Will Your Next PC be a Mac?

After reading Danny’s blog post, I had to put this question to my friends. In his post, Danny says that he is very seriously considering switching to a Mac, both for the hardware value, and the beauty of OS X. Let’s see what everyone had to say to this.

the mighty mouse is terrible. – Michael J Cohen

I’m with you Michael. I have to clean the roller everytime. – AJ Batac

If you had used some of what you say you think is good, you would realize it isn’t so. Maybe you should use it before you buy it. Would be a good idea. Don’t listen to everything from the Apple marketing. iLife is almost useless. iWork is fantastic, but not included. Mail is pretty lame. No support for blu-ray. Apple computers have just as many issues as any Dell, HP, etc. Hardware issues, software incompatibility, gray screens of death. Might want to research it. – Darian Rawson

You will suffer with the OS for at least two weeks, from what I have heard. The suffering is definite, the length of time is unverified. – Lindsay Donaghe

Why would I take this into account if I was looking to get a Mac? "I have never seen the operating system in real life" – this means he hasn’t used OS X, and hasn’t used the hardware to go with it. How does he know that it is so great? How does he know that the OS is "an amazing operating system" – I don’t mind reading articles to try to convince me, but have some proof. – Tim Hoeck

I would honestly have to play with one first, and decide for myself. There’s a lot of hype, and it sounds like a lot of it might be …hype. WinXP works just fine for me right now, so I don’t have any compelling reason to switch, unless I just happen to have a few grand of pocket change. Which has never been the case. – Stephen Shores via twhirl

First, acknowledge that a Mac _is_ a PC. Case in point: I run Vista 64-bit on a MacPro desktop. It’s an amazing combo. Likewise, you can probably run OS X on your current system, though for licensing reasons it’s probably not something you should do. Anyway, Dells, HPs, Macs are all made by a handful of manufacturers and many share the same assembly lines. So if you want to question the hype, start here. A Mac is a PC. Now if you’re saying Windows + PC = PC and OS X + PC = Mac, OK. So if Danny wants to get an iMac as an all-in-one, I say go for it. If he decides that OS X isn’t for him, he can always install Bootcamp and add Vista or XP. I run both on an iMac and it works great. My take: Several things are better in OS X; several things are better in Windows. Having both will give you added perspective, if you’re interested. – Loren Heiny

So what do you think? Should Danny make the “big switch”? Why… or why not?

88 thoughts on “Will Your Next PC be a Mac?”

  1. Hey there!!

    Myself, I’m saving up for my first Mac – a Macbook Pro.
    As a advanced Windows user – or as much as you can be, by the age of 15 – I’ve tried to learn commands for the whole OS.
    I tried it in 3-5 minutes in a a little shop in Denmark. (North Europe – No Apple Store)
    I wasn’t allowed to do it, but did it – I was impressed!

    Since then (½ year ago) I’ve only tried a Mac in a few hours in my summer holiday in Berlin (German) and I must say that the next Mac (after the Macbook Pro) is either a Mac Pro or a iMac 24″. 😀

    I really think that Danny should try it, but on the other hand – you can’t learn all the cool tricks on just a few hours.

    Greetings from Denmark,
    – Johan “Josso” Jensen 😉

  2. I second Loren Heiny. Apart from a few simple issues, Apple hardware is beautiful and generally more compact / portable than Apple hardware of similar specifications.

    Though Mac OS X is nothing short of painful in the environment I use it, my MacBook Pro is itself is pretty spiffy when running Windows XP SP3. Bootcamp, as a result, is the most useful Apple software in my opinion.

    Here is a way of boosting sales for Apple. Start selling Windows based machines. I bet a lot of people will buy a lot of iMacs right away. The OS can be sold on a disc optionally.

  3. Everyone asks Windows or Mac? If I were to only compare those two, I would choose Mac. But honestly, where is Linux in this equation?

    I’ve been using Linux for about two years now and the only reason why I didn’t switch over to Linux from Windows earlier was because I was scared that I’d have to make do these hardcore command line functions to get my graphics card and everything working. But, the truth is, you don’t need to do all those hardcore command line functions to get everything working. It all just works(tm).

    As for a choice of distributions, that’s where the fun of Linux comes into play. There are so many tastes out there that it becomes fun to go through all the different flavours. The most popular right now, is Ubuntu. Lately I’ve been experimenting with OpenSUSE, Fedora and Linux Mint. In the end though, it doesn’t really matter which operating system you choose, as it all comes down to preference and understanding what you want to do with your system.

    Like I said, I’ve been using Linux for the past two years. The only reason I boot into Windows sometimes is to play the occasional video game, but even that is fading out with the introduction of the Xbox I just bought….. The choice is yours!

  4. As a Macbook owner shopping for a new laptop, I’d have to go with “no.”

    Just compare a Dell XPS or Latitude to a Macbook / Macbook Pro. The price difference isn’t small. It’s as much as $1000 in some cases.

    Hell, with that much left over I could buy a spare laptop, or a few Eee PC type things.

    The Dell options are lighter, faster, and they even look good.

    If you’re thinking of an Apple laptop, at least wait until they announce the next update. Right now the technology and the prices are WAY behind the times. Hopefully they’ll catch up in a month or so. Back when I bought my Macbook the premium over a competitive PC was pretty small ($100 maybe). Now it’s as much as ten times that. That’s just nuts.

