tim wrote in post #17746689
Both operating systems are fine, if you have a preference for one go for it. You may get a faster machine for the same money with a PC is all.
Despite the fact that I am a Mac user, and much prefer the system over Windows-based PCs, I agree with Tim.
However, Macs are so much better for me because of my own particular needs, strengths, and weaknesses.
I struggled along with PCs for years, always having all kinds of trouble with them. Then in 2008 when I needed a new computer I went into a store and looked at all of the computers and monitors for sale. I knew nothing at all about Apple, but I thought that the iMac there in the store had a better-looking display than any of the other computers, so I bought it.
As a photographer, the display really was the most important thing for me to have in a computer. I had no idea that the computer would work differently than the PCs I had previously used until I got it home and started using it. Lo and behold, it worked great, and I didn't have any of the problems that I had always had with PCs!
I think that is primarily because I am extremely "technology challenged". How so? Well, installing an anti-virus program is a huge deal for me. I could never figure out how to do it, and thereby had to hire a computer guy to come to my house and install it for me. Then a few months would go by and the anti-virus program would say that I need to install an update. Huh? Why? So I would click on the "update now" button and try to install the update myself. Invariably some little window would pop up and tell me something that I didn't understand - some kind of error message or something, or something that would say something like, "you must _________ ___________ ____________ to continue". I would have no idea whatsoever what it was talking about, so I couldn't continue the update. So, yeah, I would have to call my computer guy again and pay him to come out and install the update for me. This was ridiculous because it would happen every few months.
Another thing was the whole deal with the operating system. Windows would switch from one version to another, and then that would cause some stuff not to work right, so I felt like I had to update to a new operating system, like, the next version of Windows or whatever it is called. What a freakin' nightmare!!!! I don't want to spend one single minute of my time trying to figure out how to put a new operating system on my computer - the whole deal is like a foreign language to me! And it is most certainly a language I have no interest in learning.
Once I switched over to iMac, I never had to install any anti-virus anything, never had to "run updates", basically I never had to do anything in order to keep the computer operational. I just used my computer, without ever having to maintain it. Which is an awesome thing for me, because I have no idea how to maintain a computer, and always had to pay others to do it for me.
So, in general, iMacs have allowed me to use computers without having to spend any time, money, or effort learning about computers. Everything just somehow works, without me having to figure out how to get it to work.
As Tim said, one can get a PC for less money than you have to pay for an iMac. So for one that understands computers a PC is probably a better deal. But for someone like me, that inexpensive PC isn't doing any good if I am all bogged down with viruses, or if I am spending my time watching tutorials trying to figure out how to keep my computer running smoothly, installing updates, etc, etc, etc.
Oh, another thing - if you demand a really great, high-resolution display, then an iMac all-in-one is probably a better value (cheaper!) than a PC / 5K monitor combination.*
*Now, in lieu of that statement, I suspect there will ensue a discussion about whether anyone really needs a 5K monitor or not, and some will say that it is actually no better than a 4K monitor....and people will list facts an specs and numbers and talk about things nobody understands like "bit depth" and "compression" and our "eyes ability to resolve" and whatever all else goes into those technical talks........those discussions bore me to tears! All I know is that photos look better on the 27 inch 5K display than they do on any other display I have seen.
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