Forum Question: Windows PC & Apple Mac Combo Dilema ?

If you were to have two computers (one desktop & one laptop), one being an Apple Mac and the other being a Windows PC, would you have :
An Apple Desktop & a Windows Laptop
A Windows Desktop & an Apple MacBook
I am interested to know peoples views on this and why they would choose that particular combination ?
kind regards…….

Comments: 10 Responses to “Windows PC & Apple Mac Combo Dilema ?”

    7/10/12 @ 2:34 pm

    For the most part, your experience with the software would be the same on a MacBook or, say, an iMac. So I wouldn’t evaluate the purchases on the experience with the OS or the apps.

    I would compare the hardware and body styles. If you like the look of an iMac on your desk, go for it. If you prefer a MacBook’s body style to ultrabooks on the market, go with Apple’s notebook computer.

    And if it is a powerful hardware that matters most, I would think you would be happier with a powerful desktop PC and a portable Mac. In general, you get a better bang for your buck with a desktop PC than with a desktop Mac.

    Bob DeGrande
    7/10/12 @ 2:45 pm

    A Macbook and a Windows desktop. What I would actually use is a Macbook running Windows under virtualization, but that isn’t an option.

    I have Windows and Linux computers as well as Macs, but there really isn’t anything I need to run Windows for, other than Microsoft Access, which I run maybe twice a year.

    I would pick a Windows desktop for the possibility of running high frane rate games using the latest graphics cards without spending as much as a high end Mac Pro would cost. In a year or two, if Thunderbolt takes off, Macs could be a good option for those uses as well.

    Gordon Potter
    7/10/12 @ 7:06 pm

    would you have : An Apple Desktop & a Windows Laptop
    A Windows Desktop & an Apple MacBook

    Neither option you listed. I have a MacBook Pro and an iMac. On the iMac I run Windows in a virtual machine. I happen to use Parallels, but there are other approaches. For me this is the best option because I end up getting into Windows multiple times a day – but my main PC work today is Mac. I switched in 2009 after spending over 25 years with Windows, DOS and CPM operating systems.

    Kika Wai'Alae
    7/10/12 @ 7:46 pm

    When you go Mac you donʻt go back. That being said I have Mac desktops and laptops. I leave the PCʻs to my gamer son…He has a PC desktop and a Mac laptop.

    7/10/12 @ 9:13 pm

    Mac & Mac – Even if you *must* have a cabinet desktop (why?) with bays and slots to add drives, etc.
    Dealt with MSDOS systems for years and years. (since C:\>) Have bought 10s of thousands of dollars worth of DOS/Win machines since 1970’s. Most are on the junk pile now. They were (and still are for the ones still own) a source of never-ending frustration. Why are you “interested to know people’s views on this?” Is there something win-based machines do that you need that Mac can’t? Yes, Macs are more costly, but the “sweat equity” you put into win quickly makes up for the differential.

    7/11/12 @ 11:35 am

    I have all of the combinations that have been mentioned so far (a Windows 3.2Ghz desktop with lots of Ram and high end video card and a high end Windows Dell 15″ laptop and a 3Ghz Mac Pro with 10GB Ram and a 2011 2.4Ghz 13″ MacBook Pro 4GB Ram). In every respect the Mac 3Ghz tower is much more efficient and faster than the 3.2Ghz Windows tower machine. I don’t know if this can be attributed to the anti-virus software on the Windows machine or not but the Mac computer is noticeably faster and of course much more dependable and less problematic. I find that I can do the same amount of work on the Mac machine in much less time that it takes me to do it on the Windows machine. Of course the windows machine quality is much inferior. The only advantage to the Windows machine that I can find is that it is cheaper with reference to price and somewhat more customizable with reference to video etc. Having said that, the only reason that I keep the Windows computers is because there are a few (very few) Professional Windows programs that are not unavailable for Mac and I like them even though I seldom have to use them so I keep the more awkward, problematic, inefficient computers with the Windows operating system around just because of those programs.

    7/19/12 @ 7:03 am

    Interesting article about buying a Mac to run Windows

    7/23/12 @ 8:45 pm

    I have a pc desktop and a Macbook Pro original thought the Macbook would control the iPhone and iPad. Well, being more than 6 decades into this life, and thinking old girls need to solve puzzles etc to keep their minds agile looks a lot better in a post than in real life. For pete’s sake there ain’t even an end key on the Macbook. Deleting is a trick to learn, other such. And yes, I see why if you get a Mac you won’t go back. Wish my pc wasn’t so new, or that the Mac wasn’t so expensive. But, like an old lady, I’ve wandered. The point is changing platforms is not easy, I need to rent a teenager. Sigh.

    Thanks for listening.

    7/24/12 @ 9:34 am


    You wished you had bought a windows laptop instead of the macbook pro ?


    7/24/12 @ 9:44 am

    Oh and Roberta, this forum & website, has to be the most comprehensive and greatest assets any Apple owner could wish for. I’m sure anyone will agree with that

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