Let the Flame War Begin: Mac vs. PC – Who’s Really Winning?


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95 Responses to Let the Flame War Begin: Mac vs. PC – Who’s Really Winning?

  1. If Macs were as cheap as Microsoft products, we all know that they would be the #1 choice for schools and businesses. They should try 6 months every laptop is only $800 (the price of a good PC laptop) and see how many they sell.

    • Not a chance. Windows has already dominated the business world and the majority of business software is Windows only. The problem I am having at work is that that majority seems to be focused solely on XP and a lot of venders have yet to migrate their software packages to Windows 7.

      for the record, I own an iMac, iPhone, iPad 2, iPod 5g, iPod Touch 2g, so I am not in any way biased… but in my profession as IT Director for a broadcasting company, we only have one Mac in our video production department and it is rarely used… our production team seems to favor Adobe CS5 Production over Final Cut and the Mac. On the audio side, we are strictly Adobe Audition based. Even though a lot of what we could do could be down in OS X, including the upcoming version of Audition for OS X, as well as Microsoft Office 2011… we just cannot make that switch because the rest of the software we use is Windows only and 95% of that is sadly XP only.

      • I used to do Tech Support for Adobe Premiere Pro right when they stopped making it for mac. I trained alot of people who switched to PC for it. Never had one customer who regretted it.

  2. this is not a challenge just a opinion. i agree with you that ubuntu should be on this flame war, just not ubuntu. linux distros as a whole should always be taken into consideration when comparing operating systems. yes it will fail every time in the popularity category but all linux distros will always stand up for them selfs. (i myself use fedora and openSUSE) and like i said i am not hating on ubuntu just pointing out that there are other distros.

    • I ♥ Ubuntu and have one system running it at home and 3 servers running it at work. As much as I love it, it just isn't ready for the general population. Most of us here are geeks, hence the name of the site, but I just can't see my mom or my aunts and uncles using any Linux distro.

      • @Jake Baker
        im agreeing with you
        linux are a great string of distros, but there are some things that you simply cant do in linux
        thats where my second windows xp sp3 partition helps
        @neo_mouse
        yes, i forgot about the others
        they are all great, but i prefer ubuntu
        only because im familiar with it
        @Johnny Frost
        the only thing we can do atm is to rub in the fact that we are technologically superior to non-geeks
        however, a windows or a mac will work for someone who only checks their emails and pays bils

    • lol my mac takes like 10 secs to boot too…. my pc maybe 30, up to 1 minute. but my mac can take like 5 whole minutes to get photoshop running…. whereas my pc is good to go in no time at all! a lot of this is what youre running inside the machine, not the os….

  3. Speed results are completely screwed.sorry but its try macs on average take about the same 1.1-1.3 minutes that most widows boxes boot in as well. also would disagree with the type setting as Adobe products are starting to work best on win boxes as they allow better access to the GPU

  4. I am also a Ubuntu user, however I am a graphic designer and I must say, Ubuntu has so many problems which affect my workflow on a daily basis and cause me no end of problems, it also has many advantages but I think I personally would much prefer a mac or a PC running windows 7… I don't think it's a competition between Mac/Pc/Linux, I think it all just depends on user preference =)

  5. The kind of users who read this blog are probably way more likely to use linux… It would be neat to see a battle between the different distros

  6. What kind of slow, shitty PC did they do the speed test on? 6.3 Seconds to open IE. WTF are you comparing, a brand new mac vs a 10 year old pc? If I WERE to open IE, it is less than one second. Gee, I wonder if a mac lover made this?

  7. Not only that, but my desktop PC only takes about 8 seconds to shut down completely, and my laptop only around 5, and around 30 seconds each to start back up. Seriously, you can't compare Windows Vista to a brand new Mac OS, which is what this feels like to me. Biased and written by a Mac fan.

