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Mac* vs PC: all you need to know

Which is better? For the longest time, there has been a divide between die-hard Microsoft PC users and Apple Mac loyalists. Depending on who you ask you’ll always get a different opinion. But with the introduction of the latest machines available, the gap is getting smaller. Here’s a fresh look at the key differences between the two.

Operating system (OS)
As the most popular OS for home and office PCs, Windows is a trusted brand that works on any device. The latest Windows 8 is also a lot faster, more interactive and easier to use than previous versions.

PCs offer users endless options for designs because there are so many brands to choose from. The latest devices are also pushing new designs and features with the addition of touchscreens and 2-in-1s.

Hardware customization
With a PC, you have the freedom to customize your computer before AND after purchase. Need more RAM? You can add more anytime. Want better graphics and sound? That’s easy to do too. This ease of upgrading your hardware lets you extend the life of your computer with newer components whenever you need.

Operating  system (OS)
The defining element of a Mac experience is its OS. Fast, simple and reliable, the Mac OS is designed to work best with Apple’s hardware and is less compatible with other PCs.

What they lack in variety, Apple makes up for with beautiful, clean and iconic designs that are instantly recognizable. As a premium product, Macs are also made with higher quality materials.

Hardware customization
On the flipside, Macs are configured to meet the demands of most users. Specialized users who are looking for a more customized computer may find it hard to do so with a Mac. Any form of customization will have to be done before purchase.

From the standard Microsoft Office to the more advanced Adobe Creative Suites, most programs and apps now come in versions for both PCs and Macs. If you’re switching between a PC and a Mac, you’ll need the right version to run on that OS.

The final comparison comes down to cost. For most users, cost is important; you want to get the most for your money. With so many brands and models available, PCs offer a much wider price range so there’s always something for every budget. Due to the higher cost in making Macs, they tend to be more expensive and have a limited price range compared to PCs.