MAC or PC?

To be honest, it really doesn’t matter. There’s no “everyone should get this certain kind.” It does, however, depend on what you want to do with the computer. I have used both, and I would argue that you can get the same bang or more for your buck with PC as with a Mac. Yes, the operating system matters, but nowadays, as long as your specs are at par or beyond with the software requirements; you’ll be fine with either. This is especially since Microsoft has just released a beast line of new surface books and studio. Does Apple have an edge on some features or products? Yes, like Final Cut Pro, or Garage Band, other Apple-only features and programs, and some hardware advances like its Thunderbolt 3 . But overall, unless those and other small differences are a deal breaker to you, it doesn’t make a difference anymore. All that becomes a personal preference and what you are more comfortable with, not who has the better specs or performance. Unless you want to get into the nitty gritty on the OS, the lines are basically even. As long as you have a computer that has the right specs, you are fine. If you are just going to use Adobe products, it is a cross-platform program, except for Linux OS, which has its own programs and opensource glory. Mac products are great, and they perform well, especially when they are fully optimized for the powerful creation programs. But the same is true about PCs. They are just as powerful, if not more, than Macs and it is becoming clear that PCs can meet the mark for artists of all fields.

HOWEVER, in the latest upgrade to Apple’s Macbook and Macbook Pro’s, they are doing away with essential features, like USB and SD Card ports, which so far can only still be found on the old 13 inch, 2.7GHz Processor, 128GB Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air (which won’t be the best if you are looking for speed and high processing power). So if you buy a new Macbook Pro, be prepared to have to buy overpriced adapters for Apple’s forced and backwards innovation. I understand that Apple is trying to reinvent the wheel, but no one is ready for that complete overhaul yet, especially when the majority of the market still uses USB 2.0 and SD Cards. You can’t force people to accept a new wheel when majority of people still use the old wheel and don’t have the means to switch over that suddenly. Conversely, Microsoft is just improving the wheel, say”Wheel 1.2.” They aren’t trying to force change, but rather improve on how innovative and functional their products can been. They have caught up to Apple in the creative market spectrum, and it looks like they will do well. Based on that, I would argue that a PC might be a better choice than the 2016 Macs.

But wait, there are other companies? Yes, there are (which run Windows) like HP, which makes a wonderful gaming computer and has the specs to handle 3D software. And their ZBook Series is also the same and powerful. Yes they can be more hefty, but they are incredibly powerful and just as affordable, if not cheaper, than a Macbook Pro or a Microsoft Surface.

And then there is Lenovo, which also offers some beast laptops.

But WAIT! You can put Mac OS on a PC. I’ve seen it done. So, if you love the OS but want the function of a PC, look to doing that (AKA a Hackintosh). You can also put Windows on a Mac, although some of the features might not work because Macs are not touch-screen computers.

So, in all, there isn’t a clear winner unless you want to go into nit-picky detail about which OS runs better with “x” program, or if you want certain features. But in my opinion, it’s all neutral ground.

But with anything, do your research and find what best fits your needs and budget.

 

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