Need help, PC or Mac?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by TheoShooter, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. TheoShooter

    TheoShooter New Member

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    Time for a new computer. Have always used a PC but am considering a Mac. Have an I-phone and an I-Pad and really like them. Just want to know if a Mac is worth the extra bucks. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    Picking a computer is a lot like picking a gun. You find one you are comfortable using that has the accessories you want. A Mac computer is NOT the same as using an apple mobile device. There is a little bit of a learning curve with learning an entirely new operating system. But I have been told on many occasions that once you learn Mac you'll love it. Mac is expensive for what you get. PCs are generally cheaper for comparable stats between the two in terms of hardware. Personally, for a desktop i would go PC and for a laptop i would go Mac (if you have the money).
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I was very happy to go back to a Mac after so many years having to use a PC because of software needs. Great things about my Mac:
    Great battery life
    Amazingly easy to purchase and install new software
    Zero problems with viruses
    Keynote is better than Powerpoint
    Easier to use multiple screens
    Best track pad I've used
    Very durable - trust me, I've tested it
    OS updates are piece of cake and FREE
    And from what a friend of mine described to me of his new Windows 8 experience... I have the far superior OS.
     
  4. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    I am a computer fool, and rely on my lovely wife to guide me through that maze. But I do own and iPhone and ipad. Live them both. I bought the family a nice, huge Mac desk top a couple years ago. It has been solid and problem free. But the more updates and upgrades I get the more I feel like I am back with Microsoft. No empirical data, but just a good ole sales guy's feel for a company changing its SOP and soul over time.
     
  5. ellis36

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    My two cents worth, TheoShooter

    IMO, whether you will prefer a PC or a Mac depends on your attitude about computers in general.

    If you understand something about computers and like to ‘tinker under the hood,’ a Mac might not be for you.

    On the other hand, if you want a stable operating system that’s user friendly, you might consider a Mac.

    If you are not satisfied with the Apple mail, Apple iPhoto, Apple iTunes, Apple address book, etc., etc., and prefer apps written more for PC’s (because that’s what you are used to,) then a Mac might not be for you. That’s not to say Mac’s do not do 3rd party apps…but you do have to be careful.

    My suggestion, if you are not familiar with Mac’s and can do it, would be to visit an Apple store and spend some time on the floor with their products. Decide if you like the way they work. Decide if you like the system. Decide if you can forget the way ‘it was done’ on a PC.

    Mac’s come with a one year warranty and that warranty can be extended for an additional year at the time of purchase for about $100. For that you get unlimited Apple help-line assistance by knowledgeable (American) Apple technicians who will stay with you until a problem is solved. If a hardware problem comes up, it will be fixed under warranty at a Apple Store.

    But then…none of this was your question! Sorry about that!

    My opinion to the question you asked, they are worth the extra money. I have four desktops dating back to 2003 and one old 13” laptop that just will not die. They are operational every day.

    Good luck!

    ellis
     
  6. stratrider

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    I'd say get the Mac. I'm still on my first, a mid '11 Macbook Air and I love it. I bought my wife an iMac. I have however drifted away from the iPhone to Samsung's Galaxy S4...Have you ever tried Linux in any form? I've got a 17" gaming laptop with a dual boot, sporting Windows and Ubuntu. You can put Linux (Ubuntu) on an older PC and it will fly.
     
  7. Quentin

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    If you're used to PCs why pay much more for a Mac that offers less? It seems there are two kinds of people out there, ones who are willing to dearly pay for everything simplified plus lots of hand holding from the seller ... and those who want a good price even if it means they'll have to pick up some of the technical support. You see this with computers, cars/trucks, home theater systems and even guns (build an AR vs. buy a factory rifle).

    I build my desktops and buy factory laptops, each time using Windows or Linux because the hardware and OS both are wide open for the person who likes to tinker. I don't find this to be true of the Mac plus you're locked into the Apple universe unless you finally scream you've had enough.

    Take a look at the powerful Windows laptops $500 will buy now, you even can get a 15.6" touchscreen! I recently bought a Dell 15.6" (not touchscreen), 6GB RAM, 1/2TB HD, Win 8, Intel I3 and normal goodies for only $375. What will that get you if you buy a Mac? What about $700? Under $1000? Good luck!

    Win 8 is annoying at first to long time Windows users but you figure it out. And the new 8.1 upgrade improves things a lot. BTW, as your old PC gets tired with bloated Windows and apps, think about going to Linux to give it a turboboost!
     
  8. stratrider

    stratrider New Member

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    Rumor mill says service pack 4/Windows 8 will be released in 2016... Meanwhile, buy stock in Norton and Mcafee
     
  9. DaughterofAres

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    This picture helps explain "who" or "what" they are used for. ;)
     

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  10. Yunus

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    You CAN buy a cheap PC but you should probably not get a bottom of the line version.

    You CAN'T buy a cheap MAC, they only sell high quality hardware.

    Do you do anything or use any programs that don't exist on both platforms? If so then unless you can live without it or jumping through hoops to make it work then your decision is made. Most likely both platforms will do everything you need just a little different from each other.

    Personally I think you can get a high quality PC for a few hundred less than a MAC, you are paying for the name a bit and also for the increased customer service available at their stores. I've always heard good things about their customer service, if that's something you might use then it might be worth it.

    Bottom line, don't compare a $399.99 PC to an $1800 Macbook and then complain that your PC sucks.
     
  11. KJG67

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    The real question no one has directly asked is - what do you, personally, use a computer for? What programs do you use regularly? Does it need to be compatible with work or other users? Then you get into desktop vs laptop and Apple vs PC.
     
  12. kryptar19

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    Mac's are for noobs. :D



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  13. Doc3402

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    The Mac desktop uses hardware that no self-respecting PC builder would use (Foxcon). Safari is the most easily hacked mainstream browser out there, and has been for the last five consecutive years.

    And don't buy the no virus BS. Macs can be hacked and they can be infested with malware and trojans. True, the UNIX core is much more secure than Windows, but it is not invulnerable. Even Apple advises users to install anti-virus software.
     
  14. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The only problem with your suppositions is they are wrong. Out of all the computers in my office, my Mac has caused me fewer problems by far. And that's pretty consistent with the info you find out there in the market.

    So many times you find that PC guys look at Macs and complain they are at best just the same, but more often inferior to PC's. Then they talk about how they are just as vulnerable to viruses and other computer problems. And the list of maladies goes on and on. Then you look at the actual user experiences and brand loyalty and number of complaints between the two platforms, then it's a whole different story.
     
  15. MCarter788

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    I have used both and Mac/Apple is the hands down, way to go. I have Apple TV, time capsule, airport express, iPhone, MacBook Pro, iMac and an iPad... The more apple products I acquire, which it took a long while to acquire all of those and some are my wife's anyways, the more I really enjoy the connectivity of all my devices and home audio/video. Yes PC has better stats, but those stats don't mean crap when it stops working 6 months later. When I was a PC guy I had to spend a lot of time cleaning and fixing my PC's. Mac/Apple stats are everything you will need, don't be fooled by the PC stats. You already have proof of the quality by means of your iPhone and iPad, why venture?
     
  16. Doc3402

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    I didn't say they were just as vulnerable. Apple says you need AV software. You remember Apple, don't you? In fact, didn't I say the UNIX core was more secure than Windows? Are we having a comprehension problem?
     
  17. kryptar19

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    The general answer I get from my computer programer friends is this, "PC's are better over all". They are the experts, so I'll take their word for it.