  5. I have always been king of the Apple fanboi club. I worked as tech support at an Apple authorized dealer when it wasn’t cool to do so (in the mid to late 1990’s) and was annoyingly zealous about evangelizing Apple stuff. It’s a hard habit to break; while I’m not quite as zealous as before even today I am writing this on my Mac Pro, with my Macbook tethered in to the right of my two rather large screens. I have an Apple TV at home that pulls media from a terabyte of storage in a 2×866 MDD G4 in the basement. We have so many iPods that I mounted the extras on the living room wall, in a shadow box, as an art installation. I. love. using. my. Apple. stuff.

    HOWEVER. In my work as a web application developer, my servers are primarily Windows. I have a few linux boxen for specific tasks, but while the parts I touch with my fingers are Apple, the stuff under the hood (running in any number of virtual machine hosts) is Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I depend on it. It’s not perfect, but I get the results I’m after with minimal hassle. There isn’t time to do it right, so I use Windows and at least can call the job finished.

    So if you were to ask my opinion about this particular coke versus pepsi, I would have to wonder why it has to be such a huge choice. I guess I might argue that having Apple technology is, for me, a way to establish a solid foundation for my computation needs. Windows, as much as I depend on it, is not to be trusted. This is no secret, and knowing this, I keep it safely wrapped in an environment where I can stop, start, clone, back up, snapshot, and modify my wily Redmond beasties without the ominous fear that they will rebel and leave me without recourse.

    Is this the right choice for everybody? Probably not.

  6. I think it’s no contest really: OS X all the way.

    There are several reasons for this:

    OS X has a Unix kernel, which means it’s just as open to tinkering as Windows (more so, in fact, because it’s possible to access a ‘true’ terminal at system level).
    OS X has a better release cycle, with new releases appearing every two years or so.
    There’s no need for a package manager – applications are self-contained within their folder, which is a feature I really like. Uninstalling an app is as easy as dragging it to the Trash.
    The Aqua interface is intuitive, drag-and-drop capable, and also very pretty.
    The way the interface is designed appeals to me: the switches and buttons to change most aspects of the systems are available, but they’re designed with a “there when you need them, invisible when you don’t” attitude. This is something that’s missing in Windows – you generally only get a fine level of control over the system when something goes wrong. In most other *nixes, KDE is great if you want to throw switches for your computer science degree, but to write your thesis you want GNOME. OS X is superior in this aspect.
    OS X uses sudo to restrict user access, and only uses it for major changes to the system (such as adding users, etc.) This is also found in a lot of other *nix distributions. Microsoft, on the other hand, introduced their system in 2007 – when sudo had been around for over a decade – and also demands it for menial tasks such as moving the Start Menu’s items around, with no timeout meaning that you have to give permission every time. Even worse, you aren’t even asked for a password as an administrator, and blank passwords are allowed by default – therefore a non-priveleged user can simply bypass the security. True, OS X isn’t perfect in security, but it’s ridiculous that Microsoft could make this oversight.
    OS X isn’t by any means a perfect OS, and Macs do have their problems, but I’d prefer one of them to a Vista system.

  7. I’m sure poor Danny is very torn at this point with all the comments. One thing I have noticed lately – people are starting to look at apple with slightly less rose colored glasses.

    Anyone who has looked at my blog knows I use a Mac Pro as my primary machine. Why? I spend a large chunk of my time on the machine recording and editing video content. For me, the stability and memory support along with the solid hardware of the Mac Pro are worth it. Nothing is quite as frustrating as waiting for a video to encode and having the computer turn off on you. Having 6GB of ram helps as well.

    However, I can see the upside to Windows based machines right now as well. They are much cheaper, you can custom build them (my favorite part), they are easier and cheaper to repair and hardware is much cheaper and more readily available when upgrading. Vista is becoming far more stable than it was a year ago. I use a Thinkpad T61 as my laptop with Windows XP and I have had no problems *knock on wood*.

    I think Danny really needs to ask himself why he needs the system. Does he want it for video or photo work, does he write applications, does he just want the OS X interface and is tired of the Windows look? These are all questions that may help make the decision a little easier.

  8. Nope. I’m a Gamer. Macs aren’t gaming machines. Maybe someday I will get another mac to play around with, but for now my $ is better spent else where.

    Oh and check this out…
    “The price difference between Macs and PCs widens”
    http://bit.ly/3hu2Ju

  9. Switched from Mac to PC in 1988, then back to Mac again in 2006, the reasons i switched away the first time (lack of applications) are no longer true.

    I ran WIndows under Parallels at first, so that I could migrate over, been windows free for over a year now.

    Mac does everything i need it to do, only complaint is the lack of a good application uninstaller, other than that no complaints.

    Not bashing Windows at all, just no longer the right solution for me.

  10. Calling iLife “almost useless” suggests very little time spent with it. If nothing else, consider iMovie (moreso in previous versions than the current version) and iDVD, which a ridiculous number of people have used to make extremely slick movies.

    Case in point:

    This short for the 48 Hour Film Project was edited in iMovie, including mixing in a music soundtrack, foley effects, and separately recorded audio. I use XP Pro on a Dell Latitude D520 every day at work, and develop software that runs both on desktops and servers.

