Microsoft recently launched a series of “Laptop Hunters” ads, promoting the price benefits of PCs. These ads are well-timed, praying on the sentiments of people in this difficult period. But value is a very subjective matter. For people who have used a Mac before, these Microsoft ads are just lame and trying, and are not to be used when making an educated purchase decision.
There is no doubt that Mac is not for everyone. We list below 5 reasons why Apple Mac is not for you. But outside of these reasons, an Apple Mac or MacBook should be in your final shortlist.
### 1. You like to build your own computer
You cannot buy computer parts and assemble your own Mac, at least legally. If building your own computer is a hobby or addiction, then Windows or Linux PCs are the way to go.
### 2. You are a hardcore PC gamer
If you are a hardcore PC gamer and do not see XBox 360 or PS3 gaming as alternative, then Windows PC is the best choice. Apple has never positioned any of its product targeting hardcore gamers.
The best computer games are available mostly exclusive and first on Windows PCs. Some games come to Mac eventually but the selection paled considerably compared with what is available for Windows. The only Mac that allows graphics card add-on is the Mac Pro, but video card choice is limited due to the availability of device driver on Mac OS X.
### 3. You run special Windows or Linux software
On a Mac, you can run Windows or Linux software under virtual machine environment such as VMWare Fusion or Parallel Desktop. Or run the Windows OS and software natively on Mac hardware via Apple’s Bootcamp procedure.
But some Windows or Linux software, because of technical reason, support issue or licensing, cannot run under virtual machine or Apple’s Bootcamp. For example your stock broker might offer you a Windows trading platform and will not support the software if it is run under virtual machine.
### 4. You have no choice because of work
You might be unfortunate to work in a company that dictates that no Mac is allowed at home to connect to the corporate network. The IT department will explain that this is for ‘security’ reason, compatibility or whatever.
### 5. You like more choices for your operating system
When you buy a Mac, you don’t have to choose your OS because you basically have no choice, there is only one Mac OS X version. If you like choices for the OS, then Windows Vista offers you four choices (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate), and you can even choose if you want to install 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the OS. Life is all about choices right?