Mac vs. dell which is better

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  1. pianoman12

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    I am thinking about buying a new computer mainly for storing my photos and music and I cannot decide which is better. I am looking at the mac mini in particular (it is only $499). it is small and sleek which is good because space is not something I have a lot of. Dells are much cheaper but I hate the notorious blue screen of death (pc thing). They Macs do not crash as much as PCs . I am very much stuck and if anyone would like to add there two cents that would be appreciated
     
  2. MDowdey

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    get a mac. if i had cash coming out the wazoo..id get a mac.
     
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    Mac hands down. Macs also dont get virus's, ever. My wifes Mac froze once in the last year. My Dell freezes about once a day. And my Dell is brand new and upgraded out the wazoo. (work paid for it so Im not crying).

    you will have to replace a PC every 2 1/2 years. You will have to repalce your Mac every 8 years just from normal use. Also, if you are mainly using it for pictures and music then PC cant even touch the capabilities of a Mac.
     
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    I'd say mac as well.. You may want to ask this question on our tech forum, www.thesupportforum.com . You may get some different responses. :D
     
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    The whole "Mac's don't crash" thing is rubbish I think. They'll break just as often as Windows if you don't use them properly. I'm running win2kpro here and it's crashed once or twice at most. It hardly ever gets checked over to make sure it's running ok as well.


    Showing my ignorance here, but don't Dell just put computers together? I didn't know they actually made the parts like Apple do. :scratch:
     
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    I'd vote Mac as well if you're looking for photos/graphic design. When I did a marketing internship everyone there had a Mac and loved it.
     
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    Get the Mac. I'm not sure if ferny has or has had a Mac, but the "Mac's don't crash" isn't rubbish. ferny, I am not attacking you here, I know sometimes things get lost in the written word, just wanted you to know that up front. I work with computers and networks for a living, and trust me-Windows machines do crash more than Macs. Now it can be said that since Microsoft has the majority of the PC market, this could account for the abundance of PC woes we all hear about, and that would be partly true. Macs do crash, but not as often or as hard as the Windows machines do. I have 3 Win desktops, 5 Win laptops(mostly put togethers, but two that I did buy), and two Macs(powerbooks). The powerbooks have both crashed, for lack of a better term, but I didn't need to spend hours trying to recover from it. No need to reload the OS. The Windows machines however, are a different story. At some point in time I have had to reload each of them at least once. I do the regular maintenance on them, but sometimes that isn't enough. I think the fact that Apple makes both the hardware and software to specifically go together is the biggest reason for the stability. Microsoft makes a product that really isn't designed for one brand of hardware and that seems to be the biggest problem.

    Never the less, pianoman12 asked which we would choose, and I choose Mac. Windows is a very good platform, and tradionally has been the cheaper(price wise) system for beginners to get into, but the mini is now a viable option. Don't forget that the mini doesn't come with a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. If you already have them then no need to buy them. Remeber though, the need to be USB.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I've been running Mac's for 15 years or more now.
    Current count I have six. The old systems used to crash now and then but not as often as the Windows heaps I had to use at work.
    The new OS is based on Unix and is virtualy bomb proof. If you leave it on 24/7 it runs self-diagnostics and repair scripts in the small hours.
    You get the odd problem - usually caused by a program crashing - but if you just reboot it sorts itself out.
    I wouldn't use anything else - certainly not for image manipulation.
    My son has a Mac Mini and it is just unbelievable.
    If you have lots of PC software you can still run it on a Mac by using Soft Windows. This prog makes the Mac think it's a PC and it runs any version of Windows you like.
    The other advantage with Macs is a lot of drivers - particularly Canon - are built in to the OS so you just plug and play.
     
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    Oh yeah, I forgot about that. ;)
     
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    Why do you even have to think?? :)
     
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    I would not touch Dell at all !!!
     
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    This is the mac mini it is 2 inches tall and 6 inches square
     

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