    If someone is doing creative audio, video, or photography, they should seriously consider the Mac platform. Likewise anyone who’s buying a machine where the primary user is new to computers, or doesn’t want to be an auto-mechanic in order to drive a car.

    For people who love tweaking things, and who have a desire to prove their intellectual superiority to others, they should consider Windows on a PC.

  11. What does the Mighty Mouse have to do with it? I use a cheap Microsoft optical mouse on my Macs, and it worked properly out of the box and there was no matter-antimatter explosion when I plugged it in.

    I also use standard PC keyboards, instead of having some keyboards that have alt next to the space bar and some that have alt next to the control key.

    So my Mac is more “just a PC” than most.

    So what?

    The point isn’t the hardware, it’s the software. It’s having a nice solid simple UNIX desktop that you can actually get applications for, instead of choosing between WIndows (which is kind of a toxic swamp under the covers) and Linux (which has less market share than Apple at its lowest ebb, and fewer commercial apps than Amiga or BeOS).

    If you don’t care if you’re running your apps on a toxic swamp… and most people don’t… then stick with the one that you’re using. But if you can afford to try the Mac, go for it.

  12. How can some one say the mighty mouse is crap. I love mine i have never even cleaned it. and there is a lot of dust in my house. so what is peoples problem with it? I love the mouse keybord and remoter and all of there other stuff
    I-life is very important to me. as a Home movie makers and picture takers its a gift from the heavans same with idvd. I working on my web site in i-web. but grage band has no use. as i dont make music The only mic i have is the rock band one and then one in my imac mac book and other imac. but i may get it if i start podcasting. mail is the best mail porgram is betten than the gmail web. umm. and no lack of sport for drivers ether

  13. I am very in love with OSX and I am using it now on a loaned machine. I don’t know however, that when it comes time to actually put the money on the counter if I can justify the cost difference. Hard bit to chew! I will really be torn though because I feel the product is so much better!

  14. Mac gives you the best of all worlds.

    I am a switcher and a windows programmer and I do my Visual Studio stuff on an iMac with VMWare Fusion 2.0 beta and I am more than happy with that solution. Plus you can run whatever Linux distro you want under fusion.

    Used windows since 2.0 and while Vista is a mostly capable operating system, OSX is much more capable with much less fuss. Plus the Mac shareware community is really great. The quality and beauty of the apps available is amazing.

  15. I think Danny should try it. I just made the switch a couple months ago, and I’m loving every minute of it. The user interface is beautiful, the peripherals (Mighty Mouse and Wired Keyboard) are very sleek, and the included iLife suite is great. I don’t have to scramble the net for all these programs now, they’re all included.

  16. I do not want to choose between OSs but somehow use the best of both. For my needs both at work and at home, I will probably end up with an iMac 24″ (if I can afford it) running both OSX and Windows XP Professional. I have always used PCs so far and currently am working with a white macbook 2GB from work so I am getting plenty of hands-on.

    Also I am using YouTube to look up tutorials and other related info. In this context I have found Chris’s feeds to be really helpful.

  17. Take this thought from a former Die Hard PC User and Builder – After switching from PC (Pieces-o-Crap) to Mac, I can say that the transition was seamless. When I go back to a PC (I still have a couple), it’s like pulling teeth trying to get the same results as with a Mac. I won’t even mention the disaster that is known as Vista. The reason that a Mac is better for non-techie people, is because it works like you think it should. The reason that a Mac is better for a geek, is that it works faster because the OS and the hardware is better. Welcome to the good side of the force.

  18. I just started college and I’m certain I will be getting a MacBook Pro when September rolls along.

    I touched my very first computer at preschool, and it was a Macintosh [System 7, if I’m not mistaken]. From then on, every school I have been to had used Macintosh PC’s [until middle of Middle School]. Despite this, I have never officially owned a Mac product.

    I hope this will all change within a month’s time.

  19. i was windows from 3.1 > vista. once i tried 64 vista, i got rid of the HP laptop, did some browsing, viewed some of Chris’ videos and walked out of the mac store with a smile ear to ear. I’m older now and with a career and the love for the outdoors, i’m not a heavy gamer like i once was. Yes my profession is all XP but all i need to do is purchase Office for OSX. I’m holding out for Snow Leopard to get office. I enjoy the more personal feel and OSX, the dock, spaces, dashboard, and iphoto / imovie has a quick and easy user friendly atmosphere/ experience, doing quality output when messing with photos and video’s of my outdoor adventures. a feeling i never got with windows.

  20. I probably will get a MacPro for my next desktop. Just depending on my cash flow…

    Also, hopefully Apple will drop prices, when they realise not everyone has $4K

  21. I’ve owned PCs and Macs and my next computer will be a PC. My current Mac is giving me much more trouble than any PC I’ve owned and I’ve had it in for service 4 times in the 10 months that I have owned it. PCs are much better and Vista is much better than Leopard!

  22. Yes. My next Computer will be a Mac. Unless Windows 7 is amazing and better than OS X which nobody knows yet My next one will be a Mac. I’ve played around with OS X a little multiple times. I’ve liked it. I also love the interface. So yeah. My next Computer will be a Mac.(I cant 100% guarantee that) but I think it will. Because I also want to Build a Mid to High Game Rig (windows machine) soon too. But I think the Mac will be first.

