Top Ten Reasons To Switch to a Mac

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There has been an strong response from our readers, especially now that Mac computers are so much easier to buy. The usability factors are getting even better, also, which makes for a new generation that is not only willing, but very excited to use Apple products, including the Mac.

MacIntosh Popularity

The Mac has risen in the last years from a computer used to just a tiny fraction of the population to a great success, with millions of users worldwide. If you follow the computer market, there is a clear impression that PCs have stopped, in terms of technological improvements, in the recent past.

It seems that every PC company has only two occupations: cutting costs and waiting for the new version of Windows. While this is happening, the Mac is improving, with new features appearing every six months or so. The Mac OS is updated every other year, improving the quality and the amount of software available. Windows, on the other hand, looks like it is frozen in the past, waiting for the hope that Vista will be a little better than XP.

In this scenario, I see many reasons to move from the PC to a Mac. Here are the top ten reasons I believe it is time to do the change:

  1. The Mac is ready to use out of the box
  2. The Mac has no widespread viruses
  3. The Mac OS is much more intuitive to use than Windows
  4. The Mac comes bundled with much more software
  5. The Mac is easier to install and operate
  6. The Mac has much better customer suppor
  7. Macs cost the same or less than an equivalent PC
  8. The Mac can run Windows if you really need it
  9. The Mac supports the same software that you are used to
  10. The Mac has much more style than any PC

The Mac is ready to use out of the box

Everyone has had the experience of buying a new PC, trying to use it out of the box, just to learn that you have to spend several hours doing setup work: deleting stuff, installing anti-virus, updating the whole OS, etc.

The Apple Mac has been designed to be used out of the box. When you start it for the first time, it will only ask two or three simple questions, such as "what is your name", and "what is your local time", and that is it.

You may think that this is a little thing, but it is common knowledge that the first impression is the lasting one. The Mac tries to get it right from the start.

The Mac has no widespread viruses

PCs are plagued by viruses and related problems. For years, virus, worms, and all kind of nasty programs have appeared in the Windows platform, and Microsoft has done little of nothing to improve the basics of the system to avoid these problems.

The Mac operating system (OS X) was created from beginning with security in mind, making it very safe agains common viruses. It is based on the industry-standard UNIX system, an operating system that has been used for decades in mission-critical applications.

Employing these powerful underpinnings, the Mac OS X has shown to be much more reliable to viruses than Windows. Until today there are no widespread viruses for the Mac operating system.

The Mac OS is much more intuitive to use than Windows

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were introduced as a commercial product by Apple. This shows how they are capable and interested in providing the best user interface experience for their customers. Studies and practical experience has shown that the Mac OS X is much easier to use than Windows.

For starters, all the functions of the system are located in logical places. For example, it is easy to configure the system, as all configuration options are located in the same place and can be easily found using a search box.

The graphical interface known as Aqua is another reason why Macs are easier to use. With high quality graphs and intuitive controls, it makes much easier to display important commands available in the applications. You will not find the cluttered interface present in some Microsoft applications, such as Excel or Word - this is a big plus for Mac users.

The Mac comes bundled with much more software

Another difference of a Mac is that it comes preloaded with a large number of useful programs, which on the Windows platform would cost hundreds of dollars. For example, the Mac comes with Music editing software, Photo editing software, DVD creation software, calendar and address book software, etc.

Among the best software preloaded with the Mac we can cite Garage Band, iDVD, iMovie, iCalender, Mail, and iPhoto. You can also check my list of top ten best software for Mac.

The Mac is easier to install and operate

The Mac is much better designed than average PCs. Therefore you won't see much of the cable mess that you can see behind a PCs on a Mac.

In fact, you can install Macs with little or no cabling, except for the power cable. The iMac doesn't need any additional cabling, since all parts of the system are stored in the back of the display. This makes it much easier to install, move, and maintain your computer installation.

