To Buy a Mac or not to Buy a Mac?

confused personWith the popularity of Apple’s iPod®, more and more people have given Apple® computers, also known as Macs, a second look for their primary computer. And they should. Macs are very easy to use and generally have far less problems than their Microsoft Windows® counterparts. When you sit down to work on your Mac®, you get to do work—not spend your time rebooting and troubleshooting to figure out why your Windows computer isn’t working properly. If you don’t want to be a computer mechanic, then a Mac might be for you.

If Macs are such great computers, why aren’t more people using them? In the past there have been two main reasons, a lack of software titles and the computer itself was expensive. Today most major software is made for both Macs and Windows, and you can get a good desktop (iMac®) or laptop (MacBook®) for around $1,500.

Another reason that people have resisted changing to a Mac from Windows is having to learn a new computer system. Not to worry, the Mac is very easy to use and it takes little time to become accustomed to it. Just like adjusting to driving a new car—it takes a little time but if the ride is a joy, it’s well worth it.

Before you run down to your Apple Store and give up your hard earned cash, you need to do some investigating, particularly if you are making the switch from a Windows computer to a Mac. Is there a Mac version of all the software you need to use? Visiting the websites of the software you need will tell you if a Mac version exists. If you are using some specialized software or you’re a gamer, it may not.

If all the software you need works on a Mac, then you can run down to your local Apple Store and plunk down your hard earned cash, right? Not so fast. Do all the websites that  you need to view, or can’t live without, work on a Mac in a non-Microsoft browser? Many companies are getting better about creating websites for Mac users. But not everyone has made the commitment. You can’t instantly watch movies from Netflix on your Mac. Netflix says they’re working on the problem in a recent blog post, but for now you’re confined to a computer with Windows. So you might want to head down to your local Apple Store, or to a friend’s house, and fire up Safari® (Mac’s browser) to check out the websites that you use regularly.

Nothing should be holding you back from purchasing a Mac if the software and websites you need or want to use work on a Mac. It will cost you more $$ to buy a Mac computer than the Windows equivalent. You also have to buy the Mac version of the software you need. However, the value of your time and the frustrations you will avoid cannot be underestimated.

Check back next week, I’ll address the issues you need to consider once you decide to buy a Mac.

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