Mac or PC?

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    Feb 27, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    Mac or PC?
    Why?
    If not Mac, what brands of laptop do you like?
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    Feb 27, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    Are you asking because you want a debate about which one is better, or are you asking because you want help deciding what type of laptop to buy? Both have their pros and cons.
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Feb 28, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    have always been predominantly a PC/windows user here but have owned a few older apples when first starting out. I don't have any current Apple products at all, but thinking of upgrading to a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in the next coming months as my trusty Dell of 4 years is starting to fall apart (cracks in the case, few dead pixels on display etc).

    As for which PC laptops to go for, I've had a good run out of Dell purely because I've found them to be robust and reliable enough, being able to customise just about every aspect of it, warranty and support is great (even though I've never actually had to use it) and the prices aren't too shabby either.

    I would steer away from Acer and perhaps even Compaq (ie cheaper range of HPs) because I often hear of them failing within the first few years.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Dude asks a very valid question. Each platform has its strengths. However, I'd say that unless you have a specific reason to go PC, the Mac pretty much wins out. Apple definitely has the best service in the industry too.

    If you're a serious gamer, forget the Mac. If you're a casual gamer, the Mac is ok. There are some specialized applications that are only available on the PC. Mac accounting software sucks. AutoCAD is finally back on the Mac, but the PC version offers more and the rest of the AutoCAD family is still PC-only. Etc.

    I personally find the overall Mac experience better. One final thing to note, you can run Windows on your Mac, but you can't turn a PC into a Mac (well, you can, but you have to be a real nerd to want to do it). Macs can be set up to boot either OS X or Windows. Using a program like Fusion, you can also run Windows inside OS X, allowing you to run Mac and PC programs side by side from within the Mac environment. Hard to beat that.
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    When I go looking to buy a car, do I want one that leaks fluids, blows tires, needs to see the mechanic roughly every 34 days, is hard to use and is ugly to boot or would I want to buy a vehicle that functions properly 99.9% of the time, operates in an intuitive, friendly manner and looks pretty good?

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidAre you asking because you want a debate about which one is better, or are you asking because you want help deciding what type of laptop to buy? Both have their pros and cons.
    RJ Rule #18502..
    An easy way to create a successful thread with many replies/page views is to create an Apple vs Windows thread. Or iphone versus Android thread. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    mac
    mac mac
    mac mac mac
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    ^ What he said.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    If you decide on a Mac, wait a few months if you can. Updated OS is coming as well as a product refresh.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    xrichx saidRJ Rule #18502..
    An easy way to create a successful thread with many replies/page views is to create an Apple vs Windows thread. Or iphone versus Android thread. icon_lol.gif


    Haha! Yeah, I've seen a bunch of those. I was hoping to get the OP some useful information before a war started.

    To the OP: It's too complicated of an issue to give a simple answer. Each platform does certain things well. Everyone has their own opinion, but it's really a matter of what you need.
  • NerdLifter

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    Build my own desktops for fun. Never been a fan of Mac's, but there are positives and negatives to every platform. Mac users on these forums have rarely given any substantive quantified data/benchmarks detailing how Mac's are superior. Same often goes for PC users as well. People tend to provide a lot of qualitative subjective conjecture with no true numbers and validated results to back themselves up.

    Talking about strictly performance, both platforms will excel or lag behind the other in certain areas, but not by any significant margin.

    In the end, as every level headed person will tell you choose the hardware and software that will make you happy while getting what you need done. In the end, that's all that really matters.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    I had a MAC, switched to DELLS, and am back with a MAC. I love the MAC.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    DudeInNOVA saidAre you asking because you want a debate about which one is better, or are you asking because you want help deciding what type of laptop to buy? Both have their pros and cons.
    RJ Rule #18502..
    An easy way to create a successful thread with many replies/page views is to create an Apple vs Windows thread. Or iphone versus Android thread. icon_lol.gif

    When in doubt, create PC vs Mac thread. Sit back and watch people click on OP's profile.
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    Feb 28, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    Studinprogress saidBuild my own desktops for fun.