The Mac has much better customer support

My experience with customer support from Apple has been great. The only time I had a problem they were fast and solved my problem quickly.

This may or may not be your experience with a PC company, depending on the quality of their support. But given that PC manufacturers only want to decrease costs, I don't see any reason for them to maintain a high quality customer services.

Macs cost the same or less than an equivalent PC

This is part of a mith that has always been told about Macs: the idea that they cost more than PCs. This might have been true in the past, but look at the offerings nowadays.

Although you will certainly find cheaper PCs around, the configuration is nothing close to what you really need to have a decent computer. Moreover, if you try to compare identifical configurations both on Macs and PC, you will probably find that the PC is more expensive, especially after you have to add all the software (anti-virus, etc) that you need to buy to make it work.

Macs will work out of the box, and the price tag is clear. Do the right comparison and you'll see that they are cheaper.

The Mac can run Windows if you really need it

The latest nail in the PC coffin has been released this year: Macs can now run Windows if you need. Of course, this is not encouraged by Apple, but if you ever need to run Windows for whatever reason, you still can.

Moreover, there are several ways to run windows. The parallel instalation of Windows and Mac OS is the easiest, but you can also buy Windows emulators to do the work. Now, ask Bill Gates if you can run some of the nice Mac software in Windows...

The Mac supports the same software that you are used to

Most of the software that you are used to, such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, Adobe software, image editors, etc. work in the Mac as well as Windows.

The big software makers all have product lines for Mac as well as windows. Thus, most of the well know software available for Windows also exists for Macs. In the few situations where this is not true, there is always some equivalent software in the Mac. Thus, you don't have to worry about the lack of applications -- in fact you'll probably find many more interesting options in the Mac world.

The Mac has much more style than any PC

Last but not least, the Mac is much more stylish than the PC. You don't want a computer that just looks like a box that you need to carry around. You want a computer that can be a productive, creative tool that can support your work and lifestyle.

A computer shouldn't be a source of problem, but a source of pleasure. That is what Macs try to be, using good style, well thought interfaces, and simple to use hardware.

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Ganesh Srinivasan 9 years ago from Bangalore & Chennai, India

Add two more to your 10 points

You can create feature rich presentations and convert them as movies

Very easy to create podcasts / videocats


John 9 years ago

I've compared prices and I have say you pay a premium price for a Mac. A thosand dollar PC will have a faster processor, twice the RAM, a bigger hard drive, and a Superdrive (abllity to burn a DVD). However, it just won't look as cool.


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pharley 9 years ago

John, let's compare an iMac or Powermac with a PC. You've got to get a 20" bright display (not a 20" cheap-o display), quality RAM and a good drive (not just the cheap equivalents). See the shootout page:

http://www.systemshootouts.org/shootouts/desktop/2...

But consider this: it's not just about the hardware costs. Even if you can get a less expensive, equivalently configured PC, you can't run OS X on it or any other Apple software (except iTunes and Quicktime). You won't understand how important this is until you've used OS X for a week. Apple software running on Apple hardware is far and away better than Windows on a PC.

Finally this: In two or three years, when you're ready to upgrade or replace your computer, how much will it cost you? Your PC will have very low to no resale value, while your Mac will retain anywhere from 35% to 75% of its original value (i.e., the total cost of two brand new Apple systems will be much less than the two PC systems).


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Leslie Poston 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Great article, and thanks for the shootout link - I'd lost it.


Lane 9 years ago

Thanks for your post! It gave me something to think about!


Dene 9 years ago

Good post! That's what I needed!


Den 9 years ago

Awesome! It helped me a lot!


Chay 9 years ago

It's great! That was new for me!


Lamar 9 years ago

I like this post! It was really useful!


Andrew 9 years ago

I think saying "it's more intuitive" is a subjective matter. For me, it's less intuitive, and I often find myself going to the Terminal to get things done.

