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Apple vs Microsoft Computers: Which is the Smart Choice?

Long before actor Justin Long represented an Apple computer in commercials, people have debated the issue. Which is the better laptop or desktop? An Apple or a Microsoft personal computer? When you want to purchase a new computer, is it better to go for an Apple or a Microsoft PC?

Computer users often form strong opinions one way or the other. Die-hard Apple fans praise the convenience of their elegant “closed system” Macs, while PC-purists tout the flexibility of the platform Microsoft founder Bill Gates made famous. But for the undecided, which is the right pick?

Differences between Apple and Microsoft PCs

1. Design

In their infancy, personal computers were unattractive, putty-colored boxes, offering little in the way of design aesthetic. In the intervening years, design has emerged as one of the most important elements in personal computing. This is unfortunate since the shape of the box has little to do with the functions inside. Nevertheless, the late Apple Founder Steve Jobs understood that consumers cared about form as well as function. And he demanded sleek, attractive design in every Apple product. While PCs may have lagged in this regard, currently, PC designers pay careful attention to form. In fact, many consumers prefer the look of their PCs to Apple counterparts.

2. Price

One of the biggest distinctions between these two systems is price. Apple products cost more. That’s a given. However, it’s easy to spend a lot on Microsoft products. By and large, you need at least $1,000 to buy an Apple laptop or desktop. Conversely, you can buy a Chromebook for as little as $200. Granted, you can’t do much with a Chromebook. But it is technically a computer. Fortunately, Microsoft offers several machines that fall between those price points. In fact, we offer these machines in our Meridian computer store. What’s more, we customize each one for our clients.

3. Tech Specs

Apple famously sued Microsoft in 1988 for Windows. Prior to the launch of Windows, using a PC required a basic understanding of computer codes to navigate the system. Now, regardless of the outcome of that lawsuit, people have access to the elegant drop-down menu interface that brought computer use into the mainstream whether they use an Apple or a Microsoft PC. And when it comes to storage capacity as well as processing power, you can find both in near-equal measure whichever way you go.

4. Security

It’s a myth that Macs cannot catch computer viruses. So, don’t purchase one based on that mistaken belief. As Mac use has gained traction, attacks have increased. This is the result of cross-platform software. What’s more, most phishing and spoofing scams today come through email and social media rather than through the computer interface. So, regardless of the type of machine you use to compute, take precautions to protect yourself from fraud.

Ultimately, your choice of a PC versus a Mac depends on your budget as well as your preference. Both systems pack a lot of punch. If you’re in the market for a new desktop computer or laptop and live in the Treasure Valley, come into 208Geek. We will be happy to advise you, so you don’t end up purchasing a system that fails to meet your needs.

About 208 Geek in Meridian, Idaho

Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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