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    chancew, Ishmaelbychoice

    your budget and your usage needs.

    In particular, if you are using your computer for heavy duty video/graphic type stuff, Apple is a bit better.

    If you are using lots of applications specially written to do particular, industry or specialty specific things, generally PC is a bit better due to the larger number of little bits of code out there and special programs...

    However, on general principle, I like to get equipment that has the potential to do as many different things as possible...

    Hence, I generally get Macs - newer Mac operating systems and hardware come with (of course) the Mac OS, which is quite nice... you can very easily begin using the computer as a high-end Unix box (because it's built on a Unix code foundation), and run all the incredible pieces of software that have been lovingly crafted by the high priesthood of geekdom over the last 25 years... and with a moderate investment of time and about 100 dollars, you can turn your Mac into a PC using Fusion, Parallels, or BootCamp.

    That said, there are a lot of really hot, fast, cool PC's out there for a lot less money that do almost as much...

    So: if you want flexible, fast, sleek, and super awesome-sauce and don't have a tight budget, I'd go Mac.

    If you want slightly less flexible, slightly broader application base, fast, sleek, awesome-sauce (not quite so super, IMO) for less money, go PC.

    Final note: I've had exactly two Mac notebook products in the last 14 years.

    I had an older black-plastic PowerMac laptop that lasted me 9 years of continuous operation with exactly ZERO mechanical or component issues until it finally died, and I have had the current MacBook Pro since 2008, running continuously, going everywhere, doing everything. I had one video card failure that was fully covered by recall warranty, and the DVD player just died. Other than that, 5 years of continuous, hard, coffee drinking, coding, mapping, digitizing, graphic making, video playing, gaming, use and no problems.

    I've never had as much luck with PC...

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:02:55 PM PST

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