After a 15-year hiatus, the cold war between PC and Mac started again when Apple introduced two new Mac laptops using the ARM-based M1 chip instead of an Intel x86 processor.
The Mac is therefore no longer a “PC”, like the line from the IBM PC 5150 with DOS and its derived OS is traditionally known. The new MacBooks are computers that you use personally, but they are not PCs.
Is it just semantics or does it really matter? Before you hit the “Buy Now” button, we’ll help you figure out what you will get if you choose one of the newer Macs over a traditional PC.
Why buy a PC laptop and not a MacBook
We had high hopes for the new MacBook. Instead, we’ve had pretty much the same case for some newer components.
Those hopes should be put on the table for those who don’t know that on a Mac you won’t …
Touch and stylus compatibility
If you don’t believe in touchscreen controls on a laptop, you probably have a BlackBerry in your pocket. If, on the other hand, you understand that touch screens and pens are a part of our time, then your best option will be a PC laptop instead of a MacBook.
360 degree “convertible” hinge
Although laptops valve They will still have space, the 360 degree hinges that you will find on convertible laptops are much more versatile. You can even bend them in the shape of Tablet
While the convertible design often means somewhat lower performance, it’s so versatile it’s hard to go back to small laptops with just the functionality. valve.
Ah yes of course. This cool facial recognition feature? This is something you will only find on Windows PCs.
Freedom of choice
One of the best features of PCs is their freedom of choice. If you don’t want Intel, you can bet on AMD. If you don’t like Nvidia, you can run Intel. If you don’t like Windows, you can run Linux.
Do you want a 16: 9 15.6 “screen or a 16:10 13.4” panel? You can have it with a laptop. Do you want a case in white, blue, black, silver or pink? The PC has it. So yes, if you want something really different, instead of pretending you think differently, a laptop is a good option.
You can run Windows
Don’t believe those who say “the Mac is a better Windows laptop”. It’s a good idea, but think of it like this: Apple doesn’t care that its MacBooks run better with Windows 10 than with macOS, right? Granted, Intel Macs can run Windows, but that probably won’t be the case with the new ARM-based version.
You like good value for money
The value for money won’t be the same for everyone, but it’s hard to deny the real competition between dozens of PC makers with dozens of other models. You tend to get more RAM, more storage, and more features for the same price on a PC from the competition.
This is not the case with Apple laptops, unless you plan to resell good value for money (see below).
Why buy a MacBook and not a Windows laptop
If you don’t want to be a hater, you have to keep an open mind, even if you would never consider buying the other. So let’s be fair and see what the MacBook brings.
The MacBook may be faster (in some ways?)
While we think Apple has gone too far in saying the new MacBook Air is “faster than 98% of Windows laptops,” the company’s ARM-based 5nm M1 chip deserves our respect.
Apple’s new SoC / CPU seems to have everything you need to take MacBook users to a land far far away with no x86 in sight. But for now, we don’t know how fast it is or in what areas. But if we were to guess, we think the gravity of tens of billions of dollars of investment creates its own reality.
There will be plenty of apps where we suspect the M1 will perform better than the Core i7 and even the Ryzen 7. What we don’t know is where it will be slower, but like we said, it is nothing that a few billion dollars cannot fix. .
So, if you are willing to spend the money and put your PC aside for better compatibility with your iPhone, now is not a bad time to do it, and you surely won’t regret it.
You wanna be cool
Some believe that having the Apple logo on a laptop makes them “think differently”. We don’t know how that can be true given that this is a product of one of the richest companies on the planet, and you only have a few options, but we get it.
If you leave your Pilates class with a Windows PC, you’re not cool. To do what popular kids are doing now, the MacBook is still the laptop to beat.
You like to get help in person
One of Apple’s strengths is its technical support. With a PC, you usually call the helpline or use virtual chat to try to figure out why some drivers have gone crazy.
With a MacBook, you can make an appointment at an Apple Store and talk to a “Genius” face-to-face to fix it. This human touch is very important to many people.
You want better value for money on resale
The dirty secret of many companies that sell laptops is that they don’t make laptops. They are made by a large factory which also manufactures them for other brands. But the value of Branding account.
The MacBook is the only brand where people are paying irrational sums not only for a new model, but also for an old one.
Original article published in PCWorld US.