5 Reasons to Switch from Mac to PC

Yep folks, this kind of article has been long overdue… and guess what? It was written by a Mac user and Mac developer. The author’s number one reason to switch? Productivity trumps religion!

Yet, depending on how a company uses Macs, trying to integrate the computers into a company’s workflow can kill productivity, Keanini said. The applications never quite match up, data has to be massaged to be useful, and the company has to design work-arounds for each issue, he said. Source.

What would be YOUR reasons to switch from a Mac to a PC?

Edit: BestTechie.net has an article named “50 Reasons to Switch From Mac to PC” you might also want to read.

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34 Responses to 5 Reasons to Switch from Mac to PC

  1. Last year when my Gateway crashed, I considered whether to switch to Mac. Actually, I had to use a Mac Powerbook if I didn't want to be confined to our home office desktop.

    What I don't like about Mac is that you can't set it up to maximize windows (actual windows not Windows) to fill up the whole screen automatically. I had to manually adjust every window. And even then, it was still easy to click out of the program I was working on.

    I even asked Apple store employees and they didn't think it was an option.

    So I went with a Dell. And I love it. I can work much faster. And actually, after I got used to Vista – it's very compatible with how I work naturally.

    And i hate how people make fun of me for having a Dell. It's like we're in high school and I'm not cool or something. Sheesh. Can't some people just like Macs and others like PCs? And leave it at that?

    • What I don’t like about Mac is that you can’t set it up to maximize windows (actual windows not Windows) to fill up the whole screen automatically. I had to manually adjust every window.

      That's because on OS X you generally wouldn't need or want to maximize your windows. You're used to the way Windows operates, and it's a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it's going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

      And even then, it was still easy to click out of the program I was working on.

      Yes! That's certainly a bad thing if you're not used to it or expecting it, but it's not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself.

      • If you want the computer to work the way you work, rather than you having to try to work the way it works, don't get a Mac, simple as that. They restrict what you, the user, can do for the sake of "design" (not even good design). Why can you only resize windows from the bottom right? What if that edge is off the screen and you want to make the window bigger? You can't just drag the left side. No, you have to drag the whole window over to the left, resize on the rigth, maybe drag some more if you didn't leave a big enough buffer, more resizing, then put it back where you want it. Too many steps!

        Why do I use Linux? I have choice. If I wanted that horrid universal menubar thing OSX has, KDE could do it. Since I don't want that, I can avoid it. If I want focus-follows-mouse (which I very much do), I can do it. OSX doesn't have that feature at all, and Windows has it in the API, but it's not a configurable option (an app may decide to use it at random, but only that app…the user can't make it universal). If I want to have my stuff "minimize" to invisibility, I can (and do). If I want to change every last pixel of the theme, I can. If I want to eliminate taskbars/panels with menus and just right click my desktop for a menu, I can. Anything I want to do, I can do. The OS isn't trying to restrict the way I work and function. It lets me do what I want. OSX and Windows both fail because they take options away from the user.

  2. Hardware quality.

    My Pc's are much more resistant than my apple's computer. Versus the ThinkPad R61e, the macbook may go to hell…

  3. Hardware quality.
    My Pc’s are much more resistant than my apple’s computer. Versus the ThinkPad R61e, the macbook may go to hell…

  4. you know, it's nice for people to make these kinds of "top reasons" lists, but really they need to be geared towards certain people. cause this list may not work for all kinds of people. a list title should be like "top 5 reasons to switch from mac to pc, for the elderly." or something like that.

  5. you know, it’s nice for people to make these kinds of “top reasons” lists, but really they need to be geared towards certain people. cause this list may not work for all kinds of people. a list title should be like “top 5 reasons to switch from mac to pc, for the elderly.” or something like that.

  6. Last year when my Gateway crashed, I considered whether to switch to Mac. Actually, I had to use a Mac Powerbook if I didn’t want to be confined to our home office desktop.

    What I don’t like about Mac is that you can’t set it up to maximize windows (actual windows not Windows) to fill up the whole screen automatically. I had to manually adjust every window. And even then, it was still easy to click out of the program I was working on.

    I even asked Apple store employees and they didn’t think it was an option.

    So I went with a Dell. And I love it. I can work much faster. And actually, after I got used to Vista – it’s very compatible with how I work naturally.

    And i hate how people make fun of me for having a Dell. It’s like we’re in high school and I’m not cool or something. Sheesh. Can’t some people just like Macs and others like PCs? And leave it at that?

    • What I don’t like about Mac is that you can’t set it up to maximize windows (actual windows not Windows) to fill up the whole screen automatically. I had to manually adjust every window.

