This article was first published on 2007-06-07. Due to the age of this article, it is included here for archive purposes only.
No Joke; As much as we love Macs, we admit there really are reasons not to buy a Mac. Here are my top six reasons to buy a PC instead of a Mac.
- You only have $300 to get a new computer. There is no disputing the fact that Apple doesn’t compete in the market for cheap, POS computers. Today, a refurbished Mac Mini is going for $519 from Apple. It only goes up from there. Counterpoint: you can always buy a good used Mac for cheap on eBay.
- You like to build your own computer. Some people like to tinker, and Windows or Linux PCs are the best way to do it. You can’t just march into Fry’s and start buying the parts to make a Mac yourself. Counterpoint: Unless your time is worth $3 an hour, don’t fool yourself into thinking you are saving money.
- You plan to pirate your software and all your sources use Windows. There is no denying software piracy is running rampant and by virtue of market share, there are far more sources of pirated Windows software than Mac software. Counterpoint: Macs come with most of the software you will need for free. Also, don’t be a thieving asshat. You aren’t entitled to steal someone else’s work, even if it’s Microsoft.
- You live for the latest video games. You also don’t mind dropping $500 for the latest video card to play them. Facts are facts: Computer games come out first for PCs and sometimes never even make it to the Mac. I’ve been waiting YEARS for Half-Life. Counterpoint: Go buy an Xbox.
- You need a program that is only available for Windows and a Mac counterpart won’t do. There may be tens of thousands of Mac programs available to you, but there still are gaps in very specific software categories. Counterpoint: Run Windows on your Mac via Parallels or Boot Camp to access that program.
- You want an ultraportable laptop or tablet like the new 7" tab from T-Mobile, which was built by Samsung. At this point, the MacBook is Apple’s smallest laptop computer, and it really doesn’t compete in the ultraportable category where screens are small and optical drives and battery life are shed to save weight. Counterpoint: Get a job where you don’t have to travel so much.
I’m sure I missed some items for the PC die-hards. What do you think? Use the Comments section below to take your best shot, but stick to reality. As much as you can.