  23. Hi, This is Danny (The blogger of the original post)

    Thanks to everyone who’s commented on this post. When reading some peoples comments from Chris’s original blog post, i did get abit worried about if a Mac was the best idea. But, after reading these comments, im glad about my decision.

    @Rob Loach – i have used linux. and still to this day use linux on one of my machines,and love linux. But, each operating system has its advantages and disadvantages. I use Ubuntu, and have done for a while, after looking at other distrobutions. I dual boot between Windows XP and Linux on that machine. But, to be quite honest, i use the Windows side alot more, mainly because of a problem with playing music while running a website with flash with sound on.

    Also @Chris Hadley – I want to run OS X, as i have used both Linux and Windows. And Linux is great, but not the best option for me. Also, Windows, I have had enough of the virus’s and BSOD to be honest. I know OS X has its fair share of problems, but alot less than Windows for me. And if i dont like OS X, i have Windows disks so i can use Windows again, or try Linux full time.

    Also, when i ment i havent used Mac’s, i ment i hadnt on a daily basis. I have used Mac’s before, once at a friends house, before they got rid off it, and at my local school in the music department. I havent used it fully. I havent tried it for my needs. But i have researched into the programs alot. So i know if it can meet my needs.

    I will be blogging soon (its on my list) about why for me, linux isnt the best option. And will do another blog about why windows isnt for me anymore.

    Also, incase someone comments about this comment. I am quite good with computers. I am a power user. I am not a Microsoft/Linux/Apple fanboy. And if i didnt like OS X, I have a backup.

    Thanks,

    Danny

    EDIT – Also, i will be waiting for the next product revamp Apple does.

  24. Without a doubt, my next PC will be a Mac. It’s not that Apple is perfection, but rather that nobody does it better — by a long shot. That being said, the Mac Pro is the only way to go. I don’t need that much power, but the iMac is but a stationary notebook computer. I long for the day when Apple markets a desktop Mac to fit between the considerable gap of the iMac and Mac Pro.

  25. I just bought my first Mac computers just over a week ago (Ended up buying two). So far I have found that switching from a PC to a Mac can be a bit stressful because where you think things would be or how they work is a struggle.

    For example, it took me a couple of hours to find valid information online to map a drive to a windows share that I had (I did not think of an Alias as a driving mapping).

    I did plenty of research on what the Mac is capable of doing and liked it. I expected issues, and feel that if you are looking to switch, you will go though some stress at first.

    So far in over a week of having the Mac, they have not locked up or had to be rebooted (except for when when I was updating from 10.5.2 of OS X to 10.5.4, but that would be expected).

    Depending on what you are looking to use the Mac for, it might be worth looking at the Mac Mini as a stepping off point. If you have a local Apple store nearby, spend some time at the store using their machines and asking questions.

    I even took one of their free workshops and it helped make the decision easier.

    Biggest thing….Do Your Homework!!!!!

  26. Switched a couple of weeks ago…the MacBook Pro took some getting used to, but I love it. Stable, super fast, and love the available apps. For graphics and video it can’t be beat.

    My wife and I really appreciate all we learned on the Windows platform. But the hassles, glitches and bloated code got to us. Now we have a stable system with no viruses. And did I mention…it’s FAST?????

  27. Is is clear that the future advantage will be with those of us who use Apple state-of-the-art hardware to run dual systems composed of leading-edge OS X and stable XP sp2. If there is a gadget you don’t like – switch it out!

  28. Well, I have been wanting a Mac for some time now. So I made it my business to go to an Apple Store and check them out first hand. ( I have already watched just about every YOUTUBE video on them.) I must say, I was impressed and I will be going back to spend more time just getting used to them also, I will sign up for the personal service that they offer. I want a Mac that has not changed. I sure can’t say the same about a PC.

  29. No. I don’t care for OS X. Nor do I care for the Jobs dictated ways of accomplishing a given task. My next computer will be a water-cooled 8 core affair with two Nvidia SLI graphics cards and an obscene amount of RAM (enough to make my current 8BG of RAM seem puny). I will be dual booting Ubuntu64 and Vista64 Ultimate (and perhaps another OS that I can’t mention on this board) And, all of that will cost significantly less than a similarly spec’d Mac Pro.

    Macs are fine for others. But I want exactly what I want… not what Steve Jobs graciously allows me to have.

  30. I say go for it. I was a regular Windows user right from the very beginning. I have been teaching Seniors (I am one also) computers for a few years now in a Windows enviroment, so I am pretty stable about them.
    I switched to a Mac due to urging from a friends son who just got out of college. I taught him when he got his 1st computer a long time back,
    ‘I got mine a 20″ iMac last Nov. It came with Leopard. I upgraded recently to 4 GB of ram and I will never look back. My only complaint is the mighty mouse, (wireless). I like the feel of it but it runs through batteries something terrible.
    Because I still help our Seniors and am there help desk I still have a laptop that has windows XP Pro on it. When it finally goes I will get a Mac laptop and runs win on it as a side prigram
    Mac rocks and just works.
    phil

  31. nah. the hardware is not upto date… and being a gamer… I’d hate to be running a game at 10fps when I can have it at 30fps with PC hardware.

