Go ahead, flame away PC fanboys. I’ve been meaning to write this article for a while, but I saw Wilsontech1’s video on the subject and it nudged me to get on with it.
I’m a pretty heavy computer user; I spend up to 12 hours a day on my laptop, and a good chunk of that time is spend recording, editing, sequencing and reviewing audio. I take my laptop everywhere with me and I pretty much rely on it for university work. For two years it has worked without any real issues, but recently things have begun to go wrong. For some unknown reason last month Windows decided to purge itself of several key system files - boom, gone, into the ether – and I was left with a PC that couldn’t even boot into safe mode. In the end I used a Linux live CD to copy the files back across and it began working again…ish. Ever since then there have been random dropouts, freezes, crashes, flickers and the occasional bluescreen, and two days ago all of the I/O ports randomly stopped working.
I’ve been flirting with the idea for some time now of getting a Mac, but the mammoth task of saving up for one usually ends in failure, usually when my rent is due. The price was something that always put me off buying a Mac, because I used to build PC systems, and I used to think that paying £1500 for a system that I could build for £700 seemed like madness. Another big problem I had with Apple machines, especially the iMacs, is that they’re not customisable in the way a regular PC is: You can’t easily upgrade an iMac beyond the RAM and HDD, and that used to bother me.
The thing that really pushed me to change was the way that the Mac handles audio. ASIO is a reasonable system, but it can’t compete with Core Audio; Apple’s integrated low-latency audio system. I’ve used iMacs at university and they are amazing machines; booting up quickly and taking pretty much everything you throw at them.
Now obviously I must address the whole “Macfag” thing, because it’s true, there are a select group of Apple fans who are, quite frankly, morons. As Wilson so rightly said, it doesn’t make you a better person just because you have a Mac, it just means you’ve spent more money on a high end product. I happen to believe in the principal that you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean that because you’ve spend £1500 on a computer you’re going to be more creative. Having said that, the custom PC builders can be just as obnoxious, citing the same old arguments of price, lack of games, lack of customisation and the “Fisher-Price” interface of OSX. They’re usually just as smug and self-satisfied as the Mac fanboys, and I don’t want to be associated with them either.
Quite honestly, if I do get a Mac I’ll probably try to disguise the fact, because I really don’t want to be lumped in with the fanboy crowd. In fact, I wonder if they make them without that glowing Apple logo on the back; Macbook Pro: Discreet Edition…