Wednesday, November 12, 2008

PC vs Mac: Opinions Wanted

Are there any computer-y people out there? My poor computer is a broken-down, tired old hag. It's time to deal with the cold, hard truth and realize it will not be here much longer. I must begin the process of letting go and moving on (Sigh). Do the 5 stages of grief apply to computer loss?

It will be awhile before I can get a new one- unless by some miracle, it's free. In the meantime, I'm hoping you guys will come through with lots of awesome advice on what to get. I want a laptop that will be good for photo editing and music/movies/video. I've always used a PC, usually an HP, and have never had a Mac.

If you love (or hate) your computer, leave me a comment and let me know why (and of course, what kind of computer it is... it really wouldn't be as helpful to say you love your computer and then leave) I'm putting a poll at the top of the page to vote on PC or Mac. VOTE (but only if you know what you're talking about, please)!


Anonymous said...

if you want to do photo editing, its best to go with a system you're used to. i vote PC

Rebecca said...

We have always had Macs (Oliver is in advertising and that is what they use) but he did buy me a PC almost 2 years ago. The thing breaks down ALL the time! I love my macs!!!

Kelly said...

I say Mac 100%. I just got a new MacBook Pro and it is the love of my life! There is a learning curve when going from PC to Mac, but it isn't that big of a deal.

Nicki said...

This is a tough one. We are a PC family (Tony even wears the "I'm a PC" t-shirt - groan) and I voted Mac above because I think for most home users it is the better choice and I'd get one if I had the cash. Especially they are great for graphics stuff. They are just so crazy expensive. For one Mac I can outfit my entire family in PCs. Rough.

But there's another issue too. It seems to me, anecdotally, that Macs are in the shop ALL THE TIME! i have actually never once had my PC "in the shop" (which might come from being a former pc tech but honestly I don't remember even opening up to fix anything, ever). I have replaced my monitor, once. Otherwise I only get a new computer when my computer is old. Comparatively literally everyone I know with a Mac has had it in the "genius bar" for various reasons. I don't really get it. I don't really know why that is or whether there is stronger evidence that they break down often than my own first hand experience with those I know.

Did I confuse you yet?

Michelle said...

Nicki, chances are you won't check back here and read this, but if you do... Do you mind telling me which PCs you have had the best luck with?

You're right about the cost of a Mac- if I do go that route, it will mean putting off getting one even longer until I can afford it, or getting the cheapest one, which I don't want to do.

Heather said...

We have a PC.... nothing fancy. An HP laptop. I know you said it will be a while, but there are usually a couple of fantastic deals on PC's on Black Friday. You can probably get a laptop for a couple hundred dollars. and now you can get most black friday stuff online on Thanksgiving... no lines no waiting.

Ash said...

I / we have had a Dell, Toshiba, and Compaq. All three of these PCs have had problems with software loads. I voted Mac because each of the problems I / we had with our computers do not occur with Mac's because of the way they operate (share resources). If you ask any graphic artist, CAD guy, or media buff they will tell you to go with a Mac. They just seem to do better with the grapics and music side of computing. I think our next computer will be a Mac.

Rachel said...

Hey Michelle,
I didn't see this earlier, but I'll add in my two cents now that you've decided...
We bought a Mac last year after everyone told us that it was better than PCs. I miss my PC SO MUCH! So I think you made a good choice.

My experience with PC laptops has been with Dell, IBM (Thinkpad - now Lenovo), and HP. Everything but the Thinkpad has driven me insane, so now I will only buy a Thinkpad. Which basically makes the two equally expensive...

Macs are okay if you aren't doing a lot of research and downloading documents. For that, it drives me nuts.

four4now said...

I somehow got here through a friend's blog and happened to see your vote post.
You may have already decided but I am voting Mac all the way.
We are on our 3rd one and we will never go back.
They are a bit more money but well worth it when you need assistance. Mac Genius Bar is the best!
They just emptied my HD (which also doubled as a piggy bank) -- NO charge!
Also, they are Fisher Price easy to use!!!
Once you get a Mac, you'll never go back.

Whatever you decide, have fun shopping!