Will the Mac vs PC debate ever end? Ever since TBWA\Chiat\Day launched “The Mac vs PC” ads in 2006, the Mac has been known as the hip and the PC as the geek. But looking beyond the surface, when it comes to choosing between PC and Mac, it’s the differences that count.
To narrow down your choice, answer the following questions:
- Do you like gaming?
- Are you always on the go?
- Do you use a lot of software, constantly switching between tools?
- Are you an editor or graphic designer?
- Do you need a new laptop for personal use, to watch movies and keep in touch with family and friends?
Depending on what you want to do, one might be better than the other, but ultimately it boils down to personal preference. Here are 5 ways to choose between Mac and PC:
1. Device Ecosystem
The first thing you need to think about when deciding between a Mac and a PC is to take stock of the other devices you own. What mobile phone do you have? Do you have an Apple TV or Chromecast? Do you have a tablet? What is the operating system (OS) it’s on? Is it iOS or Android?
Although you can have a mix of operating systems, taking into account the OS of your devices will ensure easier compatibility. Apple products integrate easily together and Windows and Android products do too. Choosing handsets in the same ecosystem is much easier, but it’s possible to get different devices to work together – it just takes more time.
What will you use your computer for? Apple technology has been praised for its high-powered graphic and video design capabilities for some time, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t better PCs out there. It’s simply a matter of time and research – and with so many options available for Windows, one can be either delighted or overwhelmed.
Because PCs are more easily upgraded and users can select from many different types of processors, memory, or audio cards, PC users can build a custom machine quickly and easily. That can come in handy for gamers or web developers that benefit from the customization.
But some might just want a sleek design, easy interface, and navigation so they can watch movies and browse the internet. If you’re willing to pay a premium price, then an Apple device is for you.
A device is only as great as it is secure. A cyber attack is imminent unless your laptop has top-notch anti-virus software. Across the world, antivirus programs detect 350,000 viruses every day.
According to Jan Chapman, Co-Founder and Managing Director of MSP Blueshift, “With each passing year, cybersecurity becomes more and more important. With all of our devices connected and our personal information stored on our devices, hacking has never been more dangerous for individuals.”
That is why it’s important to choose a device that has protection already incorporated into it. Because there are much fewer Apple products compared to PCs, there aren’t as many viruses created for OS X. Plus, because Apple is in control of the software on its devices, it’s easier to catch and get rid of malware. But keep in mind that Windows 10 also comes with built-in Windows Security.
There’s no denying that Apple products are at the high-end of the spectrum when it comes to price. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t PCs that cost the same or more. It’s just that PCs have a wide range of price points because there are so many makers on the market.
What is important to consider when deciding between a Mac and a PC is the configuration. They all come with different preinstalled software and have different functions and capabilities.
If you’re looking for more memory and storage options, a PC will give you more for your investment – at a price. When buying a Mac, you should keep in mind that you might need to buy extra add-ons.
Do you love the multi-touch gestures on Mac? Or are you enamoured with the idea of touch screens? How about laptops that can convert into tablets?
Because of the many manufacturers on the PC market, there are more technological and software advancements. Ever since Windows 8 and Windows 10, most devices have been created with touch screens in mind. This makes it easy to convert from laptops to tablets – and perfect for multitasking.
Macs is a classic design that is iconic, and its magic trackpad has revolutionised the laptop industry since 2010. There are so many gestures on Mac that are yet to be uncovered by the general user, and they add to the uniqueness and usability of the device.
The Mac and PC are still the two major choices for hardware and OS. Each of them does something better, it’s just a matter of choice. Use the 5 tips above to try to narrow down your options – and choose something you’ll enjoy!