Mac vs. Windows PC

PC vs. MACMac vs. Windows PC??? Who has the edge??

Last week I wrote about laptop vs. tablet, showing some advantages and disadvantages.  This week’s topic will show comparison between a Mac and a PC.  There are many differences between the two.   Let’s take a closer look at some of them.



Operating Systems:

Mac: UNIX emulated

PC: Microsoft (Windows), Sun ( Solaris), and Ubuntu (Linux)


Mac: Computers start around $1100.00 for a mini and up to $3000.00 for a Mac Pro.

PC: Computers running on a Windows platform can be priced 40 to 75 percent cheaper.  Computers running Linux may be even cheaper.


Popular Applications:

Mac: Safari, iTunes, Mac Store, QuickTime, Photo Booth, Chrome Browser, and more.

PC: MS-Office, Internet Explorer, Media Player, Windows Defender, SkyDrive, VLC Media player, Chrome Browser, and more.


Software Distribution:

Mac: All software is developed by Apple Inc.

PC: Software is distributed by hundreds of manufacturers.


Market Audience:

Mac: Attracts graphics designers, video and music producers, tech journalists, etc.

PC: Wide audience for all business needs.  Businesses tend to use Windows hardware due to compatibility.


Virus Attacks:

Mac: Since Macs are not as popular there are fewer malware software written to Macs.

PC: PC’s are more widely used so most virus attacks target Windows.  Linux and others have less.


Hardware Manufacturer:

Mac: Apple Inc.

PC: Most companies (HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, Gateway, etc.)


Model Selection:

Mac: Apple offers just five computer lines (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac, and Mac Pro)

PC: PC’s come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Each manufacturer offers numerous configurations of desktop and laptop models.


Customer Satisfaction:

Mac: Macs scored high on reliability, service experience, and phone wait times.

PC: Telephone wait times can be exhausting and service agents can lack some knowledge.


Supported Architectures:

Mac: Intel Processors.

PC: Intel and AMD.

Please feel free to forward this information to others.  If you would like to learn more on this topic or would like to request an area of technology you are interested in, please contact me.

About Michael DeFlorio
I have worked is various positions as a system administrator, support technician, as a help desk support, and as an IT consultant in a corporate environment. I currently run a small business where I provide computer services such as hardware configuration, installation, for residential and for medium and small businesses. You can contact me by email or visit my website at

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