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PC vs MAC: Which is more cost effective?


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    Oddly enough, I've been having this conversation more often than not lately. My work PC is beginning to show its age, and I'm starting to plan for my next work computer once I put this one out to pasture. I've built this one and part of the last one. And, if I do say so myself, this one has more than made up for the cost of the build. It's not going to be any time soon, but I'm strategizing for my next purchase. I have a Macbook Pro which is excellent all-around. As much as I love PCs, they're a lot like android phones, they get gunked up with background processes and just get slow and unpredictable. Macs however, are universally known to be clean and efficient. I'm seriously considering getting a Mac for my next work computer. It takes me a minute to readjust when switching back and forth between my PC and Mac, but it's not too terribly bothersome. One thing I will say that I appreciate about Macs is that it's like buying a car. Instead of say purchasing the Sony "bla bla bla t100" (hope you caught the Terminator reference), you're buying the Macbook Pro 2021. To me, there's just something solid and comforting to that. You know what's inside of it, and how it will run. And each iteration is better than the last. Anyway, I think buying a Mac is a better investment in the future. What say you?
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    I have had laptops for years, but now that I'm working 100% from home I decided to invest in a desktop in the summer of 2020. And boy, I'm glad that I did.

    After a ton of research, I settled on the Lenovo - IdeaCentre A540. It's an All-in-One and the screen is so large that I don't even need a second monitor because I can have two 13.5" "screens" open side by side.

    I compared this machine to the iMac and, for what I use my computer for, couldn't justify spending 2-3k more just to say I have an Apple computer.

    I've had this computer around six months and still love it. After getting a new computer ever year for the past number of years, 2021 might be the first time in awhile that I don't get a new one.

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    Old Sport Wrote:

    I have had laptops for years, but now that I'm working 100% from home I decided to invest in a desktop in the summer of 2020. And boy, I'm glad that I did.

    After a ton of research, I settled on the Lenovo - IdeaCentre A540. It's an All-in-One and the screen is so large that I don't even need a second monitor because I can have two 13.5" "screens" open side by side.

    I compared this machine to the iMac and, for what I use my computer for, couldn't justify spending 2-3k more just to say I have an Apple computer.

    I've had this computer around six months and still love it. After getting a new computer ever year for the past number of years, 2021 might be the first time in awhile that I don't get a new one.

    Definitely great to hear it's working well for you. Let's hope you don't have to get a new one for a good long while. I'm still leaning towards a Mac though. It's definitely a different machine. But I wouldn't say it's better than a PC or vice versa. It's different in overall function.
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    Macs are generally much more reliable builds. Really the biggest downside I have with them is their OS upgrades. Just like with the iphones, you will be phased out from your machine being usable in 5-7 years. It will still work, just like the original iphone still technically works, but its no longer supported for updates and runs incredibly slow, even by 1st gen standards.

    Windows, in my experience, is better in this department. You can still zip around with a Windows 7 OS and a 10 year build if all you want to do is surf the web. Which is most of us most of the time. And you won't notice much difference. Same can't be said for Macs.

    So for sure go with a Mac for all the other reasons, because they really are the high bar, but I would just say expect to buy a whole new setup within 5-7 years, and factor that into the price of investment.

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    WyattTown Wrote:

    Macs are generally much more reliable builds. Really the biggest downside I have with them is their OS upgrades. Just like with the iphones, you will be phased out from your machine being usable in 5-7 years. It will still work, just like the original iphone still technically works, but its no longer supported for updates and runs incredibly slow, even by 1st gen standards.

    Yep, I agree. Until they get better with this to where it's more forgiving, I'm staying with PC.