  8. Some of that is bull. Especially Security and Multimedia. Macintosh viruses may only be in the s**ts-and-giggles phase right now, but it is so much easier to get one on a Mac than it is to get one past Microsoft Security Essentials. Once someone actually means to hurt Mac users for profit, it will be too easy. And there are WAY TOO MANY media file types that you can't run on a Mac without paying $10 or more. On my Windows PC I just download either the K-Lite codec pack or CCCP and I'm golden.

    • In fact, it's far easier to have a virus outbreak on the mac, simply because so many users are totally convinced that they can't get viruses on the Mac, and thus, take no precautions or preventative measures.

  9. I call to question the statement on security, mac has indeed had viruses and safari is one of the least secure browsers. Mac enjoys security of obscurity being 5% of the market, however that does not make it immune. More pc would be able to run Mac OS if mac wasn't such a whiney bitch about hackintoshes.

  10. Allow me to fill you in on a few things – A Mac is a PC. It's just running MacOS instead of Windows or a Linux distro.

    Non apple manufacture PCs can absolutely Run MacOS – What do you think a hackintosh is? The only impediments to the process are impediments that apple puts in place. Microsoft does no such thing with windows – if you've got X86 Architecture, you can run it.

  11. I think it needs to be said that Windows is NOT a synonym for PC. Windows is an operating system, not a computer. The two terms seem to be used interchangeably here giving a rather skewed result.

    For example: Why is Software Compatibility given to PCs simply because more software is made for Windows? If a Mac runs Windows, technically they have the same Software Compatibility, no? If we are talking Mac and PC… and not OSX and Windows… the compatibility is equal. They can run the same software. Next.

    As far as Affordability, Apple offers student discounts and refurbs that bring prices within the realm of a well made PC. A lot of colleges are giving away Apple products as part of tuition now. I won't deny that a stripped down Dell is cheaper… but as there is no equally stripped down version of a Mac machine, the comparison is not valid. Be kind enough not to compare Apples…cough… to Oranges.

    My mac plugs into the monitor port of my wide screen TV just fine, thanks. If you want it to work as a TV Tuner, yes you need Apple TV. But as for the Xbox 360 thing? Seriously… why would you want a game system plugged into your computer, anyway? Isn't that why you buy a game system? To keep it separate?

    Bottom line with this "computer war" thing…it's like buying cars. You buy them for different reasons. Color, Make, Model… is a personal preference. Regardless of if you buy a Tesla Roadster or a Toyota… they will both get you from point A to point B. The only difference is … THE RIDE :)

    • I want to point out that no-one does a student discount like Microsoft. Windows 7 Ultimate for $30 and Office 2010 Pro Plus at half-price on a $1000 Dell that the student got for $600. Plus, my school handed me a newer version of the PC specifically recommended in Aliens vs. Predator's readme file for absolutely free with all that software intact (the business software, not AvP).

      And I connect to my Xbox via WiFi because the Xbox controls the TV and Windows Media Center can push videos and music to the Xbox. And if I want my PC to act as a TV tuner, I'll plug a TV tuner into a PCI slot in the PC. Can't plug new hardware into a Mac. Voids the warranty.

      We do choose our computers for different reasons. I chose Dells because I like getting a good deal on bleeding-edge hardware. You chose a Mac because you didn't read the box and realize that everything inside of it was already two years old (replacement age in the IT industry) and still more expensive than my Dells.

    • I want to point out that no-one does a student discount like Microsoft. Windows 7 Ultimate for $30 and Office 2010 Pro Plus at half-price on a $1000 Dell that the student got for $600. Plus, my school handed me a newer version of the PC specifically recommended in Aliens vs. Predator's readme file for absolutely free with all that software intact (the business software, not AvP).

      And I connect to my Xbox via WiFi because the Xbox controls the TV and Windows Media Center can push videos and music to the Xbox. And if I want my PC to act as a TV tuner, I'll plug a TV tuner into a PCI slot in the PC. Can't plug new hardware into a Mac. Voids the warranty.