Otherwise a great article!


jbrisson 9 years ago

Yes, you can run OS X on a pc. And very well too. I like both Macs and PCs but PC's are still more versatile and customizable. With the ability to change so many things, unlike the mac, the system is more open to errors, viruses, and other common pc woes. It's that simple. Mac is less bothered by these things because APPLE makes your machine, APPLE tells you what you can and cannot do with it. Apple doesn't like the videocard you want? Use one "made for MAC!" Yay... NO.

There are problems with every system. I generally do not get into the Mac/PC wars, but I can't stand it when people present Macs as the end all, perfectly flawless system. It's just not, but that's okay, delude yourselves. I'll just use my mac for what its good for and my pc for what it's good for.


Andre 9 years ago

Mac are good... Nice computers that don't really have good aplications for it. People just buy it because it is easier to use or... you don't need to have barin to get everithink it can do = nothing. Has anyone here tried to develop a business aplication for Mac? To access the Internet, wrte a document in word, and create a simple worksheet, you don't really need a computer that costs so much... Pelo should stop saying that Mac is more intuitive, and just admit that they can't really use a pc, because they can't, they are not able to.


Patrick Fridh 9 years ago

I had a MacBook C2D "Blackbook", the second MacBook offering. But I ended up losing my job and I desperately saw the bills coming my way without a steady income. So I sold the Mac thinking I'd soon fix that problem anyway. Took the money, paid the bills, filled the refrigurator with fresh food.A couple of days later, I bought a 9 year old G4/350 for 1/13 of the price (alas, the money I got from the MacBook which had a rather good second hand value). It came with the original Apple 21" monitor and everything, and it runs MacOS X 10.3 (have not tried 10.4) just fine. No speed demon, but no slouch either.Another week or so thereafter, I stumbled upon a PC company selling brand new HP 510 laptops for 1/3 of the price of the MacBook. One third. I took a quick check on my account balance and decided to order it, even though I still haven't found what I'm looking for (hehe. Right. I'm still looking for a job). So for one third of the price I got a PC which has 512 Mb's of Ram, 60 Gb harddrive, the same type of screen as the MacBook but bigger (= better), still glossy, wireless internet, DVDRW and software, etc etc. I got it the day after I'd ordered and you know what? I love it. It's more quiet than the MacBook and it runs smoother due to the fact that Windows "costs" less CPU than OS X does.So saying the Mac is on par with the PC price wise is a total lie. This computer cost me much less than the most simple Mac Mini and it is just comparable with the MacBook in just about every single aspect. Okay, no, it doesn't have the web camera. But aside from that.I absolutely prefer OS X if I have the ability to choose but being a long time computer user, I have learned to operate PC and Mac and I can switch seamlessly between them, like most Mac users do (PCs are much more common in work places and just about everywhere else too).But I'm so happy with this PC it's unbelievable. I shake my head, I can't understand it, it's crazy. It's the same computer, basically, as the MacBook, for me. I have moved my documents back in it and it feels the same, aside for the GUI which differs a little bit of course. But anyway. One third of the price. Eat that.Apple is sweet, but it ain't cheap.


David 9 years ago

With Leopard coming out soon, that will be Unix 3 compliant, BIG selling point for the Enterprise market.

Easier to administer.

Better Support. The build it yourself has poor support since there are so many different companies involved, the price to put one together (labor and research on what to buy) puts it on a level of wasted time. Time = money. How much time/money is wasted?

