Originally Posted by tacoma4x4girl
Why is Mac so much better? I knew some brands would be better than others but I didn't know it was this strong for Mac. This is why I like to ask different people!
They're not. I'm a web developer, and when I was outfitting my office, I looked at the top of the line Mac, and bought a more powerful PC for half the price. The biggest advantage used to be the Apple OS, but with Windows 7, that advantage is virtually eliminated. As for viruses, a lot of Mac users like to say they don't get viruses, but the truth is, the reason that viruses are rare is because there are more PCs world wide than Macs. People who write viruses want to hit as many targets as possible, so they target PCs. As we found out earlier this year with the flashback virus, not only do they get viruses, but because of the myth that they don't, they spread rapidly. As a matter of fact-
Apple is trendy ( they don't necessarily make superior products, but they do have superior marketing. As more and more people go to the hipper and trendier Mac, I predict viruses to increase.
Parts quality? A lot of hardware is made by the same manufacturers who make parts for other products. (Ironically, the processor for the iPad is made by Samsung, the company Apple is suing all over the world for copyright infringement). But there are so many PC manufacturers, it only makes sense that some are going to be better than others, and therefore more failures. Mac isn't a crap product, but I do believe you're paying for a logo.
As for quality PCs, I have an old Toshiba that is over 10 years old, it's bullet proof. I now use an HP, but after an issue unrelated to my laptop, I have sworn off of them for their piss-poor customer service. They'd have to get better to suck. Also found out they have cooling issues...it started to get to the point where it almost too hot to touch. After researching the issue, I now use compressed air to keep the internal fan clean, and no issues.
One thing I will give the nod to on Mac is their customer service. My understanding is it is second to none. For me, howeve, it didn't justify the $1 000 price difference.