Moving from Windows to Mac, pros and cons

Moving from Windows to Mac, pros and cons

If you’re replacing a new computer and you’re thinking of changing to something completely new, then there’s a lot to consider. If you’re thinking of going with Mac as opposed to Windows, then there’s more money involved, so you need to think it through carefully. There are advantages and disadvantages to both Windows and Mac so you need to weigh up which one you think is best for you. You’ll also need to take into consideration which devices you use, for instance if you use Xbox, a Windows Phone or an android tablet, then it may be better for you to stick with Windows.

However, if you have a lot of other hand held IT devices, such as iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, then you may be better off investing in a Mac. However, it is feasible to manage a mixed environment of both Windows and Mac devices, and it’s easy enough to share data across each one, so you may find that it doesn’t really matter which one you go with.

So now we’ve covered the device conundrum, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Mac and Windows.

Macs – Advantages

  • Macs work much better with other Apple products with regards to software, Microsoft have attempted to copy this but they’ve not been as successful. Things such as iCloud, iPhone, iCloud drive.
  • Macs are much easier to use than Windows
  • Malware and virus threats are significantly lower than with Windows
  • Macs have pre-installed software which are only from Apple, so your system isn’t bogged down with bloatware
  • Apple come with great customer support
  • They’re also very sleek and they look good – and this is what you’re paying for
  • Yes, they are more expensive, but their resale value is higher than PCs
  • When you buy a Mac, you know you’re getting a high quality computer, and their customer satisfaction rates are extremely high
  • They have innovative features which get consistently better each year
  • They can read certain formatted drives such as FAT and NTS, but Windows can’t read Mac formatted drives, not unless you install a 3rd party programme.

PCs advantages

  • PCs are by and large, manufactured by lots of different companies which means you get variation on price, with Apple the choices are less and the prices are set
  • PCs can be configured easier and are more up-gradable. With a Mac you can only upgrade the RAM or the hard drive
  • There’s a lot more software available for Windows
  • They may also be more compatible – an old PC can run the latest Windows system, but an old Mac will be able to run the latest OS X, but half of its features won’t be there and the day-to-day running of it isn’t as good. You’ll always need the latest Mac in order to utilise any new features on the latest OS
  • PCs are great for gaming with powerful graphic cards.

As you can see there are some pros and cons for both Mac and Windows PCs. It’s entirely up to you which one you go with as both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you fancy a Mac and you won’t be doing much gaming on it, then a Mac might be better, although if you’re on a budget, a Windows PC may be a better option. Have a think about it before you make a purchase, and hopefully after reading this article it’s helped you to make an informed decision.

 

 

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