What are the advantages of buying a Mac computer?

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Answered by: Lynette, An Expert in the Macs - General Category
It wasn't so long ago, just around a decade, when owning a Apple Macintosh computer was primarily the choice of tech-heads and geeks. The general public bought PC products and they were quite happy, at least for a time. But then something happened. Opinions changed. Continents divided. Planets collided. Okay ... well, maybe not those last two, but opinions definitely changed and now a lot of people shopping around for a computer are asking themselves: What are the advantages of buying a Mac computer?



EASE-OF-USE

Ask any Mac owner and the first thing they discuss is ease-of-use. I remember working at a video store back when Windows 95 was first released. It was a really big deal to fans of that operating system and many stood in line for hours to be the first to get their grubby little hands on it. A co-worker of mine, one of those neurotic fans, came in and talked to me about the new interface. He spoke of how it was a huge upgrade from Windows 3.1. Now they had a graphical interface, which was easier to use, icons could be dragged and dropped, and the copying of files was easier, plus whatever else was included. But the thing is ... us Mac users already had all that stuff. That's why so many people started asking, "What's the big deal about Windows '95? It's like my Mac from '85."

Ease-of-use has always been one of Mac's strong points. Right out of the box, all you need to do is plug it in, hit the power button, and it's ready to go. The icons are clean, the functions are easy to learn, and the navigation is downright criminal in its simplicity. And each year, the systems get better. Now, whenever you hook up a new device or download software, the system does everything for you to ensure that it's working properly and running smoothly. There's a reason why Apple has such a huge presence in schools ... even a child can use one.



AESTHETICS

Let's call a peach, a peach. Macs are downright pretty to look at. Whether you're referring to the Cube, the domed iMac, the Mini, the tower, or the current widescreen iMac, they are gorgeous in every way.

Flashy screen, anodized aluminum keyword, smooth touch-sensitive mouse ... every aspect is specifically designed to be aesthetically pleasing. Ever watch a show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Bones and notice an iMac or iBook sitting in the background or being used by one of the characters.? You made a mental note of it, didn't you? That's because the overall look catches a person's eye like no other. Macs have even been featured in art projects and furniture displays, because they enhance nearly every setting while not sticking out like a sore thumb. They look like they belong nearly everywhere.

HIGHER PRICE

I know what you're going to say ... "Isn't the higher price of a Mac computer a negative, and not a positive thing?" Not at all. Since the dawn of man, price has been equated to quality in almost every respect. Whether you're discussing houses, cars, fine linens, or furniture, it is absolutely true that you get what you pay for.

Even more importantly, most households use their computers as often as their televisions, if not more. You don't want to skimp out on quality just to save a buck. You want a solid product that will last. A lot of people will spend hundreds on a designer purse or a video game system, and chances are, a Mac will either outlive each of those products or be used much more often.

These are only a few of the features that make Mac computers a superior product. There's simply not enough room here to discuss everything. I could go into detail about the compatibility of other Apple products, the superior video editing capability, the overall stability of its operating system ... the advantages are virtually endless.

So the next time someone asks you whether or not buying a Mac computer is a good idea, just roll your eyes and rattle off all of these fantastic reasons I've just given you.

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