Discussion in 'iMac' started by jimfastcar, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. jimfastcar macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    Hello all,
    I did some searching but could not find a the answers, so beg your indulgence

    Bought and iPad a year ago, and an iPhone recently. Am now a convert to the simple functionality of Apple products

    We still use Windows machines as our desk computers and iTunes source. We are debating buying an iMac

    My wife is reluctant because QuickBooks for Mac appears to be inferior to Win version. She also really does not want the learning curve for QB.
    I would like the Mac for the very little desk computing I do at home (work systems are network Windows, my own business)
    The solution appears to be Parallels, but that would bump the cost a lot as I would have to buy Windows OS also

    Where can I find a condensed pro and con analysis of these questions, I would really like to use Apple at home for Apple TV, etc

  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    It's difficult to give you an unbiased opinion on forums like these. The cons are that going this route will indeed cost more money. The pro is that using Parallels or Vmware Fusion or Bootcamp you can run both OSX and Windows and it's nice to have choice like that.

    I started using an OSX in 2009 after nearly two decades of using PCs and haven't looked back since.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Only you can really decide. The one major mitigating factor is your need to run some windows app. I can confirm that Intuit's OSX apps are inferior to windows and you'll be better suited running it in windows.

    I run quickbooks under windows and VMware (I prefer VMware over parallels). You are correct that this will increase your cost, because you have to purchase the virtualization application and the OS.

    Personally, I think OSX is superior to windows, because of the lack of malware, interface, and the OS does not get in the way I work.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you're concerned about QuickBooks, you can continue using your current Windows machine for it. Use the iMac for everything else. There isn't much a learning curve to using the Mac (it was much easier teaching my parents to use the Mac than a Windows machine). I pay an accountant to do my taxes, so I cannot comment on software, sorry.

    That's my take on it.

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