I like PC. But when most friends and family ask me what Computer to buy, I tend to recommend the Mac over PC. Here’s why.
Apple computers cost a lot more than some PCs, but they’re worth their high price when you consider the value you get for your money.
Macs get regular software updates that make them more capable over time. Bug fixes and patches are even available on older versions of MacOS to keep more vintage Macs safe.
If you love the way something looks as much as how it works, it’s also difficult to argue against a Mac’s aesthetic value.
My longest-running Mac is an iMac from 2008 that refuses to quit.
The first question any friend or family member asks me after I recommend getting a Mac is, “But is it really worth the price?”
As Mac power user for the last 10 years, I always say it is. That said, I completely understand the sticker shock people get when comparing a Mac computer to a PC. So instead of focusing on the price itself, I’d like to explain a few advantages of a Mac over PC.
The Mac is part of Apple’s ecosystem of products, and it works seamlessly with the iPhone and iPad
Apple’s biggest strength is that it designs its own hardware and software. This gives the company the power to make an operating system and suite of apps that are tailor-made and optimized for the Mac. Apple can also plan out new Mac hardware based on the software it’s currently developing. In fact, Apple has designed all of the hardware and software it makes to work seamlessly.
For example, if I take a photo on my iPhone, it’s automatically synced through iCloud to my iPad Pro and iMac without any external software. I can also send text messages and iMessages to my contacts through my iPhone, iPad, and Mac — starting a conversation on one device and continuing it on another.
Other vendors have tried to replicate this experience, but it remains Apple’s biggest selling point. If you already own other Apple hardware, a Mac will start working with it seamlessly right out of the box in a way that no PC currently can. This integration is getting tighter and more expansive over time, so this is a benefit that will actually get better the longer you have your Mac.
Apple can update software patches and make improvements quicker than PC makers
One of the biggest problems with issuing software updates to Windows machines is having to account for the fact that they have to run on systems with wildly different components. Microsoft has minimum system requirements to run the latest version of Windows, but beyond that hardware makers (or individuals) are free to build their own machines.
Apple doesn’t have that issue; there are only a small number of Macs (tens, instead of thousands) that need to be supported, so bugs can be squashed quickly. MacOS, the Mac operating system, is also constantly being updated, with a new major version released each fall. New versions of MacOS aren’t without their flaws, but it’s a lot easier to keep your system up to date with the latest fixes as soon as they’re ready.
Your Mac will last for a long time, and if it breaks, you know exactly where to take it
I’ve owned several Macs, but the first one I got to use at home was an iMac my mom bought for our home in late 2008. The machine has worked without any major issues for over 10 years, and it’s currently still set up in my room at her condo. Apple supported it with new versions of MacOS through 2015 and issued software fixes to it through the end of last year.
My experiences with Macs haven’t always been rosy, but when any Apple has hardware failed me, I’ve always known where to go: the Apple Store. It’s always possible to get a reservation to sort out my problems within a couple of days. Having a place to go when you experience computer problems is another big selling point for the Mac, and one I appreciate even as someone who prefers to troubleshoot problems myself if at all possible.
Macs have a high-end look and feel
Function will always be more important than form, but it is nice that Apple takes the time to carefully design its computers. I’m not saying I agree with every decision the company has made, or that there aren’t nicely designed PCs out there, but it’s hard to argue that Macs don’t look and feel great.
This is the strongest material case in the “you get what you pay for” argument, so it shouldn’t be overlooked. After using a Mac, most PCs feel a little clunky, or at the very least not as well put together.
Knowing what you’re getting makes the price of a Mac easier to justify
There’s no getting around the fact that buying a Mac is expensive, but it’s easier to justify the price of one when you think about what you’re getting. Great-looking and -feeling hardware, consistently updated software, free in-person tech support, and inter-device connectivity all come at a cost.
I don’t think that most people will keep their Mac for a decade, but the fact that my vintage iMac still runs without any hitches is enough of a reason for me to continually recommend people seriously consider the platform.