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Advantages of Apple MacBook over Windows Laptops

By on November 9, 2010 in Apple with 4 Comments

Windows vs MacintoshHere are a few useful answers for this question by different users in their views posted on facebook, hope it helps you.

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Buying a Macbook makes little sense because computers get outdated pretty fast anyway. Within 3 years any computer you do buy will probably be outdated hardware-wise.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 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.

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  1. Zaki says:

    Very nice post, I think MacBook is worth to buy when spending almost the same amount on Windows laptop. As we can have both Windows and Mac on MacBook but we cannot have Mac on Windows Laptop.
    My choice would definitely be Mac 🙂

  2. Vicky says:

    Do we need any antivirus softwares for Mac? or is it safe even without it?

  3. Theodore says:

    This was a very well-thought out comparison, Amit. Thank you!

    Vicky, You asked about anti-virus. The answer is somewhat complicated. I’ll assume that you are going to connect this computer to the Internet or at least to a local network where there are other computers that connect to the Internet.

    OS X has different vulnerabilities than Windows. At this point viruses are almost impossible to find. There are a few science-projects that hackers developed, but nothing on the level that targets Windows. OS X is vulnerable to attack when a problem is discovered and not patched in a timely manner. You would think that Apple would be more on the ball and get things repaired immediately. However, there is a history of them taking a while to address known flaws. Arguably, Microsoft does a good job, but they have far more flaws to patch. The result is that at any time each has known security flaws. Currently, very few people are trying to exploit the flaws in OS X. So, in that sense, it is more secure.

    Nevertheless, you may be required to have security software (including anti-virus) to protect others from viruses and malware that your computer might pass on. In some cases this is just to comply with corporate or institutional policies, but there is some good reasoning behind it. Just because, an OS X computer is currently unlikely to be a vector for attack, does not mean it will be so in the future. There are a some excellent security suites out there for OS X, which understand that the role is somewhat different for OS X than for the more common Windows computers.

    If you are planning on buying an OS X computer and plan to connect it to the Internet (who doesn’t!), factor in the cost of a security suite. Before you choose which one look a reviews and ask questions on forums.

  4. Theodore says:

    I should also note that The main security vulnerability to date with OS X has been malware that attempts to trick the user into installing it. Even an ideal security suite cannot address this, if the user has authority to mess up their system and chooses to do so. Mac users tend to believe that they are not vulnerable and can be much less suspicious than Windows users. This, I believe, is the most concerning weak-point in OS X security.

    Most security suites on the market will flag activity that looks suspicious. The user still needs to make the choice to proceed or not.

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