    Although I used to have a Mac around when Centris’s where out and I did prefer the OS over Windows; however, tha’t snot enough to switch me over.

  32. Notice a trend here…and everywhere with Mac users. Like I’ve said in other Mac threads: “I have yet to find ONE person that DOES NOT like their Mac”. Those who use it know. Get a Mac…you’ll have a lot more free time to do other things then “maintain” your computer.

  33. BTW: I have to run XP in Parallels for my Delorme software and the funny thing is…XP runs faster in Parallels then natively on any modern laptop!

  34. Yes, he definitely should switch or have both. We have so much to learn from both platforms if not so, just being “updated” with what is out there it is already a good thing.
    We get the best of both worlds!! 😉
    I also think that Apple is growing and it is getting into a good competition with Microsoft, which makes all of us benefiting from it. Once, Microsoft was kind of a “monopoly”, but not anymore!
    Prices will have to go down, support will have to take better care of “us” customers, and improvements will be made in all their products in order to try to be the best on the market.
    So, go for it!!

  35. OS X is fine if you have the money. I’ve used it and I like it. A friend of mine has had persistent problems with the quality of his MacBook hardware, but to be honest he may be a little harder on the hardware than most people are.

    Ubuntu Linux is a good solution for about 90 percent of my work, which involves writing, photography, web design and some sound production. I’m running the latest version (Hardy, 8.04) on an old Dell that shipped with Windows 2000, and I have no problems related to the OS.

    I’ve owned every Windows OS ever sold, and my feeling is that I’ve paid more than enough for Microsoft’s research and development of a system that still doesn’t satisfy me. That said, I have no choice at work and my familiarity with Windows causes me to keep one computer running XP at home. That allows me to run some commercial software that isn’t yet available for Linux.

    (Hint: If more people would work on programming in Java, their products would run in all three environments)

    So really the choice is: expensive and reliable (Mac), very cheap and reliable (Linux) or moderately expensive and perpetually annoying (Windows). I don’t have money or time to burn, and Microsoft has burned me enough, so the choice for me is going to be Linux. With the money I save, I can buy a faster processor, maximize the RAM and go on vacation.

  36. will my next computer be a mac? not a chance. I’ve been using a mac for around 3 or 4 weeks and I’m hating every minute of it.

    Sorry guys, I don’t know why lots of people say that osx is the best more adnvanced Os out there, but to me it’s one of the worst OS ever made.

  37. My next PC will be a Windows based machine. I recently bought a Macbook which I love, but I need a better gaming machine. After that I will probably buy another Mac.

  38. Using a Macbook networked wirelessly with an older PC running XP Pro SP2 – the PC runs fine – BUT I don’t use it too much after using the Macbook with Leopard. When “ready” and feel a “need” for another desktop – it will definitely be a Mac. After dealing with all the pre-installed software on new Dells (desktop) and Toshibas (laptops) – helping uninformed friends and years of dealing with my own PC (which now is running to its full capability) and the Mac ease of installation (i.e. installing Leopard OS replacing Tiger), lack of conflicts, etc. etc. – Wow! So, if on the fence – try a Mac – you’ll never go back. I know I won’t!

  39. Hopefully it will be!

    I have a ThinkPad right now and I’m saving up for a mac, I don’t know what kind I want yet. Depends on what happens at MacWorld! 🙂

  40. Will my next PC be a Mac?.. You bet it will! I’m tired of Windows & Linux and the constant hassles of Vista. I don’t care what anybody says about Apple, their computers are so much more well put together with the Operating System in mind, Every peripheral is great quality & their is no hassle what so ever. The simplicity of Apples products are another 100% reason to buy them. So you defiantly know my next PC will be a Mac. Please, burn my Vista machine!

  41. I disagree that they are crap, but I prefer mac…

    I’m trying to boot Ubuntu from a disk, it’s been giving me trouble- along with iPod Linux. Linux hates me for some reason.

  42. I have owned my iBook G4 for 4 years now and the next computer I buy will definately be a Mac, a Macbook Pro, specifically. I switched to mac because I was tired of Windows for many reasons, and I’ve never regretted it.

  43. I have already switched to the mac.. 🙂 I moved all of the PC’s to the closet cause they are no longer needed.

  44. umm icant wait to switch to mac becaue i still have xp isent that sad all i need to do it get the money and im good so i cant wait for that.

  45. Well, I think that the Mac is just simply the best, and I hope that my next computer will be a Mac. I don’t care about the beauty of the product, because… I just don’t care.

    But what I just like so much about the Mac, is that it’s user friendly, it’s fast and it really feels good when you’re using it. I’m going for the Mac mini, since it’s small and it’s the perfect balance between budget, performance and… that little beauty 😉

    I said I don’t care, right? It still helps while purchasing 😉

    Daan.

  46. I think indeed my next PC is probably going to be a Mac. I’m using Windows for almost 6 years now and it’s time for a change. If I don’t like it, I can always switch back.

  47. I am really considering getting a MAC as they look good and from what i have seen perform great aswell
    only thing i don’t like about the Mac is that their isn’t really that much software out for them

  48. Why would anyone switch to mac. Mac is an overpriced version of a windows PC with LINUX installed. Everything is proprietary. This means you pay a premium for everything. And when you get that pretty little iMac or Macbook, and something goes wrong… who’s gonna fix it? Apple, and you better bet they’re gonna charge you an arm and a leg.

