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10+1 Undeniable Reasons Why I Consider Mac Better Than PC

Jeffry Thurana 11-05-2009

Note from the editor: The ideas presented in the article below belong to one of the MakeUseOf authors and do not reflect that of the site. doesn’t take sides when it comes to choosing between Mac and PCs.


Before we begin, let us set something straight: Mac is actually a PC because PC stands for “Personal Computer”. However, to avoid confusion, within this article I’d follow the terms that everybody else uses: the Apple-manufactured personal computers with Mac OS are Macs, while the other personal computers (with Windows) are PCs.


Hi, I’m a Mac and also a PC. I live in both worlds and try my best not to take sides. But boy, that’s really hard!

While trying not to exaggerate, I have to say that from the personal computer user’s point of view who uses both, one is clearly more superior than the other. Maybe The Big M – who, along with its PC hardware vendors, dominate the majority of world’s personal computer market – also realized the fact and felt necessary to release the series of “kinda desperate” ads about “cheap PCs” (pun intended). I saw few of the ads in the series including the latest installment and was ‘slightly offended’ by the way the company think of its consumers’ intelligence.

Personal feelings aside, there are real factors that set Mac and PCs apart. And here are the undeniable reasons that I can sort out which make Mac better than PCs. In no particular order.


why mac is better than pc

1. Apple is one of the almost-unrivalled worldwide trend makers

Personal computers used to be boxy and dark grey until the candy colored iMacs and iBooks came along. Then everybody tried their luck with minimalistic white after the white iBook appearance. Everybody started their own music store after iTunes Music Store and everybody produced portable MP3 players trying to take down iPod. Every cellphone manufacturer creates their own iPhone-ish model with large touch screen and the round-edge-rectangle icons. Even the “i” in front of the product names are followed by everybody.

The list goes on and might not stop with more trends coming in the future. Shall we continue?

why mac is better than pc


2. Macs produce better advertisements

From Ridley Scott’s 1984 “Big Brother” to the “Envelope-thin Macbook Air” to the “Mac vs PC“; either in print or in multimedia; all Mac advertisements that I’m aware of are artistically designed and professionally produced. Many has become classic and iconic. You can see the proof by looking at some of the many parodies out there.

How many PC advertisements can you remember?

why mac is better than pc

3. Mac can run Windows natively

After the transition to Intel processor, all Mac machines can run Windows natively with BootCamp. And some even says it’s faster. Here’s a quote from PC World’s 2007 article about the most notable Notebooks:


The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year is a Mac.

No PCs to date can run Mac natively. Even if you count the Hackintosh community in.

mac better than pc

4. Mac OS X can survive for weeks without the need of rebooting

I have to admit that I can’t find references on how long is the range between reboots on Mac OS X, so I just put my own experience here. I never really turn off my white MacBook. I just close the lid whenever I need to move between office and home. The last reboot that I can remember is about two or three weeks ago when I upgrade Glims for Safari.

How long can a PC survive without the need of rebooting?


mac better than pc

5. Mac OS X has no virus headache problems

Please note that I’m not saying there’s no virus for Mac. Maybe there is, but ever since I use Mac – back to my iBook clamshell days – I haven’t had to deal with one yet. Lucky me.

The office PC that we use on the other hand, always had an antivirus program installed and still got infected, crashed, and the Windows had to be reinstalled several times. And I can’t remember a time when the PC isn’t downloading the latest antivirus definition updates.

6. Mac has multi-touch technology

Pinch, rotate, swipe, scroll; even Windows users have to admit that this technology is cool.

mac better than pc

7. Apple gives the customer the best support – survey said

Instead of explaining, I will just give you the direct links of articles:

And this also includes the mobile phone world:

  • Apple Ranks Highest among Smartphone Consumers.


8. Mac makes better phone platform

I have to include iPhone in the discussion as the OS is based on Mac OS X. While I myself do not use either iPhone or Windows Mobile-based phone and can’t give fair comparison, I think point number 7 above on the smartphone will give you a picture.


9. Apple creates really fanatic users

But instead of debating over this fanboys matter, maybe what we really should do is just accept the fact that Mac users are fanatic users and try to find out how Apple can pull it off. Eventhough this is rather self explanatory after looking at point number 7.

But allow me to give my humble opinion: most PC users use PCs because they have to, while Mac users use Mac because they want to. I know many PC users who willingly switch (or half-switch) to Mac, but I don’t know any Mac users who switch to PC because they want to. But then again, maybe I just don’t have too many friends?

10. Macs are cheaper than PCs

I know the statement will enrage many Mac haters out there, but allow me to explain. Many Mac users challenge PC users to compare both product using the same exact configuration, differs only in the OS; but that is not what I mean here.

Let us examine the whole user’s experience of using Mac versus using PC. If you include the whole headaches and time wasted of trying to make the best out of both products, I think using Mac would turn out cheaper.

Also consider this fact: the G4 800 iBook that I bought back in 2002 is still up and running using the latest version of Mac OS X. Slower, but still usable. Can a 2002 PC do the same with the latest version of Windows? So, if you also calculate the hardware upgrades needed to always keep up with the latest OS, PCs can’t beat Mac.

11. Mac is a nicer paperweight

This one is a bonus point. I don’t really get the paperweight joke thing, but it always comes out in every flame war between Mac and PC fanboys. But even if PC users called Mac “a very expensive paperweight”, Mac is still a nicer paperweight considering the product design.

Closing: One reason why PCs are better than Mac

And to keep my judgement within the objective side, I’d like to close with the only reason I could find why PCs are better than Mac: wider options.

Only one company makes Macs while who knows how many are producing PCs (the hardware). So I think it would be logical that people could find (or build) PCs (the hardware) in any configuration and budget imaginable. That side of the PC world could not be competed by Mac.

At the end, the users will choose whatever product to use based on whatever reasons they have. Not everybody can or want to be a Mac user. So, if you want a good personal computer with an affordable buying price you can buy a PC and install Linux on it.

I tried to keep my list of reasons why Mac is better than PCs from growing way too long, so I’d stop here. Feel free to add more in the comment below.

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  1. Jeb
    December 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Ugh, so many things about this list is flat out stupid, exsample: ONE OF THESE IS SAYING MACS ARE BETTER BECAUSE OF THEIR PAST. But one of these, macs are "better" because of touch screen controls.. no their not, if you ever used touch screen controls on your computers you would notice one thing. They seem cool at first, but then you just ignore them, your using a mac because you dont want too use a phone.

  2. Alex Sonny
    March 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Very nice satirical article! Number 10 really got me haha.

  3. Proof time!
    February 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    reason 1:
    Your opinion, not fact.

    reason 2:
    Not only another opinion but also totally unrelated to Macs, maybe to apple, but not Macs.

    reason 3:
    Windows can run Windows natively, oh and also it can run Mac.

    reason 4:
    I've been running this computer for about a year without a single crash.

    reason 5:
    AVG free protects against pretty much all viruses that you would run into in less you are going around some suspicious sites.

    reason 6:
    So does Windows 7, i fail to see the point.

    reason 7:
    First time you are right but, we don't need customer support we have 97% of the internet to help us.

    reason 8:
    IPhone OS is not based off Mac it just looks like it, plus there is no Windows or linux based phone so, you can't really argue that.

    reason 9:
    Mac users don't switch Windows because they have never used anything past 98 so they don't know how much better it is.

    reason 10:
    If you build your own PC you can buy a PC as powerful as a Mac that costs $1500 for $500, also how much headache it gives you doesn't matter about the cost, because cost, is how much money you pay not how much bang for your buck you get, lastly, if you know what you are doing and/or follow the directions there is no headache for any computer.

    reason 11:
    My mouse is a better paper weight and it cost 1/20 of a Mac.

    • Anubhav
      February 13, 2010 at 3:20 am

      Well - a reply to this comment is much needed - as again, one more PC user is just trying to act smart -
      REASON 1 -
      IT IS A FACT! not just an opinion. In the last decade, Apple, has revolutionized the (a)Music industry [the itunes store is now one of the biggest salepoints for music] (b) Mobile phone industry [the iphone - considering it is the largest selling phone since it has been released - and the technology it incorporated into cellphones had not been so prevelant before] (c) The computer industry - The mac's, whether you like it or not - are now the industry standards. Even windows strives only to reach the standards of MAC OS. And if you do a little bit of googling - you will find that even Bill Gates and Balmer agree to this.

      REASON 2
      I agree - should not have been part of the argument. Better advertisments should not mean better computers.

      REASON 3
      WINDOWS CANNOT RUN MAC OS natively!!!!! Whoever told you this is lying! - You can only run something called Hackintosh on a PC - (and even then, you will have to install windows using bootcamp - so windows will run under the mac kernel - not the other way around) - Hackintosh is a hacked version of Mac OS, re-configured to work on a non-apple pc by hackers - and not by apple.

      REASON 4
      WELL!! You are lucky! - BTW, the author talks about rebooting - not about crashing.
      Try running windows continuously for a week - without switching it off - and see how it starts to lag (if it doesnt automatically crash and reboot by then) Also - the comparison here is not to YOUR pc - but on general terms. People who only use their PC's for email / office - will obviously suffer less crashes than others. But on a wide range - it is an accepted fact, that the MAC OS is much more stable than windows. Primary reason - is that MAC runs on Darwin. Which is the most stable backend ever.

      REASON 5
      you answered this yourself. The fact is - THAT YOU HAVE TO RUN AVG! Have you ever tried finding out how much resources are taken up by AVG to protect your precious PC from online threats? The fact is again - windows is susceptible to viruses while macs are not. The whole point here is not that you can or cannot protect from viruses - but the fact that Windows users need to install a virus scanner, which may or may not protect them.
      And do you trust AVG?? As in - if it tells you that you dont have any viruses/worms/trojans - are you actually clean? What is the guarantee that there arent any such things on your pc which cant be detected by AVG?

      REASON 6
      I agree. So does Windows 7. But - Windows 7 was released in late 2009. Multi touch technology on macs has existed since MAC OSX 10.4 - released in 2006. Just re-emphasizes point 1.
      Like it or not - windows follows the Mac OS. Not the other way around. Windows does now, what Mac's have been doing for years.

      REASON 7
      Customer support is not having random people on the internet help you. Customer support is - when you want to replace you hard drive - Apple makes sure you do not lose anything and are migrated to your new HDD smoothly - customer support means that when there is a problem with your computer - you can get it repaired / replaced without any headaches. It means you can call someone you can trust - who will help you in one go - rather than you having to try various solutions posted by various different people.

      REASON 8
      Dude - uve got your facts completely wrong. The Iphone OS is a stripped down version of Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard) - it runs the Darwin kernel and the same backend - only a phone based GUI. So technically - It is based of a Mac. AND ALSO - HAVE YOU NOT HEARD OF WINDOWS MOBILE???????? AND THERE ARE ENOUGH WINDOWS MOBILE PHONES OUT THERE! - Half the Palm treos and HTC's and Sony's are Windows Mobile - And that means they are WINDOWS BASED! AND - MOTOROLA's LATEST PHONES ARE LINUX BASED! Please at least google things before you speak them! EVEN ANDROID IS LINUX BASED!

      REASON 9 -
      You are wrong. I am primarily a MAC user - and i have a windows desktop (which is used strictly only for gaming)- and i have used everything up from 98 to ME to 200 to XP to Vista Ultimate and now Windows 7. So to say that mac users have not used windows since 98 - u are wrong. One question to you though - HAVE YOU EVER USED A MAC?

      REASON 10 -
      Please understand the statement the author makes. He is talking about how over a period of time - a windows pc is actually more expensive to run - considering the maintainence and upgrades required. He is not talking about the cost required to build a pc or buy a mac.

      REASON 11 -
      I agree - your mouse will make a better paper weight and cost much less than a mac. Unfortunately, I havent yet seen a mac being used as paperweight to comment on this - but yeah - have seen quite a few pc's (not to mention the blue screen that shows on them)

  4. hahaahaha
    February 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey faaaaaaaaaaaaaaags im like thirty people on here im the spammer of nerds 1@2 im jenny im person with a life im nyan im nyans partner im comma man im k srsly im its me charlie and more u should check the time they were all posted they are usuallly minutes apart or even seconds so u are all gullible so hahahahahahahahaha i fooled u all u r all virgins lolololololol

  5. plz
    February 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    and btw ur all fags get a life

  6. plz
    January 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    OMG!!! Please stop this rediculous commenting we all like the opposite computer so lets just leave the other people alone and get on with our lives PLEASE

  7. ?
    January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    It's hard to believe pages like this for thousands to read aren't verified. I mean what kind of uneducated moron are you? Half these reasons aren't even true at all, and the other half aren't even reasons. Oh right, mac user

  8. ,
    January 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    wow u really are that stubborn arent you i have like 100$ riding that you have never even tried a mac you are more than likely a virgin

  9. DeadCell
    January 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    For everyone talking about Windows crashing and getting BSoDs, that is retarded. The BSoD and almost all OS crashes are extremely rare (crashes are even more rare on XP and 7 than they are on OSX), and the only BSoD I have ever gotten was Apple's fault. Yeah, you read that correctly. The only BSoD I, and most other Windows users WAS APPLE'S FAULT. With the iTunes 8.0 software, they illegally installed and replaced certain drivers, causing many computers to crash, probably as some kind of way to validate their erroneous claims.

    Apple Exec: "We keep saying that Windows crashes all of the time in our commercials, but here is the problem. Windows DOESN'T crash..."

