Wednesday, September 13, 2006

HELP!

I have a dilemma and I am turning to you, my dear friendternets, to help me solve said dilemma in an effort to prevent my head from exploding.

I have a VERY old computer. As in 'it was brand new EIGHT YEARS AGO' old. Needless to say it has paid it's dues and it is SCREAMING at me to put it into retirement (while I am screaming right back at it at least 100 times a day when it decides it's going to be fickle and just shut down for NO. APPARENNT. REASON. *GRRR!* ).

I know I want a laptop so I'm not tied down to being in my office. But here is where my little dilemma comes in: Should I go MAC or PC?

Jake is a die-hard Dell guy, but I'm totally open to what would be the best fit for me.

I only need it for my bloggity pleasure, being able to actually download music (which I have never been able to do on this piece of poo), and doing pretty things with pictures, video and such, BUT! I still have a need for those pesky spreadsheets on an almost-daily basis.

So you tell me: Which version have you found to be better and more cost-effective? I'm begging you - help a girl out, pretty, pretty please with sugar on top!

16 Comments:

At 9/13/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger Faith said...

PC , baby!!! I know MAC users love their MACS, but what do they know?? ;D

 
At 9/13/2006 3:11 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 9/13/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger Kelli in the Mirror said...

Mac all the way! You can run Windows on it now if you need to, so there's no reason not to. Go to the Apple store and look at them, and you'll fall in love!

 
At 9/13/2006 4:06 PM, Blogger sherrypg said...

What Kep said. Mac is wonderful for all of the pretty pictures and videos. iPhoto (love it!) iTunes (love it!) Plus now it does the Windows stuff so you're golden!

(surfed over from Don't Try This At Home)

 
At 9/13/2006 5:34 PM, Blogger Julie said...

From a purely financial standpoint I'd say PC. Macs are much pricier (at least they always used to be - I haven't done much research lately). I've been both Mac and PC and both have their good points and bad. I think anything you want to do you can do on either. So I say go where the deal is. If you decide PC - definitely check out the Dell refurbished site for some good deals - or ebay.

 
At 9/13/2006 6:16 PM, Blogger Anita said...

Lot's of people love their Macs. But it's cheaper to go PC. Last year when I was pricing it all out, it would have cost me twice as much to buy a Mac and that's not including the software. But... that said, there are a lot less internet security risks for a Mac than a PC. It's a trade off.

 
At 9/13/2006 7:18 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

PC!
I've been using THIS ONE for a little over a year and I still love it. After a lot of research hubby found that Toshiba has the best customer service and least amount of repairs. Sony is awesome too but more $$.

 
At 9/13/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger Kate said...

delloutlet.com
go there - you will get a deal.
i hear macs are fun (and boy do they look cute) but i've never tried it. so i say pc.

 
At 9/14/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger the voice said...

PC- they are much cheaper than MAC's, will run anything you want, and you don't have to learn a new system. Good luck.

 
At 9/15/2006 8:34 PM, Blogger molly said...

My husband and I are just going through this and have spent alot of time in apple store. This is what we've found. Apple just came out with a new generation of computers, just very recently. They had a duo chip to run Mac and PC, but this is the next generation, and it's more competetively priced. Still macs are more expensive. If you're surfing with a mac, you don't have to worry so much about viruses and firewalls and antivirus and popups and such, Macs don't get these with their surfing software. Or so I'm told. Mac's are just as easy to use as pc's.
If you have a library or bookstore close by, check out a computer magazine, or look on internet, google computer reviews and see what they say. We're definitely going for a mac this time, depite the increased cost. We liked it better, esp. the all in one design.

 
At 9/17/2006 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am probably no help here, but I'll say PC since my daughter has MAC at her high school and doesn't like it at all.
Christina all that blog

 
At 9/18/2006 12:10 PM, Anonymous irene said...

If you are used to PC, it might take a while to figure your way around a Mac coz the controls & everything else is different. (Like, you click the left corner to close windows instead of the right corner! Talk about confusing!) I had to use a Mac in my last workplace and I didn't like it. I had to relearn all the stuff I already knew how to do on a PC.

Besides, iTunes runs on PC too! And, from what I can tell, there are more programmes made to run on PCs than there are for Macs. You can get a lot of good freeware [totally free!] programmes to do pretty things with pictures, video and such, on a PC ;)

(popped over from Days to Come)

 
At 9/19/2006 11:23 AM, Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

PC, from my perspective. I work with Photoshop. When Adobe updated their products, they requested but didn't get any input from Apple, so many of their updates are not available to Mac users.

I fell in love with Macs first, but have since used PCs, for practical reasons. Yes, they can be cheaper, too.

 
At 9/22/2006 10:46 PM, Anonymous Jeff Kinz. said...

Hello Minnie.
i don't use either Macs or PC's. I use something called Linux. I've been using computers of all kinds for 27 years (including time spent helping clients with their PC's and their MAC's)

As a neutral observer I have to reccomend that you go with the MAC. Why? The biggest reason is that Window's PC's are so much more vulnerable to spyware, adware viruses and the like. Because of the way Windows Software is designed Windows PC's will always have this problem. (No, they did not re-write the entire OS for Vista or XP. They can't afford toreally do that.)

If you own a PC you will spend the rest of its life buying, upgrading and uploading to your "Virus scanner" software, which can't stop a zero day attack anyway.

If you go with the MAC, you will be much safer. Your system will have fewer problems, the software will work better anyway and you will spend much less time fighting with your computer to get it to do things for you, instead of you doing things for it.

One final comment - Macs are no longer much more expensive than PC's. They both run on Intel PC hardware now so the price increase is minimal. Check it out for yourself.

 
At 9/25/2006 12:26 PM, Blogger GiBee said...

PC! Macs are great if you are planning on doing a lot of design, etc. I used them in the Advertising world ... but for the normal world ... PCs are great, very powerful, flexible, and less expensive ... plus ... I'm a spreadsheet FREAK (Excel), and I would never go Mac if you use Excel frequently.

Just my humble opinion.

 
At 9/25/2006 10:38 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I heart my PC. And I heart you!

 

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