Buy a Mac
Yep, I’m serious. Some may call it “going to the dark side” and such, but the big computer war is mostly made up of Mac vs. PC. Ask yourself. Are you really using all those options and permissions that Windows allows you? Well, if not, buy a Mac. It is a good alternative to Windows. Do you have an iPhone? Well it works well with a Mac. Afraid of security? Less people use a Mac and the hackers focus on the bigger population, so they make their malware for Windows. Windows PC’s (keep in mind Macs ARE PC’s!) are meant to customize a bunch of things that you may never touch. Hardware is usually interchangeable, OS options can be customized. Buying a Windows PC can be a pain because there are so many brands and little variations and it gets to be a convoluted process trying to figure out which one you need. Click here to see what Macs are available on Amazon.
Easy to decide
Apple has streamlined the process. You either like it, or you don’t. If you do, you have a choice between a MacBook, an iMac or a Mini. If you go high end, you also have the Mac tower. Then there are different sets of hardware configurations, but it all comes from the same source, so there is no fear of “buying t
he wrong one.” Plus, there’s an Apple store in many locations, all you have to do is walk in and get your questions answered by someone who specialized in just Apple products.
Optimized to work
Overall, Apple has a better hold on who is making software and peripherals, things tend to work a bit better. The hardware is optimized and work with a Windows and Apple laptops side by side, you will see that things just run more smoothly. Having worked side by side with both Windows and Apple for years, I can say from experience that Windows machines always seem to be a little buggy. With Apple, things work, and if you have a problem, you normally have a BIG PROBLEM. This also means that Macs lend itself to being harder to repair and more expensive to repair once support runs out.
Of course the cost is more. However, if it works better and LASTS longer, then it actually might be cheaper in the long run. Personally, I have my Macs have all outlived my Windows computers. The PC’s start to show signs of dying around 3-5 years, while my last iMac lasted over 8 years (and was DRIVEN with lots of Video Editing and Graphics use) and I even had a Mac last for 12 years (still ran, but just got too outdated and then recycled).
Get a Chromebook
If all you need is a solution to get you online and do basic office work, then a Chromebook is a good alternative. Chromebooks are simple, streamlined and easy to use. They make a good alternative to Windows PC’s though they have limited functionality. Some comment that it is something you may give a kid and not use yourself, and that is kind of right. Some schools have gone toward giving kids laptops and have gone toward giving Chromebooks since they are cheap laptops and kids are less likely to get into trouble with them with the limited functionality. Chromebooks are somewhere between a laptop and tablet when we talk about functionality. But if all you need to do is office work and go online, then all you need is an internet connection and about $200 to get a Chromebook. You will get access to Google Docs and the Chrome browser. There are also plans to expand the Chrome OS to other platforms as well. Click here to see Amazon’s different ChromeBooks for sale.
Go to Linux
Linux has been seen as an alternative to Windows for some, but it is usually more for the tech oriented. That being said, it is free and considered more secure as an open source product. This means once vulnerabilities are known, someone in the community usually
begins working on a fix. You can also install Wine and run most Windows applications. It has a steeper learning curve, but or being free and more secure, it might be worth it. Ubuntu is a popular version of Linux, but there are many offshoots of Linux. Amazon has