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What is better pc or mac?

What is better pc or mac and why?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    PC for the following...

    I would not switch to the Mac for the following reasons...

    PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support

    Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

    Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

    Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

    A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&bt... as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

    If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

    Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

    I say: NO... for the following reasons...

    Equivalents to ILife

    http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ili...

    http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

    VIRUSES

    Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

    http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

    http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/m...

    http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll...

    QUALITY/PROBLEMS

    Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

    Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

    http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwin...

    http://www.appledefects.com/

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-sy...

    Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.

    With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.

    IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

    SECURITY

    Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.

    Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.

    Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

    http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X...

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-...

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Research...

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Iro...

    ADVANTAGES LINUX :

    1) FREE (most versions are)

    2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)

    2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4Fbk52Mk1w

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE

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    (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)

    3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0hzi22g2DE

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    4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet

    5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

    Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-u...

    Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_...

    ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :

    Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.

    1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.

    2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).

    3) More business software/games

    4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.

    5) Used by businesses.

    PRICE

    A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

    **(LAPTOP)

    Dell Inspiron Laptop Starting Price: $500

    Ending Price: $500

    15" Screen

    CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [5% slower]

    Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD [Not as good/fine for general use[

    Memory: 3GB DDR2 SDRAM [75% of ram)

    Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (same)

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx...

    Cybperpower Notebook Xplorer X5-2900 Starting Price: $755

    Ending Price After upgrades (not including 5% rebate): $860

    15" Screen

    CPU: (upgrade to) 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (+$100) [FASTER]

    Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9600-GT 512MB [MUCH FASTER/BETTER CARD]

    Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM [MORE MEMORY]

    Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (+$5) [LARGER HARD DRIVE]

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900...

    Macbook Starting laptop Price: $1000

    Ending Price After Upgrades: $1200

    13" Screen (SMALLER)

    CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SLOWER)

    Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9400 256MB

    Memory: (upgrade to) 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (SAME)

    Hard Drive (upgrade to) 320B Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)

    http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC240LL/A?mco=...

    **(DESKTOP)

    PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to $400 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

    PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

    Dell: ($700)

    CPU: 2.33 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE

    SCREEN: 20inch Screen

    MEMORY: 4GB Ram

    HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive

    OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer

    GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 512MB

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx...

    The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

    IMac ($1300)

    CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)

    SCREEN: 20inch Screen

    MEMORY: (upgrade to) 4GB Ram (SAME)

    HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 320 GB hard Drive (LESS HARD DRIVE)

    OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)

    GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (APPROX SAME BUT LESS MEMORY GAPHICS)

    http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB417LL/A?mco=...

    FREE Windows Stufff

    http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

    http://www.iobit.com/

    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    ANTI-VIRUS

    Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.

    http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

    ANTI-MALWARE

    Windows Defender (FREE)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamil...

    Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version.

    http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware...

    Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

    http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edi...

    LINUX INFO:

    http://distrowatch.com/

    http://polishlinux.org/

    http://www.desktoplinux.com/

    http://polishlinux.org/

    http://www.ubuntu.com/

    http://www.kubuntu.org/

    http://www.freespire.org/

    http://www.pclinuxos.com/

    http://xwinman.org/gnome.php

    http://xwinman.org/kde.php

    http://www.linuxalt.com/

    http://screencasts.ubuntu.com/

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwitchingToUbunt...

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwitchingToUbunt

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, Since I own both PC's and Macs. Its hard to tell the difference from the outside when a PC is new. Macs are better for the following reasons:

    1. They hardly crash if ever.

    2. Less Viruses and other Malware.

    3. You can run Windows on a Mac using Boot camp or a system emulator (Parallels, VM Ware Fusion, etc) So its like purchasing a Mac and a PC on one unit.

    4. Build Quality they have a better appearance and more sturdy design PC Makers usually use plastic The Exemption is Sony and Some Dells.

    5. Macs Retain RESELL Value. Windows go down in price drastically the minute you leave the store.

    The Reasons Windows are better are the following:

    1. Cheaper.

    2. Wider range of Software.

    3. Compatibility between Peripherals. (MP3 Players, Gaming Systems.

    4. Gaming is great on a Windows machine because they produce more Windows Games then they do for Macs.

    5. Upgrading is cheaper and sometimes easier depending on what Mac.

    I use both Machines. Macs have its advantages and so do Windows. The reason I dispute using PC instead of Windows is because the debate is between software Windows vs Mac. But people use PC because its easier then Saying Hi I'm a Mac and I'm a Window. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.

