Originally Posted by Remeniz
I like the latest Mac Pro
. The processing power in this machine is just immense!
Having said that I reckon $29 is worth it for the OS upgrade.
"Windows Vista users upgrade to Windows 7 for $29?"
You guys pay for operating system upgrades?
On a serious note, "PC" vs. Mac debates (a Mac is a personal computer, by the way
) always go this way and I must chuckle each and every time. At the end of the day, both have their advantages and disadvantages, different uses and appeal to different types of users.
In terms of aesthetics, Macs are some of the most beautiful pieces of equipment I've seen. They're built to a very high standard and because only a small number of components are used across the entire
Mac range, the operating system can be optimised to work best with that hardware. They come with a lot of pre-installed applications that Windows-based computers do not, which does help out with post-purchase costs to some extent (although one can argue that the money saved on a Windows-based computer could be spent on those applications and the total cost will come to less than that of a Mac). OS X also has a stability and security edge over Windows because it is Unix-based and the structure of the file system helps to prevent the kind of damage that can be caused by viruses on Windows.
On the other hand, "PCs" can be customised far more than Macs. You can build them yourself, at a lower cost, with whatever components you want. Pound-for-pound, you can get better raw power from a "PC" than a Mac at a far lower cost, even when you bundle in the price of your operating system. If you choose to run Windows on the "PC", you also have the advantage of a broader range of more popular software and, quite importantly for a lot of people, games.
Neither is better than the other as standard. The entire situation is dependent on a user's wants and needs and you can't really tell them they are wrong for going with what they feel is right.