The Ultimate Question: Mac or PC?

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by tellville, Apr 28, 2007.

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  1. tellville

    tellville Puritan Board Junior

    Ok guys. I've seen some debate here in the past, but I want a no-holds barred battle to the death: Which is better, PC or Mac?
  2. VaughanRSmith

    VaughanRSmith Puritan Board Sophomore

    PC. For simple value for money. I can get a top of the range PC these days for the equivalent price of a standard to good Mac. I love Mac's interface, and ease of use, but value always wins out.
  3. Tirian

    Tirian Puritan Board Sophomore

    Depends on what you want to use it for. I bought my wife an iMac notebook. It is more like a "device" than a computer, it is engineered beautifully, never crashes and I never have to touch it. I got her Microsoft Office for Mac and she emails and prepares documents to he hearts content.

    Absolutely useless if you want to do anything other than graphics, work processing and email/internet.

  4. SoldierOfTheRock

    SoldierOfTheRock Puritan Board Freshman


    Why not get a newer Mac that has a intel chip? This way you can run everything. You can dual boot it to xp or vista or whatever. I am not a fan boy of either... I will use anything really... Linux goes on anything. :)
  5. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    I can't vote on this poll because I don't think that "better" isn't the right word to use between the two. Macs do their thing well. They hardly ever crash and have a better interface. PCs are more versatile, less expensive and more widely used. Macs have always been known as the choice of geeks while PC's are for the rest of us! :D
  6. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior

    PC, but Linux, not windows,
  7. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

  8. Casey

    Casey Puritan Board Junior

    Why would you say that? Just about any program written for Linux has been ported to OS X. There's a huge wealth of software available.
  9. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator

    You want to play the latest and greatest games, get a PC.

    If you're a grown up, get a Mac. :wave:
  10. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Hey! Who said you could express an opinion here, Mr. Gray Hair? (heh, heh, snicker <runs away quickly>)
  11. Tirian

    Tirian Puritan Board Sophomore

    I guess it comes down to what type of user you are. Wy would not have the faintest idea on how to download a linux app ported to OSX and install it. The Mac is perfect for her though as it doesnt crash, it runs Mac Office, and has a stable internet browser. Perfect for me because I dont have to do much maintenance on it....

    As a commercial user, I am not aware of the kinds of productivity tools being available for the Mac as there are for the PC.

    When I say, absolutely "useless unless...(you are of a certain profile)" that profile woul suit a great number of users, therefore I'd not hesitate recommending a Mac to people in that category.

  12. Kenneth_Murphy

    Kenneth_Murphy Puritan Board Freshman

    I have a tablet pc and really enjoy using it for notes with MS Onenote. That alone is worth having a PC. Maybe when apple finally puts out a tablet I would consider it.
  13. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

  14. Jerusalem Blade

    Jerusalem Blade Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Currently I'm using an Apple 14" iBook G4 running Tiger (OS 10.4.9); before that I had a 12" iBook running OS 9, and before that an iMac.

    I've never had a virus or any other malware. On those sites not Safari-friendly (Safari is the Apple browser -- similar to Firefox) I use Firefox.

    I'm an almost-professional poet and writer (that means I don't get paid for my writings yet), and use the machine to produce a lot of material. I got MS Office 2004 for that.

    The recent iBook (early 2005), along with a good printer, some gadgets, and various software cost around $2,900 (the machine alone I think $1,600). My wife and I saved for over a year to get it. Got it from Small Dog Electronics on a visit back to the states. I needed a rugged machine that could weather any mistakes I might perpetrate on it, and survive the growing tide of malware.

    My daughter says to me, "Dad, get a real computer!" My retort is she's still suffering from post-adolescent brain disorder.

    I've had to learn how to use PCs ("real computers") on various travels where I don't take my own, but then you can see my use is limited.

    My wife is happy with the 12" iBook I gave her. She has no problems with it.

    Lord willing, I'll be a Mac guy while I'm in this world.

  15. BlackCalvinist

    BlackCalvinist Puritan Board Senior


    Whatever software you need for whatever you need it for, there's always a Mac equivalent (most companies make their software cross-platform).

