First and foremost, let’s not forget that PC Magazine rated the Unibody Macbook “The Best PC Laptop You Can Buy” (as it also runs Windows). That aside, however:
- Macbooks have an aluminum unibody design which is far stronger than 90% of the PC laptops on the market. The screens Apple uses are also top notch. At the very least, they’re top of the line machines.
- Apple’s product support is excellent. If anything goes wrong with your Macbook (which in itself is unlikely) Apple will repair it no questions asked if it’s under warranty. If it’s not under warranty but you’ve got AppleCare, you’re still covered. If you don’t have AppleCare, their service reps will either offer you a repair for an up-front cost, or offer to sell you the parts to fix it yourself, if applicable.
- A Macbook will get you years and years of computing. The average PC laptop will be obsolete within 18 months. Because of how Apple designs its proprietary software, however, a Macbook will be running brand new versions of the OS and applications years down the road. I had an iBook several years ago which lasted me 5 1/2 years. It came preloaded with 10.2 Jaguar, and was running 10.5 Leopard when it finally gave out due to my clumsiness (I dropped it). That’s the equivalent of buying a laptop years ago that was preloaded with XP, and being able to load Windows 7 with no problems on it.
I always laugh at people who says macs are better for multimedia. Many video editors say that Vegas is pretty much on par with Final Cut (if you’re skeptical of this claim, google “Vegas vs Final Cut”.). However, most people don’t know this and just buy into Apple’s propaganda (though I doubt any serious video editor would do work on a Macbook anyway because of the hardware).
As far as music goes, logic and garage band are on OSX, while ACID is only on windows. Everything else, including all of the CS series, is on both OSs.
Buying a Macbook makes little sense because computers get outdated pretty fast anyway. Within 3 years any computer you do buy will probably be outdated hardware-wise. Also, macbooks are more likely than PCs to get stolen because they’re notoriously more expensive and stick out more.
Lastly, if you know any geeks, like me, you can just get them to install OSX on your PC for you (it isn’t that hard. Lookup the vids on youtube for hackintosh, OSX86, etc.
From personal experience of owning and using both, I find that the MacBook tends to be more reliable, and it offers a more straightforward user experience (good for non-geeks!). Macs in general also don’t suffer from as many security threats as Windows computers.
Anything beyond that is probably dependent on your intended use. For example, if you want to play games, then there is absolutely no advantage to owning a Mac of any kind! Alternatively, if you want to work with multimedia then many people find Macs better suited to the task.
The obvious answer is the a new Mac Book can run both Windows and Mac OS, while a Windows laptop cannot easily run both. I have both installed on mine, and I boot into whichever OS I need at the moment. There is absolutely no difference in running Windows on a MacBook and on a “Windows” laptop. I also frequently use VMWare to run both simultaneously. And contrary to “hackintosh” installations, on a Mac Book, you can run both OS’s legally, and fully supported. Technicians at Apple stores will support you personally, even when you are running Microsoft applications on your Mac.
Consumer Reports consistently ranks Mac Books very well in every category in which they compete.
If you plan to use only Windows or Linux, and do not like or want to use Mac OS, then of course there is no advantage, and some added cost, but if you want the options of both, you lose nothing by selecting a MacBook over a Windows-only machine.
Mac’s are generally thought to be more user-friendly, but if you know what you’re doing on Windows then it doesn’t really matter. Macs are more stable for design/video stuff, while Windows has better file-management and runs a wider variety of software (particularly open source).
End of the day though, for two similarly powered systems, the PC will be FAR CHEAPER. So keep that in mind.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both – don’t believe the Mac Fanboys – Macs do some things really well and other things not well at all. That’s why I use both
As a rabid Mac user, and a user of Windows since 1.x, for most people I’d say Macs are a better choice.
The point has been made that Mac’s are PC’s, that is they run Windows full-speed, no translation, as they run basically the same hardware as a higher end PC laptop.
But the more important question, is which is the better operating system? Mac OSX is a BSD derivative which really does make it reasonably secure. One may argue that each new version of Windows is more secure than previous ones, but it’s because they are continually making up for poor design decisions of the past (e.g. originally allowing any user to install software). Also, this is a personal, but common observation. Windows machines simply require more maintenance, otherwise they get slower over time. That was true of every single Windows machine I had previously, and not true of my first Mac which I’ve had over a year now.
One might insist that Mac’s don’t ever have bleeding edge technology (such as for console gaming), and this is true to an extent. It is also true that Mac’s don’t have anything comparable to the Windows Media Center/Extender (e.g. an XBox 360). In fact, my main Windows computer is an HTPC with a moderately high speed processor and graphics card which does Blu-Ray, TV, and manages my pictures/videos/music. I stream it to another room through an XBox 360. Some of the young single guys I work with have much more powerful computers than any Mac can approach.
In comparing OS X to Linux, the distinction is even clearer. As OS X is a BSD variant, many open sources packages will compile with little modification on OS X (see macports.org). Porting open source to Windows is a considerably more complex process, although many people do go through the effort. But the most important advantage is that OS X is probably the most successful consumer Unix-like operating system in history. Much commercial off-the-shelf software is made for OSX, little is for Linux.
But to people that don’t want or need bleeding edge technology, but rather want a stable computing experience free of the problems that people traditionally have with Windows, you really can’t go wrong with a Mac.
I’ve had both Windows and Mac and from my experience, it really depends on two things: 1) What you want to do with it 2) Which one you prefer based on comfort, aesthetics, personal preferences,…
Since your question is asking for advantages of Macbook, I would say one of the advantages of macs is that it’s a suitable choice for people who are involved with digital production and editing softwares such as photography, music, movie,… At the basic through professional level. The reason for this is that apple computers in general function very smooth and efficiently by using effective interaction between software and hardware. In addition, most mac softwares are very easy to use and cause less trouble ( error, virus,…)
Although, I think these days the pros and cons of PC and Mac are really even.