Mac vs PC- the debate is over
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 22:08
For the past few decades, the personal computer industry has been dominated by Microsoft and its partners on one side and Apple on the other.
Over that period Microsoft has dominated the personal computer software market with a 95 percent market share, in comparison to Apple’s paltry 5 percent. Despite Microsoft’s market domination a lively debate exists today among college students about which brand of computer to buy: Mac or PC?
On one side of the debate stands a stalwart legion of Apple fans who proclaim the Mac to be superior in every way. And on the other side stand the silent majority who choose to utilize Windows. This debate has given rise to a lot of misinformation about both Macs and PCs.
Mac users love to point out the low quality of PCs in comparison to Macs. This comparison is like trying to compare apples to oranges. PCs are made by a variety of companies to cater to nearly every market segment possible from gamers to bargain hunters. Macs, on the other hand, are high-end computers designed to suit the casual user with the money to afford them. Looking at similar high-end machines, there isn’t much of a difference between a Mac and PC when it comes to quality. If you compare a high-end PC like a Dell XPS and a MacBook Pro, there is no substantive difference in terms of quality.
On the other side of the aisle, PC users like to point out that Macs seem to be over priced. For the most part the PC users are correct about Macs being over priced. PC models with similar specs to Macs are usually substantially cheaper, the exception being computers marketed as Ultra books, which are the Windows equivalent of a MacBook Air, and are usually equal in price to the Air.
Another major bit of misinformation spread by Mac users is the notion that Macs don’t get viruses. At the end of the day, this simply isn’t true, Macs can get a virus just like any PC. The major reason that Macs have come to be thought of as virus free, is that hackers simply don’t bother to make Mac viruses due to the low return on investment. Since Macs account for roughly 5 percent of the computer market and PCs roughly 95 percent, it makes more sense for a hacker to go after PCs due to the larger target pool.
Now that we’ve dealt with a little misinformation surrounding both Macs and PCs let’s wade into which one you may want to consider purchasing.
If you’re interested in gaming on your computer, you really have no choice but to get a PC, especially considering most major games don’t even have a Mac version. For instance, popular computer gaming series like “Total War” don’t have a Mac version despite their popularity. If you’re into indie titles good luck finding them on a Mac. While you could run PC games on a Mac by using boot camp, it really diminishes the overall experience of gaming due to the lag time it creates.
Now on the other hand if you’re looking to break into the world of video editing or other artistic pursuits you may want to go with a Mac. In many cases Macs are the industry standard in creative fields such as movie editing.
For most every day things such as web browsing to document editing there’s really no major difference between Macs and PCs since both utilize a similar slate of software. If you’re just looking for an every day machine you may want to go with a PC if cost is a major concern for you. And you may want to go with a Mac if you prefer its overall interface and user experience.
When it comes down to it there is no right computer to buy, and you can do equally well with a Mac or PC. And if you’re feeling really adventurous you could get a machine that runs Linux.