PCs vs. Macs
The debate over which is better has existed since PCs and Macs hit the market. Depending on who you talk to, a different opinion is always guaranteed. While many are die-hard Microsoft PC users, another group exists that are just as dedicated to Apple’s Mac.
For many users, cost is key; you want to get the most for your money. PCs previously dominated the budget-friendly market, with Macs ranging anywhere from $100 to $500 more than a comparable PC. Today, this gap has lessened significantly. However, you will notice a few key features that Macs tend to lack in order to provide lower prices:
Most PCs have anywhere from 2GB to 8GB of RAM while Macs usually only have 1GB to 4GB. Keep in mind; this is for standard models, not custom orders.
Hard Drive Space
Macs typically have smaller hard drives than PCs. This could be because some Mac files and applications are slightly smaller than their PC counterparts. On average, you will still see price gaps of several hundred dollars between comparable Macs and PCs. For computing on a budget, PCs win.
Unlike PCs, Macs can also run Windows. If you want the best of both worlds, a Mac is your best option.
Stability is another factor that may actually make Macs more cost effective. Everyone knows PCs crash, and Microsoft has made efforts to their operating systems more reliable. However, Mac hardware and software tends to be more stable and less likely to crash randomly.
Macs are exclusive to Apple. This means prices and features are the same no matter where you shop. This may limit Mac availability but with the new Apple stores, it’s getting easier to buy Macs and Mac accessories worldwide. Servicing can only be done by an authorized Apple support center and this exclusivity is one of the reasons why Macs are more stable.
PCs, on the other hand, are available from a wide range of retailers and manufacturers. This means more customization, wider price range and servicing available at most retailers and manufacturers. This also makes it easier for you to perform upgrades and repairs yourself, as parts are easier to find.
The final comparison comes down to software. For the most part, the two are neck and neck. Microsoft has even released Microsoft Office specifically for Mac, proving Apple and Microsoft can get along. All in all, Macs are more software compatible than PCs and both systems support most open-source software. Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference and your computing needs.
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