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Why You Should Choose Mac Over PC

Updated on October 26, 2013

The best option for everyday people.

Why Am I Writing This?

I've recently switched over to my first ever apple computer (Mac Book Pro 13.3 inches), and honestly it is the best decision I have ever made. I speak from experience, I've had my fair share of computers in the past. I've experienced enough of the Mac Vs. PC debate in my life. Macs were NEVER an option for me before, I wouldn't even give it a second thought. I mean after all, if I'm happy with my windows why go through the hassle of learning something new? However, over the last couple of years, more and more of my friends were getting macbooks, and they were happy with it. Seriously, not a single one of them complained. I used to think it was all a gimmick, fancy looking over-prices laptops that are nothing more than a fashion statement. For the sake of keeping this short, I'll say this: It came time for me to buy a new laptop, my old Toshiba lasted me a few months short of 3 years. It's battery life halved after about a year, and completely died after 2. Hardware-wise it was good for the most part until the 3rd year. After doing a lot of research on laptops, I decided to buy a Lenovo. The second I loaded it up, it was cluttered with a bunch of useless software, half of which I didn't even know the purpose for. I spent days transferring files and such, only to have it die on me after 2 weeks. It was in the middle of the school term, so I was too frustrated to buy another laptop and go through transferring files again. 2 weeks ago, I finally decided to try my luck with a laptop, and this time for a reason none other than curiosity, I decided to try a macbook. If I didn't like it, I would simply return it. In literally a day I decided I would never buy a windows pc again.

Mac Vs PC

So, what makes Macs better anyways?

Now, I'm your average student and a very casual user. I don't play many games on my laptop, and don't use it for anything too drastic. I do however use Photoshop, Video editing programs, watch videos, and of course use it for web browsing. These are some of the best things about macbooks that set them apart from your average windows laptop:

  • Battery Life: BIG points here in the Mac VS. PC debate for Mac. The maximum battery life for macbooks is very good, for browsing or light tasks I can average around 8-9 hours. If I'm running multiple programs and listening to music and such, I can get 5-6 hours. If I'm watching videos, especially streaming, I can get around 3-4. My other laptops maxed out at 3 doing even the lightest of tasks. My friends have had macbooks for over a year, and the battery life has not noticeably decreased. One of them had gone through over 250 cycles of recharging and the battery was still getting almost the same time as when it was brand new. Part of the reason the battery life is so good is because OS X (the apple operating system) Doesn't come with so much junk pre loaded on to it. Nor does it have useless processes running all the time.
  • Size: They're so thin. I can't even believe sometimes that a laptop could be this thin. How does all the hardware fit into such a compact space? It's honestly like an inch high. When I bought the macbook, I could fit it with its BOX into my school bag. I don't have to second guess if I should bring my laptop with me to school, It's so light that it doesn't matter. As light as it is, it's still very firm.
  • OS X and Speed: The operating system is amazing. It's so simple to use, it took me all of 15 minutes to get used to it. Everything is organized in a very simple way. It's also very fast, again because there are no useless processes running in the background. Even when I have several programs open, I've never so much has had my laptop lag. You know with windows how the hour glass thing appears sometimes when you click or open something? I've never had that happen. The track pad short cuts are also very convenient. There are so many of them it can be confusing at first, but once you learn them it speeds things up for you by a lot.
  • Programs: Unlike most windows computers, the Macbook Pro comes loaded with plenty of useful software. There's iPhoto which makes it REALLY easy to load, organize, and edit photos. I have them organized by events, and they automatically organize by date. Browsing photos is also very easy. There's photobooth which takes HD pictures/videos, and has a lot of cool filters for taking pictures. With iMovie you can easily edit videos. With Garageband you can create your own music. With Facetime you can video chat or even call people who have iPhones. There's a dashboard where you can add widgets such as calender, temperature, sticky notes, etc... And of course it comes with iTunes. Also, for those who are worried about compatibility issues, I've been able to download and install microsoft office, photoshop, fruity loops, and other programs without any problems on my mac.
  • Reliability: Like I mentioned earlier, none of my friends have ever complained about a problem with their macs. They are expected to easily last you around 5 years, My cousins have had theirs for almost 6 years now.
  • No viruses!?: You don't have to worry about viruses. While viruses DO exist for macs, they aren't nearly as prominent. And you have to actually INSTALL something and give administrative approval by typing in a password before anything can corrupt your computer. You CAN'T get a virus from simply browsing.
  • Convenience: The small things add up. The charger comes with an extension, so if you're going to be sitting far from an outlet, you can extend it. There's also the back-lit keyboard which is really useful for using the laptop in the dark. The size makes the laptop very portable and not a hassle at all to carry around. The CD drive is built into the laptop, which is genius! There's no annoying tray that comes out. There are other small features built into the operating system that are kind of confusing to explain but they help a lot. For example, the dock at the bottom makes it so much easier to open programs you use a lot. It's kind of like quick launch on windows, but a lot more practical.

