You might think we are some kind of die-hard Apple fans, but the truth is we use a PC just as much as we use a Mac. The amount of customization and raw power you get from a PC and also just the lower pricing is often enough to beat out the Macs, and this is what we often tell people who are looking for a new computer.
However, with Apple’s latest offering of M1 Macs, we am seriously re-thinking my thought process. The M1 MacBook Air and M1 Mac mini specifically are extremely powerful and are now 100% worth what they sell for.
We will touch on the topic of Mac vs PC in another article, but first, we wanted to discuss 5 reasons why you should buy a Mac instead of a PC at this point in time.
Firstly, the resale value. It’s no secret that a second-hand Mac is an attractive option on the used computer market. Since 2011, we’ve sold every single one of our MacBooks when we upgraded, and without fail we’ve been able to recover at an absolute minimum 60% of the value of a 3 year old Mac.
PC is a completely different story. Unless the device is only a few months old and essentially brand new, you’re just not going to achieve the same results. There are a few exceptions to this, such laptops like the Razer series and specific computer parts like graphics cards for example, but it can be very hit or miss unlike the consistency of selling a used Mac.
This is such an important factor for most users as they tend to upgrade their Mac device every 2-3 years.
Connectivity and Ecosystem
This is hands down something we can’t live without now. Especially if you use a Mac for business, work, or study. Features like hand-off and iMessage and AirDrop are incredible and increase productivity dramatically. With a few taps of a button, you can wirelessly transmit anything to and from an iPhone or a Mac to your MacBook.
For business, you can copy bank account details in an email on your Mac, and paste it into the banking app on your phone to quickly pay an invoice. If you’re sending a lot of SMS messages, you can seamlessly switch between Mac and iPhone, or even just do all of your SMS messaging directly from your desktop Mac.
Up until the release of the M1 Macs, we never would have said this, but in our opinion an entry level M1 Mac is now one of the best bang for your buck computers you can buy right now. Now it’s certainly not the cheapest, PC still wins in that category, but with the M1 Mac mini specifically, for $699 you get an insanely powerful computer.
We have a $2000 custom Windows PC we built with a Ryzen 3900x, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and GTX 1080 graphics card, and in everything but gaming and really hardcore sustained tasks such as 8K rendering, the Mac mini does a really good job at keeping up. The same can be said for the M1 MacBook Air. I’m sure you’ve seen our videos on our Youtube channel about just how much the M1 MacBook Air can accomplish.
We’ve been using both macOS and Windows equally for about 10 years now. We personally prefer macOS for several reasons. Firstly, it is a simpler layout when compared to Windows. Everything is in a location that just makes sense, and the system preferences are done much better than Windows.
Spotlight search, finder, and just every day file organization is on-par with Windows, and using gestures and the really nice trackpad on the MacBooks easily beats out any Windows laptop we’ve used. We will say however that power users will likely enjoy Windows more due to increased combustibility and control, but for 95% of people they will never bother with this.
We also find macOS to be much more stable and reliable. We’ve had much fewer crashes, frozen applications, or times where we’ve needed to restart a machine running macOS. With windows we seem to be restarting it often to fix issues no matter if we’ve recently reformatted, using a new hard drive, or even a completely new system. This is super important on laptops specifically because when you open that screen, you just want everything to be where you left it so you can continue on.
Lastly, we have support. Now this is probably going to be controversial, because there’s always someone somewhere that’s had a horrible experience, but over the 10 years of owning Mac products, we’ve always had a decent experience.
Online and phone support has been good enough on the rare occasion we’ve needed it, but the huge benefit in our opinion is the multiple Apple stores and Genius Bars in almost every city in the world.
A few years ago the logic board on our 2011 MacBook Pro died, and we were over 3 years outside warranty and wasn’t covered by any special replacement programs. Apple took pity on us and replaced it free of charge. This is obviously a rare occurrence so don’t expect the same to happen to you, but it just goes to show that Apple isn’t the big, evil corporation that people make it out to be.
That’s it from us! We’d love to hear from you in the comments to see if you agree or disagree with any of the points we’ve mentioned here. At the end of the day, different people have different needs, and both Mac and PC systems will always have their own specific pros and cons, so the choice is completely up to you!