    Apple iTunes Tech: "Don't worry, we'll take care of that... *insert evil laugh*"

    • ,
      January 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      OMG ur a fag ur afag u have no freinds u fuuuck boys up the butt cause u like peniis and ur just another pedophile

  10. its me charlie
    January 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Mac's dont have gaming............. so whats the problem??? You know you can just buy a gaming console like normal people so you dont spend three extra hours intalling the darn thing and yeh this is comma man and yeh republicans are very brain dead we need new health care cause wat old farts dont know is MEDICARE IS GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE im goin to be as harsh as posible REPUBLICANS ARE BRAIN DEAD RETARDS THET I HOPE SOMEDAY ALIENS COME AND KILL THEM BECAUSE GUUUUEESSS WHAT YOUR NOT ALONE ON THIS PLANET THERE ARE OHER PEOPLE WHO DONT EVEN HAVE HEALTH CARE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOIN REFUSING TO GIVE THEM THAT

    • DeadCell
      January 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

      1. Almost all Xbox 360 and PS3 games come out on the PC as well. These PC versions have much better graphics and controls, and cost far less. No need to buy two extremely expensive consoles when you can just buy a cheap PC and a Wii.

      2. Install times are really short on any PCs made from before 1998. Of course, Macs suck, and have terribly slow disk drives, so you would assume that PCs do as well. Also, have you ever even PLAYED a PS3? Almost all games have install times on that. Devil May Cry 4 has a 40 minute install (whereas the PC version takes less than 2 minutes). Metal Gear Solid 4 (the only reason I have a PS3 to begin with) has a 10 minute installation BEFORE EVERY LEVEL.

      • k srsly
        January 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

        hey tardo i said but one not both that just proves u dont read wat is there go back to first grade tard

    • DeadCell
      January 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

      Oh, and what the **** does this have to do with politics and health care? You are just proving that Mac fags are all stupid liberal hippies. **** you and your stupid Medicare and health care reform. Stop smoking dope, stop wasting your parent's money on overpriced, under-performing computers, and get a damn job.

  11. k srsly
    January 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    ok yeh i for some strange reason agree with the comma guy he has a point about widows seven i use both mac and PC for my work and i am reluctant to say this but mac does seem to work better it doesnt crash or get viruses i have had my pc and yes it has crashed many times but I dont want t totally demean PC cause it does work but they have some major kinks they need to work out mac i have never had it crash or get a virus but yes you can just get virus protection from norton or something else but why pay for it if you can just get a mac and not have to worry about that kind of stuff yes comma man is harsh and the repubican thing is kinda off subject but he does bring up some key issues

    • k srsly
      January 21, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      but i do agree comma man is very unsable and probably lives his life in a pycreatic ward meaning hes crazier than ackmadinajad the leader of iran

  12. ,
    January 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    for bein tards

  13. ,
    January 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    WHOOOOOOHOOO windows 7 it has so many more useful features including more useful features stolen from mac

    it has so many new programs that none of your old ones will work

    it gives customers about three weeks of security untell there is a nationwide hack

    and more excuses about gameing, like who actually plays pc games they stink just buy a x box 360 or a play station 3

    u know PC users are like republicans they are totally oblivient to the fact that there is more to just them in the world so basically all PC users are braindead and if you dont like it then you can go complain to someone and they will complain and they will complain untell either the world ends or aliens come and kill all of us

  14. mypcpwnsurmac
    January 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, what terrible arguments. My $1000 pc that I built myself has way better specs than the $2500 mac pro. It has 1gb more ram, a better optical drive, a way better video card, and a 30% faster cpu. You guys should look at the apple store, it's such a joke, especially their prices for upgrades. For example, they charge $550 for a 2tb HDD which go for like 200-300 on newegg.

    • ,
      January 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      and u sir r the biggest dip of them all so lets start

      (this comment does not exactally represent the veiws of disney inc. but it should yah dipshit)

      • ,
        January 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm


    • ,
      January 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Watch out for scott hes a jerk
      so yeh im juuuuuust sayin ur a dipshit u suck ur own dick yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay u dink

  15. mac
    January 17, 2010 at 5:35 am

    You haven't explained why using Mac is better in everyday life. You mentioned design, support, ads. Even the stupid price argument where you make lots of assumptions that will probably only hold for yourself. The fanatic user point is same as ad, and same as the marketing argument. Multi-touch was invented by Apple but is available on PC laptops as well. Apple only has one mouse button which annoys me.

    Also, have you thought about that Windows is far better platform for corporations? Mac isn't built for that. It's more for home users with no network infrastructure.

    Mac is no way more stable than Windows 7. In fact, I've experienced "Kernel Panic" on Mac but I haven't seen a blue screen on Windows 7.

    Also hacking Mac is far easier than Windows 7. Search for the pwn2pwn competition on the net.

    I'd say a PC can almost always replace a Mac, but a Mac cannot always replace a PC.

    Your post is completely biased. Mac may be superior in design, ads and other aspects but as a whole, it is not.

  16. Spencer
    January 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I would just like to say that I'm writing on this subject and this website has been very eye opening. Ern, Alek Davis, Oz, Divino, Mike and last but not least Dan. Thank you guys for destroying this guy, four of his points have nothing to do with the quality of the computer. I just think that this guy is a moron that didn't do his homework. But he helped me with mine. I mean I'm in highschool and I know more than this guy. I have a PC and I have used a Mac before, my PC is way better. Just saying, okay that's all from me.

    • ,
      January 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      wow another fag big suprise

  17. Alex
    January 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I have a Mac and a PC. I use windows for cutting edge games on my PC, Linux for my work. I don't use the MAC much, I don't have much of a need to. If I was maybe in to graphic design, photography or Music I suppoe I would use it. However, I find Linux and Windows is all I need. The Mac does make me feel 'Cool' and down with the kids.

  18. Anubhav
    January 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    LOL! I cant believe how ignorant PC users can be!!! - And i would like to state again - i have both a mac and a PC - and only people who have used both should be allowed to comment on this - because otherwise, you just have dumb people commenting!
    For example - Mr. Victor states that you 'cant download for shit' on a Mac -????? Sorry dude - i guess you are just plain and simply stupid. Also 'Macs in my opinion is only good for animation'!!! ROFL!!! - Please, i request you - please use a Mac first!!!!!!!
    Also, someone states that 'there is no right click' and thats the reason he returned his MB Pro!!!
    I seriously cannot believe how ignorant people can be! - Dude, use the option+click for right click! Thats how a mac works - or go to system preferences, and configure the click!

  19. Victor
    December 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    The reason why mac does not get viruses is cuz you cant download for shit. I still prefer pc over mac cuz macs cant play any games and there not compatible with alot of software. Macs in my opinion is only good for animation.

  20. Chad Bailey
    December 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I just wrote a lot and deleted it im gonna keep it simple FACT is IF YOU USE A MAc you know its better.
    PCS - crash get viruses get bogged down with files. REQUIRE Maintenance
    Macs run smooth DO not crash and viruses are virtually un heard of.
    And for people saying there no software for macs is a complete lie you can find any software needed to do anything on a mac for the same price as software for the pc
    The only disadvantage is Macs do not have games WOW isnt that why the japs have spent so much time inventing the playstation 3 to run on huge high def. tvs.ONLINE
    There is no argument here the pc users that support them simply are gun hoe because they have never truly used a mac. BOO HOOO MAC WINS i have used both and thats a fact.

  21. John F.
    December 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Do I have an opinion? Certainly, I do. But I don't want to get in the middle of arguing taste, which is a frivolous exercise. Nor is there any point in anybody working so hard to convert a member of the "other" team.

    But one fact that everyone here would have to accept... is that the likelihood of a Mac user having ALSO tried PCs is much higher than that of a PC user who has ALSO tried a Mac. And on that basis, it's just more likely that more Mac users comparisons of both systems will be more informed.

    That's not to say you have to agree with the conclusions. Again, see the futility of arguing taste mentioned above. But I've spent many years using both machines and I've seen what both can do more recently.

    There's no question of the zealousness of many Mac users. However, so often I hear PC users talking about what Mac can't do or what it doesn't have, etc... without any basis in experience.

  22. PC
    December 17, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Bwahahahah this is a total fail.

    It just goes to show you how technically unsavy and stupid MAC users can really be.

    "Better Advertising"

    WTF, Are you kidding me?

  23. Jon
    December 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Just a comment on the article:

    As of the launch of Snow Leopard, your iBook can no longer run the latest and greatest OS from Apple, whereas my desktop computer from 2001 runs Windows 7, having only needing to upgrade RAM.

    While I do love my 13" MacBook Pro with SSD and 8GB of RAM (it's a dream machine), I am aware of the limitations of Apple's hardware and software.

  24. JPeaslee
    November 30, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I'm sorry, but "colors" and "advertisements" do not make a computer good. That's just a load of bullshit right there, and I actually enjoy the Mac advertisements.
    I find that my PC actually has more customization than the Macs I've used. Not to mention that PCs are the natural choice for any gamer.
    Plus, what about updates? Sure, Macs last a long time - no argument there - but they're outdated in a year or two. My boyfriend just bought a Mac a year ago and now he's looking to buy a new, MORE EXPENSIVE one because his $1,000 Mac is already outdated.

    • R U A TARD
      January 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

      who actually uses computers for gaming well maybe like 13 year old kids but guess what thi is a grownup website its your bedtime now go to sleep

  25. John
    November 27, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I doubt anyone's scrolling this far down to read..but it seems like mot of the pro-mac comments are from people who havent even used pc's..I've got a 2001 PC that works just fine running XP and a newer vista from a year ago, with no problems. Both were cheaper than the cheapest mac you can find for..$1000? The new laptop was $650. just thought there needed to be a little more fact-checking here

  26. Joeb
    November 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    sorry a quick change to the above
    I am a network of 14 years
    I am a network Architect of 14 years
    my apologies.

    • ,
      January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      for some straaaaaaange reason i think u might just be a 12 year old who found out ur moms password

  27. Joeb
    November 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    This is one of the strangest threads ever on the mac vs windows so thought I would add my bit just to say I had :)
    I am a network of 14 years in all types of industries but mostly banking and ISPs.
    As I have said before on numerous forums it depends what you want to use it for. so here is the actual list including linux versions (spread over FreeBSD, fedora, Ubunto, etc..)
    There are numerous reasons to have a PC/laptop so we shall start by listing those.
    1. Functionality/productivity using office - a writer, maths based (excel), etc...
    2. Gaming
    3. Communication - email, skype, msn
    4. Access to a server or your home PC
    5. Designing - photo albums, pictures, videos, network diagrams in Visio :) + CADs
    Now what do you want from your laptop/workstation?
    1. Stability/reliability
    2. Security
    3. Ease of use
    4. Speed
    5. Compatibility with networks/software/codex/many many more

    So lets see how they fare between each other
    Reasons for having a workstation

    1. Functionality/productivity using office - a writer, maths based (excel), etc...
    Windows - great but stability is terrible. The amount of times office crashes on me even in XP per month is ridiculous. And this has been going on for years even with my own workstations that I support myself. So thumbs up for MSOffice ability wise but never again on windows. MAC can now run office and thus is the manner I use it. Rarely crashes, about one/tenth of the time, and outlook is run on my VMware :) Linux has open office which is not so good but never crashes but once a year.

    2. Gaming windows is better compatibility wise by far, far more games run on it, and DX11 has a lot of improvements. And I have to stay pretty stable with games, although still slower than a MAC in most cases when the physical hardware match. Linux is again limited and depending on the version is more stable and quicker than a MAC but not by much, but games are more limited than with a MAC

    3. Communication - email, skype, msn
    I love outlook, run my life on it, and not available for MAC yet?? At least not yet. Generally Windows is better with functionality in email programs and communication in general, without the stability issue MAC loses here. Linux is a non-starter, best email program is to use SMTP at the command line :)

    4. Access to a server or your home PC
    Linux is the best at this X windowing can be encrypted and much less waste of memory and processing.
    MAC and windows sit together with windows maybe giving a small advantage on compatible programs with this functionality.

    5. Designing - photo albums, pictures, videos, network diagrams in Visio :) + CADs
    Apple wins this hands down with no exceptions. Linux has little to no decent graphics development software that is not under the $1,000 mark that also runs on windows or Solaris.
    The only thing again is Visio :) nothing really can match it for displaying 2d IT based maps & structural diagrams.

    And browsing is not added in above as most platforms run most html explorers so not worth mentioning

    So then we are stuck with what do we want from our operating systems?
    1. Stability/reliability
    Windows -5 Linux +10 MAC +7
    2. Security
    Windows -9 linux +6 MAC +4
    3. Ease of use
    Windows +9 Linux -8 MAC +7
    Linux gets such a low score here because so few people know how to complie modules or kernels
    4. Speed
    Windows -2 Linux +8 MAC +7
    5. Compatibility with networks/software/codex/many many more
    Windows +10 Linus -4 MAC +2

    So where possible I use MAC OS X as my base system and then virtualize everything else as it is the perfect balance between stability and functionality.
    But then cost is not an issue for me… if it was I would Linux a PC self-built and then virtualize my windows on top.
    I could not live without Windows or Linux or Solaris for that matter, so they are stacked up either X windowed or virtualized.

    Hope that helps :)

  28. ste
    November 14, 2009 at 6:44 am

    wow... sad that people are doing this "spam" thing.. and I think this article was written by a Microsoft employee.

    he made no good points about why Mac is better. It is.. But not for the reasons he said. It is.. mainly because it's a more innovative, stable, operating system. period.

    if you are successful enough to afford a Mac.. go for it. if not, stick with a PC.

