Did you just switch to a PC after years of using a Mac? Are you deciding whether to pick a Mac or PC for college? This is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your life (right?) and it’s important for you to fully understand the differences between the two types of computers.
Today, we’re going to highlight the top 5 things you can do on a PC that you can’t do on a Mac:
More and more games are being released on Mac. You can download Steam for Mac, for example, which allows you to play Borderlands 2, Amnesia, Football Manager 2014, Dota 2, and a bunch of other titles. But if you want to play the latest and greatest games in all of their glory, you’re going to need a PC.
PC gaming is an unparalleled experience. Even the next-generation consoles don’t offer better graphics than a well-equipped PC. On the PC, you can access world-class multiplayer games on platforms like Steam and enjoy the world’s most diverse range of mods. Put simply, there’s a reason why it’s calling the ‘PC gaming master race’, and without sounding too uppity about it, Mac gaming, Xbox gaming, and PlayStation gaming don’t come close to gaming on a good PC.
Yes, you could make the affordability argument with your Xbox or PlayStation consoles, which both cost under $500. But a half-decent Mac will cost you anywhere from $1500 to $3000. At that price range, you can get a top-of-the-line PC.
2) Enjoy near-bulletproof security
Macs get viruses. It took a while before that claim became true on a large-scale, but today’s Macs most certainly get viruses and malware. They don’t get PC viruses and malware, but they do get Mac viruses and malware.
Fortunately for Windows users, fixing viruses is as easy as installing antivirus software and antimalware software. There are hundreds of such programs available online today, many of which are free. On the Mac, antivirus security is virtually non-existent due to the way the Mac OS is built. As a result, Mac users depend heavily on Apple in order to fix exploits and patch security holes. In the case of the worst Mac virus in history, Flashback, Apple took several months to patch the security hole. It took Microsoft and Linux distros just a day.
3) Fix your computer when something goes wrong
Macs are notorious for having short lifespans. Some feel that this is intentional pre-designed product failure on Apple’s part designed to encourage people to buy new Apple products. Others feel that there are bound to be problems when you have Chinese children assemble components under slavery-like conditions.
Unfortunately, when something goes wrong with a Mac, the problems are ridiculously overcomplicated to fix. Mac computers cannot just be ‘opened’ like a regular PC desktop or laptop, and you can’t go to your local tech store and replace parts off shelves. Instead, Mac users need to send their computers away for months on end. If you don’t have Apple Care, this trip could cost you several hundred dollars – which is why many people simply choose to upgrade their Macs instead.
It’s an elaborate scam for which people fall every day. If you want to speed up your computer, fix your computer problems, or get someone else to fix those problems for you, then a PC is your only realistic option.
4) Copy, paste, and perform basic file management commands
One of the most infuriating things about using a Mac is its lackluster file explorer/management tool. Windows Explorer is far from perfect, but on the Mac, you can’t perform basic commands like:
-Renaming, copying, moving, or deleting files from within a program/app
-You can’t cut a file and paste it into another folder
-Can’t skip to the beginning or end of a line/document
-Can’t resize windows using all corners and edges at the same time
These missing features are designed to simplify the file management experience for Mac users. Which is great if you use your Mac for Facebook, Twitter, and other tasks you could perform on a 15 year old PC. But for people who need to do real work and constantly move files around, the Mac file management system can feel like something from Windows 3.1.
5) Maximize a window
One part of the Mac UI that I never understood was the inexplicable inability to maximize a window. This always left the OS feeling messy and disorganized. Creating a perfect window size was difficult, and if you were using a small screen – like the 13.3” screen on most MacBooks – there’s no good way to maximize the amount of on-screen real estate.
And it’s not just window maximization problems that frustrate me when using Macs. It’s the little things that Apple can’t seem to figure out about the UI, including:
-You can’t arrow or tab to different fields in a dialogue box
-No coherent menu system/Start menu
-No access to important system commands from a single menu
Obviously, I’m writing these points from a position of bias. However, there are many important differences between Macs and PCs that you will need to consider before deciding which one to purchase. And don’t even get me started on price.