    No malware, more stable and Win users are JUST getting what we've had for years.........

    heh. :) I'll stay where I am with my Mac.
  16. LadyFlynt

    LadyFlynt Puritan Board Doctor

    I dispute the idea that Macs are the choice of geeks...I know a couple of truely geek IT guys that both despise Mac.
  17. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior

    True geeks use Linux.:book2:
  18. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

  19. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    I'm running a PowerBook G4, Running Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 and lovin' every minute of it!!!!!
  20. Casey

    Casey Puritan Board Junior

  21. jbergsing

    jbergsing Puritan Board Sophomore

    When I can get an Mac notebook for around $1200, equivilent to a PC in that price range, I'll become a staunch Mac guy. Until then, I'll stick with my WinXP machine. It's never once failed me. Macs are overpriced considering their practical deficiencies. There aren't Mac equivilents to many PC applications. Apple refuses to lower the prices of their machines even though they don't cost more to make than most PCs. Nope, I'm not a Mac guy. Oh, I know there are some benefits to them. I'll even say I do like the interface more than XP. But I think Vista is a leap forward in this area anyway.
  22. IanWatson

    IanWatson Puritan Board Freshman

    Im thinkin about getting a Mac notebook. I have a PC right now and it is giving me alot of problems.

    What do you think?:think:
  23. Jerusalem Blade

    Jerusalem Blade Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Ken and Casey,

    Why don't you guys upgrade to 10.4, Tiger? It's a stable OS, and the Spotlight feature is invaluable (I tried Google's Desktop for Mac -- the search engine -- but didn't like it).

    Ian, I think that would be a good move. Get a decent Mac Manual with it, so you know how to work it -- and Macs are easy to learn.

    John, I would think one could get a Mac notebook for $1,200 (even a slightly older -- but new -- model), but it sounds like you're happy with what you have.

  24. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    This annoys me greatly as well.
  25. Casey

    Casey Puritan Board Junior

    Because much of the software I use is Open Source (browser, e-mail, word-processing, image-editing, etc.) . . and since it all works on 10.3.9, I'm fine with it. :) Anyway, it was my understanding that 10.5 will be coming out soon!
  26. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    I was up until 1 am last night dealing with weird PC errors. Reminded me of this commercial. I have a tech guy coming out today.

    I have had a horrible experience with doing home movies on the PC. Reminds me of this commercial.

    Anyway, Mac sounds very good today.
  27. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    In my experience, I am not sure that the price is really different if you factor in the value of time spent dealing with weird error messages, driver problems and the like. It sounds like you have not had problems, which is great. I have problems at home. Our PCs at work also have constant problems and they are run by EDS, which should know what its doing. Anyway, for those of us who do have problems, if you put a value on time, then PCs may not be so cheap after all.
    Last edited: May 2, 2007
  28. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    Well Dell has jumped on the Linux Bandwagon. They will offer PC's with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. the article here :cheers2:
  29. daveb

    daveb Puritan Board Sophomore

    I'd say it's really up to the individual. Mostly it depends if the software you want to use is available on both platforms. I get to play with a Mac at work, it's nice, I could use it full-time no problem. I'm hoping to get a mac laptop at some point after 10.5 and a hardware refresh.

    The downside for a Mac is that you can't go and build your own box and you pay a bit of the Apple tax, the upside is generally 'it just works'. As I get older I don't like tinkering around with my systems as much and just want things to work out of the box without fuss. Macs can also run any X11 apps which is nice as well.

    Windows is pretty good once you have the drivers and if you're safe in your computing. Vista looks good (except for driver support) but it's not touching my box since I don't feel like doing a hardware upgrade, XP for me.

    Linux is just a pain in my opinion and not polished enough for me to use as a desktop. For my *nix fun I just run Freebsd as desktop Openbsd as server.

    So the answer is: get what you want ;)
  30. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    Have you tried the newbie friendly distro's like PCLinuxOS or Mepis? Even though I could tinker with them I don't like too so I use PCLinuxOS and Mepis which both work out of the box :)
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