      We do choose our computers for different reasons. I chose Dells because I like getting a good deal on bleeding-edge hardware. You chose a Mac because you didn't read the box and realize that everything inside of it was already two years old (replacement age in the IT industry) and still more expensive than my Dells.

      • I like your points here and agree with you save the Dell part, they tend to deal with a lot of proprietary crap themselves, and most definitely charge more than the parts are worth.

        Building your own rig is the way to go if you want bleeding edge performance at a cost that doesn't make you clench. Granted that's only a game for the wise of course, the shear variety of vendors and options is daunting to anyone new to it, but at least if you get it right you know you got a good deal and you also know exactly what's inside your machine.

        To get back to the point though, what's really getting compared here is OSX and some undisclosed version of Windows, which isn't exactly informative is it… OSX is better in some regards than this version of windows here that we won't tell you the name of… I wonder did they forget or just feel that bias was the way they wanted to go here lol

        Smells of OS stereotyping and no research to me :P

  12. I think it needs to be said that Windows is NOT a synonym for PC. Windows is an operating system, not a computer. The two terms seem to be used interchangeably here giving a rather skewed result.

    For example: Why is Software Compatibility given to PCs simply because more software is made for Windows? If a Mac runs Windows, technically they have the same Software Compatibility, no? If we are talking Mac and PC… and not OSX and Windows… the compatibility is equal. They can run the same software. Next.

    As far as Affordability, Apple offers student discounts and refurbs that bring prices within the realm of a well made PC. A lot of colleges are giving away Apple products as part of tuition now. I won't deny that a stripped down Dell is cheaper… but as there is no equally stripped down version of a Mac machine, the comparison is not valid. Be kind enough not to compare Apples…cough… to Oranges.

    My mac plugs into the monitor port of my wide screen TV just fine, thanks. If you want it to work as a TV Tuner, yes you need Apple TV. But as for the Xbox 360 thing? Seriously… why would you want a game system plugged into your computer, anyway? Isn't that why you buy a game system? To keep it separate?

    Bottom line with this "computer war" thing…it's like buying cars. You buy them for different reasons. Color, Make, Model… is a personal preference. Regardless of if you buy a Tesla Roadster or a Toyota… they will both get you from point A to point B. The only difference is … THE RIDE :)

  13. I feel the one that is really winning is Linux, Ubuntu specially. 300M windows machines is not based on user preference, its a monopoly being pushed by the decision makers. but internet is here to save us all… so just wait for the people to start seeing ubuntu and all the free software that does exactly the same as apple’s or microsoft’s…. i give it 5 years.

  14. I feel the one that is really winning is Linux, Ubuntu specially. 300M windows machines is not based on user preference, its a monopoly being pushed by the decision makers. but internet is here to save us all… so just wait for the people to start seeing ubuntu and all the free software that does exactly the same as apple’s or microsoft’s…. i give it 5 years.

  15. I feel the one that is really winning is Linux, Ubuntu specially. 300M windows machines is not based on user preference, its a monopoly being pushed by the decision makers. but internet is here to save us all… so just wait for the people to start seeing ubuntu and all the free software that does exactly the same as apple's or microsoft's…. i give it 5 years.

  16. I feel the one that is really winning is Linux, Ubuntu specially. 300M windows machines is not based on user preference, its a monopoly being pushed by the decision makers. but internet is here to save us all… so just wait for the people to start seeing ubuntu and all the free software that does exactly the same as apple's or microsoft's…. i give it 5 years.

  17. Reliability? almost no OS'ses allow you to freely move programs and gaurantee it'll work, that is mostly dependant on the software author to follow good practices. i've moved many programs freely in windows before though, without issues.

    multimedia? ridiculous and wrong. every program that mac has windows either has the same one, or an equivalent or better one. this has always been propaganda. oh and MAC IS NOT CABLELABS CERTIFIED. That means my nice 4-channel Ceton InfiniTV 4 MOCUR couldn't be used by a macophile.

    knocking non-Apple hardware for being unable to run Mac OS is not that hardware's fault. it's Apples business decision. again another BS point.

