One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when you are looking to purchase a new computer would be whether you are going to be opting for a Windows PC or a Macbook. There are a lot of things that you should be considering when you are choosing between the two. Below, we will talk about some of the key things that you might want to be looking at when choosing.

Let’s look at some Mac vs PC pros and cons!

1. Cost.

Typically, you will find a majority of the Windows-powered PCs and machines much cheaper than similar Mac desktops and laptops. While there are a lot of premium Windows machines, you have a much greater range to choose from which is beneficial for those that are looking for low budget options. With Mac, you are likely going to be paying a premium for similar devices according to specifications. Some people refer to this as the “Apple Tax.” Because of this, it might swing you to the Windows side of things as you will generally get much more power for your money.

Winner: Windows.

2. Versatility.

Microsoft has managed to surpass Apple when it comes to versatility and design. With Windows Surface 2 in 1 hybrid devices, you can now get a full tablet experience with laptop type specifications. The versatility that Windows-based devices offer is simply unmatched when it comes to hybrid devices. While you could opt for a similar type of device from Apple with their iPad Pro, you are not going to get nearly the same experience given one is running iOS and one is running a full version of Windows 10.

Winner: Windows.

3. Ecosystem.

When it comes to investing in Apple devices, you are going to end up getting a closed ecosystem that tends to be much safer than the open environment you would find on Windows. Because Apple has such a stringent quality control measure in place for its App Store, you are going to find less rogue apps, malware, and viruses present. At the same time, a lot of this has to do with the abundance of Windows PC machines out on the market versus the tiny market share Apple has in comparison. With Windows, you will find a much more open ecosystem which can be good in terms of development, but it also can be bad considering the lack of quality control measures in place and the abundance of malware and/or viruses present.

Winner: Tie.

4. Gaming.

If you are looking to invest in a laptop or desktop that you are planning on gaming with, there is no competition. Hardcore gamers are going to want to stick with Windows-based PCs because they offer a lot of customization. However, the biggest reason people that play games should stick with Windows-based PC’s is that a majority of the games will only support Windows and not Mac OSX. Because of this, you are only going to be able to play certain games on Windows-based machines. While you could use a software like Bootcamp to boot into Windows 10 to play these games, a majority of Mac machines are severely underpowered when it comes to gaming because that is not Apple’s target market with its devices.

Winner: Windows.

5. Support.

There is no denying that you are going to get increased support when you purchase Apple products. Microsoft does not compare in the support department. With Apple, you know that you can visit an Apple Genius bar to get any question you need to be answered or any problem solved.

Winner: Apple/Mac.

6. Design.

Apple previously would have had this category locked down easy. However, Microsoft has made tremendous strides in the design department and not only do they have incredibly versatile options available on the marketplace now, but they also have incredibly good looking designs on the marketplace including both their Surface Pro line and their Surface Book line. Along with this, they have an entire range of partner manufacturers that make their own versions of Windows laptops and desktops. With that being said, having different manufacturers making different Windows-based devices leads to unoptimized experiences across the board.

Mac or Windows for College?

If you are leaving for college, this question most certainly came up in your mind. Which one should you get for college a nice looking, smaller mac or a Windows laptop? Well, it depends what kind of work are you trying to do on the laptop, and how much are you trying to achieve with it.

If you want to do very workload heavy tasks like image/video edition, you should probably go with a resourceful windows laptop. If you only want to edit documents, browse the web, a mac will be perfect for you.

Keep in mind as well, that you can’t really do any serious gaming with a macbook.

Mac vs PC For Video Editing?

If you do things like video/image editing, I really recommend getting a laptop with a bigger screen. You can check out the Tibco 17 inch laptop list, and choose from there.  You can edit videos with a Mac, but because of the limited resources, rendering a video will not be as fast as on a PC.

Mac or PC for Programming?

Programming can be done on both. If you are planning on writing programs, you can either get a Mac or a PC, but will have enough power to do that task.

The results of our Mac or PC Test:

Winner: Tie.

Pros Of Windows:

1. Cost.

2. Versatility.

3. Open Ecosystem with more choice.

Cons Of Windows:

1. More Viruses and Malware.

2. Less Support.

3. Less Optimized Experience.

Pros Of Mac:

1. Design.

2. Support.

Cons Of Mac:

1. Lack Of Choice.

2. Expensive.

3. Limited Software Including Gaming Limitations.

Overall, choosing between Windows and Mac can be difficult. A lot is going to come down to what you will be using the device for and how you will be using it. Each come with their own Pros and Cons.

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