    November 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm









    if you read this far you are definately a fag lol faget





    the next one will be worse

  30. joe
    November 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    and yeah this is a bad article but its better than all of you can do i bet you are all thirteen year olds who are totally sucked into what your parents think are true so really before you comment do some research so you dont sound like a complete retard that doesnt know anything and yeah the snow leopord owned them they basically rewrote the whole system and it takes up half the space the leopord does so really you have nuthin hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahayou are all douches

  31. joe
    November 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    but windows always says they have derastically changed it for the good but then when you actually get it its not that different and the snow leopord totally raped windows seven I notice how none of you ever mention it yeh ur wrong im right suck it

  32. deathgleaner is a artard
    November 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    iphone is made by apple who just so happen to make macs and without mac or apple we would not have itunes or ipods so wow do some research u dummy duuuuuh

  33. Deathgleaner
    November 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Interesting post. Reasons are just like every other Mac fanboy's reasons. An iPhone is NOT a Mac. Macs do not run Windows faster than Windows, that doesn't even make sense. That cuts down to 8 undeniable reasons.

  34. me
    October 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    if you are a kid and you want gaming then be my guest because what good games r there for pc seriously just get a x-box 360 and if you cant afford it then that probbaly means that you cant afford a pc either so either way u r f***ed which means you will just have to go outside and actually lose some 3 hundred pounds cause we know ur bakery comes with roles cause ur r a fat a** so go get some real freinds....................................................................

  35. kye
    October 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    uuuum mike half of the things that you say arent even real reasons like "what thats a terrible argument" is not a argument and plus it depends on what u need the computer for like my college isnt that rich and it only has macs because its better for film editing because its built in unlike dell which you have to by a package for which ends up costing more money and you only have like 3 good points which dont affect the basic running system of it sooo really you got nothing and you just made an idiot of yourself

  36. JOHN
    October 31, 2009 at 6:56 am


  37. Rob
    October 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    LOL, great article...unfortunately, not many of the posters have a sense of humor and hence, the endless slew of mac hatin' posts.

    Guys, if you've been brainwashed by Microshaft, that's fine...just don't be so obvious about it.

    Today, I finally got irritated with Vista and completely wiped the machine with a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10. I'm also planning to buy an iMac for myself and a Macbook Pro for my girlfriend.

    Is it too much to ask for a WORKING operating system? Apparently, Microsoft thinks so...that's why they finally have a decent OS named Windows 7. But since I have no use for Windows (only gamers have hardcore use for it due to compatibility and configuration of system peripherals), I'll be converting over to Apple after 20+ years of anguish with Microsoft's crap since DOS.

    It'd be nice if Microsoft actually made an original operating system instead of ripping off ideas from Apple for YEARS...hell, DOS wasn't even original (Gates bought DOS from a guy working out of his basement for $50,000).

  38. Miki
    October 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Hello to all,

    I have tried to read most of these post but I don`t have a will to get involved in all this PC/MAC competitions.
    I am a PC/MS Windows user since 1999 and my question is does anyone of you MAC users had experience with so-called "blue screen of death" as I have met this issue under the windows platform "EVEN" once under the Windows 7 which is very professional OS in my opinion!?
    These things are pretty annoying in Windows you must admit...
    I will not mention Win98, 2000, XP and thier kernel32 and .dll system files failures!

    Another more important question that I have for all the experts here is next:
    Ok. we all know that Apple/Mac uses intel chipsets, ati graphic cards etc...BUT, I have heard from some MAC users that these components were manufactured in a different (say better) technology than those for PC`s units. And that`s why hardware for MAC is far more expensive than hardware for PC although they use same "components"!

    Is this the truth and if it`s how can you prove me that?

    I believe I asked fair question and I expect fair and proper answer...

  39. Mike
    October 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Sorry, but not one of the points in this artice is strong at ALL:

    1. One of your arguments is that they LOOK BETTER? Do we want to use our computers or take pictures of them?

    2. Better advertisements? How exactly does that make it a better computer?

    3. Why would someone pay for an overpriced, glossy piece of white plastic just so they could run windows?

    4. Why would anyone need to leave their computer on for WEEKS?!

    5. No viruses? AT ALL? You mean to tell me that there are NOOO viruses whatsoever? It's probably because 1 out of 10 people use a mac. It seems like a stupid idea for mac users to try and "convert" PC users. The only reason the PC has more viruses is because it's a larger market. Watch the mac market expand and the viruses increase. Just watch.

    6. Again, paying hundreds of dollars extra just for multi-touch technology is hardly worth it.

    7. The best customer support? That must mean people must really be having problems with these machines they deem to be so "perfect".

    8. I thought we were talking about computers?

    9. WHAT? That's a terrible argument!

    10. I've had my Dell laptop for almost 2 years, I use it everyday, and with the few problems I've had, I've still payed hundreds of dollars less in the end than I would have for a mac laptop with the same specs. Point 10 is debatable and hardly relevant in the long run.

    11. Back to the way it looks again huh? Well if that floats your boat.

  40. DeadCell
    October 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    This article proves that people who say Macs are better don't have a ****ing clue about anything.

    1. This makes Macs better than PCs?
    2. How exactly do ads make an OS better?
    3. And guess what? A PC can run OSX (Mac's firmware)! An average quality PC can run OSX faster than a Mac, while running XP!
    4. I haven't turned off my laptop in over a month, and only did then, because I installed a game that required it.
    5. Actually, it does, and the few viruses that are out are fatal. As long as you have a brain, you won't ever get a virus on a PC. Plus, there are great freeware antivirus programs that don't slow your machine down at all.
    6. Who uses the touchpad anyway? The feature is neat, but useless.
    7. You won't need to call tech support for a PC, unless you are a mactard.
    8. Umm.... Yeah. Making a cell phone that has a good OS instantly makes a completely unrelated OS for an entirely different system improve.
    9. The OS is better because Apple creates rabid fanboys? It is impressive that they can get such a big following with such an inferior product, but that doesn't make the OS better.
    10. Are you ****ing kidding? I am using a computer I purchased in 2001 that is running XP, Win7, and Ubuntu. I can also run OSX through VMWare while I'm running XP (can't run it while running Win7 though)
    11. Ummm... WTF is wrong with you. Now I feel bad about getting annoyed at a mentally disabled person. You really should warn us first.

    • ~~~~
      November 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      WOW! You don't have a brain. LOL>
      Alright from the top... Points one/two I will give to you on technical grounds
      A PC running OSX sucks crap and it is wayyyy slower than a real Mac. I have used a hackintosh for 2 years until I got a Macbook Pro and there is a humongous difference.
      THere are wayyy fewer viruses for Mac than for PC and for mac, you don't have to buy/get any antivirus software. And antivirus does slow down a computer.
      You have to be on drugs to say that a touchpad is useless. It is incredibly easy to use and beats all other options.
      Like other people have said:
      Whatever floats your boat...

  41. lol
    October 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Dennis is a gay f-g just like jenny said we dont want to hear your opinion so just shut ur fat-a$$ mouth cause we dont care what u want to say so just shut the f*** up just get a f***ing life cause you obviously dont have one

  42. Nyan
    October 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    hey dennis wanna join my 10 some pleeeeease

  43. Dennis
    October 18, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Windoze Vista is the best thing that has ever happened to Mac and Ubuntu and other Linux distros. I have gone back to Mac after trying Vista and loaded the PCs I have with Ubuntu which I really like a lot.

  44. .
    October 18, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I noticed how you never mentioned gaming in your post

    • Nyan
      October 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

      u like to play games i loooove to ill show u a good time nummy

  45. Dennis
    October 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I wholeheartedly agree. I used to be a Mac person and when I met my wife she wanted PCs so I gave in and XP is OK but I bought her an expensive Laptop running Windoze Vista and what a huge mistake. Vista is such a freaking disaster I am really pissed off and now the greedy aholes at Microshaft want me to pay $120 to fix their mess by buying Windoze 7. Screw M$, fool me once shame on MS, fool me twice shame on me.

    I was considering buying her a Mac but could not see spending the extra money The Mac would have been much much cheaper; I have had to spend a huge amount of time and money on extra security programs on this piece of crap and it is so painfully slow it is pathetic. I read an article about reloading Vista and updating all the drivers and this should help, I spent 10 hours doing this and it was marginally better but still SLOOOOWWWWWW. I even put in 4 GB of RAM and still not usable. I will never ever buy another Windoze piece of crap.

    Michael Dell said he really likes Windows 7 but you need really high end hardware and lots of memory.

    I will buy my wife a Mac and load her laptop with Ubuntu, I have booted it up using Ubuntu and it is really fast so it is not the hardware, MS tried blaming the hardware. Pathetic aholes.

    I even know IT pros that use Macs at home because Windoze PCs just take to much maintenance.

    Ubuntu and Mac from now on.

  46. Nyan
    October 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    please honey one more chance... it was meant to be a anniversory gift ur dream an orgy with 10 guys

  47. name not given
    October 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    and srsly if u put another comment on here that just proves everything that ur 45 and living in your moms garage

  48. Nyan
    October 6, 2009 at 3:06 am

    mac OS x sucks. linux rules!!!

    • Dennis
      October 18, 2009 at 12:37 am

      OS X and Linux are both great OSs but then again almost anything is compared to Windoze Vista. Remember OS X is based on Linux.

      • Daniel
        October 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

        Actually, Linux and mac are VERY similar.

        Mac is based on Unix, which is 40 years old and the most secure OS in the world, Unix is the backbone for nearly every device now. Including Your Cooker!

        Linux is based of the Linux Kernal, which is an open source clone of Unix.

  49. Daniel
    October 6, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Also, Another reason why its VERY hard to run Mac OS X on a Windows Machine because Mac OS X dosent! Use a BIOS!! Mac's Dont have BIOS's, they have EFI's. Only Macs have EFI's which is why people patch there comps bios to try and fake a EFI

  50. Jenny
    September 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    you guys need to get a life i bet a trillion bucks that if you had a mac you would be saying how much better mac is than pc and vise versa seriously just go buy a computer they have bad things that make up in good things and plus this is the internet no one wants to hear your opinion cause we dont care just cause your a nerd with no friends doesnt mean you have to rip on other computers just cause it isnt yours thats like being racist just cause its not what you like its wrong so seriously get off your butt quit playing halo and get some friends cause people may pretend to like you but no one really does

  51. Daniel
    September 13, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Jop of course we don't want Mac OS X running on Windows PC's, gives Mac OS X a bad name because the comps go with the OS (They Look Stylish)

  52. Jop
    September 13, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hi, I'm actually considering changing from PC to Mac. This didn't help me at all. Your reasons are typical and biassed.
    For example it is NOT that mac can run windows natively. It is actually that Mac CANNOT run on any HW configuration because Apple doesn't want. And because of that a PC cannot run Mac, because of Mac not because of Windows.

    No help.

  53. Matt
    September 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Well, it's as simple as this:
    PCs are for the Computer Nerd audience that WANTS to do everything the hard way. Macs are for the normal people, even though normal people don't really have enough money to BE normal.
    And don't try telling me that mostly everyone in the world is a computer nerd.

  54. beN
    September 10, 2009 at 3:28 am

    The only reason PCs can't run Mac OS X is because Apple won't let them - its in their EULA.

  55. dee dde
    September 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Of course MAC is much better than a PC, if you don't have a MAC is because you can't afford it, as easy as that. But if you can but you just don't have it ...well, nobody's perfect.

  56. Daniel
    September 4, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I think this is a GREAT article, you can see the PC Kissers trying to change the article and use bias at the bottom, radical of them rofl. The only reason I run windows on my MAC is to run 1 GAME! All other games I play have Mac versions as well,

    You start moaning at Mac because its a different UI to windows, WELL OF COURSE its going to be different, they didn't want a hard to use UI.

    Mac's dont have a registry, for years Microsoft release updates to stop a virus, but the point is a virus goes through the registry and turns that update off. Simple.

    I've been using Macs since I was 5! 5 YEARS OLD, Thats 10 YEARS i've been using a Mac.

    Also Mac can't run on a PC, simple because PC's can't run it. It's not about licensing, there are many 3rd party mac makers out there,

    You PC users just post because your jealous, Macs just well, WORK!

  57. Paul
    August 30, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I love my MAC and it is true... I'm a PC guy and I switched to Mac just to see why Mac cost so much. And I know why. You get what you paid for that's why. I never have any problems on my Macbook. No pop ups.. You don't see any Mc cafee or any virus protection or spyware crap popping up.. My favorite thing to do on PC was Ctrl+Alt+delete button because they always have that problem. On Mac however you never freeze. I never did on my experience and those buttons doesn't even work on Mac. It doesn't do anything if you press it. PC is only good for gaming.. I do play PC games such as StarCraft and World of warcraft.. But now I play it on my Mac because of the G Force graphics that comes with it. It is so much better. I'm never going back to PC because theres too much work and more time consuming. Once you switch to MAC you'd be amazed. PC people.. please try Mac's b4 you talk because to me Mac's are just simply the best.

  58. jah
    August 19, 2009 at 10:54 am

    1. trends don't make good computers
    2. Advertising doesn't make good computers
    3. a pc can also run windows natively
    4. I hardly ever reboot my pc and it runs fine
    5. I have mcAfee and Have NEVER had a virus on my Pc
    6. Non essential for a good computer
    7. Mac users would more about Customer Service than PC users since they need to call them more (which costs money to call apple)
    8. I thought we were talking about computers not phones?
    9. Fanatic users doesn't = great computer
    10. My $500 PC laptop has more memory, ram, and processing speed than a comperable $2,000 dollar MAC.
    11. I give you that MAC makes a better paper weight but a PC makes a better computer.

    this is a typical MAC user. Ignorent and simple.
    I'm JAH, and I'm a PC!

    • beN
      September 10, 2009 at 3:30 am

      well said!

