Who wins in the Dell vs. Mac debate? Will Mac finally convert the PC folks who so staunchly held on to their machines? Can Dell rely on company reputation to sway Apple aficionados? Read on for the latest in the throw-down that is Mac vs. PC.
Mac vs. PC
The Dell vs. Mac question is the latest incarnation of the Mac vs. Windows battle that has been hotly debated for years. In this case, the attention shifts from the operating system to the hardware and the companies that stand behind the various peripherals, namely Apple and Dell. The latest iPhone fiasco notwithstanding, Apple is an excellent company with a solid reputation of making durable computer goods; of course, the same holds true for Dell.
A Word on Operating Systems
The current operating system for Apple is Mac OS 10.6.4. Dell, of course, relies on Microsoft and therefore keeps in step with the latest upgrades to the Windows operating system, which currently stands at 7. Although ultimately it is a merely a matter of preference, Mac has a slight advantage over Dell simply because Boot Camp software users have the option of running both OS and Windows 7.
The Mac user without Boot Camp still occasionally runs into websites, notably those of online colleges, which simply do not support Mac’s browser and require Windows.
It is generally accepted that Dell offers more hardware options than Apple, which places Mac at a slight disadvantage. Comparing the Dell Studio XPS 13 with the Apple 13 inch MacBook Pro underscores this assumption.
Relying on information from the Division of Information Technology of the University of Wisconsin – and acknowledging that is was dated the moment it published – there is a strong appearance that Dell buyers get more for their money. One example is Dell’s 320 GB hard drive that compares favorably to Mac’s 250 GB.
What about Repair Service?
Once again there is no clear-cut winner in the Mac vs. Dell show-down. Dell’s customer service is partially outsourced to India and – as outlined quite hilariously by Cracked – used to give the option of speaking to a local rep for a charge; Apple has walk-in locations that offer a better opportunity for receiving service. That being said, the bureaucracy associated with Mac repairs makes it questionable whether there is a true winner.
PC Mech redefines the tug-of-war by specifically making it a Dell PC vs. Mac Pro throw-down. The computer user who can look past the sizable price tag learns that in this instance the Mac Pro and Dell’s Precision Workstation T7500 are top of the line for business and industry use.
Medical imaging users favor Dell, as do AutoCAD aficionados; this makes the PC a staple for industrial design and medical applications. Mac, on the other hand, is a favorite of the HD video editing crowd. This explains its presence on the work desks of those in the animation business.
In the final analysis, there is no clear winner in the Dell vs. Mac debate. Both systems have clear advantages and disadvantages as well as loyal cult followings that gladly decimate the talking points of the other side. Parents in search for the ultimate back-to-school laptop for high school or college students will do well to ask the school about its system requirements and recommendations. In this instance, the Mac vs. PC debate is answered by little more than the target user’s needs.