My recommendation is that you do the following:
1) Spend time expanding the description of what you want to use the computer
for. For some reason people tend to purchase computers and describe only
the basic need for them...the trigger decision on what made them decide to
Are you leaving anything out of your description? It seems a little odd
that you'd have PhotoShop by itself...is this for print, photo, web
This is much like buying a car to drive from home to a new job. All of a
sudden you'll start realizing there are all kinds of places you'll be going
You're looking at getting a laptop...would you want to use it to play DVDs?
Would you use it to store a library of MP3s? Would you ever get a digital
2) Go to an APPLE store (if possible) and PC store and spend some time
having a salesperson show you how to do what it is that you want to do.
Apple Store employees are really good, and many other stores have great
Apple salespeople too. However, there are always going to be a few
not-so-good people or people having bad days. The point that I'm getting at
is that if you walk into a crappy store, get a sales having a bad day
showing you a demo unit that some monkey on crack was just pounding away at,
and then only spend 2 minutes making an evaluation, you'll probably not come
close to what the overall experience will be with a Mac (same with a PC).
I'd recommend making a few visits and talking to a few salespeople. You
spent the time posting a well written enquiry here so obviously this is
important enough to you to spend the time making a really good evaluation.
It's also one that involves more than just money. You're going to invest a
hell of a lot of time learning, configuring, and using either system. The
amount of time you spend evaluating which is best will be only a fraction.
As you compare the two, ask the salespeople questions, but get written
answers for anything spec as opposed to opinion related...they should all
The bottom line is that one should *feel* better to you...go with this
feeling. There's MS Office for both and Photoshop for both (along with
thousands of other applications for both).
Personally, I just can not use Photoshop on a PC. I have the latest version
for Windows XP, and I've tried almost every version ever made for Windows.
It just doesn't *feel* right to me.
I also find OSX to be far better than Windows XP.
I have several Macs and several PCs. My Macs last twice as long as my PCs.
I've never purchased a PC, I've only gotten them for free as a result of
working on projects. If it wasn't for cross-platform development I would
never have a PC...as a matter of fact, VirtualPC with Windows XP now runs so
well on my Mac that I tend to use it as opposed to turning on my PC.
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[email]ryakohotmail.com[/email] wrote on 6/24/03 10:54 PM:
> I don't want to start a Mac vs PC war here or anything but I need to
> know the good and bad points about Mac and PC (Intel etc). I have done
> some searching and the general consensus is that Mac users say Macs are
> better and PCs are bad and vice versa for PC users about Macs etc. (you
> get my drift).
> So I am finding it hard to decide between the two. Basically I will be
> using it for Word Processing, basic statistics (Excel stuff), Internet
> and Photoshop (not much PS though, mainly the other 2). I don't know a
> HUGE amount about computers and wouldn't know how to change
> configuration settings if my life depended on it. Basically I want to
> turn it on, do what I have to do then turn it off without fiddling around.
> SO, I hope it doesn't cause too much cross-platform conflict, I just
> want the facts
> PS. A notebook is what I am after