If you’re in the market for a new computer and you’re wondering if you should switch teams, you’ll definitely want to do your homework before you dive into a purchase.

Although Macs and PCs both allow their users to download and stream music and videos, and they both allow you access to things like MS Word, Excel and email, there are a few key differences that you’ll need to be aware of.

First things first

When it comes to a Mac, you have one (and just one) manufacturer, since Apple is the only company that makes them.  On the other hand, there are quite a few companies that manufacturer PCs, including but not limited to Samsung, Dell, Toshiba and HP.

Macs typically cost more

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive computer that will allow you to create and edit word documents, surf the internet and have access to email, a PC may be your best bet. Depending on the time of the year you’re looking to make your purchase (cough, Black Friday, cough), you may be able to buy something that meets your needs for under $200.

This is a mere fraction of what you’d need to pay if you want to buy a Mac.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, a Windows OS is better

Windows PCs are far more customizable than a MAC is. If you’re a serious, serious gamer you can even have a custom system that’s built from the ground up. When it comes to the amount of memory you want your computer to have, and the types of graphics card you want to have, to the speed of the processor, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

It’s also worth noting that Windows PCs have a far greater game selection than their Apple counterparts. (Fun fact: this trend dates back to the 1990s.)

A Mac comes with better customer support

If you buy a Mac and something breaks down, you can make a diagnostics appointment at your friendly neighborhood Apple Store. If they’re able to fix the problem in one session, chances are, you won’t be charged for it.

On the other hand, if you’ve purchased a PC and you run into some problems, you’ll likely need to ship it back to the manufacturer to have it fixed.

Macs are less likely to be infected with viruses and malware

If you think about it, this one makes a lot of sense. Why? Well, would-be attackers are well aware that there are still fewer Macs in circulation, so when it comes time to write code for malware and viruses, writing it for a PC will cast a wider net.

Have questions? Contact Rocky Mountain Computer Specialists today

If you’re in the market for a new computer and you’re still weighing the pros and cons of a PC over a Mac, we can help. Or, if you have a PC that needs to be repaired and you’d like to schedule a time for us to help you out with that, we can assist with that too!

For more information, call RMCS today at 303-371-7214.