One of the oldest debates in tech is Mac vs. PC. It’s like the Montagues and Capulets. A bitter rivalry where few refuse to budge on any issues. The Apple fanboys are well known for their obnoxious elitism, while the Gates disciples are renowned for their obnoxious nerdiness.
The truth is that both operating systems have their pros and cons, and each appeals to a different subset of users. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a 20 something startup designer rocking a Lenovo, but it also won’t make much sense for a 45-year-old spreadsheet aficionado to weight the sleekness of the new Macbook Air keyboard over the efficiency of Microsoft Excel shortcuts (no Mac short cuts are not “the same”).
We decided to break down some of the key points to let our readers decide for themselves.
How do a Mac and a Windows computer stack up in terms of performance?
In terms of raw computing power, a Mac is nowhere near as purely cost-effective as a Windows computer. A standard entry-level Macbook pro retails for $1,200. It comes standard with 4 core 1.4 GHz turbo boost processing, 128 GB SSD and 8 GB of memory.
A VERY brief cursory scan of New Egg in that price range shows 8 – 16 GB memory standard, and generally carries 256 GB SSDs at this price range. The processing power is also generally higher, in the 2.0+ range in most base models.
The other factor is that obviously, not everyone has $1,200 to shell out for laptop, and even the most basic MacBook Air model retailers for $1,000. If you’re looking for a solid, workable laptop for a reasonable price, there are plenty of brand new Windows options in the $600 – $800 range. This is an option that simply doesn’t exist for Macs.
Is a Mac better than a Windows computer?
There are some obvious ways a Mac is a better option for some working professionals. Obviously, if you are an iOS dev, a Mac laptop is a must. There are also other things like video editing or general design and audio editing software that functions far more smoothly on a Mac.
The other often-cited factor is the general user experience of a Mac. Compared to the Windows interface, the Mac environment is much more fluid and clean. Hot corners can be used extremely effectively, and multiple desktop windows that can be seamlessly called upon are a huge productivity booster when used to correctly.
This is all without even mentioning the trackpad. For us, the trackpad experience is the ultimate reason to go with a Mac. The material, the seamless execution, and the general slickness of the trackpad on a Mac laptop is far too important to ignore or even discount. It changes the entire experience of using the machine, and in our opinion makes Windows laptops all but unusable.
Why would I buy a Windows computer over a Mac?
That said there are a number of reasons why the majority of Americans and American businesses turn to Windows. The native environment for Microsoft Office is undoubtedly better, and it can be far easier to run some necessary business software.
The other key point is for gamers. Mac does not support the majority of computer games, and it has a difficult time handling the modern specs required for the newest games. While we may favor the Mac for the reasons above, there are definitely circumstances where a Windows computer makes sense.