    Buy a windows computer and install LINUX Mint.

  49. Personally i think that the next pc will be on the mac becsuse of how in like bootcamp or VMware windows runs faster and smother than on a pc thats even better. Other reasons i think this is becasue people are buying mac and are able to run windows or linux and mac, on one machine unlink with an pc. Thats my personal opinion on that

    Mike

  50. well, in this world there’s nothing perfect. All operating systems have their ups and downs. If you never tried OS X try it that will be your chance. I’m a mac user and a windows user, I can’t tell who’s the each one has their own things example: windows playing and mac work. OS X doesn’t have bugs like windows because apple makes the hardware and the software microsoft makes only the software other companies like dell hp etc makes the hardware. It’s your choise. Remember if you buy a mac you can always install windows via bootcamp, parralels and vmware

  51. Yes! I’m getting an iMac as soon as Apple’s done with whatever they’re doing in September… I’m hoping they’ll lower prices.

  52. This is and will always be a big debate. I personally have always been a mac, and I’ve learned that trying to convince people or convert them to mac is an arrogant sort of move, because all people have different things that work for them. I may show them what macs can do if they don’t know about them, but it’s best not to get too cocky about it.

  53. Of all these posts that say they are switching from PC to a MAC I wonder if they are a business and trying to run business applications?

    Sure MS office is there.

    But Quickbooks? Different.
    UPS world Ship? Nope

    These and a lot of other Applications writen to control machines printers etc are NOT writen for a MAC.

    I had a client who Wanted MAC said “A MAC just Works”

    I could not convince them to a Microsoft solution at all.
    (Even though the solution I quoted him was 1/2 of the cost of the MAC server and DID MORE)

    SO he bought MAC stations at BIG Bucks and a MAC server, after 1 month the MAC PROS could not get the Server installed and running correctly they kept asking for MORE money (And this was a set up)

    The Applications he wanted to run LOB does NOT run on a MAC and the shipping and inventory program he NEEDs to use does not run on a MAC and there is NO Equavalant.

    SO he’s going to have to buy XP Licenses for all MAC and run them together…

    So now he has TWO OS to upgrade and take care of….

    Each System AKA PC/MAC is cost him 3 to 4 times the cost of a Cheap DELL pc would is all he would need.

    After all this he called me to Buy a Microsoft Server to RUN his Businss APPLICATIONS…

    So IMO it’s not the case of MAC being CUTE or JUST works. it’s just that for Business… You are often SOL when it comes to programs and options…

    So YES Because I want to stay in Business, my destkop computer will be a PC….

    There’s a Reason the MAC commericals the PC guy has a Suite and the MAC Guy a Sweat shirt……

  54. I would like to get a mac but we dont have much money of course haha love the site though well the live stream and blog haha

  55. I’m a longtime PC user, who has been using PCs since the late 80s. I started with DOS and have used Windows since version 3.1. Recently I’ve given some thought to buying a Mac instead of upgrading my PC. I like the look and feel of MacOS, and I’d like to have a computer that just works well. However, several things have been holding me back:
    1) An easily-upgradable Mac (the Mac Pro) is quite a bit more expensive than a PC. I have always custom-built my own desktop PC, and I like being able to upgrade a single component. It’s harder to do that with a Mac.

    2) Certain apps I use on Windows don’t have good equivalents for Mac. For instance, I like to game from time to time, and certain games are unavailable for Mac. There is also some debate over whether or not there is a good equivalent of Microsoft Money for Mac (I use that for Windows keep track of my money).

    3) I’m a software developer (not that it’s hard to develop Mac software). The fact is that Apple still has relatively small marketshare. I think it’s important to keep up my knowledge of Windows software development.

    However, there are some strong things I like about Mac:
    1) GarageBand – I play music, and so far, I think GarageBand is the best application I’ve seen for recording your own music. It’s intuitive and comes with many virtual instruments, and it lets you easily combine virtual instruments with real recorded audio.
    2) Stability and ease of use – People say OS X is more stable than Windows. I also like that it’s built on a UNIX kernel and has a bash shell, which I am familiar with. Although I think OS X lacks some of the conveniences of Windows (no QuickLaunch bar, no Start menu equivalent), I think OS X makes some things a lot easier (such as installing and removing software).

    So, that’s my 2 (or 3) cents.

  56. This is a biased article for one reason and one reason only: If people see a blog post titled “Will Your Next PC be a Mac?” Mac haters will most likely be inclined to reply, saying NO! NO! Don’t buy a mac. A tip for Danny: BUY A MAC! 🙂

  57. As is the case with most people, I was brought up using Windows because it was the only OS that my parents knew existed and even if they were aware of Macs, they were too expensive.

    Recently, I was able to procure myself a MacBook which I have been using since and have enjoying using it. It has not crashed on me, it has been very self intuitive with lots of online supports and has run much faster than either Windows or Linux ever has.

    If you can scrounge the money together to buy one, then I would recommend it.

