Addicted to Macs

I’m addicted to Macs.

No, I’m not one of the millions of obese Americans addicted to the McDonald’s Big Mac. I’m addicted to my Apple Macbook. My love story started the year I graduated college. I had always been a PC girl and knew my way around Microsoft Word and system restores. However, when my PC died after two years of use and at the same time stripped me of my entire collection of music and college pictures, I decided to look at the other option that my friends were raving about. Apple. Just entering their store for the first time made me realize that the Apple company is not just another computer store. They offer a new lifestyle of hip, easy-to-use, attractive products. It was love at first sight and I walked out of the store that day with a shiny, white, brand new Mac Book.

When I called my parents and told them about my first major purchase, they scoffed at me for “buying into the hype”. I believed them at first and felt guilty for wasting my money on an overpriced computer. However, as many young adults learn as they emerge into the real world – parents don’t know everything. Since my original purchase, nearly five years have gone by and my parents have gone through two computers. I on the other hand am writing this article from the very same Mac Book that I purchased after college. My parents are now considering a visit to the Apple store for their next computer.

There are many Mac-Haters out there that have ideas similar to my parents original notions about Apple. Let’s take a look at a few of their claims.

1) Apple computers are overpriced.
It is true that if you do a side-by-side comparison of a PC and Apple computer with equal specifications, you can get the PC for a much cheaper price. However, when purchasing a computer it is important to think about the additional costs that you will encounter. To begin with, you will need to purchase a word processing program (most computers do not come equipped with a decent program). The price of Microsoft Office is $149.99 at Best Buy. On the other hand, the far superior program for Apple is iWork which is only $79.99. That’s a savings of $80. Then there is the virus software. You are going to have to shell out $40-$200 for anti-virus software when purchasing a PC (depending on the type of software). However, if you purchase a Mac Book, guess what – NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE NEEDED! There aren’t many viruses out there for Macs and it is highly unlikely that you will ever have a need for this software. Also, one must consider the longevity of the Mac Book. Mac Books typically outlast PCs (not always) which can give you a bigger bang for your buck.

2)Apple computers are not compatible with many programs.
Okay, I will admit that this one is semi-true. If you are a hard-core PC gamer, it can be difficult to find your favorite games as a Mac version. Mac tends to only have the mainstream games available such as The Sims and RollerCoaster Tycoon. However, Mac does have a huge selection of programs that are comparable to many PC programs. If you plan to use your laptop for work, make sure to do some research ahead of time to see if your work programs are compatable with a Mac.

3) People just buy Macs because they want to follow the trend.
I’ve heard people say that the only reason my computer is $500 more than a PC is because of the Apple logo on the front. As an Apple lover, I can honestly say I would still pay the premium for their computers even if on the outside they looked identical to your average PC. I didn’t pay for the look of the computer, I paid for its capabilities and reliability (but the beautiful design is a nice bonus).

I realize reading this article isn’t going to make you an instant Mac-Lover. I hope the next time you are in the market for a new laptop that you give Apple a chance and consider that it may just change the way you think about computers.