      That’s because on OS X you generally wouldn’t need or want to maximize your windows. You’re used to the way Windows operates, and it’s a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it’s going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

      And even then, it was still easy to click out of the program I was working on.

      Yes! That’s certainly a bad thing if you’re not used to it or expecting it, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself.

      • If you want the computer to work the way you work, rather than you having to try to work the way it works, don’t get a Mac, simple as that. They restrict what you, the user, can do for the sake of “design” (not even good design). Why can you only resize windows from the bottom right? What if that edge is off the screen and you want to make the window bigger? You can’t just drag the left side. No, you have to drag the whole window over to the left, resize on the rigth, maybe drag some more if you didn’t leave a big enough buffer, more resizing, then put it back where you want it. Too many steps!

        Why do I use Linux? I have choice. If I wanted that horrid universal menubar thing OSX has, KDE could do it. Since I don’t want that, I can avoid it. If I want focus-follows-mouse (which I very much do), I can do it. OSX doesn’t have that feature at all, and Windows has it in the API, but it’s not a configurable option (an app may decide to use it at random, but only that app…the user can’t make it universal). If I want to have my stuff “minimize” to invisibility, I can (and do). If I want to change every last pixel of the theme, I can. If I want to eliminate taskbars/panels with menus and just right click my desktop for a menu, I can. Anything I want to do, I can do. The OS isn’t trying to restrict the way I work and function. It lets me do what I want. OSX and Windows both fail because they take options away from the user.

  7. While articles of this *subject* may be long overdue, for you, this particular one is built on patchy knowledge and poor reasoning. Hold out for a smarter one, because you don't want to be associated with a misinformed and illogical CIO.

    • Apple computers in the corporate world just can't really keep up. Sure, in a music studio, or graphic design firm, they work even better, but when it comes to crunching financial numbers or running a big corporate ERP, they just don't do the job… unless they're running something like VMWare fusion on the side :)

      The main reason for posting this was to get people's opinion by the way.. I'm not really associating myself with the article, I want to know what people think would be good reasons to make the opposite switch.

  8. While articles of this *subject* may be long overdue, for you, this particular one is built on patchy knowledge and poor reasoning. Hold out for a smarter one, because you don’t want to be associated with a misinformed and illogical CIO.

    • Apple computers in the corporate world just can’t really keep up. Sure, in a music studio, or graphic design firm, they work even better, but when it comes to crunching financial numbers or running a big corporate ERP, they just don’t do the job… unless they’re running something like VMWare fusion on the side :)

      The main reason for posting this was to get people’s opinion by the way.. I’m not really associating myself with the article, I want to know what people think would be good reasons to make the opposite switch.

  9. I'm switching from a Mac to Ubuntu because I'm fed up with Apple locking my music and files into their apps. Because when it comes to wanting to use a different application–it's a real headache!

  10. I’m switching from a Mac to Ubuntu because I’m fed up with Apple locking my music and files into their apps. Because when it comes to wanting to use a different application–it’s a real headache!

  11. That’s because on OS X you generally wouldn’t need or want to maximize your windows. You’re used to the way Windows operates, and it’s a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it’s going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

    Why wouldn't you want the option to maximize a window?! You've obviously never used a software application for word processing, drawing, music production, video production, web browsing, or any other useful purpose–at least not properly. As for the "zoom" button in OS X, well it always has a "+" on it, even when the window will be made smaller… hahaha at least Microsoft got that one right

  12. That’s because on OS X you generally wouldn’t need or want to maximize your windows. You’re used to the way Windows operates, and it’s a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it’s going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

    Why wouldn’t you want the option to maximize a window?! You’ve obviously never used a software application for word processing, drawing, music production, video production, web browsing, or any other useful purpose–at least not properly. As for the “zoom” button in OS X, well it always has a “+” on it, even when the window will be made smaller… hahaha at least Microsoft got that one right

  13. That’s because on OS X you generally wouldn’t need or want to maximize your windows. You’re used to the way Windows operates, and it’s a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it’s going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

    Why wouldn’t you want the option to maximize a window?! You’ve obviously never used a software application for word processing, drawing, music production, video production, web browsing, or any other useful purpose–at least not properly. As for the “zoom” button in OS X, well it always has a “+” on it, even when the window will be made smaller… hahaha at least Microsoft got that one right

  14. That’s because on OS X you generally wouldn’t need or want to maximize your windows. You’re used to the way Windows operates, and it’s a sort of reflex to maximize your windows. If you try and use OS X like Windows, of course it’s going to seem awkward. But if you give it a chance and try to use OS X like OS X, you might end up preferring it.