    Typography? A) who cares B) people who care use pro apps like Photoshop, guess what? Photoshop works on both OSes

    Color Matching? same reaction as Typography

    Speed Test? Let's see hardware specs, let's see what programs are running, lets see filesystem. what versions of the operating systems too. BTW: this numbers are ridiculous, my laptop withi t's slow ares 5400 RPM is faster than that windows box you used.

    Macophiles are so pathetic.

    • for typography and color matching, this is useful for people who work with photographs and printed work. no good if you spend hours editing an image and when you print it the colors come out totally different. but for most people this isn't really a problem. the typography being the least.

      • Yes, but if you have a high end monitor, you will be fine for color matching. There are Pantone devices that work for Windows, so you can color match just as easy in Windows as you can in OS X.

        My girlfriend is a graphic designer and has been raised in that Apple / Photoshop world, but I have assured her that Photoshop works virtually the same in Windows. I have showed her the annoyances of Photoshop for Mac like not being able to use the scroll wheel and she has finally agreed that there are cooler features in the Windows version. For instance, select the font tool, type out something, go up to the font selector and click, then you can use the scroll wheel to go through fonts and see the changes in real time as opposed in the OS X version, you select the font, then you have to select the next font, then select the next one and so on. Same thing when it comes to stuff like blend modes.

        So yeah, there was some heavy Apple bias here.

      • Yes, but if you have a high end monitor, you will be fine for color matching. There are Pantone devices that work for Windows, so you can color match just as easy in Windows as you can in OS X.

        My girlfriend is a graphic designer and has been raised in that Apple / Photoshop world, but I have assured her that Photoshop works virtually the same in Windows. I have showed her the annoyances of Photoshop for Mac like not being able to use the scroll wheel and she has finally agreed that there are cooler features in the Windows version. For instance, select the font tool, type out something, go up to the font selector and click, then you can use the scroll wheel to go through fonts and see the changes in real time as opposed in the OS X version, you select the font, then you have to select the next font, then select the next one and so on. Same thing when it comes to stuff like blend modes.

        So yeah, there was some heavy Apple bias here.

      • Yes, but if you have a high end monitor, you will be fine for color matching. There are Pantone devices that work for Windows, so you can color match just as easy in Windows as you can in OS X.

        My girlfriend is a graphic designer and has been raised in that Apple / Photoshop world, but I have assured her that Photoshop works virtually the same in Windows. I have showed her the annoyances of Photoshop for Mac like not being able to use the scroll wheel and she has finally agreed that there are cooler features in the Windows version. For instance, select the font tool, type out something, go up to the font selector and click, then you can use the scroll wheel to go through fonts and see the changes in real time as opposed in the OS X version, you select the font, then you have to select the next font, then select the next one and so on. Same thing when it comes to stuff like blend modes.

        So yeah, there was some heavy Apple bias here.

    • Typography and photoshop? I think you must have never even met anybody who works in print, they don't use photoshop for typography.

    • @ Eric,

      When I first got my iPhone, I carried a laptop around everywhere. It took about 2 weeks for me to decide I no longer needed the laptop since I could do email, surf the web, play music and movies on the iPhone. There were some tasks that did work better with a laptop like VNC, RDP and LogMeIn, but that was only because of the iPhone's small screen size.

