“Computers are made and marketed as all-purpose machines, but for a lot of people they have a rather limited job description: Web browsing, e-mail, MP3s, digital photos, the occasional letter… Sound familiar? Those are roles that any remotely new computer can easily fill. Unfortunately, just because any random computer will suffice doesn’t mean that you should buy any random computer,” Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post. “Instead, find out how the computer will be used once it’s plugged in. If the user isn’t interested in installing new software but would rather use the tools that come with it, you should shop for a Mac.”
Pegoraro reports, “That’s not the cheapest option, though. A Mac Mini, iMac desktop or MacBook laptop — starting at $599, $999 and $1,099, respectively — will often cost more than a PC with about the same storage and processing power. But it is the easiest option.”
“An Apple machine will be much simpler to set up and maintain, thanks in large part to Mac OS X’s outstanding record of security. It will also include Web, e-mail, photo and music software far superior to the junk on most PCs,” Pegoraro reports. “A Mac can read and write almost all PC files, including Microsoft Office documents. Apple’s switch to Intel chips even lets a Mac impersonate a PC, running Windows with the help of such software as Apple’s free Boot Camp.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tommy Boy” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: If the user is interested in installing new software you should shop for a Mac, too, since Apple Macs can run the largest selection of software in the world, as only Apple Macs can run Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows natively and/or via fast virtualization.
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