But Macs are so expensive!

They are worth it. You can buy a windows laptop for the same price, and it honestly wouldn't be as good. The biggest thing with windows is that the more powerful the machine gets, the more it heats up. Macs have a very good ventilation system at the back, and are simply designed for the everyday user in mind. Macs last longer too, and have all the other benefits I mentioned. And let's be honest macs also come with social status, you feel better when you pull a macbook out of your bag. Back when I didn't have a mac, I was always in awe over the sleek design, and very curious.

So am I saying Macs are perfect?

No. There's still some setbacks. Nothing major at all, but I don't want to lie and give the impression that Macs are the god of portable computing devices. I will however say, they are the best option. The volume level on the macbook is also fairly low compared to the average windows laptop. It's decent, but a bit lower than I would've liked. I usually use headphones or speakers to listen to music anyways, so not that big of a deal. Sound does take a toll on the battery and heat of the laptop though, so the restriction may have been put into place with that in mind. There's also some other small inconveniences such as print screen requires you to press more buttons and saves the file rather than just copying it.

Overall though, I'm very satisfied with my new Macbook. It's worth every penny, and does everything I need it to do the easiest way possible. I am your average student, I use it for everything a student would. Apple makes good stuff. I'd assume whether you're a teenager or adult, professional or student, tech savvy or not, a Macbook is your ideal choice for laptop. Mac Vs. PC, Mac wins for me.

If anyone has any questions or concerns I'd be happy to respond to them in the comments. Any comments are welcome.

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      inlolzwetrust 5 years ago

      Lol you and your article managed to be mentioned in this:

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      someone 5 years ago

      Mac's are good untill you try to do something with them. If you bothered to actually look at a windows laptop that is the same price range as a mac you would most probably get something much nicer. Digital storm is known for making good laptops that you can customize everything about them to your exact preferences, no bullshit.

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      BullWinkus 5 years ago from N. Central Arkansas

      Nice article. Macs used to be the easy to use, not quite software rich, higher priced spread, but today they are the market defining, feature rich, trend setting technological marvels that even Windows fans are at a loss for finding good put downs.

      I thought "WC" was short for water closet, a euphemism for toilet.

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      Robert 6 years ago

      Dave, you have never used a Mac at least not one built since 2000. I know because you just said Macs have a one click mouse.

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      Sagacious Dave 6 years ago

      I don't see any compelling proof really. I'n perfectly happy using a midrange PC. It plays all the modern and oldschool games I could want and as far as I'm concerned that's my only need for a powerful or fst computer. The compatibility issues plus a singles button mouse just make no sense for. As for video editing or being able to make your own music? I'm not a movie maker. I'm a movie watcher and my PC does just well. Making your own music? Does it have a button that makes it not suck? Because I'm not a musician nor a pretentious tool who is going to "Remix" songs to be cool.

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      Adam 6 years ago

      Guys, Apple are the best! You haters are just jealous of us having computers that just work! I use my Macbook Air for gaming and it beats anything a PC can come up with! It's also much easier to use than a PC. Anything I could of done with my old PC is just much faster with a Mac!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I'm pretty happy with my netbook booting up on Ubuntu. I like the idea of supporting people who work out of their home writing o/s and apps, rather than monolithic companies.

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      Richard 6 years ago

      It's OK to use the abbreviation “PC” to refer to a certain kind of computer hardware, but please don't use it with the implication that the computer is running Microsoft Windows. If you install GNU/Linux on the same computer, it is still a PC.

      The term “WC” has been suggested for a computer running Windows.

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      Not the most convincing arguments.

      "it comes with iTunes" oooh sign me up!

      "none of my friends complained"

      If you had compared two brand new computers then it would be a more analytic article.

      Overall some good points, but not enough supportive evidence.

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      jimmy 6 years ago

      water boils at 100 degrees celcius, lol

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      Neerizzle 6 years ago from Canada

      I'd figure any windows laptop with i7 processor would heat up just as much if not more

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      Anderson 6 years ago

      Macs have better ventilation? Haha, you got to be joking there latest range of i7 laptops actually reached up to 100 degrees celcius or farenheit I forgot which, and I'm hardly biased I own both apple and windows products.

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      PC user 6 years ago

      OMG this is such a true article! A straw windows machine cannot compete against an impossibly prefect Macbook.

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      Neerizzle 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the first comment! :)