      I have multiple systems that I need to connect to, to avoid having to go in to work to fix things, and given the iPad 2's overall size and speed, it seemed a no-brainer. I had a bunch of Best Buy gift cards from Christmas that I had been saving for such a large purchase and where I buy a lot of stuff for work at Best Buy, I had acquired about $250 in Reward Zone points, so all in all, I had about $450 in points and gift cards. So I didn't have to spend a lot on it :D

      Having Mocha VNC / RDP, along with LogMeIn and QuickOffice on the iPad, it rules. I can dropbox albums on my PC and play them remotely from DropBox. I do most of the tasks on my iPad now instead of at my desk. I have WiFi through out my entire building, so I don't have to be stuck at my desk to check email. set up email accounts, fix things on our websites, or remote into something like a TV transmitter and check output power.

      It's amazing at what you can do with an iPad or a Xoom now.

  18. Well that’s part of the problem, so many different variations of hardware available that run Windows that you cannot be sure that the combination of hardware / software on your machine is any good.

    My own personal experience is, at home 3 year old MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo with 2Gb of Ram, takes about 30 seconds to boot up. At work brand new Dell with i7 processor, 8GB of Ram, Windows 7 (64 bit), and it takes about the best part of a minute and a half to boot up. So what gives there? Not to mention with the Dell if you bump the monitor, the display port connection comes loose and when you plug it back in Windows has forgotten what monitor it is, and sets the display to 640 x 480 on a 24 inch monitor! On the macbook, can plug it into either of my LCD TVs, or my older 19 inch monitor and Mac OS remembers the settings from the last time it was plugged into each.

    If you want to use your computer to do stuff, buy a Mac, if you want want to do stuff to your computer (or you have an IT guy on hand 24/7 to fix everything, and you’re patient), buy a Windows based PC.

    • The computer you use at work can't be compared to a home computer. We do a lot of things on the network that can kill boot time.

      But, I can see the appeal of a MAC for an average user. For me, it's too much like a pretty box with training wheels.

    • I have a custom made i7@3.2 with 6GB Ram and 80GB Postville drive and windows 7 x64 ultimate boot up time is waaay less than 30 sec. Also my old Dell laptop (d620) boots OSX 10.6.7 like a charm.
      For the other benchmark tests like the browser start up time IEx64 with one tab starts in less than 1 second and FF4 with 15 startup tabs less than sec.

  19. Well that's part of the problem, so many different variations of hardware available that run Windows that you cannot be sure that the combination of hardware / software on your machine is any good.

    My own personal experience is, at home 3 year old MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo with 2Gb of Ram, takes about 30 seconds to boot up. At work brand new Dell with i7 processor, 8GB of Ram, Windows 7 (64 bit), and it takes about the best part of a minute and a half to boot up. So what gives there? Not to mention with the Dell if you bump the monitor, the display port connection comes loose and when you plug it back in Windows has forgotten what monitor it is, and sets the display to 640 x 480 on a 24 inch monitor! On the macbook, can plug it into either of my LCD TVs, or my older 19 inch monitor and Mac OS remembers the settings from the last time it was plugged into each.

    If you want to use your computer to do stuff, buy a Mac, if you want want to do stuff to your computer (or you have an IT guy on hand 24/7 to fix everything, and you're patient), buy a Windows based PC.

  20. I say "Compability" should get PC a tick. It's because of Windows popularity that the Mac wants to run Windows. Plus Mac intentionally doesn't want PCs to run OSx.

  21. The reason Macs are not hit often with viruses and other malicious hardware is the fact that the people who make the programs generally go for the most used operating system, which is Windows. If Macs were as popular, they would be even.

  22. The only thing wrong with this is that multimedia editing and consumption are linked together. I am relatively neutral as far as the OS goes, but realistically speaking windows is better for consumption purposes.

    I have an issue with the security field as well, but Mac still wins anyway so I won't bother getting into it.

  23. Mac is for a more selective group of ppl, dont compare the units sold within a yr coz its crazy, you compare quality instead

  24. Mac is for a more selective group of ppl, dont compare the units sold within a yr coz its crazy, you compare quality instead

  25. Under the compatibility category, the check-mark needs to be moved to the other side! The fact that Mac OS can ONLY be run on a Macintosh computer is not a plus, it's a negative. The fact that Windows can be run on a huge variety of hardware is a plus in the Microsoft camp, not the other way around!

