Aficionados of both Macs and PCs are adamant in their adoration of one or the other. However, the reality is that many opinions are based more on rumors or misconceptions rather than real differences between the two platforms. That does not mean there aren’t advantages to owning one over the other. There are a few arguments presented by owners to support their convictions.
There are more programs available for PCs than for Macs.
There may have been some basis for that argument in the past, but for the past several years there is little difference between the two. In fact, when the ability of Macs to run software developed for PCs is considered, Macs gain the edge. In addition, top software developers like Microsoft and Adobe now offer programs to run on both operating systems.
Macs cost more than PCs.
Again, there is some truth in the argument that Macs do, in fact, cost more initially than PCs. However, that cost differential is mitigated by two important factors. First, PCs typically require more repairs over their lives than Macs, which makes the total cost of ownership more equal over the life the devices. In addition, Mac is now offering versions of its products that are closer in price. The difference here is that PCs offer some features, even on entry level models, that Macs do not.
PCs are more prone to malicious software than Macs.
For years, hackers targeted PCs simply because they were more plentiful and easier to attack. Viruses commonly found in PCs simply did not show up in the Mac world. Recently that’s changed, as Macs have experienced some pretty sophisticated hacks in the past couple of years. As a rule, PCs are still more prone to malicious attacks, but no Mac owner can take for granted that Macs are immune from viruses and other malware.
There are many myths on both sides of the mac vs pc debates. While some enjoy a modicum of truth, the majority are easily debunked. There is no real “best” computer, as users do not share the same needs or expectations from their devices. Before making any buying decisions, users should carefully examine the good and bad points of both platforms.