I came to this forum in 2007 because I was interested in switching to Mac. I have been happy with Win 7 but my machine is getting old and I may be looking to upgrade. I have used Macs but that was a while ago. I had a G3 laptop and miniMac with the G 4 processor. The laptop died and for what it was it was not worth fixing. The Mac Mini was slow and crashed too much. Win 8 sounds like a nightmare. A couple of things that keep me from getting mac is that my HP running Win 7 has been very reliable and to get a similar Mac I would have to pay 3 times as much. As to Mac hardware vs PC hardware I think that the PC has an advantage and you get more bang for the buck. I have been working with various DAWs and what I have found reading recording forums is that DAW software is just as buggy on Mac as it it on PCs. I know that Microsoft does some really stupid stuff but they did get it right with XP and 7. IMO Apple should offer its OS for PCs or drop the price of their computers. That would put a hurt on Microsoft. Currently the Chinese are making a version of the Mac albeit illegally.