    • I was thinking exactly that. How is it a point of pride that MacOS is so closed off that you have to buy a machine that’s worth roughly one third of the amount charged?

      • I have been wondering that myself.
        Especially since the hardware is basically the same, maybe except for some novelties like a motion sensor but you don't spent a small capital for that.
        Take the HP envy, roughly the same specs as a macbook pro and even lighter, yet it cost considerably less.
        And you can spent even less and still get a fairly decent machine.

        • one time I went into the Apple Store and asked to see a laptop with a full size keyboard, dual hard Drives and Dual Vid cards…. they didn't have any so I took a look at the approx dozen windows systems that did and bought a Toshiba.

    • I was thinking exactly that. How is it a point of pride that MacOS is so closed off that you have to buy a machine that's worth roughly one third of the amount charged?

  26. sorry, but my vertex2 ssd screams past those speeds. not sure where they were pulling that data from.. possibly old IDE drives?

  27. sorry, but my vertex2 ssd screams past those speeds. not sure where they were pulling that data from.. possibly old IDE drives?

  28. Shouldn't "Compatibility" be a win for PC/Windows?
    Windows can be installed on anything, but Mac OS can only be installed on Mac's.

      • Doing research about what hardware works and what doesn't will really help you out, but it's still a royal pain in the ass. Here are some tips for anyone wanting to try it: Unplug most of your RAM as the Mac doesn't like the computer having more than 4 gigs on install. Only have a single hard drive, again Mac doesn't like more than 2 drives when installing. Finally, be prepared to search for hours trying to find all the appropriate drivers. nVidia is the easiest, most everything else you'll have to either strike it lucky in that the company has Mac programmed drivers or hope someone with any coding experience has made them out of the goodness of their heart :P

  29. im sorry, but i still think PCs are far superior to MACs… I grew up with a MAC and very soon switched to PC. The user friendlessness as well as compatibility of the PC outweighs the Crapintosh anyday of the week… every MAC user i know should agree to this, because they all have nstalled Windows on their systems

  30. As a techie I’ve been using Linux, Windows and Mac for the majority of my career and only recently have purchased a Macbook Pro for home use and a MacMini as an entertainment system.

    The only reason I did so is because they are way easier for everyone else to use…less calls from aunties and uncles and kids about how to do the most basic stuff.I still own 4 Windows machines and use them regularly, especially when I need to DO something.

    The point ppl are trying to make about viruses on the Mac – it’ll not happen – the MacOSX architecture is just more superior in term of security.

    Apple are d&*#^@bags for any number of reasons but they build a nice looking machine – but Windows is techi.

  31. As a techie I've been using Linux, Windows and Mac for the majority of my career and only recently have purchased a Macbook Pro for home use and a MacMini as an entertainment system.

    The only reason I did so is because they are way easier for everyone else to use…less calls from aunties and uncles and kids about how to do the most basic stuff.I still own 4 Windows machines and use them regularly, especially when I need to DO something.

    The point ppl are trying to make about viruses on the Mac – it'll not happen – the MacOSX architecture is just more superior in term of security.

    Apple are d&*#^@bags for any number of reasons but they build a nice looking machine – but Windows is techi.

  32. The OS Compatability… hardly fair that Mac should win this one since Windows WOULD officially run Mac OS if they weren't so adamant on keeping their OS so 'closed-source'? Maybe a bit of bias in this one? ^_^

  33. This looks like a very bad art student who loves apple, decided to make a table to compare, but in fact, left a lot of stuff out that favor PC.

  34. This looks like a very bad art student who loves apple, decided to make a table to compare, but in fact, left a lot of stuff out that favor PC.

  35. some of these informations are quite misleading.

    i’m not defending pcs (i have a mac and a pc, for different purposes), just saying there should only be facts in this infographic, not opinions and assumptions.

