Why should you choose a Mac over a PC? Martyn Casserly offers ten reasons why Macs are better than PCs.
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10 reason why Macs are better than PCs
As you may have guessed, we're rather big fans of Apple computers here at Macworld. From the pristine beauty of the iMac with 5K Retina display, to the svelte pleasures of the 11" MacBook Air, we enjoy them all. But why do these devices cause such loyalty and affections from users, when they could buy a perfectly good PC for a lot less money? Here are ten reason why we think Macs are better than their Windows based brethren.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 1) Environment
The operating system on a PC or Mac is a fundamental part of the user experience. How we interact with our computers can result in harmonious atmospheres around our households and workplaces, or the anguished cries of souls that have seen too much suffering to believe there is any good left in the world. Windows 8 was something of car-crash in terms of design and customer satisfaction, with Microsoft trying too hard to push touch-based computing on a desktop using populace that didn't want it. Updates have cleared up some of the mess, and Windows 10 is shaping up to be a very good OS, but there's still a long way to go. In contrast OS X Yosemite is a clean, refined, stable, easy to use interface, that to our tastes is a far, far nicer place to spend your time. Touch has been ignored, with trackpad and mouse gestures proving an excellent (and we think superior) alternative, and the whole OS feels like a polished evolution of an already thoroughbred system.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 2) Seamless integration with iOS through Hand-Off
With the introduction of Continuity in OS X Yosemite, Apple has further strengthened the ties between Macs and iOS devices. Now, thanks to the Hand-off feature, you can start an email, note, or document on your iPhone or iPad and continue on your Mac without syncing or saving anything to a cloud drive like Onedrive or Google Drive. This also applies for web searches, reminders, maps searches, and calendar adjustments. This close integration is a powerful selling point, as it means your devices all work together to help you complete your tasks without fuss or frustration.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 3) Your Mac is also a telephone
While Skype and other communication solutions exist for the PC, a cool new feature in Continuity on OS X Yosemite allows you to answer mobile phone calls on your Mac. So long as your iPhone is nearby and on the same Wi-Fi network, you can talk to friends or colleagues without leaving your desk or digging around in your bag. You also have the options to reject calls, respond with a quick, written message if you're too busy, or even dial out directly from your computer. Just resist the temptation to conduct loud conversations in coffee shops….don't be that guy.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 4) Security
Yes, that old chestnut. For years now Mac users have flaunted the apparent invulnerability of their systems in the faces of PC using friends. While we don't necessarily condone such behaviour, there is indeed a good deal of truth involved. Macs are continually shown to suffer less attacks than Windows based PCs, and by quite a margin. Things are admittedly changing though, with internet based attacks on the rise, and hackers become increasingly sophisticated in their approaches. For the time being the Mac is still the safest platform, but users would be well advised to add a dash of caution to their surfing and clicking behaviours, lest complacency usher in the neredowells.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 5) They come with excellent software included
PCs have a myriad of excellent software packages available for pretty much any computer based task. Some can be downloaded for free, while others are available for purchase, but one thing that is most often the case is that they don't come with the machine. When you take a new Mac out of its box you'll find the excellent iLife and iWork packages already on your hard drive (or flash storage). These offerings include a photo editor, movie making software that is actually easy to use and features templates that make your creations look fantastic, the ridiculously good Garageband for recording music (as used by several professional musicians we've talked to), plus Apple's entire office suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. That's an impressive collection of very useable apps, which for most people will be all they need.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 6) Build quality
There's no denying that Macs are expensive. If all you want is a simple machine for Facebook, shopping, and a little work, then a Mac isn't really the best option. Buy a Chromebook instead, as they're excellent devices that only cost around £200 and can do all those things very happily. Conversely if you think that for the cost of a Mac you could buy all the components yourself and build a more powerful machine, then do exactly that and revel in your technical prowess. More power to you. But if you want a device that is built to the highest standards, with top-grade components, elegant styling, and an almost fanatical attention to detail, then Macs are some of the most beautiful consumer electronic products on the market right now.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 7) They're faster
With the advent of SSD drives and flash storage, PCs and Macs have generally become pretty nippy in recent years. Macs lead the way in this department though as they use PCIe connections for their flash storage, as opposed to the SATA used in the vast majority of premium PCs. This means faster read and write speed, which translates into applications launching quicker and the OS itself being just that bit faster than a Windows alternative.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 8) MacBooks have the best screens
Many might scoff at the idea of a Retina screen (after all isn't it just a HD display?), but the current range of Retina MacBooks, and the now mouth-watering Retina iMac, boast screens that feature anti-reflective coatings and no air gap, which makes them the best on the market at the moment. Pair that with the consistent performance in terms of high DPI display, as opposed to the various scaling issues we've experienced on high-end Windows laptops, and Retina Macs are crystal clear winners.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 9) Macs have more powerful Wi-Fi reception
With so much of modern computing relying on a connection to the internet, Wi-Fi performance is very important. Now, admittedly, Yosemite has brought with it some software issues that Apple is busy sorting out, but from a technical point of view the 3x3 MIMO Wi-Fi radios installed in the current range of iMacs and MacBook Pros means that they have a longer range of reception than the 2x2 MIMO usually found in high-end PCs. It might not sound like much, but it could make the difference between staying online or reverting to the dark ages of computing when you're out and about.
10 reason why Macs are better than PCs: 10) User satisfaction
In the end a Mac is an electronic product, and it needs to justify its princely sum to the paying customer. This is, as they say, the bottom line. Thankfully the Mac has spent a decade at the top of customer satisfaction surveys, which is no mean feat when you consider that they are expensive items that promise much to the prospective buyer. The fact that Apple delivers the goods, literally in many cases, is probably the most compelling argument of all, and shows that most people who purchase Macs have few, if any, regrets.
So that's it, our top ten reasons why we think Macs are better than PCs. Obviously many of you will have different opinions, which no doubt will be voiced in the comments below. Before we don the obligatory fire-retardant underwear, take a look at this list on our sister site PC Advisor which argues the case for the other side. In the end great computers are just great computers, no matter what the brand. So if you find one that suits you then keep hold of it.