  58. I’m not a Mac Fan boy here, or a Windows hater, but personally I find mac to be a better built system. I use it on a daily basis next to windows. Windows is my second operating system though. I do have to say that building a PC is cheep, and you can still have Mac on that thanks to EFIX and the osx86 project. Read through the legal stuff to determine if it is legal or not. Some things in there may surprise you. I also have a Ubuntu Linux server, so i can say that i get around in the OS world. I would have to say, go to the apple store, and check out a mac! I’m not telling you to get one, because of price, but look at them and you make a choice. You can still keep windows, and gain everything that a mac has too. The beautiful hardware, and more importantly, any OS will run on it now with boot camp. (Drivers may be harder to find, but they still run) That’s just my opinion. I do recommend checking out other alternatives to windows, not that I suggest booting windows. Mac can now run Microsoft Office, so it’s starting to become good for a general desktop even in a “Windows world”. Linux is good for PC’s ad you can still use windows for whatever (games, Office, etc…) and have a better desktop in my opinion. Look around, and pick well. Don’t let anyone force you to pick something. You may not need windows, and don’t thing that I am saying that you need mac, or you need linux. Only you can decide what is best for you!

  59. I’d have to say yes, if he can afford it. Personally I wouldn’t because of my budget.

    I recently bought a Dell notebook and to get a similar spec macbook pro I would have, near as makes any difference, paid three times as much. That just seems coocoo bananas to me.

    Macs are great little machines and work very well, Apple just need to stop charging over the top amounts of money for high fashion when the really serious users don’t care about that stuff.

  60. My wife bought a MacBook today (mailorder) and is really excited about it. We’ve used a few here and there and the Apple always delivers a good user experience.

    I run Mandriva Linux on our dekstop. It dual boots to XP and we use that occasionally but it amounts to 2-3 hours a months in XP. I love Linux.

    Next year I hope to buy a business class laptop. Likely a Dell Latitude or Toshiba or ??? depending on their Linux compatibility. I want 100% compatibility with Mandriva Linux. Right now my 6 year old desktop has about 98% compatibility.

    The old desktop which still runs like new (1.8 GHz with 1 GB ram and a 256MB Nvidia based video card and ALOT of storage) will continue to be used as a gamer system for our young kids and a media server for the TV/stereo.

    I’d really like something to replace it eventually that uses a very minimum of space and power (headless server with network storage) but it will be a safe system for the kids to use. We’re really trying to cut our electrical consumption further. Everything OFF (power strip off) consumes nothing. Don’t mind a little draw when we are using it though of course.

  61. Now, it has been some time since I have written a comment underneath a blog post. But, in this case, I will make an exception (mainly because Chris and his blog are WORTH the time to write a comment for).

    Firstly, I would like to say that I am NOT an  (Apple) fanboy, but I have 6 Macs in my house. In fact, the same models as Chris has, and they are all great devices, but at the end of the day, I bought them for the OS. Mac OS X is one of the most stable, reliable and has one of the best GUIs that I have come across. It still has flaws, for example font irregularities, instabilities, etc., etc.. At the end of the day, it is one of the best OSs , and I love my Mac for the OS, not the hardware, (although, even the hardware isn’t too bad, the styles of their machines are beautiful).

    Secondly, I hate people (as Chris once said in an old video), that separate Macs and PCs. A Mac IS a PC, just with specialized and specific components. I mean, you can run Windows on a Mac, and you can (through some hacking), run OS X on a PC. The reason, by the way, that Macs run Windows so well (in fact, independent sources state that that IS a fact), is because of the drivers. Apple have worked so hard in making drivers for their computers that work so well, that it beats most other commercial companies at making an OS that they specialize in.

    Finally, I read in this blog post, and I would like to make it clear that I think that Mr. Cohen, is an idiot. But I mean that in the nicest and most delicate way possible. If you think that “the mighty mouse is terrible” is a fair and just reason NOT to get a Mac, then you are, an idiot. No one is saying you have to either buy a mighty mouse, or mighty mice, or any amount of Mac peripheries. All you need to is buy ANY mouse. Why do you associate that with the Mac. It is a periphery that Apple makes. Do not group them and consider that a reason NOT TO BUY A MAC!

    To answer Danny’s question, it is important to know what you use your PC for. If it is for internet, e-mail, listening to music, watching a few videos etc., don’t bother. It is not worth it. But if you use it for graphics editing, video editing, or any heavy duty activities, you may want to buy a Mac. There are a myriad of factors that come into buying a Mac. Personally, I would go for it. Whatever Danny decides to do, think long and hard about it, and please, please, don’t listen to the kind of rubbish from people like that which Mr. Cohen spews onto his keyboard.

    Many thanks to Chris for http://chris.pirillo.com/ & http://live.pirillo.com/, and good luck to Danny, hope you enjoy your new PC, no matter what it is!

    Daniel Simmonds A.K.A. Dalek356

  62. Linux. If you’re a geek go for it. Normal people, forget it. There’s a reason it has a 0.2% market share.
    Vista. Jam your fingers down your throat. That’s how much fun Vista is. This opinion from users, not me.
    (Isn’t it funny how Windows users instinctively ask each other what service pack they’re running.)
    OSX. At first it seems too simple. Can you imagine, connected hard drives and inserted CDs show up right there on the desktop! What a concept.
    On the hardware front:
    Sony tower: Sounds like a badly maintained helicopter is landing nearby.
    iMac: Have to hold your ear to the thing to tell if it’s on.
    Couldn’t they at least have included a little light?