    Why wouldn’t you want the option to maximize a window?! You’ve obviously never used a software application for word processing, drawing, music production, video production, web browsing, or any other useful purpose–at least not properly. As for the “zoom” button in OS X, well it always has a “+” on it, even when the window will be made smaller… hahaha at least Microsoft got that one right

  15. We all Know why pc is more popular than a mac is because it is cheaper and crap. Even pc said it themselves, P.C. stands for Piece of Crap, and all that junk about a pc preparing you for the cruel and harsh world. Most likely in the future something much better will come out, even better than the mac!!!(but probably made by mac.) Anyways this new awesome thing will be pretty expensive, so therefore the mac becomes cheap and more and more people will buy it, then mac will be popular and pc will just sink away if they don't catch up! So basically any job that has to do with computers they'll buy mac, because its cheap, useful and the next best thing.

    • Exactly. It's taking like 50 PC companies to try and take down Apple and they STILL cant do it. Look up an alienware that is the EXACT same specs as Mac. It is more expensive. And also, with PC you need to buy antivirus every year. That adds up after a couple of years

  16. We all Know why pc is more popular than a mac is because it is cheaper and crap. Even pc said it themselves, P.C. stands for Piece of Crap, and all that junk about a pc preparing you for the cruel and harsh world. Most likely in the future something much better will come out, even better than the mac!!!(but probably made by mac.) Anyways this new awesome thing will be pretty expensive, so therefore the mac becomes cheap and more and more people will buy it, then mac will be popular and pc will just sink away if they don’t catch up! So basically any job that has to do with computers they’ll buy mac, because its cheap, useful and the next best thing.

  17. We all Know why pc is more popular than a mac is because it is cheaper and crap. Even pc said it themselves, P.C. stands for Piece of Crap, and all that junk about a pc preparing you for the cruel and harsh world. Most likely in the future something much better will come out, even better than the mac!!!(but probably made by mac.) Anyways this new awesome thing will be pretty expensive, so therefore the mac becomes cheap and more and more people will buy it, then mac will be popular and pc will just sink away if they don’t catch up! So basically any job that has to do with computers they’ll buy mac, because its cheap, useful and the next best thing.

  18. What I find most interesting about all of these comments is that not one of them mentions anything about the greater stability of the Mac OSX platform. Okay so you can't maximize the window, but I would prefer my Mac and the windows that it has over the ability to maximizing a window that crashes all of the time.

    Did this top 5 actually say that productivity goes down on a mac over a PC?! Really?! How about all the time you have to ctrl alt del (I think that is the command – haven't been on pc's now in over 10 years so I don't really remember – no need for that kind of thing on the stable platform known as OSX)? You mean all of that time spent rebooting and recreating files after crashes and freezes don't reduce productivity? The mere fact that some PC toting goof is espousing this lame and ill conceived argument as the basis for picking a PC over a Mac only bolsters my lack of confidence in PCs and the opinions of those who use them.

    And one other thing. . . I have run my whole practice on Macs since we opened in 1999 so I don't want to hear this lame argument that you can't run an efficient and effective office environment on Macs. That argument clearly came from someone who hasn't run their office entirely on Macs.

  19. What I find most interesting about all of these comments is that not one of them mentions anything about the greater stability of the Mac OSX platform. Okay so you can’t maximize the window, but I would prefer my Mac and the windows that it has over the ability to maximizing a window that crashes all of the time.

    Did this top 5 actually say that productivity goes down on a mac over a PC?! Really?! How about all the time you have to ctrl alt del (I think that is the command – haven’t been on pc’s now in over 10 years so I don’t really remember – no need for that kind of thing on the stable platform known as OSX)? You mean all of that time spent rebooting and recreating files after crashes and freezes don’t reduce productivity? The mere fact that some PC toting goof is espousing this lame and ill conceived argument as the basis for picking a PC over a Mac only bolsters my lack of confidence in PCs and the opinions of those who use them.

    And one other thing. . . I have run my whole practice on Macs since we opened in 1999 so I don’t want to hear this lame argument that you can’t run an efficient and effective office environment on Macs. That argument clearly came from someone who hasn’t run their office entirely on Macs.

    • Okay, one year after this comment I cannot let this one go. You, sir, are the stereotypical blind Apple fanboy, and here is why (just a quote):

      "(I think that is the command – haven't been on pc's now in over 10 years so I don't really remember – no need for that kind of thing on the stable platform known as OSX)"

      1) You judge a platform you haven't used since Windows '98 and/or ME? Really? Okay, so shall we discuss the greatness of Windows 7 over Mac OS9 then, shall we?

