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MAC vs. PC – The Eternal Debate

The debate Mac vs PC rages on since nearly the down of time. Many Mac users think as Apple a religion and would follow Steve Jobs to end of the world. Obviously this article is not written for these people but more for the PC user who is thinking of switching to a Mac.

First of all, I am self employed and I use an application that is owned by Apple for work. I can only run it on a Mac. So I just ordered my 3rd Mac laptop. Also, in the 80s, my fist computer was a Macintosh SE.

Also, like many others, I have been a PC user since Windows 95 and I used practically all the version of this operating system, including some server versions.

In short, my advice is Go for a Mac only if you have a program that only runs on it.

Doing Photoshop on Mac is throwing money out the window.

Don’t get me wrong Mac OS X is very nice system… based on Unix, which is very nice if you have to interact with Linux machines.

But a Mac will cost you 1.5 times the price of a pc with the same hardware. Furthermore, since Apple as a monopole on all the hardware that can run MacOS X, it’s harder to get a solution that fit exactly your needs.

Many will tell you that you can’t catch a virus on a Mac. While it is true that Macs are less prone to catch them, hackers are developing more and more viruses for Mac as there popularity is rising.

You will also ear that you can run Windows on a Mac. This is true. But you will have to pay between 150$ and 500$ for a Windows license to install it on your computer that already cost you 1.5 times more. And if you don’t really need a Mac and are used to Windows, you will find yourself using practically only Windows. This will have made spent all this extra money for absolutely nothing.

Finally, Apple will charge for a lot more things. For example, since they launch MacOs X in 2001, they release 5 updates. You had to pay at lease 150$ for each update. And in a lot of times, Apple made it so that the update would take a lot of “juice” of older machines to force to change them.

In contrast, Windows XP was also released in 2001. They offered similar updates, which, contrary to the ones of Apple, don’t overload your CPU. They called them service packs and they were free.

In summary, if money is no object, buying a Mac is not a bad idea. If not you should switch to a Mac only if you have a program that only runs on it.
Matthew Deforge
Technical Adviser, Bargain-Predator.com

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