  59. george
    August 15, 2009 at 6:25 am

    hahahahaha... this is very funny. MS and Apple bosses are laughing out there sharing their glass of wine..

  60. phantom lizard
    August 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    macs suck. sorry, but thay cant run ZHE,DLL, .EXE,or MTH files. yes that way they cant get viruses, but they cant run a lot of things.

    • Daniel
      October 18, 2009 at 3:13 am

      Your a Retard, why would they run EXE's. Macs are totally on a different kernal. Its the same reason Linux or your mums digital clock can't run EXE's. (alot of Digital Clocks run on Unix)

      It is possible to run by emulating with Wine, VMWARE or Parralels, or mac can boot into Windows through Boot Camp, but obviously you can access your Mac files but can't edit them.

      The only reason it is hard to make a virus for a mac is because its based on Unix, 40 years old and the one of the most secure OS in the world. Yes its probably older then your dad.

      And yes its true, Microsoft is charging for £400 for some fix's, Snow Leopard rules! Snow Leopard dosen't really fix anything. It just makes Leopard better and faster!

      Windows 7 just fix's Vista's problems, but dosen't mean your any more secure on 7.

  61. PC FTW
    August 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Actually, Macs are more expensive. The "better advertisements" is a stupid reason, all that means is that they spend (waste) more money trying to sucker people into buying their products. Even running Windows, Macs have tons of problems (ask my school's Tech guy how many headaches he's had trying to get them to run Windows). My PC (Windows XP) ran for about 2 months without having to reboot (I had to reboot to install a program). Yes, you may have better customer support, but you have to spend ungodly amounts of cash to have longer than a three month warranty, and even then, most PCs come with 3 YEAR warranties standard (like Dell). Macs are just as vulnerable to viruses. The "fanatic" users are just immature people who freak out when you say that Mac is worse and defend their insecure system with failed insults (not to mention the fact that most aren't based on facts). "Apple is one of the almost-unrivalled worldwide trend makers" - how does that have anything to do with Macs? That's Apple, and that just shows how vulnerable stupid people are to well-funded lying advertisements. Get your facts straight, boy.

    • Anubhav
      August 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

      @PC FTW
      Macs are not more expensive. For a same configuration PC + equivalent software that macs come loaded with - there is very little or no price difference. (And i talk about legal copies. Also - please note - that Mac OS dosent come in different flavours. So price comparison should be done with say a Vista Ultimate 64bit edition - and not Windows XP).
      Viruses - Please do name me some Mac viruses. because having used a mac for the last 4 years, i havent come across even one. Yes - trojans and worms exist. But they generally only come thru via document / spreadsheets created on PC's (MS office if you will) and if opened on MS Office for MAC.
      Also - the fanatic users become fanatic users because they have used windows previously - and have found a much better alternative. Thats the problem here - Mac users have generally always used windows - and then migrated to macs. But how many mac users have gone back to windows??? Have you ever used a mac??? The fanatic users are not immature people.

      And this comes from a guy (me!) who still uses Windows on his desktop. But yes - all my work - photography - media - has migrated to the mac. Windows has just been left for gaming. And yeah - i believed in windows and was a fanatic windows user - until i came across the Mac.

  62. syn
    July 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

    10+1 Reasons Why This Article is Moot (Read: Why Linux is better than both competitors)

    1. "Trend making" means very little in the scope of why one operating system is better than another. Sure, Apple fanboys love to holler and scream about how unique and hip they are for using a mac, but it's ridiculous. This is not a valid reason for saying that OS X is superior to windows.

    Stating it as such is abusing the logical fallacy of Non Sequitur. Popularity and/or trend setting != a good OS.

    2. Advertising, is, again not a valid basis for determining whether or not an OS is good. Again, the abuse of Non Sequitur.

    Also, Linux doesn't have ads. I don't have to put up with corporate brainwashing. Is this win? Y/Y

    3. Slapping on "natively" doesn't give you points. PCs, through modifications, can run OS X. Macs, through similar modifications, can run Vista/XP/7/what have you.

    Now: bonus points for PC-based hardware:

    Can Mac easily run-

    1) Various Linux distros? [Nope, only a very few work]
    2) FreeBSD [lol, try again]
    3) Solaris? [herp, derp?]

    Yup, thought not.

    4. Oh, hey, guess what? I haven't rebooted this Linux box in 7 months, and I haven't rebooted my Debian server since I installed, oh, about a year and a half ago. Can I play with teh kewl kids nao?

    5. Linux has even less viruses. GG.

    6. All synaptic trackpads have some form of multitouch gestures, but they aren't as elaborate as the OS X ones. I'll concede this point.

    7. Surveys lie. You can make numbers say anything you want them to. Also, does mac have literally millions of users frequenting IRC channels, mailing lists and forums because they care about the community and its users? Linux does. And they help be without me paying them for their time.

    8. LOL I literally laughed at this point.

    You realize that the iPhone runs on FreeBSD, right?

    9. Fanboys != a good OS. Fanboys == people who need a life. Also, pointing out that apple users are closed minded doesn't prove your point.

    10. Yeah? My linux box is cheaper than your overpriced mac. And it does anything your mac can do about a thousand times better.

    11. Which is all that a mac is good for. Weighing down papers.

  63. Chris
    July 24, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I think if the truth be told, all computers suck and all os's suck, period. I've owned and built all kinds of computers and every single one of them eventually gave me some kind of problem. Windows pc, constant malware and also the constant nagging from less computer literate users to come over and fix their computers, My current mac, has a logic board sensor problem that kernel panics if the room isn't kept icy cold. And that's kernel panic--you need to restart your computer bs. Despite this, I'm getting another mac just because of the amount of mac specific software I use for my job. I've also used linux in several different flavors, preferred SUSE but to each his own. The problem with linux is that if you need specialized software, you might be limited... I know wine and crossover but some of the stuff I had couldn't run on it. All computers suck, they've all given me headaches when I'd rather not have to deal with it. When someone invents the computer that works as well as a tv--I think it's time for the article 10+1 Reasons Why I Think XXX Computer is Better Than YYY Computer. And seriously, who cares about the stupid os, I'm interested in the programs I can run.

  64. Anuubhav
    July 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Ahh.. PC vs. Mac - and we have everybody fighting as usual.
    I have a macbook - and a desktop PC running Vista Ultimate. I spend most of my time on the mac - and all of my work happens there - PC is used only for gaming - thats about it.

    I guess the only important point in the article was the fact that Mac users are Mac users because they WANT to. PC users just dont want the choice.

    I luv my MAC - have not rebooted it unless an update requires me too - have never had viruses - have never had performance issues - security issues - anything - has been working flawless for the last 3 years - and the last time i on my own will rebooted or switched it off was probably a month ago - just want to know - how many windows based PC's can achieve that???

  65. Anonymous
    July 1, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I really have to disagree with you. Mac OS X is a really good OS, but I have to say that Apple's hardware is both bloated and overpriced. $100 dollars for that extra Dual-Layer DVD Burner in the Mac Pro? I got mine for $30. $70 for a wireless mouse? My wireless mouse was $8.99.

  66. Pugz
    June 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Please stop dignifying this massively useless article with more comments... PLEASE

  67. DeathRow
    June 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Sorry, but I don't see why beauty and advertising make a better product. I like Macs (and Windows and Linux btw) but I wouldn't say they're better because of they have better ads...anyway, you forgot to mention of how PC's are better at gaming and are also a better option for developers. All in all, Macs are wonderful, solid machines, but when iTunes, Safari, QuickTime, MobileMe, and the iPhone and iPods work with PC, which also givs you the games and compatibility, why get a Mac? (not that I won't btw, ;D)

  68. techdude21
    June 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Oh and a little bit late but its "lots of viruses" not "lost of viruses" sorry about that as well.

  69. Techdude21
    June 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    *that still means* sorry about that typo.

  70. Techdude21
    June 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    OK, i think one thing is for sure, Macs cant beat Linux, but do you see Linux fans go around saying that every minute no! Mac users also cant be quiet and just make stupid comments about how they are safer then windows and your wasting time using a PC, in a recent hacking competition a mac yes a mac fell first, so even if it was the wireless card had third party software that means that still means mac is not the most secure operating system in the whole world, yes windows might have lost of "viruses" but so does mac, and Linux, and no not just "Adware" or "Spyware" but Worms, Trojans, and if this world had a higher number of ASM coders we might just witness the worlds first mac rootkit "i dont know if there is one for macs" or witness the return of self reproducing viruses, so don't try saying "oh macs are better then pc" because they don't get many viruses doesn't mean they are secure, if you do keep on buying macs, then we will see how the tables turn.

  71. Dan
    June 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    nothing against you man, I know I sounded a bit upset there, (and I was, a bit), I'm just so tired of all this crap about MAC, you pay twice the price for a system thats so hard to customize hardware-wise and really isn't any better than a PC, they both run Linux and firefox fine, and you dont need office, you can get openoffice, so even software is fine on PCs. All in all, Macs might look cooler *unless you shell out the extra 200 bucks to get a SWEET looking casemod/light setup* but that's the end of mac superiority. A lot of women say Prada bags are worth the extra 1000 bucks and can *back up* their reasons why, but to anyone who's not a fanboy (fangirl in that case), they look the exact same as anything else.

  72. Dan
    June 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Oh, this should be fun.

    I have a step by step followup to this post.

    1)Mac as a trendmaker, seriously? Ok good, your computer is better than mine because there are a bunch of fanboys out there screaming that it's better while wearing brightly colored pink tee shirts with an apple on them. Good point, one for you.

    2)Better advertisements. You know, I might be wrong trying to argue your logic, their advertisements surely are better; and well... let's face it, when I'm looking for a new gaming rig or just something to run a word processor on, first thing I do is look for the most pleasing commercial. God forbid you do some research beyond whether or not Justin Long is a reputable source of information on computers. 2 points for you, 0 me, man I'm losing.

    3) Mac can run Windows... Ok, another good point, your computer is better because it can run the stuff from my computer, so in essence, you can copy me, at first glance, it seems like I get a point here, but factoring in the 'trendsetting' and the 'advertisements', surely, you must run windows better, Justin Long says so. 3 for you.

    4)Mac can run for weeks without rebooting. Well, I don't know about that one, haven't tried leaving a mac on for weeks (well, I have, but I left it where I turned it on and didn't come back, it might still be running fine at the airport). I found out the hard way that leaving a computer on for a month is a bad idea, my PC ended up costing an extra 20 bucks when I first got it, because I didn't reboot or turn it off all month and my electric bill showed that fact(go personalized cooling systems!) I'm calling that one a tie because I feel bad for leaving a child's toy at an airport. Still 3 for you.

    5)Fewer virus problems. Point taken, you win this round.
    4 for you.

    5.5) Software takes longer to port to Mac systems. (you can say not anymore all you want, yes it does, stop deceiving yourselves) 1 for me! YAY

    6)Multi-touch technology aye?
    check this out,
    that was posted in 2007, you're behind the times.
    Also, go look up project natal if you haven't, you need to get in the loop, it's awesome.
    I think that should net me a point. 2 for me 4 for you.

    7)Best customer support. You know, they might, I wouldn't know, because anyone who claims to know enough about computers to make an honest to god judgment about which platform is better probably shouldn't need to call support... just saying.. I mean, they might also have a hell of a collections department, right? That would net you a point, but knowing if they do would take at least one away. Another tie I guess.

    8) Mac makes a better phone. Ok, another one that's true, but um.. I mean.. well... I feel kinda bad saying this because it's like yelling at a retarded kid for shitting on the floor but... I think I'll go play my 360 while you play monkeyball on your iPhone. Also, like 90% of people with iPhones are douches, I mean... just look at them. 3 for me, 4 for you.

    9)Apple creates fantastic users... ok, that seems a bit opinionated to me. I don't know though, that might be right, although when you call someone fantastic, it's usually synonymous with things like kind, nice, etc. While, this might be true, I'm going to have to go with the commercials stance on this. Microsoft shows off their products, Mac makes fun of Microsoft, fantastic. Sounds like you think bullies are fantastic, and what makes it extra sad is that it's a computer commercial, so he's not even a bully, he's an E-thug. I should really get 2 points for that, but I won't pat myself on the back too hard, just 1 more for me.

    4 and 4, and now for the final point.

    10)Macs are cheaper than PCs
    MAC (basic iMac from apples site)||PC (built it myself)
    2 Gigs RAM 4 gigs ram (46.99)
    320 gig hdd 640 gig hdd (74.99)
    Mouse (not wireless) Wireless mouse AND (below)
    Keyboard (basic qwerty) Wireless keyboard (24.99)
    20 inch monitor 20 inch monitor (124.99)

    Mac Site doesn't mention what processor it rocks, so I'll just assume middle of the line like everything else so far

    Standard processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    I lied, I went slightly above midline for PC, I want that little extra... and finally---

    Standard Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P
    ATX AMD Motherboard
    (109.99) with room for
    more RAM, etc, for upgrades later

    No tower, all bundled Any tower on
    in that cute monitor thing (around 29.99)

    Built in speakers CREATIVE INSPIRE T3100
    speakers (49.99)

    Built in power supply APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W
    Power Supply (19.99 after
    mail in rebate)

    lets tally it up shall we?

    MAC = $1,199 retail, free shipping
    PC = $671.91 retail, and that can run Crysis by the way.
    I don't feel bad taking a few points for that.

    Final tally, me 7, you 4.

    OH NO, I'm sorry. You have 5 points.

    11) Macs make better paperweights, you're right, you're absolutely right. 7-5.

