PC vs. Mac has been a strong debate since the Mac launched to rival Windows in 1984 and both sides have strong arguments. If you are a die hard fan of one or the other then it’s probably best to stop reading as your mind is already made up. But if you do want to find out the benefits and flaws of each to help your decision with a new purchase read on and enjoy!
The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. It took up 1,800 square feet, used 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighed in at 50 tons. The first widely available home computers were introduced in 1977, and became popular during the 1980s. These were easy to use for anyone without vast technical knowledge. Then on 10th November 1983 Bill Gates launched Microsoft Windows. Windows 1 was introduced on 20th November 1985 and sold for $100.00 and has now evolved to Windows 10 which is used on the majority of PC’s today.
- There are a wide range of PC configurations that can be tailored with thousands of specialist components to meet your requirements. So you can customise your computer exactly how you need it to work. Gaming, photo editing, build your own, and business PCs to name a few.
- PC’s are cheaper when compared to the same spec Mac. They also come in more powerful and faster forms which can still be cheaper.
- They are more stable and compatible with other devices. Quite often digital cameras and printers are only PC compatible.
- They’re green! Not literally but they are better on power usage and recyclable when they reach the end of their life.
- On Windows you have more control over your device’s processes. There are more settings to play around with and more small changes to make that will transform a standard computer into a machine that performs exactly how you need it to compared to a Mac which is pretty much as it comes out of the box with little scope to change it.
- There are so many companies making PC’s that there is a lot of choice and Windows are far less likely to make drastic changes that could affect other companies sales. If future Mac updates fail Mac users will have to deal with it or get a new one.
- Cross platform connectivity means you can use lots of different programs like Google accounts, Microsoft and even some Apple services from your one Windows PC.
- PC’s are bulky and hard to transport if you need to. They also take up a lot of room needing a tower and monitor. Although their are some companies who now make all in one PC’s with the tower all built in to the monitor like a Mac.
- Lot’s of different companies make PC’s and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you with so many different variations.
- They can be very noisy depending on the spec. If you are running lots of memory and RAM they can need more fans to cool them.
- As they have been around for a long time people have worked out the flaws in PC security making them more susceptible to viruses. Don’t let it put you off, Windows 10 has a defence system built in and there are lots of anti virus programs available.
- Compared next to a Mac PC’s do look bulky and not as appealing.
- Microsoft have tried their best to overcome this but they are still not 100% compatible with Apple products like iCloud, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library etc.
Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer on 24th January 1984. This was the company’s first mass-market personal computer featuring an integral graphical user interface and mouse. To raise the money needed, Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van and Steve Wozniak sold his HP scientific calculator for $500.
- They come as one unit with the tower built in to the monitor taking up less space.
- Mac’s user interface is clean, refined and easy to use. There are different options for keyboards and a track-pad or mouse.
- If you have an iPhone then you can sync all of your photo’s between it and your Mac using iCloud.
- There is a small range to pick from aimed to different budgets making it easy to pick which is right for you.
- Mac has a built in virus protection and security system.
- They come out of the box ready to use with very little setup needed. Apps like Photos, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, FaceTime, iTunes, Maps and more are already installed.
- Mac’s build quality and computer design is futuristic and modern. Only high end PC’s can match their build quality.
- Mac’s are expensive. The cheapest being over £1,000 and it’s hard to compete with better value PC’s that have more processing power in the same price range.
- They are not upgradable. The only way to add more hard drive space or RAM is to buy a build your own Mac to begin with (but you would have to presume that you are going to run out of space) or buying a completely new one.
- Random crashes, freezing and programs shutting down are far more common on the Mac than PC. It can also mean a full restart is needed to get it back and running again rather than a PC which you can close down certain programs using task manager.
- They can be incompatible with other devices. Lots of printers and digital cameras come with a message on the box saying ‘not compatible with Mac’.
- According to the Green Electronics Guide rankings, Mac “scores badly on almost all criteria” including the use of hazardous chemicals and most components being non recyclable.
- Apple technical support is more expensive than Windows and PC support. Mac’s do come with free 90 day phone customer support but after that you will have to pay if you wish to keep it. Whereas if your PC breaks there are thousands of computer repair shops, some of which do not work on Mac’s. Also taking it to be repaired at Apple can become expensive quickly.
There is no definitive answer which is best. Both have their quirks and annoyances but it really depends on what features you are looking for from a computer. Hence why in the BuzzPoint office some of us use a PC and others Mac.