    Source(s): I work in Tech Support and as a Tech Reviewer.
  • 4 years ago

    I think that a mac is better because It is simple and has only one screen (Desktop)

    I also like PC's for some of my games that I play because they do not work on my Mac so I like both.

    I like how on macs that the apple logo lights up when it is on (I just like it)

    So if I had to pick one I would pick a mac

    • Phil4 years agoReport

      I use my mac all the time but I do not use my PC because it is so slow. PC's are think. on the other hand my Mac is thin

      If you are going to get one get a Mac book Pro.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hey,

    Let me start by saying that I am going to probably insult everyone windows pro person in this Q&A.

    Every person out there who says go for windows because "It has more software"is an complete ill-literate.My uncle works for Microsoft and he is the one who gave me this info.It is correct and for your information I do have a mac and a windows machine.You people are just idiots whom have a windows comp and dont want to admit mac is better.Windows has more software but its mostly crap.Any important software is defenetly there for the mac.Mac software is conveinant and fun to use.It has everything and anything that you need.

    People say Mac's are more expensive.These people are dim-witts.

    Mac's are expensive but its worth it if you can afford it.The expeirence of using a mac is more fun and more productive.The programs are very graphic intensive and easy to use.

    Mac's are truly stunning and they are carved out of a single piece of aluminum!That means that it is rock solid :)

    Another thing is that,Macs seem to be slow if you rate it by Ghz.But the reason is becasue osX itself does not need the speed and ram required by vista.The OS is much faster and since people are talking about the future this september snow leapord is coming out and it runs 64-bit programs.Which NO ONE ELSE can run.

    All in all you do whatever you want.But I strongly suggest you buy a macbook or macbook pro.

    Regards,

    sam

    Source(s): My uncle and my personal experience
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Macs cost 3 to 5 times a pc with the same features.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A lot of people thinks Macs r better, but now im gonna tell you the reality of the situation. First of all, if a pc crashes its ur own fault not the pc's and easily fixable. In truth, macs crash very often themselves, but it is because of a bad operating system and is very hard to fix. Second, Apple lies about the speed of the Mac. The tests r "done" by their own technicians, who lie about them. Third, barely anything is compatible for a Mac and most of apple's programs are pretty mediocre. That includes itunes (froddle pod is much better).Fourth, Macs are clearly more expensive for no reason. Fifth, unless your a complete idiot, keeping a PC virus free is no big deal, even when only using freeware. go with an Avira AntiVir free edition and get outpost firewall free edition. This is the best free setup. avast and AVG suck dont listen to anyone who says they r good. Macs will eventually start getting viruses anyways. Also, you cant upgrade a mac so itll get outdated fast and guess what, u need a new one!. For a pc, just buy a better part.

    Macs do have some good things about them . i mean for now they r virus free i guess, but u can get good protection for a pc free.If you do get a PC, i suggest getting one that can be upgraded to Windows 7 pronto. Windows 7 is like vista gone right. its great.

    They have some good editing programs too. Some nice mouse features, but thats minor crap. Macs arent terrible, but i think a PC is a much better choice. with a bit of knowledge on how to keep it safe, ull be fine. Here ill even give you 3 useful products and serial keys you can use to register them. heres the link:

    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?qtzj3zuoght

    but u can get good protection for a pc free.If you do get a PC, i suggest getting one that can be upgraded to Windows 7 pronto. Windows 7 is like vista gone right. its great.

    Interesting fact: Apple's main server uses Linux! they dont even like their own operating system. For a mac desktop, the mouse is AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Source(s): Lots of reading, personal experience, common sense, facts.
  • 1 decade ago

    PC- Simply better and more powerful/efficient and easier to find parts, plus Everything will run on a PC unlike a Mac.

    Mac- U don't have to worry to much about viruses. :)

    Source(s): Experiance
  • 1 decade ago

    PC good for beginner. user friendly.

    MAC good for expert. different format. virus attacks less than PC

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I beg of you.(not just you but everyone) Stop asking this question. Do the research on your own and don't rely on the opinions of others!

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