Miscellaneous: MAC vs. other computersstarted by Tboss_hidalgo on Jun 16, 2004 — RSS Feed
I am a starting graphic designer and my boyfriend and I are thinking of buying a 'powerful' computer able to handle large graphic files, won't crash and commonly use in grapgic/web design industry. Since we were using MAC in school befor, all my designer friends are using it and personally I find it really, really good - I am leaning towards buying a MAC but my boyfriend think otherwise. He likes computer with Intel Centrino better because according to him it's wireless, you are always connected to web anytime - anywhere and you do not have to hunt for phone jack or plug in a special card to get connected to the net.
We want value for our money and because we are tight finacially at the moment we wanna make sure that it will the best choice.
Let me know your thoughts on this and hopefully it will help us in making a decision.
Macs can be just as wireless as any PC. This is true for connecting to the Net and any I/O devices.
He likes computer with Intel Centrino better because according to him it's wireless, you are always connected to web anytime - anywhere and you do not have to hunt for phone jack or plug in a special card to get connected to the net.
Sorry, but this is utter rubbish. To use wireless internet access, you have to be within a Wi-Fi zone or within range of a base station. It doesn't pull the internet in out of the air like a radio does. Wi-FI zones are typically about one square mile in a city - and non existent in rural areas.
Wi-Fi has been available on Macs for a long time and comes as standard on Powerbooks. It needs a card on a desktop machine because they are more likely to be connected to a local ethernet network (which is cheaper and faster than wireless). There would be very little point in having a wireless desktop machine - and you do want a big screen and fast processor for graphics so a laptop is not a good choice anyway.
Unless you really need to carry your work around with you, a desktop machine is more powerful, more expandable, more robust and cheaper than a laptop.
Whether you get a Mac or PC comes down to personal preferences, availability of the right software (and other hardware) for the job you want to do.
As for commonly used - Macs are traditionally more dominant in the print graphics industry, PC are more common for Web design. The initial cost of buying either is insignificant with the cost of software and general running over their working life.
I use Macs and PCs but I would NEVER use a PC for email. I have email disabled completely on both my PCs to avoid viruses. I don't have to worry about the Macs at all.
Your boyfriend is wrong. Apple was pretty much the first with wireless, and if you're serious about design, Macs are, generally speaking, the most serious machine for the task.
Just get a mac, it maybe more mmoney wise but they are much better app wise from my expereince with the gui and flow by far.
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Pros of a Mac:
-Mac viruses are rare compared to PCs, but mac viruses do exist.
-Very user friendly.
-Able to run both Windows and OSX.
-Great computer for professional applications such as business, photo editing, rendering, movie editing, etc.
-Unix based, thus more secure + stable.
-Good multimedia computer.
Cons of a Mac:
-Upgradeability is limited.
-Interface is flashy and childish, bullshit.
-People who switched from a PC to a Mac may be confused for the first few days.
-Many programs do not work on Macs. (unless you buy OSX software).
-Nearly ALL PC games DONT work on a MAC.
-Fixing macs is rather difficult than fixing PCs.
Pros of a PC:
-more than 95% of all the programs are compatible with PCs.
-Majority of the world uses PCs.
-Inexpensive, very affordable.
-Great for everyday use, and GAMING.
Cons of a PC:
-Buggy, unstable; especially vista.
-BSODs and crashes can be frequent if you don't give proper care.
-Viruses are out there for PCs, ALOT.
-Virus writers and hackers tend to go after PCs rather than Macs.
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I prefer my Intel/Microsoft/ABit/Corsair/Leadtek/Western Digital/Lite-On/Antec/Logitech/Raidmax brand computer, soon to be replaced with other similar brands, whichever offers good performance for the price.
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