So this is a battle that has raged on for years and years. Which computer is really better? A Mac or a Windows based PC? Well here are some very realistic and factual reasons why Windows PCs fall miserably short compared to an Apple Mac.
1. THEY MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY
Computers are meant to make our lives easier. This is harder to achieve when the device in question keeps popping up messages from its anti-virus software and hiding essential features behind a baffling new operating system. Macs are simple to use and incredibly reliable, which is why they have scored the highest in customer satisfaction surveys for ten years straight.
2. THEY COME LOADED WITH USEFUL SOFTWARE
When you get your shiny new machine home, the first thing you want to do is use it. With a PC this will take a little time as out-of-the-box Windows 8 has hardly any useful, quality apps. In fact, manufacturers are paid to include trial versions and various useless software that can be hard to uninstall. A Mac arrives loaded with the awesome iLife package (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband), a powerful email client, and the full iWork (word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software) online package – all for free. Free is good.
3. THEY OFFER GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY
One criticism often aimed at Macs is that they are too expensive. Certainly they’re not cheap, but that’s because they only use quality components, which often compare favorably against PCs at a similar price. Add to that the aforementioned software, plus the fact that Apple optimizes both hardware and software to get the most out of a machine, and you end up with a bargain. Additionally, the lifetime of a Mac is significantly greater due to the use of those quality parts.
4. THEY DON’T RUN WINDOWS 8
When Microsoft released its brand new version of Windows it was greeted with a collective ‘why would you do that to us?’ cry from the majority of its users. The touch-centric, unintuitive interface made PCs much harder to use, especially older machines. In contrast OS X Mavericks is a polished, refined and elegant experience. Additionally far more Mac users have upgraded to Mavericks than Windows users have to Windows 8. Oh, did I mention Mavericks is a free upgrade? You’d never see Microsoft giving away a major upgrade for free (ie. from Windows 7 to Windows 8).
5. THEY DO RUN WINDOWS 8
If you are hesitant in switching to a Mac because of certain Windows software that you absolutely need, then fret not. Windows runs on a Mac, and it does so rather well. In fact pretty much any modern operating system can. Even Linux inventor Linus Torvalds famously uses a Macbook Air as his daily machine. Not only that, most relatively current to absolutely current Macs have excellent graphics cards in them and can run nearly every PC game available while running Windows. I mean come on, the Mac is an Intel box – so Windows runs natively…no emulators here!
6. THE APPLE STORE
Every computer, at some point in its life, will have a problem or two. On a PC you’ll most likely need to find a repair shop and hope for the best. With a Mac you pop online, book a slot with an Apple Genius, then take it to the store where Mac specialists will find the solution, often for free. If you have Apple’s extended service plan, AppleCare, you can have an Apple Certified Technician come to your home and fix it there, including replacing major components of the computer. Again, another part of that bargain I talked about above.
Macs have always come with plenty of ways to enable accessibility for users with special needs. By selecting from the menu in System Preferences you can enable voice control, screen zooms, high contrast displays, have your Mac read out text to you, or flash the screen when a message arrives. There are also a number of assistive devices which work really well with the Mac.
8. THEY DON’T GET VIRUSES
Viruses on Macs are as rare as pictures of Miley Cyrus without her tongue sticking out. Windows on the other hand is akin to the battle of Helm’s Deep, with virus laden orcs bombarding the stronghold in relentless fashion. Only Norton the bold or McAfee the white can save them now. And let’s not even discuss spyware, adware and other malicious things that PCs get. I don’t run a virus scanner on my Mac – haven’t in over 12 years.
9. THE TRACKPAD
While Windows 8 is designed around a touchscreen interface, Macs have an incredible range of simple to use trackpad gestures that make navigating the system fast and friendly. They also have the best trackpad on any laptop by an absolute mile, which is very important if you consider how often you use one on a daily basis.
10. APPLE PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED IN ‘MURICA! (and soon to be made here too)
Apple’s packaging says it all “Designed in California, USA”. While there are still a few Macs manufactured overseas, a few of them are now being made right here in the USA. Apple has announced they are building an assembly plant in Arizona where they will be making many of their systems, providing thousands of jobs to Americans.
If those aren’t reasons enough to ditch a PC in favor of a Mac, well…I have done all I can do. In closing I will say this: I have been a Mac user since June 1984 and in those nearly 30 years I have never had any major issues or complaints with regards to my Mac. I also had a Windows PC from 1995 to 2002 (which was rebuilt once) and I had no end of issues with it, several viral infections despite having a virus scanner installed and eventually the whole thing ended up in the dump with the rest of the useless trash. So you may call me biased but at least I have used both platforms.
I currently run a 27″ iMac with both OS X and Windows installed.