[dropcap size=small bg_color=”#5e9cd4″]I[/dropcap]’m sure most will remember Apple’s “Get a Mac” advertising campaign back from 2006. It played upon most of the stereotypical conceptions of Windows and Mac OS, characterising a PC as a polite, formal, yet somewhat slow man and “Mac” as a more stylish, speedy and down-to-earth character. In recent years, the stereotypes revolving around the two operating systems have been eroded.
In case you aren’t one of the 99 percent of Exeter students to possess a mac, Apple offers two product lines in its MacBook range, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro. With the Air range focusing on ultra-portability, and the Pro aiming to deliver a powerful experience, neither size nor build quality is compromised.
Each range has its own offering of customisability that is available directly on Apple’s website, or any Apple store. Aside from bestowing the owner with instant hipster status, macs have a few more practical advantages over the PC:
Every Mac model is made from an aluminium unibody which provides strength while maintaining a relatively low weight. Perfect for the lug up forum hill.
Malware is less common for Mac OS than Windows, and as such it is less of a requirement to subscribe to any expensive antivirus services.
Apple’s trackpad gesture controls available are in a league of their own, providing a fast, intuitive and easy-to-use experience. So much so that using a Mac becomes a natural movement. Once you’ve had a Mac, it’s very difficult to go back.
Takes the edge off of the high Apple price tag.
However, as beautiful as they are next to your vanilla, venti, soy, no-foam latte from your local Starbucks, there are some drawbacks to the Mac:
Macs are not easily compatible with all devices, such as some external hard drives, android phones, and bespoke equipment. There’s a good chance you’ll be buying an iPhone to go with it.
Macs are not as readily upgradeable as PCs, and most Macs these days have all parts soldered directly onto the motherboard, rendering user upgrading impossible.
You pay for the Apple label.
With Apple’s clear product range it is easy to just “Get a Mac”. But, please don’t forget Windows, okay?