    For anyone that's interested in a computer that DOESN'T say, I'M AN ELITIST DOUCHEBAG who cares more about product image than functionality, go to, build your own computer (or get someone to do it for you, it takes 30 minutes to build if you know what you're doing, a couple hours if you don't (they come with instructions).

    Best of luck fellows, happy gaming.

    • Nicbot
      June 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      @Dan: That was a good read. A bit long winded, but rightfully so I think. Simply hilarious!

      I think you subtly touched on the most important point to all of this...The debate or discussion over which is better between Mac and Windows is a very dated topic now. Still arguing over which is better should be an automatic -20 points imo. They both serve a purpose and both have their faults.

      Can't we all just *bit* along?

  73. sergemonster
    May 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Personally I will never buy an apple computer. At work we had to replace our Mac to a PC because the damn thing kept on crashing and in adddition no one knew how to fix it.

  74. reader
    May 17, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I just wanted to add that I also agree with most of the article except for #8.

    Generally this is a great article for those who are in the market for a new computer and want to compare Macs and Windows PC.
    Sorry but I just laugh at Windows users as they cry and complain about their constant Windows PC problems. Mac users are happy users. Period. Windows users have not tried Macs; if they did they will never go back to Windows. I have never had to re-install Mac OS X and never had a virus even though I don't run an antivirus program. On the other hand, when I used to run Windows, I had to re-install Windows every 6 months because it slowed down withing few days even though I had an antivirus program.
    The bottom line is Mac is a better quality computer than Windows. Period.

    • Rarst
      May 17, 2009 at 6:34 am

      never had a virus even though I don’t run an antivirus program

      Are you also crossing road with eyes closed because you was never hit by a car and feel safe?

      So... Apple. :)

    • Nicbot
      June 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

      @reader: hahahaha seriously?? Sorry, but your words are garbage and my flame fingers are bummed it took me a month to read this comment.

      "The bottom line is Mac is a better quality computer than Windows. Period."

      Wow, a novel could be written about this one remark.

  75. reader
    May 17, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I have been using computers since DOS (late 80s). I have used many different operating systems and I find that Windows operating systems are the worst as they crash far more than any other system and most vulnerable to viruses. Personally I will never ever buy a Windows computer ever again. I would only consider Mac and Linux.

  76. tipat
    May 15, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I kindhad the feeling that would end in a flame war.. lol
    I've never used a Mac, but i have a hackintosh, i use it because i just do, Mac's ain't better than windows, or windows ain't better than Mac.. it's just a matter of opinion

  77. sylv3rblade
    May 13, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Uhh.. Hello.
    The Mac IS a PC.

  78. sergemonster
    May 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I'm sorry but I had always dreamt of this moment. Karma back at you Mac for doing commercials in bad taste - i don't buy things to be cool. I won't let a Mac fanboy have the last word and compare an Imac to a possibly off the shelve noisy cheap computer of potentially 1000's of different models made - this is just not a good comparison. My dad used to buy $400 PCs that made that noise but that was his choice.

  79. Speed
    May 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    O.K. For all you people arguing, this is the way I look at it and correct me if I'm wrong. PC's - Great for gamers because pretty much all games are supported. Mac's - Great for music and movie developers. Linux (sounds weird plural) - For application developers/coders (this is probably where you'll correct me for I don't own one). I support the people who say each OS is chosen based on what the user needs it for. When I try to explain the difference between Windows and Mac (based on self experience so can't say Linux) is that they are pretty much opposites. I am a download freak so that meant many viruses for me on my XP and Vista even with the full on Norton (Thank G-D for Costco) but never a problem with Mac(Tiger and Leopard). I am a video gamer though which gave me only one choice, to buy Vista because many game programs don't support Mac. Even the little X to exit a window is on opposite sides! For price, I think they are both crazy. To have a fast computer that you can play great games on or have a lot of files on you would have to spend at least a couple thousand on it (I don't think anyone can argue with me on that). There are many more differences but I don't want to act like I'm taking sides. To tell you the truth though, I can't live without either of them.

    P.S. A good idea for another post would be to write about reasons an average person would want to get linux (and the best linux software to go with it as in unbutu or watever) or if an average person should even try linux.

  80. Dave
    May 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I'm a Mac user since the first 128K Mac in 1985. I also have a PC because some websites seem to write their code in Windows specific HTML that Apple Safari doesn't like which is annoying. I have never had a Mac crash, I have never had to reinstall any OS, I can clone the hard drive as a backup and run the clone as the start up disk externally via Firewire. Everything to do with the Mac OS is simple and obvious. Now my 20" iMac runs Windows as well and faster than my PC noisy box with multiple fans - I can't here any fan running on the Mac, quiet as a mouse.
    End of story.


  81. andrew
    May 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    This post completely obliterated my ability to ever place trust in another human being, thanks

  82. tsilence
    May 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    and for the record i use a windows pc 90 percent of the time, my mac is used only for design and music projects when i do them

  83. tsilence
    May 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I will agree that this was a very poorly written article that didnt list any facts...which is why it was listed as a opinion. From the responses I have seen, most of you dont know much about osx, last time i check its core system is based on unix or BSD to be exact. Linux users should know this. it offers most of the benefits that a linux user would like if you really wanted to get into osx. leopard is able to be install on a g4 ibook

  84. jakdedert
    May 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I'm out of here. I subscribed to this list a few weeks ago because something useful came up in a google search. Now I know the daily email contains little of daily use. This particular article just cements the decision.

    Grow up.

  85. Seth
    May 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Gee I was hoping someone would actually give a functional reason why they prefer MacOS. My mom likes it because she's got the money to afford it and only uses the pre-installed software so it's easy for her. She also refuses to use microwave ovens and only started using a cellphone a few years ago, but only because my grandmother was almost killed in a car accident and she wanted to be on top of things. She's a great woman, but not the person I turn to for tech advice.

    From the article:
    Multi-touch? Why would I want to get fingerprints on my screen?
    Run Multiple OSes? Haven't had a reason for that yet.
    iPhone? expensive, limited (unless you jailbreak it), can only run one thing at a time, can't change out the battery, just got cut and paste. Oh, but it's got multi-touch, so I need 2 fingers to zoom instead of one...

    I have no attachment to one OS or another, but I don't see a compelling reason to get a Mac.

  86. jake
    May 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

    the only reason Apple is the only one that uses Multi-touch is because Apple always threatens to sue if someone attempts to use it. my win laptop stays on for weeks also. my best friend's pc which is still on xp will stay has run for at least a month and a half before having to restart.

  87. ninja
    May 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Ubuntu sucks!! Mac has more drivers! and now right click!!
    Windoze rulz

  88. Will R
    May 13, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Ubuntu is much better than Mac, without a doubt. We're free. I look at every single point made that "Mac is Better than Vista" (which was a complete failure compared to Windows 7). Ubuntu is much better, without a doubt. There's a wonderful community with knowledgeable people, not Mac users asking "Why there's a black pointer on my screen".

    On another note, you can get a $500 PC Laptop, and it will have EXACTLY the same stats as a $2000 MacBook.

    Add Linux to a laptop, and you immediately get a $500 Mac. You can make Ubuntu look exactly like a Mac, or even make up your own design: it's much more customizable than Mac or PC will ever be.

  89. slvrnmph
    May 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Despite the note from the editor stating this article doesn't reflect the opinion of the editors, this is a pathetic excuse for an article and I thinkit sad they proceeded with publishing it. This is almost nothing but a fanboy rant. Goodbye make use of, I care not for reading the rantings of a mactard.

  90. Blinkozo
    May 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    The best thing about having a Mac with Windows installed on it is that I can hate myself for being both an elitist AND a Microsoft slave!

  91. Mac and PC User
    May 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    you forgot to mention that Mac's hold a much larger retail value. It's kind of like buying a Toyota or Honda, you know the price won't dramatically decrease once you leave the place you bought it from. I've sold many mac's for more than half the price that they originally cost, and they we're normally 5 years old. Actually, I just sold a 2002 iBook with a CD-ROM (no DVD) for $350 cash. PC's definitely can't do that.

  92. Another Angry Guy
    May 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Maybe I sound a little like a PC fanboy here, but you just lost my business. I've been reading this blog for almost a year now. Last post I'll ever read. NICE ONE.

  93. nicbot
    May 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm


    Jeffry Thurana gets the 'WTF?! YOU'RE FIRED' ribbon.

  94. Fred
    May 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    This A vs. B crap is boring. Use what you want, ignore these types of comparisons (i.e., pointless and a waste of time), and remember it's only a computer.

  95. Tim
    May 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Article doesn't belong on this site. It's essentially just flame-bait trolling.

  96. joe
    May 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    all of the points are either irrelevant (better advertising?) or incorrect (cheaper?!).

    this article seems like trollbait just to get more pageviews. i really but you just lost some of my respect.

  97. Asgaro
    May 12, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Putting it nicely: you, Jeffry Thurana, totally doesn't know what you're talking about!

    First I also wanted to comment on your 'undeniable reasons' but it seems the comments above me are sufficient already...

  98. Alexandre Plennevaux
    May 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I couldn't more agree with your point, but not so much for your arguments. Mac OS X Leopard simply brings user experience to a whole new level. It becomes transparent, you don't even notice you're actually interacting with a computer sometimes. I've just switched to mac after 18 years of hardcore windowing. I think Leopard set the mac as a clear winner. Before that, the wide availability of free software for PC was a killer argument. Nowadays, i don't care anymore.
    ( The story of my transition from pc to mac

  99. paul
    May 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

    The only reason you can't run OSX natively on a PC is because Apple is totalitarian about their os running only on Apple hardware. It is DESIGNED that way. This article is full of fail

  100. aoi_sora9x
    May 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

    @ Mac Fanatics out there: I know you love your Macs, so SHUT UP and keep you freaking opinions to yourself.


  101. Gonzalo Novoa
    May 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I just came here to see the flame war coming... I'm very neutral on this situation... I still prefer my pc over a mac and I still prefer my iPhone over other smartphones...

  102. StephenD
    May 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Isn't this banter back and forth about who has the better toys a little childish. It's like saying who makes a better truck Chevrolet, Ford or Dodge. They all have their good and bad points depending on what type of a user you are.

    • Haplo
      May 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

      Now you're just being silly, Mac VS PC is a perfectly reasonable topic, but everyone knows american cars (and trucks) just don't work. ;)

  103. geekamongus
    May 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Just curious, regarding point #5:
    If you don't have anti-virus running on your Mac how do you know you have never had a virus?

    I would caution that this notion of Macs being less prone to viruses should stop here and now (same goes for you, Ubuntu user). Just by mentioning it in your post rather than trying to inform every computer user of the dangers they face from email, internet, file sharing and the like you are perpetuating the dangerous belief which makes people think they are safe with a Mac.

    The problem with that is, most people associate viruses with malware and phishing, lumping them all together in the "big nasty" group. If people think they are safe because they have a Mac, they are less likely to be concerned about clicking the link in an email appearing to be from Citibank, leading them to a phishing site. Once you have been phished, it matters not what OS you are running, which is why phishing is becoming so popular.

    Additionally, many malware-infested web sites are now testing for Mac vulnerabilities. By perpetuating the notion of "Mac = Safe", you run the risk of making people think they shouldn't be very concerned about cyber security, and setting them up for being taken advantage of.

  104. JoeG
    May 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I'll give you the one "undeniable" reason I'll never own a MAC: security.

    When I can ( reset the root password with a key press at boot, all bets are off.

    At least with Windows, I have to use special software to reset the "root" (administrator, whatever) password.

  105. whytcolr
    May 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I've been on the fence about MakeUseOf lately. Every once in a while there'll be a gem of a tip about a nice utility or a cool service. But recently, we've been getting stuff like this article -- poorly researched facts and overloaded with opinion.

    Since others have already rebutted most of this article, I won't bother with a point by point.

    #10, though, really bugs me. I'm glad that the author's 2002 Mac still runs great. My 2002 PC also runs great. In 2002, you could get a 2GHz Pentium 4, and it wasn't terribly uncommon to have 512MB of RAM.

    It was a little slow when I upgraded to Vista, so I upgraded the RAM at the cost of $45. Since we've gone from XP to Vista, the total OS upgrade cost over the last 7 years has been $99. Total to get my 7 year old PC running Vista, well? $144.

    The 2002 Mac, however, has gone through 3 OS version upgrades. (Assuming that the 2002 Mac shipped with Jaguar -- which was released in August 2002.) So, Panther, Tiger, and Leopard at $130 each? I don't know if you need to update each time (can you go from Jaguar to Snow Leopard in one shot?), but even if you can, the cost of just one upgrade is about the same as I spent on RAM and Vista. In a worst case scenario, though, the author has spent $390ish on OS upgrades in the last 7 years.

    Combined with the price difference in 2002... Hey, wait a minute. The G4 800 iBook didn't come out until 2003... October of 2003 (and was $1100, with 256MB of RAM). Leopard requires 512MB minimum. Perhaps the author updated his RAM, too?

    To recap - the G4 iBook maxes out at 640MB, which'll cost $50. If the 30GB drive it came with isn't good enough, replace it for $60 -- better budget some time to replace it, though, because you'll have to disassemble the whole machine to do it.) PLUS, at least one $130 OS upgrade is necessary, though in 6 years, there's a good chance that more than once was purchased.

    (In May of 2003, you could get a Dell Inspiron 1100 for $900, with a 2Ghz processor, and 256MB of RAM. Upgrade to 1GB for $70, Vista for $99, maybe replace with 20GB HD with the same one as the iBook for $60 -- except you'll just need to unscrew 2 screws, pull the drive out and swap.)

  106. Alison
    May 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Mac is better because they're trendy and have slicker advertising? The words "gullible" and "fanboy" are somehow stuck in my head right now.

