Lately, Apple has gained a lot of popularity everywhere. Many people are talking about switching from Windows to Mac, and I have been in countless arguments over which is better. (Note: I will write an article later about why Macs are better than PCs, to be fair).
7 Reasons a PC is Better than a Mac:
PCs are infinitely more customizable than Macs. It is straightforward to build your own computer, choosing the exact parts you need to suit your needs. There are infinite combinations and choices when it comes to making a PC. If you don’t want to make one, many people will make one suit your own needs. Retailers such as Dell and HP also offer many options to customize a PC. Macs, however, are very limited. They often don’t use the latest hardware for about a year while PCs have already had them. You don’t see any Macs with Core i7’s inside them. Any extras you want to add on will cost you a fortune; for example, adding an extra 4GB of RAM will cost you around $800, but if you had a PC, a similar upgrade for 4GB of DDR3 will cost a maximum of $200 but can be had for $150. This makes a PC much more affordable. There is so much choice out there as to parts that you can make it look however you want. Apple only offers a few variations of their computers with little customization options at a price set way too high. Not to mention the premium you pay for the Apple logo.
2. Hardware and Software Compatibility
Many people argue that Macs have enough software to keep them going. The fact is that if you have a PC, you have way more options. You have more choice when it comes to any software or hardware. Basically, every piece of software compatible with Mac is compatible with PC (except for the software made by Apple). PC has way more choice when it comes to games, and any game on a PC will run better if you have a newer computer as the newest Macs have outdated Hardware. Mac users will always have to check if the hardware or software they buy is compatible with Mac. Yes, you can run Windows on a Mac, but what is the point. If you are going to use Windows for everything, you might buy a PC. Not to mention all the Office software for Mac is incredibly hard to use and completely illogical. Some basic commands which can easily be found on the Windows version of Office are complicated to find on a Mac. Not to mention Mac users don’t get the slick new Ribbon interface of Office 2007.
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3. Full Operating Systems
Apple charges its customers for minor updates to its Operating Systems (also known as Service Packs). Microsoft gives these out for free and only charges users for a completely new operating system. This will significantly add to the cost of your Mac if you plan to upgrade every time Apple releases a new version of OS X. The new features given in these updates are pretty insignificant, and none have overhauled the OS. Is it really worth the price tag?
4. Windows Explorer is Way More Powerful
Windows Explorer offers a lot more features than a finder. It offers cut and paste to move files around easily and offers window resizing from all corners or edges instead of just one. It is much easier to quit a program in Windows than Mac by simply pressing the X button instead of Command+Q. Apple’s maximize button doesn’t even work properly.
There are much more PC users than Mac users. This makes it very easy for anyone with problems to find someone to help them. Many people know a lot about PCs; however, Apple’s community is limited, and there are much fewer places where you can get help from. Apple support also has a history of denying a problem exists even if it clearly does. Not to mention warranty for Dells and HPs cost a lot less than Apple’s Applecare.
Microsoft offers the OEM version of their operating system for much cheaper than the retail pack. Apple does not sell OEMs. Vista Ultimate used to retail for $799, but at the same time, the OEM cost around $280. This gives system builders much lower costs than Apple’s computers and is much more customizable when referring to point one.
7. Deleting Shortcuts actually works
Apple has a very visual OS, while Windows is more intuitive and logical. For example, when you want to delete desktop shortcuts, you can just hit the delete key. When you want to do this on a Mac, you need to drag the icon to the trash can. It makes a cool effect, but it is so irritating. The menu bar on the Mac is also really irritating. When you minimize a program, the menu bar stays there, which also becomes annoying when accessing other things, such as Finder. This makes using a Mac a real pain to use.