Mac (Apple) or Pc: What to Choose and Why?

Mac (Apple) or Pc: What to Choose and Why?


Computer-based Mac or PC … the eternal dilemma. I will try to enlighten you from my point of view while  *trying* to argue at best and remain objective (I do my best, knowing that I’m not a super pro MAC… but I been helped by a large number of users from both worlds like Fahimy and Julien: thanks to them!).

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By way of introduction, I would like to point out immediately that it is difficult to compare these platforms because the operating systems are very different. That said, since now Macs use Intel processors common to PC performance comparison is less complex. This page will only compare PCs to Macs with Intel processors.


For Mac computers, a little less software is available overall. The cost of these software is usually a little higher than their PC equivalent, for what I could see even if there are exceptions with for example the Microsoft Office Pack that is the same price. There is much less game software on Mac, but in all other areas, the range of software choice is also a little smaller, including freeware. Beware, there is however at least one good (and often very expensive …) product in each category, so the right Mac software exist. In this respect, it should be noted that MAC software for desktop publishing is often of better quality and works better, with equivalent computer power, with a MAC: moreover, in professional PAO, for reasons of standard Macs are mainly used . Finally, note that MAC software is,
In this chapter, let us also specify that the installation – and even more the uninstallation – of the software under PC is often longer or more difficult than under MAC which thus manages better this aspect.
Note that BootCamp supplied with Macs makes it easy to install Windows. Similarly, even if the operation is less easy and its legality is not assured, it is possible to install Mac OS X on a PC. In any case this does not make much sense in my opinion because, in addition to the additional cost related to the license of the second OS, all the interest of these platforms lies in their respective operating systems since the


Mac computers are generally not very scalable and much less than PCs because many components are now soldered including RAM and SSD, even on Desktop models.
The stability of the system:
V ou have had to hear that Mac computers “work better” and “plant less.” This means that their operating system is overall very stable and that the management of the equipment is of high quality. This is particularly because Macs are a little more standardized computers and thus the number of different possible parts is smaller which makes easier the development of the system. The quality of the system
However it is necessary to break some myths, including the fact that Mac computers never crash. However, the average number of “crashes” system is really very small and seems to be, on average, for a professional machine requested about 8:00 / day with many software used simultaneously, ie in a “worst case” , about 1 crash every month from the different echoes that I have. Of course,
The comparison is interesting to do with a Linux PC where a well optimized and tuned machine seems to have a system “crash” rate quite similar to that of Mac computers using OS X (under similar usage intensity conditions). ).
Finally, since Windows 7, a Microsoft OS kept up to date, without being on average quite as stable as MAC OS X, can boast a very good stability.

Longevity, life expectancy:

The issue of “longevity” is a subject that is all the more difficult to deal with as it is controversial. This is due to the fact that this longevity is primarily related to the operating system since the electronic components are similar and of similar quality (we can find PCs including better components like PCs with lower quality components).
In fact, everything will depend on the user and the uses. A user with basic knowledge in terms of reasonable use of his machine under Windows, with an updated antivirus and for example that will not open all attachments of his mails can keep his machine functional for a long time.
On the other hand, a very novice Windows user is more likely to have a machine that is logically “dirty” and therefore slowed or even unusable in the event of a major infection. This while the same user very / very beginner under Mac OS X will be better protected by the much smaller number of viruses and by the system, without being completely safe.

The productivity:

MACs are by default often more discreet than PCs. As indicated on the silent pageit is possible to silence a PC but the extra cost is not negligible. These lower noise levels, or even their absence on certain MAC models, are a big plus that should not be neglected: very often both potential buyers and users underestimate the impact of the noise of their machine on their productivity, which is a grave and gross error.
For the rest ie the system itself, the efficiency and ergonomics of recent Windows allows productivity similar to that of recent MACs equipped with similar hardware and software.
For users of various programs under SUN stations (scientific researchers in particular), MACs equipped with OS X have the great advantage of being able to run a number of these software initially reserved for SUN stations, this through different portages. Note also that MAC OS X can benefit from all Unix / Linux tools (GCC compiler, bash, awk, perl, etc.) while offering the benefits of Windows (Office suite, excellent hardware recognition, and connectivity, etc.).


Because it is based on a Unix core, and therefore it is a much more “open” OS than its previous iterations, MAC OS X badly tuned can be hacked.
However, viruses are much less common on Mac OS X and security vulnerabilities are fewer than Windows. That said, even if in practice it will actually involve less risk for the user do not be fooled: if these flaws and security update are fewer for OS X, it is also certainly because it represents a much smaller share of the market and therefore less interested hackers.

The price factor:

With same technical characteristics, the MAC are more expensive but for the comparison to be valid it is necessary to take into account the quality software suite provided by default on the MAC. Indeed, the iLife suite included in the iMac and Mac Mini is known to be user-friendly and powerful, more than the equivalents usually available by default in PCs of major brands equipped with Windows.
It must also be added that the MAC will generally be, by default, more discreet than a PC brand. Finally, do not forget the neat design that is part of the success of MAC. All of these considerations also apply when comparing PC Laptops to MacBooks
In the end, and although there is no doubt that there is an additional cost related to the brand, it is certainly less than what one might think at first glance.
We also have to talk about the cost of computer maintenance that is considered higher for a PC fleet than for a Mac fleet. The cost of using a PC in a company will, therefore, exceed that of a MAC. However, in the end, this only offsets the generally higher price of software licenses for Mac versions as well as the initial overhead associated with the purchase of the machines.
For individuals, the slower devaluation of MAC computers can make it easier to resell a machine when it changes.
Finally, this price factor is also linked to a fashion effect: the MAC is consumed more as an object whereas a PC is consumed more as a tool. For this reason as well as because of the orientation of Apple marketing, it often corresponds a luxury image to the MAC which is sometimes associated with a need for recognition.


It’s up to you to choose and I would not do it for you. I like PCs because I’m a technologist and that this passion can be expressed more fully than MAC but for all the latter have undeniable qualities.
To try to conclude, if you expect a classic use of your computer (office, internet, games …) and want a cheaper one, in my opinion, you can then take a PC if:
* You carefully choose the components. In addition to reading the parts and peripherals section of the site, consider using the custom PC generator engine.
* You are using it correctly, which means that you do not have to open all the attachments of the received mails or to add daily various programs shareware/freeware without being cautious and without neat uninstallation.
* You want to have the pleasure to completely assemble your machine yourself and make it evolve which will give you many hours of pleasure with each new modification motivated by the use of a new software.
On the contrary take a MAC if you are not too handy, if you have the means and / or a budget a little higher, if you are not a big fan of games, if you want to have the maximum productivity / the minimum of worries and that for that you are ready to pay a little more expensive. This type of choice defends itself completely!
Everything will be a little more expensive, but overall you can access all the features of a PC with a Mac if you put the price. Overall too, it will make you less worries of operation and settings than the PC especially as you use it in a conventional way and you will not tinker.
PS: the question is often asked but I do not have the skills and time to make a topic on the choice of MAC, sorry. If you want to have a good Mac in my opinion, overall, it is important to put the price: things are simpler in the world of MAC. Note that more than one topic in the section “PC Parts” in particular will be interesting as well to choose the parts constituting his PC that those constituting his Mac.