  36. some of these informations are quite misleading.

    i'm not defending pcs (i have a mac and a pc, for different purposes), just saying there should only be facts in this infographic, not opinions and assumptions.

  37. The typo argument is invalid, Win7 solved that problem, I'm betting these stats were recorded on Vista.
    I myself am a webdesigner and spent a great deal of my time in photoshop and I can assure you that if your monitor is calibrated correctly no problem exist.

    ps I know I'm rebel of sorts since most webdesigners don't go anywhere without a macbook pro.
    When asked why I tell them 'I think differently'.

    • I'd love a macbook pro! Only for its aluminum case however. It would have 7 and Ubuntu dual booted at the end of the first day and any mac disks would be in the garbage.

  38. Absolutely!

    I remember a few years ago, I was tinkering around with OSX86. It was a bit buggy, but that was because I was going the AMD route and it did have issues at the start. Once OS X was migrated over to Intel from PowerPC, it became easy for 'hackers' to port it over to and install on non-Apple hardware.

  39. yeah. well i don't know about IE but chrome and firefox open in under 3 seconds if i've opened them before.. and if my computer is idle. of course even very small apps will take a bit longer when your computer is overloaded. and i have Vista on only 1 GB… but not for long! shut downs and start ups are a little slow but it doesn't bother me i just go do something else meanwhile. sad that my old windows 95 presario starts up faster.

  40. Stability – This stopped being an issue when high speed internet and processors became insanely cheep. Regardless my grandmother can run her computer without crashing being an issue.

    Security – Macs aren't threatened by viruses? Bullshit. I have personally written a few and when they actually get one you are screwed because there are no antiviruses. The only reason they aren't written en mass is because PC has 90% of the market so macs aren't worth it.

    Reliability – Wait, this is a reliability issue? Sounds more like some bull that nobody has ever had to do on PC. Go ahead and move the folder. Just make sure the shortcut is altered along with it and you are fine. Another non-issue.l

    Multimedia – for the 60% more you are paying for a mac you can get a PC with specs that more than make up for the programs. Regardless PCs are just as good as macs at video editing =/

    Affordability – This is a huge issue actually considering a Mac costs 50-80% more than a PC with no custom build option.

    Selection – Can't build your own with a mac :D non-issue for most users.

    Compatability – ummmm, so? Who really wants to run Mac OS anyway?

    Gaming – More like macs can't run most games and PC is designed for it with custom build options for gaming efficiency.

    Big Screen Compatability – Insignificant

    Popularity – Mac has 5% of market share. Basically why there are no viruses.

    Software Compatability – Whatever comes with a mac or you can purchase I can get a better version free for PC.

    Typography – lolwut?

    3-D Rendering – Gaming deficiency anybody?

    Color Matching – non-issue

    Speed Test – Would have to see specs and model. With the customization of PCs this isn't an issue. My rig starts up instantly and shuts off instantly. Regardless for a same-cost computer a PC will ALWAYS run faster. Comparing a 1500 dollar mac with a 1500 dollar PC will result in a medium tier Mac vs a top of the line PC. No competition if you take price into account.

    Market Share – Fuck yeah

  41. I would like to add my personal observations from my use of the following hardware:
    1. a custom made home PC (i7 3.2 with 6GB DDR3 and 80GB Intel postville + 9.5 TB of hard drives Win7 x64 Ultimate)
    2. a Dell D620 running Mac OSX 10.6.7
    My windows PC has NEVER CRASHED . On a few occasions the ATI video driver crashed and recovered automatically. There are safeguards in the OS that prevent the user from messing with the system. ( Stability and reliability ) On the other hand in my Hackintosh installation if I do not use the correct kexts or when a kext malfunctions I get a Kernel Panic.
    Security: Since PC's are the 95% of the market it makes sense to target that segment if you're trying to create a virus malware or anything similar. Besides if Macs were totally safe what's the reason for having antivirus software?
    Compatibility : YES PC's can RUN Mac OS ( since the price of the OS is heavily subsidized by Apple it is a violation of the EULA to use it on non Apple machines ) almost any PC nowadays can run Mac OSX. Apple does not want you to use Mac OS on anything else than their own hardware . They have repeatedly tried to lock Mac OS from running in non Apple hardware but they failed miserably.
    Benchmarking: The posted values are a joke. For example in my PC IE takes a second to load, FF 4 with many tabs (15) around 5 sec.

