Nick Douglas at Valleywag gives 42 Reasons Normal People can Switch to Macs. Of course by normal people what he actually means is people in Silicon Valley with a pile of money and easy access to a local Apple store and Apple technicians. For the rest of us here is 9 Reasons Normal People stick to PCs:
1. Cost:PCs are cheaper and there are a lot more to choose from, where as Mac’s are expensive and you can pick from a handful of systems. Software is also on average more expensive on a Mac due to a lack of choice.
2: Operating System: yes, some may laugh, but with a PC you’ve got choices. XP, Vista, a whole pile of Linux distros, BEOS…the list goes on. Mac OSX might be pretty, but it’s still proprietary to a Mac box.
3: Software: The is a huge smorgesboard of software available for PC’s. Mac on the other hand suffer from a serious lack of options. Mac users say that a Mac just works and that’s true: Mac’s do just work because there’s less choice on the platform, and the little there is can and is tested heavily prior to availability, but what would most people prefer? the choice of one color in their cars or a choice of many colors? Mac is the Model T of the computer world.
4: Gaming: Want to make a Mac user cringe? ask them if they’ve played the last in game yet? they wouldn’t have because gaming on Macs is close enough to being non-existent. But they’ll tell you that’s alright, because they’re the cool guy in the Mac ads. In the movies that guy usually gets a capital L.
5: Servicability: something gone wrong with your Mac? not a problem, if you’re lucky enough to live near a Apple shop they’ll fix it for you. In my case there isn’t 1 Apple store in the entire country (Australia) and the nearest authorized Mac dealer is 200km due North. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot, Apple doesn’t like you tinkering under the hood so you can fix it yourself. Something with my PC goes wrong, I flip the lid and have a look, or I take it to any number of PC shops that do repairs all within close driving range. Further the days of Mac users saying nothing goes wrong with their hardware are over, Mac run the same hardware as a PC.
6: Parts/ Upgrading: see in part point 5. Mac users will tell you they don’t need to upgrade, well if that was the truth they’d all be still running Mac II’s now wouldn’t they. As technology advances so do the requirements of all computers, Macs as well. Apple makes it near on impossible to upgrade Macs, from sealed boxes through to layouts that are impossible to tweak by all except the most highly trained experts. PC’s are more like lego. You can take parts out and put new parts in, so easy that my 59 year old mother can competently upgrade and add things to her PC. And the best thing with a PC: the parts are 99.9999% guaranteed to work with the PC due to extensive driver support. A Mac is like pot luck, by a new part and you never know whether it’s going to work or not because half the time there isn’t official drivers for it.
7: Peripherals: see in part 6 because the same rule applies. Sure you can plug something into a Mac the same way as a PC, but will it work with a Mac? Believe it or not theres more to peripherals than digital cameras, which all work with a PC anyway.
8: Better Peripherals: more choice and no stupid 1 button mouse. PC mice also come with a scroll wheel for scrolling, a Mac Mouse…well a weirdish rubber button thingy.
9: Usability: for the average person who doesn’t live in Silicon Valley, PC’s are actually more usable, after all, not only do you hardly ever find a Mac in an average (ie non-tech firm) business, very few other places run them, where as PC’s are everywhere and virtually everyone has exposure to Windows. Buy one for home and you’re going to know how it works, how to start a program and surf the internet. Mac’s a like going to France and not being able to speak French, you can struggle your way through but if you could speak the language natively life things would be better.
Disclosure: the author is a PC user.