Mossberg’s spring PC buyers guide: Microsoft’s Windows Vista disappoints, so get an Apple Mac

Apple Store“Here’s my annual spring buyer’s guide to desktop PCs. Most of what I say below also applies to laptops, although with laptops there are additional factors, such as size, weight, screen size and battery life. As always, these tips apply to mainstream users doing typical tasks, not hard-core gamers or techies,” Walter S. Mossberg writes for The Wall Street Journal.

“If you desperately need a new Windows PC, be prepared to be underwhelmed and to be frustrated by incompatible software and hardware. And if you’re not desperate, you might wait another six months or so for the software and hardware to catch up — and for Microsoft to issue some bug fixes,” Mossberg writes.

“Or you could buy a Mac instead. I still believe the best desktop computer on the market for mainstream, nontechnical consumers is the Apple iMac. It has gorgeous hardware and superior built-in software. Its operating system, Mac OS X, includes most of the key new features of Vista. And the iMac can even run Vista, along with its own operating system, if you need the occasional Windows program,” Mossberg writes.

Mossberg writes, “Apple has delayed until October the release of its new operating-system version, Leopard. But it’s almost certain that any Mac you buy now will upgrade to it smoothly. And the Mac is still largely free of the security problems that add such hassles to using a Windows PC.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]

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