Answer Best answer as chosen by user edslak
by pharmaca4 - 5/23/13 8:42 AM
In Reply to: Advantages of Mac by edslak
Hardware : Macs are ideal for number crunching. Number crunching is generally associated with advanced/involved/long processes, which are generally associated with video, sound, and picture editing. Unless you are performing computer work where you are having to wait a significant amount of time for things to process, then Macs hold no major advantages over alternatives. Cases generally look aesthetically pleasing and are always made of a heavy metal alloy (not plastic); if you wanted an equivalent PC case, you would have to look for one (a lot come in plain plastic cases) or customize one, which could be seen as a disadvantage (and advantage of Macs) for time-strapped individuals. There are not as many equivalents for Mac laptops; Sony VAIOs and Alienware laptops are the only equivalents I can think of as far meeting stability AND aesthetic standards set by Mac laptops.
Software / OS : Mostly personal preference; many people find the Mac OS more intuitive, so a new computer user may learn to use a Mac more easily. There is some Mac software unavailable on PCs, but none are functionally unique or superior to others available on non-Macs. Organization is a big advantage of OSX, and is much better than any native Windows. Software and OS are more stable than Windows; this may be important if running important tasks, or for new, non-educated, or time-strapped computer users as less upkeep and maintenance is needed. To say that Windows is unstable is an overstatement; this lesser stability generally refers to Windows viruses being more commonplace (especially important for naive users; with a proper antivirus program and common sense most people go for years without getting anything; seriously malicious viruses are a thing of the past, now its mostly benign adware=popups), random hangups caused by incorrectly configured hardware/software/etc (generally customized PCs), and the potential need to search for drivers for peripherals and other hardware (again generally customized PCs).
To summarize, Get a Mac If : Video, Sound, or Picture Editing (Number Crunching) and/or Maintenance/Upkeep is an issue
As I'm sure you can guess, I heavily favor non-Macs The disadvantages of Macs (believe me I could list a few) outweighs its advantages in most users, but it essentially comes down to personal preference and what you need it for.
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