You might take a look at my channel and think
I’m some kind of die-hard Apple fan boy, but the truth is I use a PC just as much as
I use my Mac. The amount of customization and raw power you get from a PC and also just
the lower pricing is often enough to beat out the Macs, and this is what I often tell
people who are looking for a new computer. However, with Apple’s latest offering of M1 Macs,
I am seriously re-thinking my thought process. The M1 MacBook Air and M1 Mac Mini
specifically are extremely powerful now and are actually 100% worth what
they sell for in my opinion.
I’ll touch on the topic of Mac vs
PC in another video, but first, I wanted to discuss 5 reasons why you should
buy a Mac instead of a PC at this point in time. Firstly, the resale value. It’s no secret that
a second-hand Mac is an attractive option on the used computer market. Since 2011, I’ve sold
every single one of my MacBooks when I upgraded, and without fail I’ve been able to recover at
an absolute minimum 60% of the value of a 3 year old Mac. PC is a completely different story.
Unless the device is only a few months old and essentially brand new, you’re just not going
to achieve the same results. There are a few exceptions to this, such laptops like the Razer
series and specific computer parts like graphics cards for example, but it can be very hit or miss
unlike the consistency of selling a used Mac. This is such an important factor for me as I
tend to upgrade my MacBook every 2-3 years, and being able to sell my old device
really starts to add up over time and saves me thousands of dollars in the long run.
Moving on to connectivity and ecosystem, this is
hands down something I can’t live without now. Especially if you use a Mac for business, work,
or study. Features like hand-off and iMessage and AirDrop are incredible and increase productivity
dramatically. With a few taps of a button, I can wirelessly transmit anything to and from an
iPhone or a Mac to my MacBook. For my business, I can copy bank account details in an email on my
Mac, and paste it into the banking app on my phone to quickly pay an invoice. If I’m
sending a lot of SMS messages, I can seamlessly switch between my Mac
and iPhone, or even just do all of my SMS messaging directly from my desktop Mac.
These things are just the tip of the iceberg, so let me know in the comments down below if you’d
like me to dedicate a full video on this topic.
Moving on to Price. Up until the release of the
M1 Macs, I never would have said this, but in my opinion an entry level M1 Mac is now one of the
best bang for your buck computers you can buy right now. Now it’s certainly not the cheapest, PC
still wins in that category, but with the M1 Mac mini specifically, for $699 you get an insanely
powerful computer. I have a $2000 custom Windows PC I built with a Ryzen 3900x, 32GB of DDR4 RAM,
and GTX 1080 graphics card, and in everything but gaming and really hardcore sustained tasks such
as 8K rendering, the Mac mini does a really good job at keeping up with a Windows PC.
same can be said for the M1 MacBook Air. I’m sure you’ve seen my videos on this channel
about just how much that machine can do. Next up is macOS itself. Now I’ve been using both
macOS and Windows equally for about 10 years now. I personally prefer macOS
for several reasons. Firstly, it is a simpler layout when compared to Windows.
Everything is in a location that just makes sense, and the system preferences are done much
better than Windows. Spotlight search, finder, and just every day file
organisation is on-par with Windows, and using gestures and the really nice trackpad
on the MacBooks easily beats out any Windows laptop I’ve used. I will say though that power
users will likely enjoy Windows more due to increased customisability and control, but for
95% of people they will never bother with this. I also find macOS to be much more stable
and reliable. I’ve had much fewer crashes, frozen applications, or times where
I needed to restart a machine running macOS. With windows I seem to
be restarting it often to fix issues no matter if I’ve recently reformatted,
using a new hard drive, or even a completely new system.
This is super important on laptops
specifically because when you open that screen, you just want everything to be where you left
it so you can continue on with no disruption. Lastly, we have support. Now this is probably
going to be controversial, because there’s always someone somewhere that’s had a horrible
experience, but over the 10 years of owning Mac products, I’ve always had a decent experience.
Online and phone support has been good enough on the rare occasion I’ve needed it, but the huge
benefit in my opinion is the multiple apple stores and genius bars in almost every city in the
world. A few years ago the logic board on my 2011 MacBook Pro died, and I was over 3
years outside warranty and wasn’t covered by any special replacement programs. Apple
took pity on me and replaced it free of charge. This is obviously a rare occurrence
so don’t expect the same to happen to you, but it just goes to show that Apple isn’t the big,
evil corporation that people make it out to be.
One thing I tell people is don't underestimate
the value of having the same company as both a software provider and hardware provider.
If you have an issue with either macOS or the actual hardware of your Mac, Apple is your
go-to for absolutely everything. On the flip side with a Windows PC, you're going to have to deal
with the manufacturer for any hardware issues, and that's always been a massive let down
for me in my experience. Then if you have any issues with the actual software, you
have to go to a different company for help which is obviously Microsoft, and their
support is pretty shocking to say the least. Anyway guys hope you enjoyed this video,
again this is just my opinion over 10 years of switching between PC and Mac.
If you guys have
any different experiences please tell me about it down below in the comment section but apart
from that I will catch you guys in the next one..