I am thinking about getting an iMac but after seeing the price am having second thoughts. I could get an equivalent Windows PC for about half the price, is it worth it? I will be using it mostly for programming and web design, Photoshop, Dreamweaver.
Answer by ageekmom · Jun 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM
Absolutely, if you are considering a Mac, the iMac is worth a look. I'm eagerly awaiting my first Mac desktop computer (after years using their laptops, first a Powerbook and MacBook & currently a MacBook Pro from 2009.) My iMac 27" i7 is arriving next week and I couldn't be happier about the switch. My midrange Dell XPS desktop was the last straw -- it was less than 2 years old and before its motherboard died, I had already had to replace the power supply and one of the hard disk drives that shipped with it. I was considering a Mac Pro but after running the numbers, the iMac was hands-down the best value for the money (the Mac Pro is seriously overdue/in need of a spec update, which will come...whenever Steve Jobs decides to do so. :)
If you just want an inexpensive desktop computer, sure a PC is great but remember that with the iMac you're getting a gorgeous, top flight LED monitor (24" or 27") bundled with that computer. Add the cost of a comparable monitor to the PC you're speccing out that's "half the price" and the gap narrows considerably.
If you want the ability to run OS X and Windows, get a Mac. I've spent the past year with my primary computer being my 15" MacBook Pro connected to one of my external monitors, so that's an option as well as the Mac Mini if you haven't looked at it.
Answer by Liam Quade · Jun 06, 2010 at 02:24 PM
I would really get a Mac if I ever had the money. I've heard lots of good things about Macs, but I've never really used one besides at school. I'm a real Linux guy, Linux and Macs are both based off of Unix.
Answer by JDETechnical · Jun 06, 2010 at 02:50 PM
I have three macs now and am never going back to a PC. I run VMWare with Vista so I haven't given up on Windows, I just run it on the Mac. I don't use the internet from Windows though... you still can get spyware and viruses on Windows in virtual. Still, if you get one, just reload Windows so np. OSX has very little risk of getting anything bad off the internet and you can customize your security much more than windows so that you don't have to take away much from your users to keep them from doing bad stuff to the computer.
Answer by Razor512 · Jun 20, 2010 at 03:42 PM
For the hardware, the imac and the mac pro is overpriced but if you like the OS and feel it will give you less trouble and can afford it then go for it. Ultimately you will be sitting at the machine all day and you want to go with a system thats more comfortable for you, so use a windows based PC and also use a mac system and see which you like better.
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