Why your next PC should be a Macintosh

“Shopping for a computer would be easy, if it weren’t for that whole Windows-versus-Mac thing,” Rob Pegoraro writes for The Washington Post. “Fortunately, that may be a simpler choice than you think — and making that call first can greatly simplify the rest of your home-computer shopping. Apple is making a strong pitch these days. The price to switch can be little more than $500, the cost of the Mac mini. That and other Macs ship with an outstanding set of multimedia programs — iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD — and continue to be free of viruses, spyware, browser hijackings and many other Windows diseases.”

Pegoraro writes, “Meanwhile, Windows XP, despite a stream of patches from Microsoft, remains a shaky structure that many users struggle to maintain. When even playing a CD can get a computer infected (as buyers of Sony’s ‘copy-protected’ CDs have found), things need to change. But XP’s replacement, Windows Vista, won’t arrive until the fall of next year and possibly later. The choice between these systems is often phrased as ‘why get a Mac instead of a PC?’ But given Windows’ painful history of insecurity and dysfunctionality, it’s worth flipping that around: Why not use the safer, more reliable system?”

“‘Because everybody uses Windows’ is neither relevant nor true. There are other possible reasons, but you need to decide if they matter,” Pegoraro writes. “One is software: While you can find at least one Mac application in pretty much any category of software, the selection of Windows programs is dramatically superior in a few categories (most obviously, games). The Windows market also offers a far wider variety of computers. Apple makes some fantastic machines, but its lineup skips categories that you might like. For example, it doesn’t offer ultralight or big-but-cheap ‘desktop replacement’ laptops, and its cheapest desktop runs about $100 to $200 more than the starter PCs of other firms.”

Full article here.

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A few caveats those considering switching or adding a Mac: Pegoraro writes that the selection, meaning the quantity of software, for Windows is dramatically superior, not the quality. The best-in-class applications are all there on the Mac side from Adobe and other well-known software makers. Microsoft Office for Mac is also available and generally considered ahead of the Windows version; its files are also compatible with Windows. If you create a Word document on a Mac and give it to someone on a Windows box, they’ll be able to open and use it just as if you’d created it on a Windows machine. Same goes for Excel and PowerPoint. Also, most of the basic tools are already included on the Mac: a better browser, better photo management, better movie-making, better email client, better calendaring, better music-making, better DVD creation, etc.; plus a dramatically superior quality operating system: Mac OS X with Spotlight searching, system-wide dictionary, Dashboard Widgets, rock-solid stability, zero viruses, etc.

There are currently over 20,000 software titles for Apple’s Mac OS X and more are added each day. If you spent just a day to learn each one (obviously not enough time for most), you’d be done in about 55 years (not counting all of the new applications introduced over the five and a half decades you’ve spent learning). Explore your Mac OS X software options here: http://guide.apple.com/

The other main thing to remember is that you get what you pay for: Macs actually cost less than most Windows PCs, by the time you add all of the extras to make it approach what the Mac already includes. Try it for yourself by matching features and pricing out Macs vs. Windows PCs online and you’ll see what we mean – just remember that with the Windows PC, you won’t be able to have Mac OS X, iLife and many other Mac-only applications. Lastly, how much is your time worth? There are no viruses, spyware, adware, or other malware on Macs. Macs just work.

Get a Mac today. You’ll thank us tomorrow.

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Analyst estimates over a million Windows to Mac switchers during 2005’s first three quarters – November 07, 2005
Windows sufferers: It’s not your fault, but it is your problem – switch to Mac – November 07, 2005
Tech writer: Windows PCs highly vulnerable to zombie hijacking; get an Apple Mac instead – November 06, 2005
Windows switchers, now’s your chance: Apple Mac mini with Mac OS X Tiger for $379 – November 03, 2005
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Mossberg: Switching from Windows to Mac – software not an expensive proposition – September 30, 2005
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ZDNet: How many Mac OS X users affected by the last 100 viruses? None, zero, not one, not ever – August 18, 2005
Intel CEO Otellini: If you want security now, buy a Macintosh instead of a Wintel PC – May 25, 2005
Mossberg: Apple’s Tiger ‘the best, most advanced personal computer operating system on the market’ – April 28, 2005
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87 Comments

  1. MDN: “Macs actually cost less than most Windows PCs, by the time you add all of the extras to make it approach what the Mac already includes.”

    What extras does a Windows PC owner have to buy?
    Can you give me a list.

  2. “…and continue to be free of viruses, spyware, browser hijackings and many other Windows diseases.” Maybe “they”, meaning the press, is beginning to get it without the qualifications.

  3. Just got word from a family member who reluctatntly switched on my word alone…: “I love my Mac! This is so fun and easy to use!”

    In short, I have never heard anything that would remotely require TWO exclamation pointsw from this individual.