    Want to know why I love my Windows PC?

    I can customize it to my heart's content (and I do a lot of that). I can easily replace/upgrade any component I want.

    I get why some people love their Macs, I really do. But this article has to be the weakest pro-Mac argument ever.

  107. Windows Boy
    May 12, 2009 at 6:29 am

    MACs look good only in ads, not in real. No other OS can come close to Windows & Windows 7. I'm a PC & I hate Mac:)

  108. Amir
    May 12, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I like windows, but I am not a fanatic. Here is my response to your "undeniable" reasons:
    1. Apple is one of the almost-unrivalled worldwide trend makers
    So What? Microsoft would copy it soon after anyway :-)
    2. Macs produce better advertisements
    So What? I want a better product not a better creative designers in the ad department
    3. Mac can run Windows natively
    So What? Since I have no intention of running Mac OS I don't really care what Windows run. Since Apple is the smaller market share, it needs to allow Windows user to switch to it.
    4. Mac OS X can survive for weeks without the need of rebooting
    Hate to disappoint you. My Windows is also running for weeks without rebooting
    5. Mac OS X has no virus headache problems
    True - but that's because it has no users on it. If Apple would ever have the market share that Microsoft has then it may also suffer the same problem.
    6. Mac has multi-touch technology
    You have got a point there. I still don't see a good use for that, but it's a cool feature
    7. Support
    Good point. Microsoft support sucks. Luckily there are many Windows users and therefore you can google a solution to most problems.
    8. Mac makes better phone platform
    Good point. Don't know how that helps me on the PC though. Probably that's why I have an iPhone and not WinMo
    9. Fanatic users
    So What? I don't want to be a part of fanatic group
    10. Macs are cheaper than PCs
    11. Nice paperweight
    You are absolutely right there. This is the best reason to switch to mac

  109. StevenRKeller
    May 12, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I was the only Mac user in my company. Everyone else was a PC fan boys, really fanatics that users of Macs were somehow novices or less of power users than they were. Then one day I turned out a website in a couple of hours and did a few other things that caught someone's eye. One of the engineers aid, "Yeah, but you can't run AutoCAD on a Mac even on the Windows side". I took that as a challenge. We installed AutoCAD and gave it a try. Now everyone in the office either has a Mac or wants one. Everyone runs AutoCAD on their Mac's Windows side and secretly use the Mac side at home at night. We all agree that Vista runs better on a Mac and AutoCAD also runs better. Amazing how attitudes can change so quickly and how so many people drew incorrect conclusions about what a Mac can and can't do. True, it takes time to get used to any different software and an operating system is no different. It is perfectly OK to say that "I simply prefer what I am used to. " I respect that. But don't say something is better unless you've mastered both operating systems thoroughly and really know what you are talking about. Something isn't really better just because it is more familiar to you. As for the question why Mac users are so fanatical: We all learned on Windows then discovered Macs so we know the difference first hand. We got sick of waiting for the weekly bug fixes and virus definitions to download. We didn't like that Microsoft tries to dictate how things must be while Mac gives choices. I disagree that Windows machines allow individuality. Not really. With a Mac I run OSX, XP and Linux--simultaneously, toggling among the three.I can run nearly 100% of the software available for computers not just what is available on Windows. And they wonder why we like the Mac.

    • aoi_sora9x
      May 12, 2009 at 10:17 am

      or u can simply install XP and forget about MacOX in order to run all the applications.

    • Nicbot
      May 19, 2009 at 10:47 am

      @StevenRKeller: I agree with most of your points except for one big one...

      "We didn’t like that Microsoft tries to dictate how things must be while Mac gives choices."

      Are you kidding me?? You need to really think about this statement. Granted both platforms try to standardize and are guilty of some proprietary actions, but that's just the thing...both are guilty.

    • Michael
      October 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      You are totally correct AutoCad will totally run on the Windows side of a Mac. I have a friend who is an architect who switched to Mac for that very reason. He uses his Mac daily with AutoCad. He only uses the PC side for AutoCad and OSX for everything else because it is so much more reliable. Add in the automatic back-up capabilities of Time Machine and you have a winning platform!

  110. Peter
    May 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

    @Oz: thanks for voicing my thoughts exactly.

    Thought I was going to read some valid, quality-based points when seeing the title,but no...

    I've read some really great articles here on the site, so why now this dribble?

    Just a small contribution then too: I've worked with a MacBook at work for 6 months, and I've never encountered bigger crap in usability (now that is a topic the author should have covered).
    Had to be restarted (now we're in that area anyway) more times than Win95, and was actually happy to be laid off, so I could back to my customised & quirky WinXP :)

    Have worked with all Windows versions over the years, a number of Ubuntu ones, and OS X, and for all the eye candy of the latter: no thanks.

  111. Aibek
    May 12, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Hey Guys

    Calm down there! I agree we messed up the title on this one by not making it clear that it doesn't reflect the opinion of the site but only the author. Our bad.

    Otherwise, good post.

    • No
      May 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      quite possibly the worst article i have ever read at MUO.. i honestly thought it was a sarcastic pro-PC post until legitimate features started being added at point 6...what a waste of time

  112. saifmalhas
    May 12, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I've been a Windows user for 12 years, and I NEVER had a problem. I've also been using Linux for the last 5 years and it's been as good as Windows, even though it was a little harder at first but not recently. I enjoy using both. I use Windows for graphic design and Linux for Browsing the internet and developing PHP.

    I use Mac OSX at work and I should say it's a show off OS... It's cool when you first see it, specially if you come from XP to OSx, but not after using it for a while.

    It's nice to use all the Operating systems. I used OS2 and BeOS, I used many Linux distributions.. I also used FreeBSD and PC-BSD. It's always nice to try everything.

    As others said, this is a personal choice and this post should be in a personal blog.

    I unsubscribed from MUO feeds... not because I hate Macs actually I like them as I like PCs but I'm leaving because this is not the kind of posts I subscribed for.

    Regards to everyone,

  113. Wimm
    May 12, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I never read the comments but this time I knew it was going to be hilarious :)

  114. bruce
    May 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I am a PC user and I thought that the article made good points.
    I especially liked point #10. If a 2002 Mac can run the latest Mac OS that is great, even though I would like to see that. Someone commented that they have a 2002 PC that is running Windows 7...really? The older PCs cannot meet the min requirements.

  115. brain
    May 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

    sorry man, but this is just not a good article, and shouldn't be on this great site. I'm a mac user, and while I kind of agree with some of these, none are "undeniable". I don't subscribe to makeuseof for opinionated banter.

  116. sergemonster
    May 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Wow! The Editor should have saved this kid or was this just suicidal.

  117. StephenD
    May 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I think this article fails to point out one very good point. A Mac is really Linux under the hood.

  118. catester
    May 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Most of the items on this aren't reasons, they are opinions. That's fine with me; everyone is entitled to an opinion. But that's what they are and that's how you should be presenting them.

    The most ridiculous one on this list --- and I hear it again and again, not just on the list --- is that an Apple computer is great because it can run Windows.

    Next to the word "irony" in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Steve Jobs.

  119. Oz
    May 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm


    "1. Apple is one of the almost-unrivalled worldwide trend makers"

    Okay? I'm so very impressed that owning a mac will increase my cool factor. That certainly is the most important thing I look for when buying a computer.

    And, might I suggest wording it this way: "Apple is an almost unrivaled trend setter."

    "2. Macs produce better advertisements"

    Wait, what? Where exactly is the correlation between the quality of an advertisement and the quality of a product?

    And "Apple produces better advertisements," would better. Mac is a product, Apple is the company. And "produces", not "produce".

    "3. Mac can run Windows natively"

    Or, more properly, OS X won't run on anything but a mac. That being said, maybe you could elaborate on why you thought this went in the 'pro' column?

    "4. Mac OS X can survive for weeks without the need of rebooting"

    Yeah. So can windows. I've had vista run for nearly a month without a reboot before. And Linux can go much, much longer than either OS.

    And "Mac OS X can survive for weeks without needing a reboot," would be a better way to put that.

    "5. Mac OS X has no virus headache problems"

    Don't read much news do you?

    The only reason mac doesn't see as many viruses is because it's such a small part of the market share. To put it simply, there aren't enough mac users around to warrant going to the trouble.

    "6. Mac has multi-touch technology"

    Good for them. And I believe that's supposed to be "Apple" again.

    "7. Apple gives the customer the best support - survey said"

    And surveys are renowned for their complete and unimpeachable accuracy.

    And I think "Apple gives the best customer support." is a better wording. I'd drop the, "survey said," outright as it makes you sound like Richard Dawson.

    "8. Mac makes better phone platform"

    Wait...phones? I thought we were talking about computers?

    And, might I suggest: "Apple makes a better phone platform." Because, again, Mac is a product. Apple is the company. And adding the "a" helps the sentence actually sound coherent.

    "9. Apple creates really fanatic users"

    You don't have much experience with the open source community, do you? Try going on a Linux forum and posting this little article of yours and see what happens.

    And the word you're looking for is "fanatical". You missed a couple letters there.

    "10. Macs are cheaper than PCs"

    Allow me to quote you:

    "10+1 Undeniable Reasons Why Mac is Better Than PCs"

    "10. Macs are cheaper than PCs"

    "If you include the whole headaches and time wasted of trying to make the best out of both products, I think using Mac would turn out cheaper."

    Anyone else see a problem here? Your titles suggest facts. All you're presenting is questionable conjecture. And a PC with linux installed is far cheaper than a mac and, in my opinion, (notice how I said opinion, even though I believe it to be fact) far superior.

    "11. Mac is a nicer paperweight"

    Now you're just screwing with me...

    And it's "Macs are nicer paperweights".

    Sorry to be a grammar nazi but it looks like this thing was slapped together in about five minutes. I'm not even sure a spellcheck was run.

    MUO, where have your editorial standards gone? The writing is a mess, the "undeniable reasons" are quite deniable, and the whole thing just reeks of rampant mac fanboyism.

    My interest in this site has been in steady decline since I switched to Linux and I saw that hardly any of your articles now hold any relevance to me. I'm afraid this has pushed me over the edge. As others have said, RSS terminated.

  120. fasdfs
    May 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Silly post, poor points. What's next? Deleting this feed. Good job.

  121. DivinoAG
    May 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    After reading all the comments, I think the biggest mistake the author made was to underestimate his audience.

    I understand when someone decides to switch for a Mac, I honestly do. Mac users are usually people who are sick of to trying to understand how to make the computer do what they want, and want something that just works.

    And THAT is what Macs do better. They are simple and direct, and they hide much of what could be potentially harmful so that the user don't make mistakes from ignorance.

    However, this is a website dedicated to show people tools to make more specific and advanced things. It's a website for power-users. And as you can probably see from the website stats, even if there are a lot of Mac users here (and also many Linux users), I'll bet that the great majority is of Windows users.

    Windows is easier to bend (than OSX), so people like me prefer it, so we can make it do whatever we want. It can do anything Macs can and then some (anyone play games here?). So why would we want to change? So Windows is also easier to break, so what? If that was a problem, I wouldn't think of myself as a power-user.

    If you are going to try to convince your public that most of them are using the wrong tools, at the very least try not to offend our intelligence, and provide good arguments. Hint: "Your computer is also a fashion statement" doesn't cut it.

  122. MD
    May 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I'm going to add that the writer should have at least changed the title to "10 Reasons why I prefer the Mac" or something similar to avoid retribution from the knowledgeable community.


    • brain
      May 12, 2009 at 12:07 am

      100% agreement

  123. MD
    May 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Just to be fair with everyone, I like Mac and the PC too, even Linux (Ubuntu 9.04 is so awesome) but I think why everyone has various preference is because each OS are specifically/more into a specific set of roles. Like for example, Linux is great for server administration and plus its all open source. Microsoft has the wide variety of options as the article had said and Mac is designed so that everything just works perfectly with no configuration. If we're going to talk about reliability, I think all 3 major platforms should be more than enough.

    Microsoft getting more viruses than the other platforms? Well it's kind of obvious since its the more popular platform plus C++ Programming and Visual Basic SDK are released from Microsoft to the users.

    So basically, it really comes down to the 'learning curve' to really master the OS. So Mac would be the easiest one to use, Microsoft next and lastly Linux.

    The level of Geekiness between the platforms is that Linux comes first (hands down) Microsoft later then Mac last. I don't think anyone could argue with that.

  124. MazOrco
    May 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Like Mystech has said, unsuscribing RSS right now.

  125. Haplo
    May 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    On the serious side, this article has NOTHING to do on MUO. It belongs to a personal blog.

    Also undeniable.

  126. Casey
    May 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I'm surprised, I would never expect to see something like this on MUO. I guess I was wrong?

    1. So what? Why do I care?
    2. So what?
    3. The only reason that's true is because Apple won't allow Microsoft or anybody else to run Mac OS X on anything other than a Mac.
    4. Sure, but so can my Vista laptop. I don't even remember that last time I rebooted. It's been at least a month.
    5. That's only because Macs are so uncommon -- virus writers don't even bother. Similarly, software makers don't bother writing software for Macs, hence, the limited selection.
    6. Fair enough. I love my iPhone!
    7. Fair enough, although this is definitely debatable.
    8. So what? Why should I care when this discussion is about whether I should buy a Mac or Windows?
    9. So what?
    10. Macs are undeniably more expensive than similar Windows computers. Wait, your 2002 computer still works? Does that even matter, considering that you went out and bought a newer one anyway (as your article implies)?
    11. No, Mac laptops are supposedly lighter than anything else, and thus failing as a paperweight.

