happened…) and my current laptop (my dell) even tho it was a great laptop, ive had to restore it to factory settings twice (thank god I have saved everything on my external hardrive). So for christmas this year my dad and i decided (after the second time) that I was to get a mac. Luckily for my I got my student discount (in final year at uni). Only had it for about a month but I really really love it. Its so fast and I think that I couldnt go back to a PC!.

    Terri

    January 4, 2010

    I work in publishing and am a PC gal. This quote sums up my thoughts on Macs: “I tried a Mac for a while about ten years ago, but I decided that I just wanted to get tasks done, not to join a quasi-religious cult”.
    Also, Macs CAN get viruses. It is just that no one bothers to create them for Macs as only 10% of computer users use them.

    Alex Quintana

    January 11, 2010

    Yeah, if you are a somewhat knowledgeable computer user you will never get viruses on your PC. If you participate in somewhat risky activity such as downloading from P2P networks including Bit Torrent, then you may want to go with an anti-virus solution.

    I would also go with a firewall but you want to stay away from Norton anything if you want a fast machine. Also McAfee etc. Remember your days at CCBC ;)

    My personal favorites are ESET and Trend Micro. They are the most efficient and least likely to slow your computer down as long as you turn off real-time scanning (which is recommended because it makes launching programs and accessing files slow). The ESET firewall is vastly superior to the Trend Micro firewall. Both come with free trials.

    David

    January 18, 2010

    Mac 4ever! Web dev + design + whatever. The machines go longer and stronger and they’re beautiful. There really is no debate in my mind.

    Tammy

    January 22, 2010

    My name is Tammy and I am a PC.
    I’ve had the same desktop for 5 years and the same laptop for 3. (And the whole family has had and does own many more for years. My hubby is a computer geek. Way back to the first home computers when he was in college. (A TI that used a cassette tape to save stuff! LOL) Over the years he has rebuilt and recycled just about every PC in both our extended families. In fact, the 2 computers I use now ARE refurbished hand me downs that others decided needed to be upgraded. I have no problems with mine, nor complaints. I never have issues with crashing or virus. Good virus protection, staying away from suspicious sites and risky downloads, and backing up data is all the care you need.