Mac vs. PC. Which is better? Which should I get? The debate has been going strong since January 24th, 1984, when the Macintosh was originally introduced to the world. Luckily (still under debate), I’ve worked in the corporate and creative worlds and have had a taste of both operating systems over the last 15+ years.
Lets take a look at the top five reasons why you should consider a Mac for your next computer, especially if you are a crafter with an electronic cutting machine.
1. Viruses. Or should I say, the lack of! It’s not so much that Mac computers are safer, its just that hackers / the programmers that want to create widespread issues with viruses typically target the operating system that 90% of the world uses, Windows. Mac are not completely virus free, but you’re less likely to have to deal with malware, spyware or viruses if you purchase a Mac. Antivirus software is available for Macs, but I personally choose not to run it because ultimately, knowing what you’re downloading and being aware of dangerous websites is the only true way to prevent a virus on a Mac or PC. Sounds like high school health class, doesn’t it?
One specific scenario that comes to mind with those of you that own electronic cutting machines is the regular downloading of free SVG files and fonts. I’ve seen instances where downloading “free content” results in computer being infected with viruses, malware, spyware etc. Typically, these viruses are written for PC computers so Mac users get the free content without the headache of dealing with the aftermath.
Once you have a virus, cleanup can be messy and potentially costly. So while Mac computers may cost more initially, you’ll save money over time by not having to bring your computer in once a year to get viruses removed.
2. Resale Value. Mac computers hold their resale value better than PCs. This is largely due to supply and demand. Since there are less Macs available, finding a used one is going to be tougher than finding a used PC. Years ago it would be safe to say that Macs were much more expensive than PCs, but the price gap continues to shrink. While they still may cost a bit more, if you factor in the resale value as well as the less frequent or nonexistant trips to the computer repairman, it might actually be more cost effective to own a Mac.
3. Accountability. Macs are made by Apple and run Mac OSX. PCs are made by dozens of companies and run Windows. When you have an issue with a PC, companies tend to point fingers. Dell or HP may point the finger at Windows, and Windows support may refer you to the computer manufacturer for support. Or maybe a third party driver doesn’t play well with Windows. The scenarios are vast and can become quite complex. Mac users can bank on the fact that Apple is the only one that makes Apple computers and they just so happen to be the same company that makes the operating system. When you have issues, typically one call takes care of it all. In a nutshell, you’re going to save money on Excedrin and spend more time being creative instead of wrestling system issues (if they do arise).
4. They’re pretty and tough at the same time. We’re crafters and artists. We spend hours picking out our papers and embellishments and we meticulously assemble our works of art for others to appreciate. Apple does the same thing. Apple doesn’t cut corners to make their products “cheaper”, so you can count on your Mac computer to withstand the test of time.
5. Mac Are Intuitive. While “easy” is in the eye of the beholder, first time computer users will find Macs easier to use. The entire system screams “consistency”. While a single team isn’t responsible for every aspect of a Mac, it’s likely that all the people that helped develop the computer work together more closely than the developers at Microsoft and Dell.
Mac does a really good job at hiding technical terminology, instead they communicate these concepts with imagery and metaphors to help you grasp technical concepts.
If you’ve been loyal to PC computers all your life, the transition will take a little effort, but thats just it, only a little. Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back.