People around me are buying laptops like sweets, it seems. Until last week, my advice was a balanced enumeration of pros and cons of both Windows and Mac systems, with a disclaimer that I am a happy switcher and I love my iBook.
After spending two hours last week with a client battling with anti-virus programs, anti-spyware programs, problematic wifi connections (things I wouldn’t even have had to start doing on a Mac), my advice is now “get yourself that iBook you’re dreaming about, even if it’s a bit more expensive!”
These two hours (on my client’s money, so I’m not sure her PC laptop really ended up cheaper than an iBook would have) are not an isolated incident. I built myself a Windows computer recently (my “winbox”) so that I could dictate in French using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and it’s been a very frustrating experience. (I still can’t get it to connect to my wifi network. Add that and my client’s network to my brother’s new Dell which also has wifi complaints, and I give up.) My brother’s Dell was packed with about 30 processes that launched at startup and had a nasty effect on the way the computer functioned. And we had to download and install iTunes at least twice in the process.
So, if you want to pay less for a computer with software which is full of security holes that are obviously not a priority for the vendor (have you heard that Microsoft are planning to launch their own anti-spyware program?), and spend hours battling with spyware, adware, malware and virus stuff, wifi connections that don’t behave as they should, Plug-and-Pray, and system crashes, all the best.
I’m just done telling my friends “you can choose” when they ask my opinion. Be warned.
Disclaimer: I know Apple products have their faults. They’re just less of a pain in the neck to deal with when they crop up — and surprisingly, it seems to be “less often”.