Customer service varies between manufacturer.
1. Mac's can also get viruses, so i'd recommend you get virus protection even if you own a mac.
(Original post by BrannyT)
viruses...having to pay for virus protection
2. 80% of the time, when you have a virus, it's due to downloading something you shouldn't have been.
3. Who pays for virus protection anyway?
Unless you can speak on behalf of every laptop ever made, I think this statement might be slightly biased....
How much is an extended warranty, £50? You could by a windows laptop and 10 extended warranties, and it would still work out cheaper than a mac.
I think common sense is a big factor here.
(Original post by BrannyT)
and a computer that will probably break when you drop it onto a concrete floor or set on fire when you spill water on it, get a Windows laptop
I own a mac and a pc, and I have to say, unless you need a Mac for a specialised piece of software, only available on OSX, there's no real reason to buy a Mac, for anything other than looks.
You could buy a decent laptop for £300 -400, with the same specs as a Mac, and have £500 left to spend on whatever you want.
Last edited by Corryms; 31-05-2012 at 21:38.
When you have only ever used a PC, Mac's look exciting and interesting.
When you get the Mac, you think they're really cool, and can't believe what you've been missing out on, then tell everybody that they're great.
When you use a PC again you realise that Mac's they aren't that good.
Ask a Mac user what's so great about them, and their only valid answer will be looks, or user friendliness.
Their boot time is faster, but actual speed during use is negligible.
Last edited by Corryms; 31-05-2012 at 22:18.
PC every time. I'm not sure why this whole Mac vs PC thing exists, probably due to the way Apple advertise. They are essentially the same thing. People claim Macs live longer, but why would that be so? They are made from the same components (Macs are more consistent, but if you go for quality PC components you'll be fine), but Macs are harder to maintain and upgrade, so logic would dictate that a well maintained PC would last longer than a Mac. I've had my PC since 2007 and have only just replaced the graphics card this week and everything else works fine. Works fine.
Macs can get viruses, it's just that viruses made for Windows won't work on a Mac, but people do make Mac viruses. Anyway, you aren't going to get a virus unless you download things you shouldn't or click links in unexpected emails. Just to be on the safe side, you can get free anti-virus software like AVG anyway.
I think the "Genius Bar" is what Apple call their help desks, just because they call them "genius" doesn't mean they're any better than the guy at your local PC repair shop, PC World, or in my experience, the internet can teach you to diagnose and repair pretty much any problem with a PC.
Last edited by LightninLew; 31-05-2012 at 22:26.
Get the computer that runs the software you need. Whilst some editting software is available on both platforms, a version that orignated on the MAC OS and was then ported to Windows, tends to be better on the original platform and vice versa. If you have to use a particular software package, make sure the PC version has all the features that you need. It is quite likely if your college/university uses the Mac version of the software that there will be fewer people who are familiar with the PC version and vice versa. If you need help with some less common element it can be a problem getting help.
If you decide on an Apple product, make use of Apple Educational discount, it can reduce the price differential significantly. Apple usually run a promotion during the summer for students which can make the pricing more attractive.
People get hung up about the hardware specification, but really what makes a difference is the efficiency of the operating system and software that it runs. My experience is that unix based operating systems (of which Mac OSX is one) make much better use of the hardware resources.
Apple have control of the hardware and operating system and take the time to make sure they work well together. When they get it wrong, it tends to get fixed relatively quickly. The Apple fans are quick to howl if an update goes wrong. Companies that develop software for Macs have fewer hardware/software variables to consider, so it can make it easier to develop for the Mac platform.
My experience with Windows operating systems is that every generation needs a higher hardware specification to run the basic operating system tasks. If you have a problem on PC, it could be hardware, operating system or software, once it is not a hardware problem, it is not necessarily the with PC manufacturer problem. If it is some obscure interaction between windows operating system and software on your PC, hard luck if applying the latest updates doesn't fix the problem. Often applying the latest updates can introduce a problem. Avoid running multiple processor intensive applications at the same time, they generally don't "play" nice and fight over the resources. Very few PC applications make the best use of the resources available to them for backward compatibility reasons.
Yes you can get free software antivirus software for PC. But whatever you use, you need to make sure it is set up to protect you. Besides downloading something, a common source of malicious software is copying files from friends you trust and then not ensuring that your anti virus program scans your USB stick before you can extract any data.
Buy what you can afford and makes you happy.
Last edited by edjunkie; 02-06-2012 at 00:58.