“Hi I’m a Mac…and I’m a PC.” We’ve all seen the very clever ads. But which do you choose, a Mac or a PC? Honestly, I think this war is over and the winner is…a tie. Both types of machines have their pros and cons, and what it really comes down to is a battle of operating systems. However, even that battle has ended in a truce. Now that Macs are built on an Intel processor, you can easily install something like Parallels and run both Windows XP and Mac OS X on a Mac. When it comes to office and productivity software, either choice is valid – Microsoft Office obviously runs on Windows but there is also a version for Mac OS X. In addition, the excellent OpenOffice has versions for both Windows and OS X (NeoOffice is a free port of OpenOffice for the Mac, and OpenOffice is working on their own as well). OpenOffice has come a long way, and I really like it – but that’s another post. If you go totally web-enabled with the “Google Operating System,” then all you need is your web browser of choice – they all work with Google Docs and Spreadsheets, GMail, GCal, etc.
As the owner of both Mac and PC notebooks, I think having both is the best solution. It’s taken me a while to get to this place, since I was, for many years, not a big fan of the Mac. But after spending some time with it I’ve fallen in love, and now I’m glad I have both. If you can afford it, having both is definitely the way to go.
Why I Love My Mac
– iLife. Simple and intuitive creation of videos, photo projects, music tracks, and more.
– Works out of the box. I plug in my iPod, DV camcorder, camera, etc. and it just works.
– OS X. Elegant, beautiful operating system seems soothing compared to Windows!
– Built-in camera. For video chats, creating avatars and kooky fun projects, and cool Mac-only applications like Delicious Library.
– Sleek. Black. Light. Elegant. Easy to travel with!
Why I Love My PC
– Gaming. More games are supported on PC than Mac, and in my personal testing, even the ones that support both just run better on a PC. I have to have my WoW fix!
– Familiarity. When you get right down to it, I’m just used to my PC. If I want to do something technical, I tend to do it here.
– Watching movies. This just happens to be the case because of the kind of notebooks I have. My PC is a big, glossy 17-inch beauty; perfect for watching videos or other multimedia. However, if I had one of the big MacBook Pros, I’d probably watch stuff on that instead!
– Work. Unfortunately I am still forced to use my PC for a lot of work-related tasks, such as accessing our VPN and successfully using our overly-secured Outlook Webmail.
Mac vs. PC? Get both!