  63. Ive been trying a mac at the library for a while now…and I LOVE EET!

    Havent tried iLife tho, since the library mac has no media on it.
    I now know that mac has a right click, but used ctrl click for a few days before i found out.
    When i did a CTRL+Click on Windows, i knew i was into it…

  64. fwiw,

    I live in Japan. My wife is Japanese. She runs an iMac. I run a Dell laptop (which has been great, btw). I custom built my machine and I really know my way around the OS. Quite frankly, I don’t have the problems other window-haters have. I know how to run a clean machine. I design online learning modules and web sites. For heavy applications, I run Lectora, Adobe Web Premium, MS Office. (all windows-based)

    The biggest reason I am contemplating a new MBP (should they arrive in sept) is that I can run two OS’s, be compatible with EVERYTHING, and even have a multi-lingual OS/keyboard for the wife or my 地裁もの。 I know I can run either on a new Dell, but I’m thinking the OSX will run cleaner on a mac.

    The moment I figured out I could load Vista as a partition with OSX, I have been learning that my next machine will likely be a MBP. (I just can’t believe it’s going to cost me so much.) I currently run a double-partition (XP/Vista) which is fine, but I don’t know why. I never use XP. I just left it on as a security incase my vista sucked. Oops… I ended-up loving Vista.

    Also, fwiw, if you are looking into Adobe suites, look at their training videos- the Adobe team runs macs. Business models based on design are changing. Engineering business models aren’t seeing these changes yet.

    Trivantis… the company that makes my authoring software for online learning modules, has teamed up with Apple and is making something called Webtora (the mac version of Lectora… which is windows-based). The platform that apple is building right now for online learning environments (think of how this communication platform is going to be applied to education) and the way they hand-out laptops to students is a further indication that if I am going to end up managing this generation, I sure as hell better speak their language. The good news is that I won’t lose my windows software.

    I don’t believe that Dell or any other pc-maker is crap… just obsolete the moment BootCamp came out. I could be misinformed (usually am) but I believe BootCamp arriving marks the moment when Windows could drive apple’s hardware… giving those of us with multiple computer needs one tidy machine.

  65. I think mac is working for me evence i got my mac pro 8 core I add the total of 6gb of ram
    and a external 1tb.and i just install xp ..yes i did i need to us some aplications for my video and photography
    im trying to do this faster ..

  66. Switched to a mac, so has most people in my family. Even my kids get confused and frustrated when they have to use PC in school. They say its too complicated and they can never get anything done.

    MS needs to do something quick and great or else they are going to loose…

  67. How is the Mighty mouse argument even valid? Anyone in the PC(windows) world just goes and buys whatever mouse they want… 4/5 times with Mac you can do the same thing. The mighty mouse is just a mac peripheral folks.. there are other hardware manufactures out there….

  68. Most probably. 2 years ago I purchased my first MacBook, since then I have purchased an iMac for my desk and was completely blown away my the iPhone (I have not been that amazed by a new gadget like that, ever). When I come around to renewing my machines though I am not sure whether to get a MacBook and iMac again or just go for the MacBook Pro 15.4″. That way I will have the power of the iMac and still have the portability when required. Accompanied with a nice 24″ monitor I don’t think it could get any better.

  69. My Unibody MBP 15 is the nicest machine I have ever touched.

    I can’t believe I spent so many years thinking “Macs don’t do this… macs don’t do that.”

    Wow, was I wrong.

    My only regret is not switching earlier and spending so much money on Windows software that is obsolete.

    I’m the only person in my office (of about 40) who uses a mac and I dread having to use one of their machines. They are just ssoooo sloppy.

    Oh, and nothing beats a mac for presentations. Nothing. If you’re a professional, iWork is reason enough to switch.

  70. I made the mistake of buying a new, high-end PC with VIsta. For every hour of work I get done, I spend 1-2 hours dealing with some problem with the machine.

    All of the “tools” Microsoft gives for fixing Vist don’t work. System restore doesn’t work, system file checker doesn’t work, safe mode is useless, the hardware people blame the software people and vice-versa.

    I got a PC because I’m a gamer, but the only gaming that’s happened is that Microsoft played me. I hope they keep losing market share and keep laying their employees off. How something as horrible as Vista was allowed to be released is beyond me.

  71. I use a Dell desktop running WinXP|x64 and an IBM ThinkPad running XP for work. For years, the family has used Macs of various kinds, recently MacBook Pro’s, simply because we wanted to get away from work-like machines.

    On my MacBook Pro, I run VMFusion and Ubuntu Linux as a diversion to the old days when you did everything from the command line.

    I’d say that for low-key use (web surfing, researching, reading email), Windoz and MacOS are comparable. You have to install updates in both OS’s. Things just seem easier to do in MacOS, but you still have to do them (including restarting to complete the install of some updates).

    If you’re a high end user, you use the tools that best fit what you’re doing. That may restrict what platform you choose, but as one of the earlier posts said, with a Mac, you can have both accessible to you in one machine.

  72. You are right. A Mac is a PC. PC stands for Personal Computer. This means all Macs are PCs. All Windows machines are PCs. All Linux machines are PCs.

    The debate is really Windows vs Mac, not PC vs Mac. The whole Mac commercials are wrong because of this. So even the new Microsoft commercials are also wrong.

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