By Paul Gorski
“Macs are the best computers bar none” makes for a catchy headline, maybe five years ago, but not so catchy today. First, while I do prefer Macs, just don’t go out and buy one because you think they are cool. Ask yourself what programs you need to run on your computer. Some programs, like Quicken, just run better on Windows PCs. Second, tablets are the hot product today, eating away at the computer market share.
But, if you’re still shopping for a new desktop or laptop computer and have simple needs, look at a Mac. I find them easier to use, navigate and troubleshoot, but talk to your friends. Second only to what programs are you going to run on that computer, you should ask yourself, “who will I turn to for support?” Your friends may or may not be able to give you advice about your new Mac, so you might consider a tried and true Windows PC.
I like Apple iMacs and Mac laptops. I especially like the large, smooth, durable trackpads on Mac laptops. In addition, the Mac laptop keyboards and screens are second to none in the industry. If anyone has a complaint about his or her Mac laptop, it is the MacOS operating system. It is a bit different than Windows, but as many old Windows XP and 7 users don’t care for Windows 8, MacOS X might be just the fresh look you are seeking.
Now, take all the advice about doing your homework, reviewing suitable programs and contacting your local support network and apply the same reasoning to your next tablet purchase. Look at iPads and look at Android-based tablets. I have no preference, as I still can’t find a compelling reason to get a tablet. When I do, that will be worthy of an article.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple Iie.
Posted April 2, 2014