PC or MAC? - Make The Right Choice

by PYB James | Oct 01, 2010

If you are in the market looking for a new desktop or laptop, you are bound to come up on the question which is better: PC or Mac. The debate has been raging for years and this rivalry in the world has gained the proportions of a cultural divide akin to the Pepsi vs. Coke divide. So here is a comparison between the PC and Mac that will help you to make an informed decision.

Functionality

Whether you choose a Mac or a PC will largely depend on how and where you intend to use your computer. For instance, if you primarily use your computer to send receive emails, create spread sheets and word processing; a PC would be the right choice for you. Also, most workplaces tend to use Windows based PC systems that are suitable for traditional office functions.

On the other hand, if you work in a studio and your computer is used for artistic pursuits, an Apple Computer will be well suited to your requirements. The Mac is designed to handle media based functions and works very well when used in film and photo editing, music production and desktop publishing. However, this does not mean that the PC cannot be used for media related functions and that the Mac would prove useless in an office environment. As a matter of fact, the core of these two machines is beginning to get strikingly similar with both of them using Intel processors.

The Mac comes equipped with extra functions and useful gimmicks that make the machine more functional and attractive. However, you need to understand that even today; you may have a rough time finding certain programs and computer games that can be used on a Mac. If you are a gamer, a Mac may not be all that suitable for you.

Design

For many buyers the design of the product is vital factors when making a purchasing decision. If you are going to spend several hundred dollars on a product; it is normal to expect it to live up to your visual expectations.

Most people will tell you that the Mac has a serious advantage in this area. Apple has invested a lot of time and money to ensure that their products have an impressive and sleek design. The CD drive on the side of the computer screen and the all white color certainly do make a Mac look extraordinary. As opposed to the shiny and well made look of a Mac, a PC is more geared towards functionality often compromising on aesthetic appeal in the process. However, there are several PC manufacturers and the cut throat competition has led to the introduction of several visually pleasing designs in the market.

Also, there is a wide range to choose from when buying a PC because there are so many players in the PC marketplace. However, Mac is only manufactured by Apple, so your choices are definitely limited.

Cost

Cost is probably the most important factor that has a huge impact on the purchasing decision of a buyer. To put it simply, Macs do tend to be more expensive than most PCs with similar configuration and features. For instance, the Mac rang starts at over $1000 and the price goes up significantly as the specs are increased. However, you could get a decent looking and fully functional PC for just a few hundred dollars. So if you are budget shopper; then the Mac may not be the appropriate choice for you. Add to this the fact that you do not have a lot of options to choose from when buying a Mac. As opposed to this there are only about several dozen PC manufacturers in the market all trying to outdo each other.

This means that you can get heavy discounts when buying a PC but virtually none at all when purchasing a Mac.

After Sales Service

Most customers would also scrutinize the after sales service and the cost of product repair when buying a computer. The PC has a serious advantage in this area because not only are the peripherals cheap but also the parts are commonly available. The peripherals can easily be swapped from one machine to another. When using a Mac, you will find that there is no other option but to use Apple proprietary parts for your Mac.

Apple's extended warranty program is among the most expensive in the industry so the best option would be to take out laptop insurance. However if you want a computer that is easy to repair with easily available parts; then you should opt for the PC. While both machines have their own pros and cons; the choice that you make will entirely depend on what you need from your computer.

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