Instead of commenting on the latest TV show, comic book, or superheroine, I’ve decided to fire a shot in a war that’s raged for decades: PC or Mac? For 5 years I’ve had one HP desktop PC at home and used several Mac desktops and laptops in the office.
I’ve finally decided to buy a new computer and because I work in the business of show, I will soon be drafted into the Mac army. I will use my new laptop for both home and work to edit, create flash animations, surf the net, write columns, listen to music, and watch TV.
Before apple juice is spilled and I’m forced to yet again hear about the greatness of Macs, you need to know I do not consider myself to be a tech guru or a first adopter. I have, however, been on computers since the age of 2, I’m an avid user of CNET, I’ve programmed in HTML, and I’ve troubleshot excel and everyday computer glitches for my co-workers.
In an effort to stake my flag in the PC/Mac war, I offer up a map of battles won and lost, an army and artillery count, and a winner thus far (the outcome might surprise you):
Price: My biggest issue with Mac is price. You simply get more for your money with a PC. The only reason I believe Mac overcharges so much is because they can. For $1,250 I can get a 13” MacBook Pro laptop, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB Ram, and 250GB Hard Drive of storage with iLife software.
For $900 I can get a 16” Toshiba laptop with 2.26GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB Ram, 500GB storage, Blu-ray Drive, and Microsoft Windows 7 (per CNET). [On another note, I want to know how a production assistant on $500 a week can afford to pay $200 for an iPhone with $100 in monthly fees and be required to bring their own Mac laptop to work?] Price isn’t a battle won but a massacre of epic proportions. PC happily bloodies the battlefield in first strike and leaves no prisoners.
Hardware: Simply no contest. For a lesser price as outlined above, I can get an equal or better processor. Where PCs have a multitude of processors to pick from, the latest, fastest processors are not even available for purchase on Mac laptops. The Mac storage space is inexcusable. I have a 160GB hard drive on my 5 year old HP PC. I can buy more GB space, but shouldn’t a 500GB hard drive at least come standard in the year 2010? Mac, your tank is so 2000 and late.
Operating System: The Mac operating system does look prettier, but as far as ease of use it’s a tie with a PC. What infuriates me the most is the fact that I can legally install a Windows OS on a Mac but cannot do so on a PC. I assume it’s because Apple knows it’s hardware is inferior and if you were able to install a Mac OS on a PC they would lose a ton of money. Macs allow diplomats into their camp while PCs let live the double agents among them.
Software: Mac has the edge. For reasons I cannot fathom but surely someday will, Final Cut Pro is not available on a PC. I need this software to compete for jobs in Hollywood. Therefore, I am forced to buy a Mac. As far as other software goes, they are an equal match. I can run Photoshop, Flash, Office just as well on a PC as I can on Mac.
I really don’t give a frell that the minimize/maximize/close are on opposite sides. Mac launched an anti-aircraft missile while the PCs were flying a helicopter. PCs safely parachute away and run for the hills.
Features: I watch a lot of movies. Is it too much to ask to have a Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port on my laptop? In the PC world it is not. On most PCs HDMI ports come standard. Mac on the other hand has a couple USB ports and one firewire port. I would have to buy additional connectivity cords to be able to connect to a variety of devices, like a TV. Mac has one gun on them while PCs have a gun, a multitude of missiles, a few grenades, and some nifty night goggles.
Reliability: Every single Mac user I talk to says the same thing, “I love my Mac because it never crashes unlike those #%*$)%* PCs”. Simply not true. Not until the 4th year of having my HP did it crash and without the help of a pro I went to system restore and restored my desktop to a time when it was functioning. That, and I made a deal with God to be a better a person, which may have helped. I have gotten viruses/adware on my computer.
I have also very easily used freeware Malwarebytes to get rid of them in under 30 minutes. In contrast, that mother-frackin’ windmill of death would come up every single day, freeze my Mac, and I would be forced to restart in midstream. I absolutely, positively want to thrash the spinning windmill of death with every facet of being, but I cannot because Mac propaganda has infiltrated the ranks of the Hollywood elite. Which brings me to the next territory under siege.
Industry Standard: I’m not sure about other industries, but as far as Hollywood goes, Mac has battled for territory and now rules as supreme dictator. All of Mac’s glamorous Hollywood subjects believe in Mac propaganda so much that they demand their underlings also have one.
They fear a Windows document will not be the same as a Mac one. Their fears reside on shaky ground, but try telling them that and they will send you back to your nation in shame.
Coolness Factor: Mac has PC beat. Mac, your standard uniform attire is really flattering and I’m gellin’ like a felon in my boots. Their marketing is genius and their sleek product casing is sophisticated. Much like a pair of jeans costs more if it has an Armani tag, so does Mac cost more because it has a beautiful, half eaten, and probably rotten apple logo on their computers.
They coerce their soldiers into believing that if they buy their product they are also popular and cool by extension. This is not so. I have met many soldiers in the Mac ranks who are not very cool at all.
Who won? Mac did, because they have your money and they laugh at how easily they beat you with their silver packaging and gleaming smiles.
In a perfect world I could legally install Mac OS on a new PC for around $1,000 and get every feature under the sun. Maybe, one day my dream of living in a land of peace and acceptance will come to light. Until then, I will drink the Mac Kool Aid and slowly succumb to their army of make-believe.