    I think this is largely what separates PC from Mac enthusiasts. I'm not talking about Joe Average Customer. The Mac is a pretty closed architecture. Apple doesn't want you messing with the hardware beyond a memory or hard drive upgrade. PC enthusiasts tend to enjoy the challenge/fun of building and configuring systems, troubleshooting, etc. Apple views technology like an appliance. It should be simple and "just work" out of the box.
  • A_1991

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    macs if you watch a lot of porn
    pc if you like gaming
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    MAC.

    My experience: Father of 4 here. Kids need a computer for school at about age 11 these days. I started out by getting them PCs and spent 50% of my time on the homefront being tech support and replacing PCs every 2 years when they'd slow down.

    Bought everyone, including my ex, Macs about 8 years ago. No problems. Like NONE. Everything works. It's not a contest as far as I'm concerned.
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Apple has little motivation to open their machines to the rest of the market.

    Closed architectures makes software testing and tech support *MUCH* easier.

    Large corporations seek out Windows machines built the same way for 2,000 copies. It won't happen. Video cards are going to be different. Motherboards will have changes requiring new device drivers. Difficult for support groups to quickly swap out failed parts without fiddling with software...

    With Apple, very few problems.

    In the end, Apple commands a hardware cost budget to hit one out of the ballpark... They find a package that makes people say "wow". Then, they aim very high in overall compute power.

    As a recovering Unix/Solaris admin, I love Apple's OS.

    Cadence should port Allegro to it so I can get one at work.icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    Just thinking, use whatever fits your needs, mac OR pc.

    Personally, I love the combo PC with a Linux-based OS.
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    Mac.
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    mac
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    pc bishesss
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:46 AM GMT


    Do yourself a favor, buy a MAC
  • Buddha

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    Feb 28, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    Nah I like my PC, it's nice with customizability. I know you can have Windows on the mac, but then I don't really see the point of not just going for the PC.

    I'm a gaming student so first of all, all of our computers we use for making the games are Alienware, so that's Windows; saving me a lot of problem to switch between platforms. Secondly, playing games seems so much more effortless on a pc. I talked to a friend about it and he said that if there isn't a mac-version and if you don't want to get Windows, you have to emulate it which, at least back when I heard about it, slows down the games. Finally it seems easier to upgrade my PC with new hardwarre. I don't really know much about macs though (I had one up until I was 13, it was sad seeing all my friends playing all these awesome games and I had like... command and conquer 2), so feel free to tell me why I'm wrong

    Also all our computers in highschool were iMacs, and they sucked balls. As soon as I booted up more than two, three programs, the computers started lagging and it was just utter shit. Can't even remember how much time I just spent watching that fucking rotating colored ball.
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    Feb 28, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    PC
    ~ Utterly I could do just more with a overall range of task on PC and options of Compatibleness, Every electronic geek and like me loves Customization to my personal touch so this applies on software, hardware and gadgets im using. Product extension could just be infinity. Furthermore Im a Gamer and partly graphic designer

    Mac
    ~ Good product, but it is more of a Concept product which sized down on the personal customization.

    Laptop brands I like : DeLL /Alienware ,Fujitsu and lastly Asus.

    Never liked Acer nor Hewlett-Packard ~ their QC is bad!
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    Feb 28, 2012 6:48 AM GMT
    buddha_the_god saidNah I like my PC, it's nice with customizability. I know you can have Windows on the mac, but then I don't really see the point of not just going for the PC.

    I'm a gaming student so first of all, all of our computers we use for making the games are Alienware, so that's Windows; saving me a lot of problem to switch between platforms. Secondly, playing games seems so much more effortless on a pc. I talked to a friend about it and he said that if there isn't a mac-version and if you don't want to get Windows, you have to emulate it which, at least back when I heard about it, slows down the games. Finally it seems easier to upgrade my PC with new hardwarre. I don't really know much about macs though (I had one up until I was 13, it was sad seeing all my friends playing all these awesome games and I had like... command and conquer 2), so feel free to tell me why I'm wrong

    Also all our computers in highschool were iMacs, and they sucked balls. As soon as I booted up more than two, three programs, the computers started lagging and it was just utter shit. Can't even remember how much time I just spent watching that fucking rotating colored ball.


    I hope you aren't comparing the slower power-pc chip iMacs against the current Intel Pentium-based iMacs. There's a big reason why they switched (especially since it forced a bottom-up rewrite on *everything*.)