Buying a Laptop: Mac or PC?

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So you want to buy a laptop. You’ve seen the ads on TV, you’ve heard the stories from your friends, and you’ve seen the youtube videos of laptops catching on fire. But you still don’t know if you want the flashiness of a Mac or the tradition of a PC. Note that these are some general tips, not a reference guide. I’m not going to list the price of every computer on earth complete with specs. There are websites for that. So if that’s what you’re looking for, go to dell.com, newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, etc. or any computer retail store. This entry in the series will focus on the Pros and Cons of Macs and PCs, compare them, and conclude with my personal opinon.

1. Mac or PC?

Ah, the seemingly never-ending battle between Apple and Microsoft to gain the upper edge in the computer market. But which one is better?? Like you have probably heard, it depends on what you want to do. If you’re looking for a computer designed for multimedia entertainment yet works just as well in the office, then a Mac might be your preference. If you’re a hardcore gamer, programmer, or “old school” computer user, then PCs are the way to go. Here’s a list of pros and cons between Macs and PCs

Macs

  • Pros:
  1. Great for editing movies and photos
  2. Simple design/ many accessories
  3. Files and photos easily organized
  4. Easily personalized
  5. Uses Microsoft Office programs/ compatible with many PC components
  6. No viruses!
  • Cons:
  1. Generally expensive
  2. Can’t play many popular games
  3. Fragile
  4. Made by communists….(just kidding)

PCs

  • Pros
  1. Easy to program on
  2. Compatible with many games
  3. Most third party programs are for PCs
  4. Larger variety
  5. Hardware is more versatile
  • Cons
  1. Susceptible to viruses
  2. Vista. (need I say more?)
  3. Some features require more computer experience
  4. Third party programs needed to edit movies etc.
  5. There’s no cup holder

These are only a FEW of the LONG LONG LONG list of pros and cons between Macs and PCs. No doubt there are more thorough articles out there. But again, these are simply a few things to consider. Personally, I prefer a PC. I’ve grown up with PCs all my life, so call me old-fashioned. I enjoy the honesty of PCs, not wrapped in some sugar-coated plastic casing. But that’s just me. Hopefully, you have a slightly better understanding of Macs and PCs and are better prepared to buy your new laptop.

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