How to Decide Between a Mac and a PC

Published on: December, 20th 2017 | Under: How To: Technology 101

deciding between a mac or a pcSetting out to purchase a new computer is a big investment, no matter what type of device or brand you’re looking for. Before buying be sure to conduct extensive research, read online customer reviews, and comparison shop. If you are struggling to decide between a Mac and a PC, Computer Troubleshooters can help!

5 Differences Between a Mac and a PC

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want a Mac or PC.  While both have attractive qualities, deciding on a Mac or a PC basically comes down to user preference. Use the guide below to help you choose between a Mac and a PC.

1. Design

The design is a tell-tale difference between Mac and PCs. For years Apple has put their sleek, modern design at the forefront of their business model. Because Mac computers are made by a sole manufacturer, the aesthetic choices are limited. But not so with PCs. There are hundreds of PCs on the market, some designed with the intention of rivaling Macs. When it comes to customer perception though, Mac computers are continually thought of as hip, luxury items to be desired, thanks in part to their sophisticated design.

2. Tech Specs

The technical specifications for Macs and PCs can vary drastically. Depending on the brands and models you are comparing, they could be very similar or very different. Both computer options have similar RAM storage, internal processors, and hard drives, but Macs will usually outperform PCs in comparisons of speed and capacity of each component. PCs often include some extra features that Mac computers lack, including touch screens, Blu-Ray players, HDMI ports and more.

3. Functionality

Choosing between a Mac and a PC should depend on what your needs are. Outlining your specific needs will help you determine which computer is right for you. One interesting thing to note is that there is scarcely any software written for Macs. PCs are the computer of choice for video game fanatics because very few games can even run on Macs. Macs are favored by graphic designers, video editors and musicians, mostly because early models were unquestionably better at handling graphic-heavy content than PCs. The legacy has prevailed even though PCs have improved by leaps and bounds.

4. Operating Systems

PCs are compatible with operating systems based on IBM microprocessors such as Microsoft Windows or Linux. Microsoft thinks of itself more of an operating systems company as opposed to a computer manufacturer, hence the wide variety of PCs equipped with Windows operating systems. PC brands that run Windows operating systems include Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba and more. Mac’s iOS software is pre-installed and runs on all models of computers manufactured by Apple. Thanks to their UNIX core, iOS boasts high security and low vulnerability to cyber-attacks and malicious software.

5. Price

Apple’s computers cost more than PCs and rarely sell for under $1,000. PCs often retail at half the price of Macs. Apple views its Mac line as high-end machines and builds the computers using better and more expensive parts. Most Mac users will attest to the fact that these costlier computers often last far longer than their PC counterparts.

If you’re still having trouble determining which computer is best for you, try taking this quick quiz to help you decide. No matter what computer you end up purchasing, Computer Troubleshooters offers residential technology services including troubleshooting and repair and data backup and delivery. Use our office locator to find the Computer Troubleshooters nearest you!

About Kim Weinberger

Kim Weinberger is the National Director of Business Development - Computer Services for Computer Troubleshooters Global. Kim has a long-standing relationship with Computer Troubleshooters that began when she and her husband bought a technology franchise in Fond du Lac, WI, in 2003. In addition to her role as a franchise owner and operator, Kim also served as a Regional Director for four years and then as an Assistant National Director for five years. In 2012, Kim became the Director of Operations for the Computer Troubleshooters Global franchise and the Geeks On Call franchise, which has since merged with Computer Troubleshooters. In 2016, Kim's role shifted to managing the growth and development of computer services for Computer Troubleshooters Global, as well as the CPR Cell Phone Repair franchise.