So you’re trying to choose between a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. Or maybe you’re just curious to see what a Mac can do better than a Windows PC.
Indeed, there are lots of things that a Mac computer from Apple can do better than a Windows PC. Oh, for sure, there are lots of good things about Windows PCs, when you put them up against a Mac. Right now, though, we’re talking about reasons to buy a Mac over a PC. Come back soon, though, for an argument the other way.
See also: Top 5 Advantages of a Mac over PC
Here are 10 reasons why the Mac beats Windows PC.
1. Macs are easier to buy.
There are fewer models and configurations of Mac computers to choose from than there are Windows PCs — if only because only Apple makes Macs and anyone can make a Windows PC.
Certain PC brands can have dozens of computers for sale, under the same (or similar) product names and model numbers. Unless you really know what to look for, picking a Windows PC can be daunting, especially if you’re browsing on sites like Amazon.
But if you just want a good computer and don’t want to do a ton of research, Apple makes it easier for you to pick. Just pick one that matches your budget and it’ll do great for you.
2. Mac computers are easier to get repaired.
There are lots of places to bring a Windows PC to get repairs, but you mostly need to figure that out on your own: Different places have different prices, and you’ll need to find one with a good reputation too. But with the MacBook, you can tap into a vast database of useful help articles on Apple’s website, get help via live chat or schedule an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar. I’m speaking from my own experience, where I’ve had to bring both Windows PCs and Macs to get repaired, and it’s always been easier to get my Macs repaired.
3. Apple macOS can be simpler to use, but that depends on personal preference
Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system with tons of features and functionality, but it can be a little cluttered. Apple macOS, the operating system formerly known as Apple OS X, offers a comparatively clean and simple experience.
4. The Apple ecosystem.
The Apple ecosystem is hard to beat. Combined with a Mac, devices like the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePods, and Apple TV, offer some kind of useful integration that makes certain things seamless and easy. So far, no other company or ecosystem has come close to the easy and smooth integration between Apple’s home-built devices.
If you haven’t tried a Mac in a while, you might be surprised to know just how well iPhones work with them. For instance, with the Continuity feature in macOS, you can use your MacBook to send and receive text messages and even receive and place calls. All you have to do is keep your iPhone nearby.
My favorite feature is AirDrop, which lets you easily transfer photos and videos over Wi-Fi from your iPhone to a MacBook.
And thanks to iCloud keeping everything in sync, you also have easy access on your Mac to the photos you take on your iPhone, as well as any notes or documents you create.
5. Macs come with some great software for free
The built-in software on Macs, like iMovie, Garage Band, and Image Capture, among others, is actually quite good and makes it easy work to edit videos, create music, or transfer photos from your camera. They’re a lot better than anything I’ve found preloaded on Windows PCs.
6. You might not want these free apps, but they’re nowhere near as offensive as the “bloatware” that comes with most Windows PCs
Windows PCs are often preloaded with a ton of so-called bloatware. These can be third-party apps you don’t want or need, and it’s just crap taking up space on your computer..
Even if you buy a fresh copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft, it’ll come with apps and games like Candy Crush Saga, which devalues the look and feel of Windows — in my opinion, anyway. You can always remove that bloatware, but the fact that it’s there in the first place leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
Apple does include some apps you might not want or need, but it has much more restraint than other manufacturers when it comes to bundling its own stuff.
7. New versions of macOS are always free
If you own a compatible Mac, you can update to the latest version of macOS on the day it’s released (or close to it, depending on how Apple’s servers stand up to the strain). This dynamic isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Windows gets free updates, too, on a twice-a-year schedule.
But if you’re using an older version of Windows, including the still popular Windows 7, or the more recent Windows 8 or 8.1, you’re going to have to pay $120 or so to get current on Windows 10.
While Microsoft did offer that upgrade for free for the first year or so after Windows 10 came out, that time is long over.
8. Most Mac laptops have beautiful displays
Macs have beautiful “Retina” displays that are sharp and vibrant. Windows laptops can also come with great displays, some of which are even sharper or better overall, but you have to really hunt through the great many models available to find one with a sharp screen.
That said, if a nice display is on your checklist, avoid the cheaper, lighter MacBook Air laptop. It uses Apple’s older displays that are nowhere near as nice as the more recent Retina models.
9. Mac laptops have the best trackpads.
Few, if any, Windows laptops have mouse trackpads that are even close to the trackpads on Apple’s laptops. Any MacBook has a responsive mouse trackpad that just feels right. Windows trackpads can be unreliable and occasionally uncomfortable to the touch.
10. You can run Windows on Macs if you want
If you want all the benefits of a Mac but need Windows for certain situations, you can install Microsoft’s operating system on your Mac. Meanwhile, you can’t run macOS on anything other than a Mac computer from Apple.
You could always build your own “Hackintosh” out of available PC parts, but I wouldn’t really advise it. You’re limited in what parts you can use, and installing/updating macOS on a Hackintosh is a pain.