Mac or PC?I'm in the market for a new computer and what I want, and what I can afford, are two different things. I've been wanting to switch to a Mac for a while, but didn't really need a new computer until now. My desktop PC has been fine. (yes, I said desktop) It's more than enough computer for me, but lately it's been running a little rough. No surprise though, considering it's six years old. That's a dinosaur in computer years! So, I thought I'd start looking to see what's out there.
I'm definitely getting a laptop this time around, so I first took a look at PC's.
I could basically get everything I'd want in a computer for $799, but then I'd still be dealing with antivirus software which can add up. The benefit for me in buying another PC means I don't have to learn anything new, and I don't have to buy expensive software that I already own (ie: Photoshop and Quickbooks), also it comes with Microsoft Office which is essential to my business.
Next, I took a trip to my nearest Apple store.
The people that work for Apple are so knowledgable! After spending about an hour talking to one of their "experts," I felt crazy for even contemplating another PC! However, there is that pesky thing called price. If I went with the entry level MacBook for $999, and got the student discount of -$100, that would bring it to just $100 over the PC. It totally makes sense, until I start thinking about all of the software I'd need to buy, just to get the Mac outfitted with what I need. The extra cost for programs that I already own, could easily add $400 + to the total. Ugh! The benefit to owning a Mac would be no virus issues, and FANTASTIC customer service/support.
I'm sure the arguements are strong for both sides, but I'd love advice from recent PC to Mac converts. Also, would love to hear feedback from those who looked at Mac and bought a PC. Please, please comment away!
The big Mac or PC debate... What's a girl to do?