“If you’re looking for a new computer, “my first suggestion is to think Apple Macintosh. Too many PC people just ignore the Mac because of the conventional wisdom that they’re too different, too marginal, and too expensive,” Phillip Robinson writes for Knight-Ridder News. “Not so.”
“They are different, but almost entirely in ways that make them easier to set up and use. And they’re different in that they aren’t vulnerable to the viruses and spyware that attack today’s Windows PCs. While you’re using the most common programs, though, such as email, Web browser, and word processor, you may not even know whether you’re on a Windows PC or a Mac: the programs are so similar,” Robinson writes.
“About that ‘marginal’ worry, that there aren’t programs for Macs. Just not true. There are thousands, plenty for most everyone. The only people who really “need” to stay with PC instead of Mac are those using some odd, specialty program that is only available in a Windows PC version,” Robinson writes. “And as for the “expense” of Macs, that’s a lie that just won’t die. It comes from PC makers willing to strip a few models down so they can advertise lower prices. However, you shouldn’t buy those stripped models. For example, the lowest-price Mac, the eMac, costs $800. [But, buy the time to add features to a Dell to match the Apple eMac’s, the Dell is] now a $918 computer, even counting discounts and special sale prices and upgrades. The eMac is still just $800. Plus, even when you do add the options, they won’t work together as smoothly and easily as when they’re built right into the original hardware and software team of a Mac.”
“You can make similar comparisons with other Windows PCs and other Mac models. The Macs only look more expensive because they come fully equipped. PC owners too often struggle with their ‘lower-cost’ machines because they don’t realize that important parts were left out. They assume everyone has to suffer through using a computer,” Robinson writes. “Not so. Ask a Mac owner.”
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