Why did you chose a Mac over a PC?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thedon1, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. thedon1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'm a current PC user, bought my computer about 3 years ago, quite cheap at the time and feel it's time for an upgrade.

    I've heard good things about Macs but one of the main reasons i want one is that great looking screen. I also love how little space it takes.

    Mac cost a lot more than their similarly specced pc counter parts. What made you pay the extra and want the pac?
  2. zaffle macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2009
    the operating system.

    then again that's not entirely applicable to me since i've grown up with macs and have used mac os since system 7.

    in 2003 i bought my first pc as i needed windows for schoolwork etc, but as soon as i went to university i realised how much i missed mac os and promptly bought a macbook.

    the pc these days is used as a very noisy media server, and in my opinion is all it's good for anymore. i've had so many issues with it over the years, something i cannot say of the 8 macs i've owned/had use of in my lifetime.
  3. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I love the operating system and the look and feel of macs. That said, I still use a Dell Inspiron 531 running XP pro with a GeoVision GV-650 8 Channel Video Capture DVR Card for my home security system. It's been running flawlessly 24 hours a day for the past 3 years.
  4. Stevamundo macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2008
    Basically it's a personal choice.

    I love the look and feel of a Mac and OSX.

    I know how to run Windows too. However to me Windows' GUI was made by a drunk.

    I gladly pay more for Mac and OSX. Also basically I had no major problems with my Macs. I've been a Mac owner for about 30 years.
  5. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I have used PC's since 1986. (In 1987-1988 I used a Mac too.) Altough all my PC's were quite reliable, I began getting tired of unexpected crashes, complex way to install/tune things etc. So last year I bought an iMac and I was pretty surprised how easy things like setup were. And I love the big screen and the fact that it is very very quiet.

    I think PC's have caught up with the newest Windows version, but I love my iMac now.
  6. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Macs work. No viruses, you can just USE your computer. You don't have to waste time with maintenance. The OS. The applications. All of it.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I spent years using Windows at work all the way back to Windows 3.0, and got simply fed up with registry problems, virus scanners taking over the machine, applications that were hideous to learn, system crashes, and whatnot.

    Now that I'm retired I switched to a Mac and have had zero system crashes, zero viruses, and apps that don't drive me to drink.
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I've grown up on Macs, I know them inside and out so it has never crossed my mind to buy a PC. I've never had any big problems with the OS, so that's what has kept me with Mac OS X.
  9. UltimaLink macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    Somewhere in PA.
    When I switch it'll probably be for college.

    Reason being it comes packaged with iLife, and I can get iWork for less than microsoft office.

    I plan on going to college to be for animation and graphics design, so yeah.

    For now I use a PC so I can play video games.
  10. CraigB3 macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2009
    That pretty much sums it up for me. :)
  11. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    1) no viruses

    2) LACK of software... ie. a selection process occurs such that only worthy Mac software gets made. (No Darwin pun intended.)
  12. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Not much can be added to what's already here. My five year old Powerbook G4 still runs like a dream. I upgraded the harddrive to a 250g and it does all I need. Still, I'm drooling over a new unibody!
  13. thedon1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    What do you mean with your second point?
  14. sharkync macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    Never had one before and decided to try them out.

    Glad I did, but Apple's been scaring me lately.
  15. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    because of the OS

    windows actually gives me a headache, not kidding
  16. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I'm an UI fanatic and I greatly prefer the UI of OS X to Windows. When I got my first Mac (12" PB in 2003), it was running 10.2 and I haven't looked back since then.

    BTW, I still use my 12" Rev.A Powerbook DAILY.

    Sent from my 27" i7 iMac.
  17. zaffle macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2009
    um, no. have you used office for mac? awful. that's just off the top of my head.
  18. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    ??? Most people prefer the Mac version of Office and its widely considered to be the superior version.
  19. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I dunno, Office for Mac seems to work pretty well for me.
  20. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    To put it another way: quality over quantity.
  21. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I'am also a first time Mac user, Here's my reason for taking the plunge:

    1. Got tired from using Windows Vista constant crash dump screens, os preformance got worst overtime with updates.

    Oh and that useless windows vista firewall, windows search, disk restore and superfetch which I had to turn off because it drove my hard drive crazy.

    Have not fiddled with Mac osx setting os is like a dream.

    2. The space no more full tower cases that drone sounds in my ear.

    3. The IMac is so Quiet I can hear myself think and without a mouse scroll wheel it is even more quieter

    4. No more jumbled wires.

    5. No viruses, no need to download useless anti virus software.

    6. Dowloaded Heaps of apps candybar, roxio toast
    Plus games: world of goo, bookworm deluxe, bejeweled 2, etch a sketch, UNO undercover, boogle and Warcraft 3 which i played to death on pc still works, can't wait for Starcraft 2

    6. Mouse and keyboard small and easy to use

    7. No more flashing activity lights.

    The only complaints I have is no blu ray drive, hard to find programs to burn DVDs and to unlock the regions.
  22. Tallgrass macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2010
    Ditto. I have left my office early on more then one occasion with a pounding headache due to my PC freezing. At least I can be headache free while I'm at home.
  23. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    I agree with whats being said here a lot , you pay the premium for the attention to detail and the OS . I love Mac OS X , I would not be able to go back to windows again... although im typing this on a windows laptop right now lol.

    I would pay a premium for that OS anytime.
  24. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    They just work.. they don't seem to slow down as much as PCs. When I had my PC I would have to format at least every 3-4 months to keep it usable, but with the mac I have managed over 12 months without an OS reinstall (probably could have managed longer but wanted a clear out due to still being set in my windows ways..). They also have an excellent backup system (time machine) which is built into the OS which automatically backs up everything and can restore the entire system, or just a single file!
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    What are you smoking? Have you even used Office for MS Windows? Maybe Office 2004 vs Office 2000, but there's no comparison between Office 2008 and Office 2003/2007/2010

    To the OP: It's a personal preference. I switched over to OS X when Vista came out, and was getting horrible reviews. Meanwhile, I had gotten used to a $500 mac mini (had I known about the refurb store, I could have gotten it for less). The choice to get a MBP was easy, especially as it was my parents' money.

    Now, seeing that a base mini costs $700, apple's business practices, and the like, plus the fact that Windows 7 is leaps and bounds better than OS X, I switched back to Windows. My current laptop costs less than a refurb mini, and is just as capable.

    So like I said, it's all about personal preference.

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