I'm a great believer in making lists when it comes to making a big decision and spending a lot of money.
This post summarises the points raised by your responses - and writing it will help me make up my mind. It might help you too..........
[ Note: I'm planning to update this post as more comments get added to the original post as it seems to have some potential to be a useful reference post for others. I might even create another 'resources for artists site'! ]
The PC versus the Mac
What's interesting about the comments is the extent to which people recommended buying a Mac. You can see this reflected in the chart at the top of this post and the table below.
|Mac user recommends||PC user / ex PC user recommends||TOTAL NO. OF RESPONDENTS||% of respondents|
|Buy a Mac||17||9||26||78.79%|
|Buy a PC||0||3||3||9.09%|
|Build a PC||0||2||2||6.06%|
Of the 32 people who have responded to date (19th February 2010), where there were clear recommendations this is how it works in terms of numbers.
- Nearly 80% of all respondents recommend buying a Mac
- 100% of Mac users recommend a Mac
- 56% of former PC users recommend buying a Mac
- the very high percentage of people who are former PC users recommending a Mac
- the lack of support for any particular PC brand
- PC users recommending 'build your own' as a solution - in the absence of an adequate market solution (which frankly although it has some attractions, is a lot of hassle and also has some definite downsides if you are not a techie type)
- works well for techies and non-techies
- good at handling images for art and graphics
- better reliability
- fast boot
- no problems with viruses (which is largely a function of market share AND the vulerabilities of Windows)
- Apple Care - which provides techie help and repair for a specific period for a fee
- you can walk into a store and talk to somebody about a Mac
- no worries
Other things to think about
- the hardware is the same between PCs and Macs. Basically components - such as processors, hard drives and graphic cards are the same.
- the main difference between PCs and Macs lies in the software
- the other major difference is that the people who configure the hardware for each product also produce the operating system which runs it.
- overheating is an issue which can potentially affect both systems but seems to be more of a problem with PCs. Possibly because Macs put more thought into design (eg separation of heat producing components and/or inclusion of extra fans)
- Potential to address PC problems with overheating through purchase of chill pads and extra fans (my view on this is that machines should not need people to do this!)
- the expense of purchasing a Mac versus the expense of buying a PC (and then another PC and fans and chill pads and forking out for repairs etc). It would be interesting to work out lifetime cost equivalents.
- If you'd need to buy new software for a new PC anyway is buying new software for a Mac really an additional cost?
- We all have to learn new things all the time - so maybe learning to use a Mac is no different from learning to use Vista or Windows 7?
I'm always interested to hear your views. Do say if there's anything else which it would be useful to know - or add a comment to yesterday's post.