    For those who have not switched– switch and get loud! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Jimmy JJ,

    MDN asked you to try it yourself. Things that are included in an iMac G5, for one example:
    • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Built-in iSight video camera
    • ATI Radeon X600 XT with 128MB DDR SDRAM; PCI-Express
    • Two FireWire 400 ports; three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); VGA output; S-video and composite video output
    • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
    • Built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g)3; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module.

    Plus, of course, the software and operating system that can’t be matched for any price:
    • Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
    • Front Row
    • iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand)
    • Photo Booth
    • Mail
    • Dashboard
    • Spotlight
    • iChat
    • Safari
    • iSync
    • iCal
    • DVD Player
    • Address Book
    • AppleWorks
    • and more

    Plus these bundled applications:
    • Quicken 2006 for Mac
    • 2006 World Book
    • Nanosaur 2
    • Marble Blast Gold
    • and more

    And more. Go ahead, spec out a Mac against a Dell as best you can and see the truth: Macs are less expensive, plus you can only get Mac OS X Tiger on a Mac. Even without factoring in no wasted time with viruses, malware, anti-virus software having to run, spyware, etc., the Mac costs less.

  5. “What extras does a Windows PC owner have to buy?
    Can you give me a list.”

    The extras will typically consist of FireWire and Optical drive choice (either Combo Drive or SuperDrive). One of the two optical drives are standard on any Mac you buy, while you usually have to upgrade to a Combo Drive or SuperDrive if you’re buying a Windows box (usually from a CD-Rom, CD Burner, or DVD-Rom Drive).

    As for software, you have to try to find something like iLife for the PC (good luck), not to mention all of the third-party software that comes with a Mac (ex: Quicken, QuickBooks, World Book, Marble Blast, Nanosaur 2, etc).

    And you still won’t have Mac OS X.

  6. Michael also pointed something out I forgot. All portables, iMacs and two out of the three Mac minis all include WiFi and Bluetooth.

    If you happen to buy a low end Mac mini (not a good value) or a Power Mac, you can buy the WiFi+Bluetooth module as an option for $99 USD.

  7. Macs are less expensive

    It’s a crime to let a fool keep his money. Stupidity has been expensive since the dawn of time. This is news?

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    Hey, what do you expect, when you let your 12 yr old ‘gamer’ son pick out your home computer?

  8. Plus for a PC you need to add:

    * Delivery (with taxes)
    * Norton Anti-virus (or similar)
    * RAM upgrade since shared video RAM is insufficient
    * Office (no AppleWorks)
    * Anti-spyware, anti-popup software
    * Upgrade from Windows Home to Professional

    Ask a PC and a Mac user how much they ‘actually’ spent in the first 6 months on their system. Mac users tend to buy more things to do more. PC users tend to buy more to just keep it alive. IMHO.

  9. Don´t flame me I own a Mac.
    —————————–

    I just a bought a PC for my son (he´s a gamer)-
    It came with:

    Intel® Pentium® D Processor 830
    3.0 GHz, 2 x 1 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB

    1024 MB DDR2 SDRAM mit 533 MHz

    Harddrive 250 GB
    8 MB Cache S-ATA 150 Interface
    7200 U/Min.

    NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6700 XL High End Grafikkarte
    128 MB PCI-Express

    # SONY® 16x Dual Layer, Multi-Standard DVD-/CD-Burner with Lightscribe-Technology.
    # SONY® 16x DVD-ROM

    Built-in 8-in-1 memory card reader

    6 x USB 2.0
    2 x Front, 4 x Back

    2 x FireWire (IEEE 1394)
    1 x Front, 1 x BAck

    VGA output; S-video and composite video output
    • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
    • Built-in 54 Mbps Wi-Fi (802.11g);
    built-in Bluetooth

    Plus wired to get 2 different channels of TV.

    Plus
    Remote control for TV watching
    Wireless keyboard
    Wireless, optical multi-button Mouse
    Headset with micorphone

    V.90 Modem

    # Microsoft® Word
    # Microsoft® Works 8.5
    # Microsoft® Photo 2006 Standard Edition
    # Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2006
    # Microsoft® AutoRoute™ 2006 Essentials

    5 Programs for Video- und Audio
    * PowerCinema 4.7
    * PowerProducer 3
    * PowerDirector 4.0 SE
    * PowerDVD 6
    * Medi@Show
    Plus lots of other software – Yeah, I know its not as good as the Apple software.

    Total price (no monitor): $1,176.28 (that is with sales tax included).
    I added a 19 inch, flat screen LCD monitor with 2ms reaction time that cost $352.05 tax included.

    As a Mac owner from what little I have seen my son working with his PC (he´s only had it a week) I have to say the PC is impressive with its speed. Very snappy.
    He´s happy.
    ———————
    And remember this is about hardware (and software – maybe) included in the Mac vs. PC computer – not a comparison of the OS….

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