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Although the types of tech writing that I do require me to spend the majority of my  time on Windows PCs (and some on Linux systems), I also use a MacBook, and have accumulated a list of Windows-vs.-Mac gripes over the years. I know that a […]

Although the types of tech writing that I do require me to spend the majority of my  time on Windows PCs (and some on Linux systems), I also use a MacBook, and have accumulated a list of Windows-vs.-Mac gripes over the years. I know that a lot of readers of this blog use Macs, but quite a few use Windows machines, too. If you’re considering switching to the Mac–and more people are than ever–here is my top five list of advantages the Mac offers.



An actual file system.
Microsoft has been promising a fast, full-featured file system in Windows for years without ever delivering one. WinFS, which was supposed to be a Mac-like, robust file system was planned for Windows Vista, but then shelved. The speed with which I can retrieve anything on my computer with the Mac is a huge advantage.

Much better video and graphics. The Mac OS and Mac machines have been recognized for years as trouncing Windows PCs in these areas, but I don’t see this as just a hardware or operating system issue anymore. That’s especially true now that Apple uses Intel processors. It’s the applications I can use on the Mac that have become more robust than their Windows counterparts. Even iMovie is more robust than Windows video editing applications that cost hundreds of dollars.

Cooler looking machines. Hey, it had to be said. Apple dominates at design. The Mac OS also looks slicker than Windows XP or Windows Vista.

True plug-and-play. Mac users, when was the last time you tried to plug any peripheral in and ran into problems? Even after years of Microsoft’s plug-and-play initiatives, I still run into nasty driver issues and incompatibilities. I think the key here is that Apple keeps compatibility simpler for developers and hardware manufacturers.

More reliability. Macs are more reliable than PCs for several reasons. The operating system is far less prone to crashing. Support is head-and-shoulders above what you get with a PC. And because the user base is smaller than Windows’, Macs and Mac applications are less of a target for hackers.

Mac users, what would you add to this list?

  1. “Support is head-and-shoulders above what you get with a PC”
    Maybe for those first three months, but three months? Come on

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  2. Totally agree with the first four, but not with the last one.

    My XP hasn’t crashed a single time in three years of daily use, weekends included, and when I’ve had a problem I’ve always found a solution quite quickly thanks to internet (not microsoft) and the larger user base.

    I’d like to have a Mac also… (and a good digital camera, a good espresso machine, an old beetle, ….)

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  3. Visited a mac store the other day and saw the air,cool pc mac case,ipods,and more.
    Just like to say Steve Job got it right the first time.
    microsoft user since inception of computers
    and after many H.D. crashes,trojans,anti spyware,and the blue screen of death, i may just buy a mac.
    Maybe just maybe… still undecided,xp has many issues,but it kinda grew on me and like a lost child I really can’t abandon it,it needs nurturing and tlc that I’m more than willing to provide.
    Hate & love relationship with my xp goes on.

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  4. 1. HFS+ is not that great. Don’t believe me? Ask Linus Torvalds
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=1278

    4. Plug and Play? Great, if you can find a Mac peripheral. And you still have to install drivers.

    5. Reliability? I find XP very good with reliability, and Vista has been outstanding.

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  5. #4 Unless Apple comes out with a new operating system. Then you need to upgrade your IPOD since its no longer compatible.

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  6. I use Macs some of the time but my choice is PC’s I love my lenovo laptop. same hi rez screen, fast, crashes once in a while when I tax it with PS CS3, dreamweaver, word, outlook and internet explorer is all open at once. So really what’s the big deal? Many windows computers are ugly but not all. Soem are quite beautiful, right up ther w/ mac books etc. Main question… if macs are so great why only 10 or so percent of the market? nobody is twistinga anybody’s are here? It’s liek saying “my wife is better than your wife” It’s just dumb and irrelevant. or you could say perhaps “lets trade for a few days and I’ll let you know” ;-)

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  7. Those awesome Apple stickers?

    How about those Windows Updates that take a good 20 minutes?

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  8. Oh, and you forgot. More expensive.
    I can have those and better things with Linux oh, and also save money.

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  9. “True plug-and-play. Mac users, when was the last time you tried to plug any peripheral in and ran into problems? Even after years of Microsoft’s plug-and-play initiatives, I still run into nasty driver issues and incompatibilities. I think the key here is that Apple keeps compatibility simpler for developers and hardware manufacturers.”

    As long as its from Apple. Then again, I’ve never had a problem with a Microsoft product working in Windows either.

    That said, we have both Macs and PCs in my shop, and the best experience I’ve had yet from a computer was running Ubuntu. All the flexibility, half the price.

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  10. Ease of software installation. “Drag the little icon to the applications folder.” Done. I know, that’s not always the case, but even apps with installers are far simpler to install than any Windows App.

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