    • a lot of what does what in what amount of time is hardware. os choice is just that- a choice, a matter of opinion. they all have pros and cons, and which you pick is ultimately up to you. i wouldnt game on my mac. but for casual web browsing, class notes, etc, its just fine.

  42. I remember this one time a few years back where I was having some OSX networking trouble on some iMacs so I opened a terminal window and used Linux commands to force the mac to do what I wanted to.

  43. yeah but suppourt for the latest hardware and drivers sucks. windows is cool if you can be patient through the viruses (ive never had a major virus on my windows computers) and if you game, linux is fine if you want to spend your time putting your os together, and mac is fine if you just want a lot of simplicity. i love my mac and my windows computers equally, and have a fifth computer running ubuntu :P

  44. What a load of crap…. Whoever wrote this is clearly delusional, knows absolutely nothing about Windows and is trying to kiss Steve Jobs' ass. I don't think you can get anymore biased than this.

    Macs have viruses, spyware, malware, trojans etc… And, as some white hats showed not too long ago, are far more susceptible to attacks from hackers than Windows PCs.

    Stability is excellent on Windows these days, OS X isn't exactly the most stable OS out there either.

    What kind of crap is in the reliability column? Why the hell would you want to move a program's folder from it's default location? Also, you CAN move programs to another location, you just have to create another shortcut after it's moved…

    Sorry but there are far more multimedia applications on Windows than Macs, and better ones to boot.

    Compatibility? OS X? Are you freaking kidding me? There is far more compatible software on Windows than OS X, it's not even close… And that's why Apple allows people to install Windows on their Macs, because otherwise, nothing would run on Macs.

    PCs can run OS X.

    Your "color matching" is dead wrong. Windows supports (both hardware and software) all types of color profiles… Of course Windows doesn't have colorsync, it's Apple's color management… Windows has their own as well, and supports many others which Apple doesn't support, some of which are far superior to colorsync.

    My PC boots up from power on to the desktop in under 30 seconds and shuts down in under 5 seconds… Browser takes 2 maybe 3 seconds to load, same with Photoshop… Toss that Pentium 2 PC you used for testing and get something more recent to at least make it a fair comparison.

    This is the most biased comparison I've seen, it's freaking ridiculous… You should be ashamed to put something like this on the internet.

  45. Hi – I'm not an IT geek so expect to be…. 'flamed?' (I'm just a Physicist.) From what I have read here you are saying – if someone is techie enough to build their own custom pc – run linux – or a gamer – you get more out of the flexibility of a PC -but if you want something straight out of the box which will work well with minimum hassle – Apple have built the market leader with a nice shiny case.

  46. Performance more depends on configuration so above charts are not reliable without knowing each specs…

    HOWEVER
    Mac is beautifully designed, top to toes artistry and aesthetic and hardware is top notch technology…
    Similar price every country so you know what you are paying for which builds strong image…

    buy any brand in PC. they have crab models as well for each brand. but this is not case for Apple, all are top of their classes…

    indeed operating systems are really comparable today 7 vs leopard, however above mentioned facts are not comparable..

    buying a PC is compromise from beauty of Mac… that's all..

    (it is not true Mac is expensive; PC with similar quality will cost very similar if you can ever find, check Sony top end series.. very expensive as well; god damn good as well…)