Are you sick and tired of hearing how great Macs are? Are you simply bored with your PC? If so, we’ve narrowed down some of the top reasons for staying with your PC or finally buckling to the pressure and buying a Mac. Truth is, they’re both great and the divide between the two is narrowing as technology improves. But there are still some subtle differences between the two the average computer user simply cannot ignore or overcome.
Top Reasons To Stick With Your PC
You shouldn’t have to feel like an outcast in school or an old fuddy-duddy at the coffee shop. PCs have a lot of allure and are still the market leader for a reason.
- Compatibility – Probably the most important reason to stick with your PC is compatibility. There’s always that one critical piece of software you simply can’t live without. Or maybe you have an expensive laser printer or scanner that does not have a Mac OS driver available.
- You’re Invested – In addition to hardware, maybe you have Adobe Creative Suite 5 for the PC or have already purchased Office 2010 for Windows. These are expensive software investments. While it’s true you can use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac, most people are not going to do that.
- Windows 7 – Windows 7 is one of the best Operating Systems around. In addition, Windows 8 is just around the corner if you’re looking for something different.
- Games – If you’re a hardcore gamer, you want to be on a PC. Macs are a closed system with very little options to tweak. PC gamers need the flexibility of a Windows machine to keep their hardware up to par. In addition, many titles are still only available on the PC.
- Hardware Variety – Macs have a certain look and feel that might not appeal to everyone. If you’re one of those people, you have the benefit of buying from multiple top manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Sony, Acer, and others. Windows runs just fine on all of them.
Top Reasons To Switch To A Mac
Here are some of the more popular reasons why you might want to dump that old PC and dive into the exciting world of Mac OS X.
- You already have an iPhone and iPad – While it’s true you can dock these devices to a Windows computer, iTunes just works better on a Mac.
- Security – You’ve heard rumors that Macs are more secure than PCs. While it’s true Macs can get viruses, they tend to be less susceptible to malware than PCs are. Why? There are fewer exploits and they are still a minority in the market, making them a less-appealing target for hackers. This benefit will not last forever, however, and running an antivirus is still recommended.
- Time Machine – Lost a file? Hard drive died? Plug in your external Time Machine backup and insert your Install disk (Yes, you get a real install disk with a Mac) and you can be back up and running in no time. You can even run Mac OS X off of an external drive without issue, if necessary.
- Default Software and Upgrades – Macs ship with powerful default tools such as Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and iDVD. In addition, Operating System updates are installed via download and cost a fraction of the price of a Windows upgrade.
- Support – Macs are expensive, partly because they have such great tech support through Apple Care. If you have a problem, unplug your computer and take it to the local Genius Bar at any Apple store or call them to get quick assistance.
Please, before you start commenting that the PC can also do what the Mac can do or that the Mac can also play games–you’re right. And I know. There are a hundred different workarounds to any problem. These bullet points were created for normal users that might not be interested in applying workarounds like Boot Camp or installing Mac OS X on a Hackintosh they built in their basement. But if you have other legitimate reasons why a PC or Mac is better, please comment below and let us know.