      2) Mac is a stable platform, just because *you* have had little or no crashes with your machines, huh? So, do the words "Kernel Panic" mean anything to you? Or faulty hardware causing both Windows and Mac to crash? And do you really not know the many bugs that caused Snow Leopard to crash so often that even Mac lovers complained over and over?
      My stepfather, my brother and my sister use a Mac and all three of them have had at least a couple of crashes in the past year. Some were caused by faulty software, some by a faulty user, and some by the OS. Just like Windows. The fact that Windows is more open (10.000 times more available software is a 10.000 times bigger chance of buggy, underdeveloped software) doesn't mean the OS itself is more prone to crash. Because let's face it, It just isn't 1999 anymore, now is it? Open your eyes and stop being judgemental on everybody not using a Mac. Nothing is perfect, and Apple sure as hell isn't either.

  20. I’ve used a Mac since 1994. I’m thinking this is my last one. I’m tired of being limited in virtually every way by Apple. I had to painfully burn all my music to CD and rerip it to MP3 when I naively started buying music from iTunes so I could play music on other devices. If you ‘jailbreak’ any Apple device, they undo it next update out of the kindness of their heart with more marketing tracking features to more efficiently try to sell you sh*t you don’t want. Apple’s become the evil corporate toolbox Steve Jobs always intended but could not attain previously. Over the years each computer I have had (on my 5th) has gotten progressively worse and more limited. My latest (Intel Core2 2.0G iMac) is the slowest and buggiest to date, and I have the latest Snow Leopard installed. I only want a computer to work from home occasionally, browse the web, and edit photography. The only work software that is compatible is Office, the Mac blows at speedy web surfing (always has), and for more money I can buy the same software I could buy for Windows cheaper to edit photos or use the terrible iLife suite to do mediocre everything. My Dell at work is a better performing machine, doesn’t crash, isn’t slow, and finally has made me start wondering why I am drawn like a sheep back to the same ‘F.U.’ customer experience every time I need computer hardware. F.U., Apple. I’m tired of being jerked around and being told I’m intelligent by a genius (because they have a T-shirt) because I bought an idiot-proof lousy computer system for 1.5x the cost of THE SAME F*CKING HARDWARE!

  21. I’ve used a Mac since 1994. I’m thinking this is my last one. I’m tired of being limited in virtually every way by Apple. I had to painfully burn all my music to CD and rerip it to MP3 when I naively started buying music from iTunes so I could play music on other devices. If you ‘jailbreak’ any Apple device, they undo it next update out of the kindness of their heart with more marketing tracking features to more efficiently try to sell you sh*t you don’t want. Apple’s become the evil corporate toolbox Steve Jobs always intended but could not attain previously. Over the years each computer I have had (on my 5th) has gotten progressively worse and more limited. My latest (Intel Core2 2.0G iMac) is the slowest and buggiest to date, and I have the latest Snow Leopard installed. I only want a computer to work from home occasionally, browse the web, and edit photography. The only work software that is compatible is Office, the Mac blows at speedy web surfing (always has), and for more money I can buy the same software I could buy for Windows cheaper to edit photos or use the terrible iLife suite to do mediocre everything. My Dell at work is a better performing machine, doesn’t crash, isn’t slow, and finally has made me start wondering why I am drawn like a sheep back to the same ‘F.U.’ customer experience every time I need computer hardware. F.U., Apple. I’m tired of being jerked around and being told I’m intelligent by a genius (because they have a T-shirt) because I bought an idiot-proof lousy computer system for 1.5x the cost of THE SAME F*CKING HARDWARE!

  22. I've used a Mac since 1994. I'm thinking this is my last one. I'm tired of being limited in virtually every way by Apple. I had to painfully burn all my music to CD and rerip it to MP3 when I naively started buying music from iTunes so I could play music on other devices. If you 'jailbreak' any Apple device, they undo it next update out of the kindness of their heart with more marketing tracking features to more efficiently try to sell you sh*t you don't want. Apple's become the evil corporate toolbox Steve Jobs always intended but could not attain previously. Over the years each computer I have had (on my 5th) has gotten progressively worse and more limited. My latest (Intel Core2 2.0G iMac) is the slowest and buggiest to date, and I have the latest Snow Leopard installed. I only want a computer to work from home occasionally, browse the web, and edit photography. The only work software that is compatible is Office, the Mac blows at speedy web surfing (always has), and for more money I can buy the same software I could buy for Windows cheaper to edit photos or use the terrible iLife suite to do mediocre everything. My Dell at work is a better performing machine, doesn't crash, isn't slow, and finally has made me start wondering why I am drawn like a sheep back to the same 'F.U.' customer experience every time I need computer hardware. F.U., Apple. I'm tired of being jerked around and being told I'm intelligent by a genius (because they have a T-shirt) because I bought an idiot-proof lousy computer system for 1.5x the cost of THE SAME F*CKING HARDWARE!

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