The Dell/HP/Lenovo boxes sometimes don't have the same features like Firewire, weight more (laptops), aren't built as well or have applications bundled that suck.

iMovie vs. MovieMaker. I rest my case.


andy 9 years ago

but the truth is:

The Mac OS is much more intuitive to use than Windows - ( this applies to new mac users, for mac users -(new windows users) - its the other way around) The Mac comes bundled with much more software - ( apple has ads loaded that Windows sucks because it has too much software preinstalled - but if you build your own PC you have nice clean windows - where with apple you can't build your own mac ) The Mac is easier to install and operate - same with windows The Mac has much better customer suppor - biggest lie- ask any mac user who personally had to deal with apple suport will tell you that you are dead wrong. MS has way way way better support Macs cost the same or less than an equivalent PC - another big lie - check the prices and you will find out that mac is 3 times or more expensive than PC The Mac can run Windows if you really need it - same with Windows, if you need to run MAc , linux its as easy as walking in the park. do some research The Mac has much more style than any PC - wrong again - for MS there are shit load of styles you can choose from, even style like mac if you want, every PC user knows 3rd party software such as : WindowBlinds MyColors Themes ObjectDock DesktopX DeskScapes BootSkin LogonStudio IconPackager TweakVista CursorXP

and a lot more, this is just from stardock.

so here you have a few true facts.


Trojan Eliminator 9 years ago

Now I never even knew that. What a thicko!

Could I ask how you came across this information? Thanks, Dave


thomas 8 years ago

why doesnt Apple allow flash movies to run in MS Powerpoint slideshows, or Apple Keynote slideshows? Quacktime used to handle swf files (for some reason I could never understand) and even that has now been cut in recent versions.

Animations are a useful teaching tool in science teaching, especially cellular activity descriptions etc which is what we use here, and nowadays Powerpoint slideshows are used everywhere in lectures. And apparently Apple computers are geared towards the education sector.

Flash animations (and swift3D) run perfectly within Powerpoint on PCs but not on a mac. Why?? The reason Apple say is because flash movies add 'risk' to the mac operating system so Apple stopped it. Duh???


Jon 8 years ago

I own a mac and 5 pc's.

Computers are tools with pros and cons, use the one that works for you. With that said note that most fortune 500 companies have pc's as workhorses and most entertainment compaines use mac's.

As far as who plays nice: Ask VMWare who plays nice, Mac or Windows.

(Yes, Steve Jobs crew is a bit more controlling and that is the reason we dont have mac virtual machines on pc, and the ones that we do have are hacked into place...see OSx86 project).


ERIK 8 years ago

Hi!

I work since 1989 simultan with Microsoft and Apple Macintosh and my feelings are allways belong to MAC. It works and is much more intuitive then MS. By the way try to keep a Windows klean from any Trojan or Virus (but I think this will change also by MAC :-( ).

Regards, Erik

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Jake 7 years ago

2 Questions

1. Arent 1 and 5 the same point.

2. Where are you getting MAC's of equavilent hardware to a PC'a and the MAC is cheaper ? Are you buying them used?


Rob 7 years ago

1. Yay! We make our computers so that a monkey can use it!

2. Most valid argument of the list.

3. Vague

4. Yay! More junk to get rid of!

5. Yay! We make our computers so that a monkey can use it!

6. Dumberer than a monkey? Try our customer support!

7. Nope

8. Thank God.

9. How could you possibly know that. For me = not true. Basically a lie, Mac supports sooooo much less software.

10. Haha my computer is prettier than yours! Therefore it is better!


Jon 7 years ago

Jane to Lamar: samemacfag.

It's personal preference. So what if you think that idiots can use a mac? So what if you think that a mac is somehow cheaper than a windows computer? So what if you think that a mac is stylish? Windows is more compatible, and it doesn't have the gay delicate mouses and the stupid and ineffective keyboard shortcuts.


Nawrm 7 years ago

Although this article reeks of smug....