  127. gm
    May 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    "While trying not to exaggerate, I have to say that from the personal computer user’s point of view who uses both, one is clearly more superior than the other."

    If English is your first language then there's no doubt you probably don't know what you're talking about . . . "more superior" sheesh!!

  128. w_boodle
    May 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Apple has an Orwellian mindset. Until that changes, they will never be the better choice for anything I use.

    As to this MUO article ... perhaps Jeffry is trying to drive his page views/reader comments up. Style over substance Jeffery. It's insidious.

  129. Jonathan
    May 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    This was a horrible article. And how is #4 a reason that a Mac is better than a PC? The fact that a PC operating system (Windows or Linux) is capable of running on Mac-made hardware, but Apple actually cripples OS X so that it won't run on anything EXCEPT their hardware and that's an advantage to Apple?

  130. RNail
    May 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Only 7 and 8 even make sense. Apple does have great customer service but their "genuises" arent really all that genuis. And they do make the best phone, albeit a bit expensively.

    All the other points are pretty lame. Let me first state that I feel apple makes a fantastic product and they are a great company. I am no windows fanboy although windows 7 is nice step in the right direction.

    I could care less about commercials and what not. And no, the touch isnt that cool. What it means is that your too lazy to press a button which shows the next picture, or your to lazy to press a button that rotates a picture. To be honest I feel my iphone would be light years better with a slide out keyboard to compliment the touchscreen... The multi touch isnt worth the price increase it imposes on the user.

    No macs are not cheaper, most every piece of expensive software has a counterpart that is free and works as good or better. For instance, Infranburn is a thousand times better than Nero. I can build an up and a good running windows pc with every piece of software I need for under 500 - 600 bucks. Apple cant offer that, period. In fact for a while at work I was running windows xp on a very very old pentium three and it actually ran pretty damn good before the motherboard died out just last month.

    And macs have viruses, in fact Safari was cracked within seconds at pwn2own, faster than any other browser. The only reason Mac doesnt have virus problems is because they are only 9.3% market penetration. Its like saying someone should move to some po-dunk little town in the middle of new Mexico because they dont have terrorist problems. Its not because they have a police force full of rambo's, its because they arent a big enough target...

    Ill honestly say that if Steve Jobs would allow me to just buy his OS and throw it on my lenovo laptop I probably would try it out. But Im not going to spend a primo price for the hardware, it just isnt worth it. Like I said I think they make a damn good product, I love my iphone, its tough as nails and works awesome it just needs a slide out keyboard :)

    • Michael
      October 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      Hey now, don't hate on New Mexico. LOL Seriously though it is nice to hear that someone realizes that we are a state.

      As a Mac user I have to say the original arguments above are a bit lame. In addition the original article was a lot of fluff, advertising and such don't make a better product. Yes it's true the virus argument doesn't totally hold water as the market share of Apple is much smaller than all the computers running Windows so hackers really don't try to write viruses for Macs as much. But the unix based OSX is very stable and dependable, and I think the value of having two computers for the price of one makes the Mac less expensive than a pc. Plus in price most people compare apples to oranges. Can you get a PC laptop for $200-$300? Yes, but you get what you pay for. Can you buy an Apple laptop for under $1000? Yes, if you don't mind buying refurbished from Apple (comes with a warranty) you can get really great deals on Apple laptops. Plus the MacMini is available for around $500. (true you have to supply your own keyboard, mouse, and monitor but it shows that Apple is trying to make less expensive computers) The thing about Apple is they only make professional grade equipment because they feel that everyone deserves a computer that just works, right out of the box!

      Also I like the argument about ease of use with less hassles. My father who has a top of the line Dell with Windows XP (which I will admit is decent) has nothing but problems, virus updates, and software updates and crap every day so he has a hard time being productive. Also his Explorer is constantly crapping out on him as well, since he updated to the new version. Also it should be pointed out that his Dell at $2500 was way more expensive than my MacBook which I bought refurbished for $800. Heck it was even more expensive than my iMac which I paid $1600.

      I on the other hand use a G3 from 1999 running the latest OSX and a newer iMac and a MacBook all running the latest OSX and they are virtually problem free. (in all fairness they are computers so I can't say they are 100% problem free) The only problem I have is when running Entourage, which is Microsoft's email application for OSX. The newest version from Office 2008 is constantly freezing up and quitting on me. I do have to say that I like the Office 2008 suite, but think that Apple is not too far behind with their iWork applications which cost a fraction of what Office costs. Plus with the Mac you get the iLife suite FREE which is amazing in helping to organize everything about your personal life (actually as a professional designer/fine artist I have used some of the software in a professional capacity). Also Apple (unlike Microsoft) has made Safari, iTunes, the iPod, and iPhone all compatible with PCs. Yes they don't make the OS as open mainly because they experimented with Mac clones in the mid-nineties and it nearly killed the company they didn't want to be just a software company. Also they have to give Microsoft versions of their OS otherwise MS wouldn't be able to write OSX versions of Office! And back in the beginning of the MS/Apple wars it is common knowledge that Bill Gates stole technology from Apple to help create the first Windows OS and Microsoft has been copying Apple ever since. I think the Mac is far superior in dependability and ease of use to the PC. That's from someone who started life on a Commadore 64 and used PCs all through college. It wasn't until I started my first job in 1994 that I used my first Mac and I have never looked back. I still have to use PCs from time to time and while they aren't bad, the experience is just not as pleasant, and you should be able to enjoy work.

      But hey whatever, I can't believe I just wasted and hour writing this when I should be working. LOL Hopefully you PC guys won't totally take offense to what I have said, but I am sure that you will. :-) Also I apologize for the crappy grammar, don't have time to edit as I have to go back to work. Peace!

  131. Rarst
    May 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    1. Personally I find Apple input to worldwide design trends highly overestimated.
    2. Should advertisement only be a factor by which people choose computer?
    3. Watch world of PC users so don't care if they can run MacOS.
    4. I think longest for my WinXP was something close to four months without reboot. I am messing with lot of software so I do need to reboot at times.
    5. It will (when it will climb out of little niche corner where it isn't interesting to malware makers).
    6. Don't see touchpad on my desktop. And don't need one.
    7. No experience here, no comment.
    8. What this has to do with computers?
    9. True. What this has to do with computers?
    10. Critically missing facts to back this up.
    11. True. What this has to do with computers?

    These arguments are very far from undeniable truth. Closer to... meh. :)

  132. cheetah
    May 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    mac is better than PC because they produce better advertisements ? wow! really ?

  133. Victor Vasconcelos
    May 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    1, 2, 8, 9, 11 are pure bullcrap I don't even need to explain why.

    As for 7, I can't stress how many posts I've seen on how Apple's tech support is terrible and how the people who work there know nothing about computers.

  134. Peter
    May 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    While I'm not going to contest the majority of these, I will call out #3 and #10. I have a PC from 2002 that runs Windows 7 w/ no major issues. And regarding the fact that Windows runs on a Mac, but not Mac OS on anything not made by Apple I just don't see that as a major win. I see that as locking you in to Apple hardware. It says quite a bit that Windows will run on a Mac, but Mac takes a lot of work to get it to run anywhere else.

    I'll admit that the ads are better and that they tend to set some pretty good trends, but will not say that the iPhone is the best phone around or even that iPods are the best MP3 players. They are by far among the most popular, but popular does not equal the best. (sadly)

    As for #5 - of course it doesn't have as many viruses. Virus writers target the majority. OSX has maybe 10% world market share. Significant, but not enough to compare to the 80+% that is Windows.

    I'll definitely concede #9 - Apple has extremely fanatic fanboys. Try to point out something that a PC does better and you're generally shouted down. Point out that could be improved with anything Apple-related and get the same response.

    I was really hoping for something more along the lines of "good, solid, technical reasons why you should consider using a Mac over a PC". This article was not even close. Ads, trends, fanboys do not make me want to rush out and get a Mac.

  135. senorm
    May 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    this post must be a joke.... not only is half of the "facts" simply wrong (especially if you include windows7), but most of the arguments are completely irrelevant for users....

  136. Mystech
    May 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Oh, MakeUse, did you really need comments and traffic so bad that you felt the need to engage in this sort of pathetic trolling? Sad, truly, sad. Unsubscribing RSS in three, two, one...

    • aoi_sora9x
      May 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

      I do agree that this is one of the WORST post on so far...

      really, I dont see as many "why are PCs better than Macs" as "Why are Macs better than PCs". Does it prove anything?

  137. DivinoAG
    May 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Hum... even if I give you the benefit of the doubt and consider that this is not just another fanboy-ish post, I'll still need to argue on a few points.

    1. True, no doubt.

    2. It explains the first one, so it really is just one point.

    3. I'm would like to call this one bogus, since I have seen more detailed tests putting Macs vs. PCs against each other, and PCs have always won, but I'll have to let it slide since I'm unable to find the link for those. But from personal experience (I'm a graphic designer who have used both for work), PCs are undeniably faster.

    But yes, it does run Windows natively. Of course, if Apple didn't hold their cards so close to their chests, people would be able to do the same on the other side of the fence, since the ability to run multiple OSes have always been there on Windows. This is a positive point to Microsoft, not Apple.

    4. I rebooted my Vista machine 3 weeks ago because of some updates, and it was up for 6 weeks straight prior to that. Never heard of anyone do the same with Macs (other than yourself), and even heard the Mac technician that my boss calls for maintenance here at work say that Macs need to be rebooted twice a day to work properly. I never really trusted him, but still.

    5. Comes with the territory of making something more open then the "one company to rule them all" Apple philosophy, but still true.

    6. Also true... but know Windows 7 has something more advanced than what the OSX has to offer (as far as the desktop goes).

    7. I prefer DIY-computers, so I can't say anything about that.

    8. Better than Windows Mobile? Sure. The best of all? I'm holding my conclusions about that for when the Palm Pré gets released.

    9. That's not really a "pro". People that treat a computer company, which only intention is to get more money, as a religion is a very negative point for me. One of the major issues I have to avoid using Apple products (other than my iPod) is to stay away from people like that.

    But not only that, I do prefer to use Windows. That are far to many things that annoy me on OSX to ever consider making the switch, and not even close to enough advantages. So the argument that people use Windows because they simply need to is just something Mac users say to themselves to fell better. One of those "they are just not enlightened yet" BS that I hate to much.

    10. Excuse me, what? Are you joking? I put a new PC together in 4 hours a few months ago, from the time it took to open the case and put everything inside, to install the last driver and make sure it was all running; it would be considerably faster if I had got an fully-assembled PC. Headaches come from inexperience, and I see my coworkers having headaches on their macs everyday. The experience might have been better for you on a Mac, but to claim that this makes the platform cheaper is simply untrue.

    11. Yeah, they might be nice, but as a designer I don't really buy into the concept of "a round-cornered box as a solution for all design problems" Apple seems to have. There are very nice-looking PCs out there, but since there are more than one company making PCs, there is more than one place you need to look for them.

    The problem I have with the whole discussion is the idea that are either Apple fanboys or Apple haters. Can't people just use their Macs as the tool it actually is instead of preaching its supposed superiority? Can't I prefer to use my PC because of my personal choices without being labeled as "the enemy"?

    Is it possible for someone to make the switch and not go instantly into fanboy-semi-religious-mode, gloating about the advantages and sweeping the weaknesses under the mat? If I tell you that I have an experience just as good on my Vista machine as you have on your Mac (for much less money, BTW), what argument can you present to make me believe Macs are better? What can you do on your Mac that I cannot on my PC? Because I know for a fact that there are plenty I can, that you cannot. Which is why I'm staying where I am.

  138. Jono
    May 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Honestly, this is one of the worst articles I have read here on, and that's saying a lot. The writer of this article uses barely any REAL evidence to back up their points and basically just spews propaganda. I personally have nothing against Apple, and enjoy both Vista AND OSX, but you've got to be kidding me. There are maybe 2 valid points out of the total 11 reasons, which is pretty abysmal... sorry.

  139. WoodEngineer
    May 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    That was appalling... My rebuttal..
    1: Who cares if someone makes up a trend? That means nothing when I'm buying a PC
    2:See #1
    3:Urm the licensing prohibits OSX from being used on a normal's quite unfortunate that apple has to be so draconian about it (this is a plus for PCs if anything because I can use windows or linux or anything I damn well want)
    4: So can linux, I run vista (as well as linux) and don't ever reboot it, that point was usable 10 years ago but your living in the past.
    5: Actually yes it does, not heard about the Mac botnets? Linux is safer.
    6: HP computers have multitouch as do panasonic meh?
    7: They give you the best support because you PAY for the support when you buy the mac, if I pay for it with a PC purchase I'll get the same level.
    8: That has nothing to do with a computer at all. (I'd rather have an N95 I found my Iphone to be pretty craptastic
    9: So does linux..the open source community is far more fanatical
    10: If i build my own PC (which I always do) using I can produce a much cheaper PC with the same or better some research

    This is the worst post in the HISTORY of makeuseof you sir have shown your ignorance and Mac Fanboism.

