Do You Really Need A Mac?

By   January 20, 2016

macpcmemeI recently had a conversation with a friend about getting a Mac vs a PC.  Her old Macbook had died and she was in need of a replacement computer.  She went to the Apple store where they sold her a $1500 new Macbook.  However when I was talking to her she said that she just wants to back up her phone and pictures, browse the internet, and occasionally type up a document.  And I told her she didn’t need a $1500 Macbook for that.  She replied and said that she just wanted to be able to connect her phone to iTunes, and she wasn’t sure she could do that on a PC.  Oh, Apple.  Good job at making people think they need to be locked into the Apple environment for everything.

I told her point blank that Apple computers were notoriously overpriced.  It’s a nice computer and everything, but certainly not something that she really needs.  I told her it’s like buying a Porsche to drive to the grocery store now and then.  I also informed her that she could buy a great PC for a lot less money and be perfectly happy.

She went and got a Surface Pro 3 and told me she is super stoked on it.  Not only is the SP3 lighter and more portable, it was also $600 less than the Macbook.  That is a LOT of money.  For her, that’s a surf trip or a new surfboard.

So here’s the thing folks, you DON’T need a Mac to do stuff.  I do a lot of photo and video stuff as a side job and people are always shocked across the board when I tell them that I don’t use a Mac, and I never have.  “Don’t you need a Mac for video stuff?” they ask me in confusion.  And I happily tell them that no, I can do everything on my PC just fine.  The software is there (Adobe) and works just as well if not better sometimes.  PLUS you can get a computer that is just as good, if not better, than what you’d be paying for in a Mac.  Macs are just so overpriced, and even the Mac Pro hasn’t been “refreshed” in 2 years – so you’re paying top price for a system that’s already 2 years old!  It’s outrageous, and Apple is truly taking advantage of people such as my friend who just aren’t computer people and aren’t aware of these intricacies.  They just think that “Macs are the best” and they need one in order to use their iPhone or other devices with it.

It’s brilliant marketing by Apple but it frustrates people like me who see friends getting taken advantage of.

Anyway, if you do decide to go the PC route then you’ll be happy.  Just ensure that you set up all the antivirus stuff and antimalware software.  I highly recommend Norton 360 as well as Spyhunter 4.  Spyhunter 4 is a very safe and effective spyware removal software program.  There’s a little grain of truth in the myth that Macs “don’t get viruses”. They do but just not with the frequency that PCs do.  It just has to do with hackers targeting PCs.  However, Macs can and do get viruses, and it’s been on the rise.