The decision to invest in an expensive Apple laptop could be one of the most important ones you make this year.
Apple is large and in charge. In one decade, innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, and MacBook Air have brought the company out of the haze of obscurity in planted it firmly in the center of the consumer electronics stage.It has become the number one technology company in the world, and the leading seller of PCs (not to be confused with Windows PCs, of course.) Hardly anyone thinks twice about buying a Mac these days, when not so long ago, the question of Mac vs PC was a hot button topic of debate for many good reasons.
First, Macs are expensive. That’s the truth. They tend to cost more as an outright purchase than their non-Mac counterparts, although many will argue that the cost of ownership of a Mac makes it more affordable over time than less expensive but more cheaply designed products from its competitors.
Non-mac PCs tend to grow faster, though. They get the faster processors sooner, and the most current discreet graphics. They are generally more upgradable than Macs, and if you have your heart set on a gaming rig, no Mac is going to cut the mustard. There are plenty of perfectly acceptable games you can play on a Mac, but they don’t tend to be the big ones. For gamers, an Alienware Laptop , or a custom built one, is still the best choice.
What about business?
Macs are far more compatible now in terms of network compatibility and software support than they once were, but there are still certain things that are best accomplished with a Windows PC – especially financial apps, payroll programs, and billing and invoicing systems. There’s a good reason why you can walk into a typical firm and find Macs all around the creative and marketing departments, but non Macs on the desks of business and administrative executives, or accountants.
As far as creative goes, many people involved in graphic design prefer a Mac laptop. In fact, most do. Reasons cited for this preference tend to center around a Mac’s capability to offer true color matching within Adobe CS suite programs used to create print and Web documents. Web developers, however, often prefer not to use a Mac because of a lack of good coding applications and HTML editors, and clunky FTP.
Ultimately, your decision to buy a Mac laptop like the expensive Macbook Pro or a less expensive Windows powered laptop depends on your personal and professional preferences. But if you are looking for hardware that is well designed and built to last and don’t mind being upstaged daily by the latest and greatest new processors, a Macbook Pro is the way to go.
Melonie McLaurin is a technology blogger. In her spare time, she likes to check out the DirecTV Channel guide on her Android app to watch movies on the go.