Making the Switch From PC to Mac


I’m a mac user, and I love it. I own an iMac G5 (1.9 GHz Power PC), and I’m currently running OSX Tiger. In this review, I’ll be going over the advantages of buying a Mac over a PC, as well as the few (very few, that is) disadvantages of buying a Mac.

First of all, Macs are just beautiful. Made from recyclable aluminum and glass, with a stunning display, Macs look gorgeous. Any Mac will look beautiful on your desktop (without that bulky tower, I might add). Next, Macs are just safer. PCs are vulnerable to so many viruses nowadays. There are literally millions of viruses and spyware/malware ready to pounce on your PC and steal your financial information, email passwords, and whatever else you keep on your computer. Some viruses can even wipe your Hard-Drive clean—all your files went in an instant. There are very, very few viruses that can affect a Mac. So, Macs can help keep your banking information and identity safe.

Making the Switch

Macs are pretty much ready to use, right out of the box. All you have to do is plug in the power cable, and you are ready to go! The operating system, Mac OSX Leopard, is the most advanced operating system in the world, as of right now. And guess what? It comes standard. No other operating system (vista included) has the innovation and customization offered with OSX Leopard. Also, Macs are faster and just easier to use. Macs are also widely used to make videos and other multimedia stuff with programs like movies and DVDs. (which are also standard on the Mac) Also, things like Bluetooth and airport come standard on the mac. This makes hooking up with printers, phones, and other devices easier than ever.

Although all of this sounds great, there are disadvantages to buying a Mac. First, they are flat out more expensive than most PCs. But, in the long run, they will last you longer, and you don’t really need any extra software with them. So they pay off themselves eventually. Secondly, downloading things can be a pain. Most downloads off websites and such will be for windows only. So you have to spend time searching for an alternative download for your Mac.

So if your looking for a safe, ready to use computer that is great for anyone (beginners to advanced computer geeks), a mac might be a good choice for you. You’ll spend more money off the bat, but it will be good in the long run. Apple always has good deals, especially around the “Back to School” Time, when college kids buy computers. They often give you a free iPod with a purchase of a Mac laptop. Also, places like Best Buy have great deals.