The Mac is ready to use out of the box - trueThe Mac has no widespread viruses - trueThe Mac OS is much more intuitive to use than Windows - trueThe Mac comes bundled with much more software - should be changed to "Useful software" for all the dumb dolts talking smackThe Mac is easier to install and operate - true, and read "operate". You don't need to defrag the HDD, or run anti-virus BS.The Mac has much better customer suppor - very true, but only if you have an accessible Apple Store. Even though here in PR, Applecare *tried* to fix my mac over the phone, but they phailed.Macs cost the same or less than an equivalent PC - sometimes true, but can be easily arguedThe Mac can run Windows if you really need it - yeah, I know I don't. Maybe for Syobon Action.The Mac supports the same software that you are used to - bullshit and the article's writer knows itThe Mac has much more style than any PC - so?I have a Mac.I believe Windows does have a market, especially in lower class areas where the money can't be wasted on a Mac. I have recommened HP's to friends f mine that can't afford Macs, and sometimes I am surprised to see how well they work.But I hate getting calls about, "Hey man, I have this popup that says 'Illegal operation performed on MSCVP80.dll, then my computer shuts down'


vichet 7 years ago

My calculator never pop up any error, never have a virus, can i say that it is better than PC or Mac?


Chrisulloa 7 years ago

Haha great article, it's funny reading all the PC users who don't know what the hell they're talking about. To the people that say Apple has bad customer support, you are WRONG. The customer support is incredible, their reps at the Genius Bar are so resourceful they will get anything fixed for you. And to the people who say that mac has less software, that's a lie. If you really need to run a windows application, just put up bootcamp and you're ready to go. It's a 2 in 1 deal.


Edy4sure 7 years ago

Mac security for OS X and Leopard are definitely more secure than Windows (but they are still vulnerable to attacks).


Huitzi 6 years ago

"Andre says:

3 years ago

Mac are good... Nice computers that don't really have good aplications for it. People just buy it because it is easier to use or... you don't need to have barin to get everithink it can do = nothing. Has anyone here tried to develop a business aplication for Mac? To access the Internet, wrte a document in word, and create a simple worksheet, you don't really need a computer that costs so much... Pelo should stop saying that Mac is more intuitive, and just admit that they can't really use a pc, because they can't, they are not able to."

I work at the office with PC, and desing at home with Mac, I can use both, OSX an Win...and I still like my mac more the the Win7 PC's at the office.


Reiden 5 years ago

I can vouche for any one of these. I'm just going to go over the price things, because Microsoft but-hurts are really missing the point.

You NEED higher specs just to RUN windows on a computer. In fact take equivilant specs, and windows will use much more on idle than Macintosh. Windows is a resource hog and really takes away the value of your hardware. My linux machine used to be a windows. Within half a year, it became a goddamn slug. I could not open Microsoft Word without it crashing. The wireless wouldn't hold a connection at all because resources were going toward windows, not the wireless. I switched to linux, and suddenly, EVERYTHING WORKED. My computer doubled in its worth and i decided not to sell it.

I've seen super old macs run Leopard at the same speed new Macs do. THAT'S called long term value. We're talking total cost of ownership. When you buy a Mac, customer support is free (99% of the time) if not just a cheap 20 or 30 dollars. This one computer should last you 10 years. Other PC computers will cost you the price of a new computer every 3 or 4 years. If you get a PC at half the price, you're going to half to maintain it so that, in 3 or 4 years, you'll probably be way too sick of the machine.

Windows fanboys just don't get it. Mac is much smarter and light weight in specs making every megahert, megabyte of ram, and small bit of Vram much more worth it. OpenGL is much better than DirectX considering DirectX is built on broken proprietary code, and OpenGL is not a resource hog. Microsoft Windows are built on broken proprietary codes that are kept secret from other developed. So Microsoft's software will be the best, but it still sucks. Apple software is the best on Macintosh, but other players are allowed to know EVERYTHING about coding for Macintosh because it is built on opensource technology and world standards, not broken proprietary codes.

Windows has you in a hole, where they MAKE THEMSELVES incompatible with other players, force you into upgrading, keep secret api's to themselves so nobody else can write a decent program, and their software is often many megabytes bigger than it needs to be.

Windows is horrible. If you're going to use a PC, use a linux system. It's time for Windows to die.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Free and full featured development tools included. Not important to many, of course, but for some of us this is a big savings.

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