Given that Mac laptop and desktop computers cost more than PCs are they really worth it? Why do Macs have such a loyal following when, for less money, you could buy a perfectly good PC?
Here are 10 reasons why Macs are better than PCs.
1. The Mac Experience
User experience is very important when deciding what type of computer to buy. The operating system plays a big role in determining whether this experience is enjoyable or just plain frustrating.
Windows 8 was a disaster from a user’s point of view. Customers were not impressed with Microsoft’s attempt to incorporate touchscreen computing into their operating system. Microsoft listened to customer complaints, and Windows 10 is a drastic improvement. But Mac still has the edge. OS X El Captain is stable, clean, simple, and most importantly, easy to use. It’s a much better place to hang out, particularly with the seamless incorporation of mouse and track pad gestures.
2. Integration of Other iOS Devices
Anything from your iPhone or iPad will sync to your Mac computer. You can take a photo, save a document, even start an email on your iOS device and it will automatically appear on your computer. There’s no need to save anything to a cloud drive like Dropbox or Google Drive – all your devices will work together without any fuss.
3. There are Less Mac Options
This might not sound like a positive thing, but sometimes less is more. There are hundreds of PCs to choose from, so how do you know where to start? In contrast, there are less than ten Apple computers, which come with different specs. Knowing your budget and computer needs will make deciding on a model a breeze.
4. Great Software is Included
There is a huge range of excellent software available for PC computers that can do just about anything. Some can be downloaded free of charge, and others come at a cost. The thing is, this software isn’t usually downloaded on the machine straight out of the box. Macs, on the other hand, come with a myriad of useful apps, including:
In addition, the Mac App Store offers a large number of apps specifically for Mac computers. And don’t worry, pretty much all your favourite Microsoft programs are compatible with Macs, including Open Office.
5. Macs are More Secure
Macs have shown time and time again to be much less vulnerable to viruses and hacking than PCs. The gap is closing, however, as many attacks are based online and hackers are more sophisticated in their techniques. You’ll still need to be cautious online, but for now Mac is the safest platform.
6. Quality of the Machine
Everyone knows that Macs are more expensive. If all you need is a machine to check your email and surf the web, maybe a Mac isn’t worth it. And, if you feel confident building your own computer, do that. But, if you’re looking for a top-quality device built with meticulous attention to detail that will last, get a Mac.
7. The Mac Screen
There’s no doubt about it – Macs have the best screens on the market. Yes, it has Retina display (which, we’ll be honest with you, is just HD display), but what’s more impressive is the anti-reflective coating and lack of air gap.
8. Every Component is Optimised
Each component in a Mac computer is optimised to perform well and use less power (hence the longer battery life). Although Apple computers use many of the same hardware components as PCs, Apple does a significantly better job at designing their operating system to take full advantage of these components. This is why Mac updates can actually improve the way different components work, and in some cases, can improve a machine’s battery life.
There is a negative to this. Because of the way Mac computers are designed, customising or upgrading many components is impossible. So if you’re after a fully customisable computer, a Mac may not be for you.
9. Mac Users are Loyal
Many people who purchase Mac computers have no regrets. In fact, Mac has been at the top of customer satisfaction surveys for over ten years. This shows that for many, the extra cost is worth it.
10. Superior Customer Support
Apple has continuously ranked as one of the best companies for customer support, which is reassuring. Almost all Apple products come with free 90-day access to phone support and a one-year warranty.
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