  140. Alek Davis
    May 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Here are my 2 cents.

    1. Apple is one of the almost-unrivalled worldwide trend makers
    Apple is a trend maker, okay, but how does this make Mac better than PC? I'm afraid you're confusing company image with the product.
    2. Macs produce better advertisements
    Again, you're confusing marketing with the product.
    3. Mac can run Windows natively
    So can Windows. :-) Okay, I understand your point, but as a PC user, I have no need to run Mac OS. You would only want to run Windows on Mac if you have a Windows-only program that you cannot substitute with a Mac alternative, and this is not a problem that a typical PC user has.
    4. Mac OS X can survive for weeks without the need of rebooting
    So do Windows.
    5. Mac OS X has no virus headache problems
    Well, by the same token, I can say that I'm "better" than, say, Brad Pitt because I have no paparazzi headache problems; this is the price you pay for popularity.
    6. Mac has multi-touch technology
    I didn't realize I needed this...
    7. Apple gives the customer the best support - survey said
    8. Mac makes better phone platform
    I don't own an iPhone, and I do not use the "smart" feature of my smart phone, but based on what I heard from others, iPhone sucks when it comes to syncing data with Outlook.
    9. Apple creates really fanatic users
    Did you mean "fanatics"?
    10. Macs are cheaper than PCs
    Oh, please...

    Seriously, I do appreciate Apple's contribution to design in everything from computers to phones, media players, etc, but I'm not willing to pay the premium for the coolness factor. On the other hand, I'm glad for Mac users you enjoy their computing experience.

    See also: Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 8:25 pm

      At the end, everything does go back to each user's preferences.

      • DivinoAG
        May 11, 2009 at 9:47 pm

        Yes, it does. However, you do realize that this observation renders you entire original post moot, don't you?

        There is no "undeniable reason" to anything you said before, and therefore your original post was nothing more than a fanboy claim of superiority, because it was just you calling your personal preferences as inalienable truth.

        Sorry if I might sound harsh, but that is exactly why point #9 is the worst thing about Mac fanboys: the apparent inability to separate opinions from facts.

        • nicbot
          May 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

          Nailed it Divino!

      • MK
        May 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm

        "At the end, everything does go back to each user’s preferences."

        OMG, that is the lamest counter comment I have ever read on the Internet.

    • erik
      May 12, 2009 at 6:23 am

      I can only second that.

  141. Dave
    May 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    this is by far the worst attempt to assess the varied merrits of the "Mac V.s PC" debate.

    there are two valid points in this whole thing, Multi-touch: it's a brilliantly intuative, useful and genuinely cool idea brilliantly executed, well done Apple, multi-touch is awesome! and the final point about the flexability of the P.C. which is for me the clincher.

    thats it, the rest is garbage

  142. Haplo
    May 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I smell a fanboy.

    That's "undeniable".

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

      More like "unavoidable". LOL.

  143. Tim Thraeryn
    May 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    The first two points basically combine to Apple being a better salesman than PCs.

    Wait. There's not one unified company that is the "face" of the PC world, is there? Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, Microsoft, MSI, HP, IBM, Toshiba, Acer. . . .

    Anyway, that's the point I wanted to refute. Others are refuting other points, which gives lie to the idea that your reasons are "undeniable".

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      Wait, I think the best salesman would be: Microsoft. While each and every PC company compete against each other, Microsoft sells it's OS to each and every one of them. Even some of Mac users install Windows on their machines.


  144. Nick
    May 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    As a one-year old Mac user (after using Windows for 15+ years), I have to say that I also think that there's a heck of a lot of GOOD cheap software available for the Mac. On a PC it seemed like I could only find buggy, wonky crapware. Thanks to some great "Deal of the Day" software sites, I've found some amazing software at really great prices.

    • nicbot
      May 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm

      @Nick; Are you kidding me?? I agree there is a lot of great in expensive software for Mac, but there is TONS of great software for Windows too...let alone freeware.

      I mean what about *nux??

      For me, I choose Windows for the options since I'm a bit of a freeware junkie :) After that it's Mint or Ubuntu. OS X is pretty and cool, but just not for -->my<-- everyday use.

      I'm not gonna dog on either platform, but from the tone of this article it sounds like what the writer is most concerned with more than anything is getting looks while sitting in his local coffee shop...hardly MakeUseOf worthy IMHO.

    • olly
      December 13, 2009 at 2:07 am

      I agree with Nick. When ever i have needed a certain program to perform a certain task you will always find one. Most of the time they are good quality applications too.

  145. ern
    May 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I'll give you 1 and 2, but neither has anything to do with the actual computer, so why is it on the list?

    3: I don't know what you mean "natively." The only reason you can't simply install OSX on a PC is because Apple won't let you. It's because Apple's system is closed. It has nothing to do with the PC.

    4: So does my linux box. So does my XP boy and my Vista box. I haven't rebooted any of them for at least two months.

    5: No virus headaches? I'll tell that to my neighbor whose Mac died the other week from a virus. He'll laugh.

    6: many people have tablet PCs? On those, multitouch is nice enough, but it's pointless on the iPhone. And it's available on other platforms as well, including a few Windows tablet PCs. Do your homework.

    7: Apple has been rated high in customer service. Good for them. But that hasn't always been the case. As recently as three years ago, it had abysmal customer service ratings.

    8: "Mac" doesn't make a phone. Apple does. Again, this has nothing to do with the computer, so why is it on the list?

    9: You think this is a positive? Are you crazy? Oh, wait...

    10: Nice try. You go out of your way to try to argue that PCs are more expensive, but the reality is quite different. PCs running Windows are, on average, 20-25% cheaper than equivalent Macs. As for longevity, the most recent study I saw gave Macs an average life of 30 months, compared to 39 months for PCs. Linux machines, on the other hand, lasted over 60 months. Goes to show.

    11: Uh, yeah, you're crazy.

    There is no better-than for computers. They all do just about everything you'd want them to do. Macs aren't better than PCs. PCs aren't better than Macs. They're computers. I've never seen PC users get so attached to their systems. They don't see them as a cultural statement. A PC is a tool. Mac users tend to invest their choice of system with all this crazy metatextual crap. It's just a computer.

    You're obviously not all that knowledgeable about PCs. That's fine: you prefer Macs. But these "better than" lists usually do nothing more than reveal the ignorance of the writer. Use a Mac if you want. I've got two of them. I use them all the time. But they're not better than PCs. They're just different, just as Linux is different.

    "Undeniable"... wow. Get over your delusions, and just use your computer.

    • Haplo
      May 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      11. Metatextual crap.

      You actually mean metrosexual. And that's also undeniable.

      • Achro
        October 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

        ^, big words much, he means what he said, please next time at least research before posting as you come out not looking ignorant just a plain old fashioned idiot.

    • kyle
      May 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

      your attempt at a response is so pathetic it doesnt even deserve a response. you can tell you pushing that argument. stop being a whinny pc idiot. and yes, i realize i didnt do any grammar, cap, etc...why? its not worth it

    • nicbot
      May 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      @ern: I was about to leave a lengthy reply, but you hit the nail on the head.

      Also, I think the title for this article should read more like "7ish+1 Reasons Why I (Mac fanboy) Consider Mac Better Than -->Windows<--! Come on dude, the title alone is an admission of technical ignorance. Who proofs this stuff??

    • nayan
      May 13, 2009 at 10:56 am

      to ern:
      I was about to unload after scanning the article but reading your reply, I don't see how I can't add anything else.

      to all Mac-boys-and-girls:
      if you are going to trash something (and I mean try to) first make sure you know what you are taking about. It offends me when there's no solid argument but somehow "boys-and-girls" feel like anything goes.
      If you can't find a good software for PC - you are looking in the wrong place and clearly lazy, BUT if you LIKE Mac's tools and software better then it's completely different story and it doesn't relate to PC being worse in anyway than Mac. Again, plase have a good argument.
      As for viruses, in my personal opinion, which doesn't reflect anyone elses views, but I think the only reason Mac has LESS viruses written for the OS, because nobody really cares that much. As far as the better-worse war, it's dumb just as it was said - both are tools and nothing more, it became a pop-culture to praise Mac and trash PC.

      • Dennis
        October 18, 2009 at 12:47 am

        Have you tried Windoze Vista, it is not a tool, it is crap. I actually think XP is OK but prefer Mac and Linux (Ubuntu distro but hear Debian is better). Vista is the best thing that has ever happened to Mac and Linux. It made me go back to Mac and load Ubuntu on Vista PC I had. Vista is the most annoying and frustrating OS I have used and I have used many in my 30+ years of using computers (Mainframes (IBM and DEC) and desktops.

    • Jay
      May 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

      I use MS, Linux, and Macs. Almost all of you sound like people who follow the political party that their parents and friend follow. You really have no experience or knowledge of what you are talking about. Really I don't care, but ern, you have to be lying about your buddy getting a virus, most likely, just another stupid user. Anyway I have a great interest in all these reports of virus' on Mac and Linux, I have offered $1,000 many times to groups and even BSers like ern and never has anyone come through.

      If your pal did in dead deal with a virus, I would like to know the damage and even get the virus to me. I am sure you will not come through, but I thought I might throw it out there anyway.

    • .
      August 23, 2009 at 7:04 am

      ive had a mac for 7 years and my pc crashed after 2 years....

      • Jay
        January 3, 2010 at 6:16 am

        My neighbor's Mac mini's harddrive failed after 9 DAYS of use. Then he got a MacBook Pro. He returned it because there was no right click. Ironic

  146. BaggyDave
    May 11, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Sorry but this smells fan boy upset by stupid fights over who is best, you simply use what you prefer. Personally Linux wipes the floor with both so I guess it is better ? <--- yep as flawed as all of the above points but hey what thet heck might as well join in with the rest of the Fan Boys !!!!

    Oh and point 2 hehehehe sad sad sad ( I mean Mc Donalds make good adverts hardly means the food is any good )

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

      It does sound like that, doesn't it? LOL. But it's mentioned at the closing part that "At the end, the users will choose whatever product to use based on whatever reasons they have."

      I also use Linux (mine's Ubuntu) and I think that Linux-es have many stronger points compared to others (especially at the price part :)). But at this moment, I can't help but notice that most layman-level computer users still think than Linux-es are difficult and prefer the "familiar one".

      It's the mindset which has to be changed.

  147. Dustin
    May 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    macs are for people that cant count their fingers and toes

    • triclops200
      May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

      I agree!

    • ann
      May 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

      macs are worshipped...

      pcs are handled...

      • bigboi28
        June 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

        yeah, manhandled.

    • tmelsh
      November 30, 2009 at 1:38 am

      I have had Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition for over a year and have not really needed to perform much maintenance. I never really understood the severe animosity towards Windows Vista. It has added a variety of features that I find very useful (such as search...which basically a copy of spotlight), and I really enjoy the graphical upgrade. Vista had some issues in the very beginning, but what OS doesn't? I recall that Snow Leopard had some issues itself at launch. Same goes for XP at launch.

      Please note, I'm not bashing Mac. Macs are great machines, and fill a certain market impeccably. I personally feel, however, that one is paying a considerable amount for aesthetic value, but there is certainly no such thing as a "low end" Mac either.

    • Phil
      December 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      Are you an IT Tech? I am and i have to say i prefer windows to Mac. While i like the concept of Mac i believe it's poorly executed and horribly miss-represented as being the best choice. When it comes to Macs you HAVE to be certified to repair them, you HAVE to be qualified to even open them or you void your warranty, however this certification is so expensive it's not in the realm of possibilities for most people

  148. Mike
    May 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I have to counter point 10 with the fact that I do have a PC from 2002 that was reasonably priced and runs Vista absolutely fine, granted a little slow of course. Also, I do not see how better advertising makes a better product.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

      Better advertising does not create better product. Maybe it has been said in the wrong way, sorry, but what the article want to say is the advertising part of Mac is better.

      • WoodEngineer
        May 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

        Oh come on you could at least have some sense of how to write a sentence.

    • Dennis
      October 18, 2009 at 12:32 am

      A little slow, are you kidding, what the F__K are you comparing it to, a snail? Windoze Vista is pathetic and a total failure, even Ballmer said it was.

      • Nick
        December 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm

        I got a relatively cheap laptop (under $500, 1.9GHz, 1GB RAM thats now 3GB) vista laptop when vista first came and it has always run vista well, with very few problems. I had to do an "in-place" install to repair it after _I_ (not vista's fault, I purposely changed some system files...) messed it up, and it worked perfectly. Microsoft even gave me a free vista DVD over their amazing customer support. I'm no M$ fan, but have seen them as a better company then most make them out to be since then.

  149. Ian H.
    May 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    While it may fall under your counterpoint, I think a lot of the reason people choose PCs (when they have a choice, as you point out), it's for the individualization. I know I have far more choices that make my computer /mine/ with Windows PCs than if I were to go with Apple.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

      Yes, "individualization" (or maybe better term is "personalization") is a good point. Thanks for mentioning it.

  150. Dim
    May 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    As I'm an Ubuntu user it's strange to read "PC" as something that is equal to "Vista".

    I use a PC, but my Ubuntu-powered computer is immune to viruses, can run Windows natively (but I don't want to), I can use it without reboots even longer. Also Linux is a better phone platform (Android, Palm Pre and many other phones and devices have Linux kernel inside). Ubuntu also creates really fanatic users. As I don't have any headaches with my Ubuntu, my Ubuntu PC is cheaper than any Mac or Windows PC, not even mentioning that Ubuntu is free of charge.

    As a user, I don't care about advertising. Ubuntu's Canonical is a trend maker too.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      I also use Ubuntu "Hardy Heron". And it's mentioned in the closing "If you want a good personal computer with an affordable buying price you can buy a PC and install Linux on it"

    • Dennis
      October 18, 2009 at 12:29 am

      I started using Ubuntu also and really love it. I even loaded a really old PC (Pentium 4, 1 B RAM, and 40GB HDD) and it brought this PC back to life and would much rather use this than any Windoze Vista machine. No more getting screwed by Microshaft for me. One other thing is that it come with OpenOffice for free and it is compatible with M$ Office. I need to learn more about it like how to run Windows natively, did not know this was possible.

      • cris
        November 27, 2009 at 1:24 am

        Use Virtualbox for linux and run different OS.