The MacBook (Mac OS) is the biggest competitor to Windows, and while Windows has a big lead for several reasons, more and more people are considering switching to the Mac side of life. So if you are considering making that decision or you are new to the laptop market and considering which OS to pitch your tent with, you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we will place both platforms side-by-side and tell you which platform will serve you better based on your use cases.
Unless you have an unlimited budget, you will probably be shopping with a range in mind. Windows offers various options; all the major Windows Vendors have laptops across all budget points. There are entry-level laptops, midrange, and even Flagship PCs. Apple doesn’t make such a distinction; all MacBooks ooze class and are built for a premium experience. Whether it’s the Macbook Air or Pro, you are paying the flagship price.
The hardware is one of the most significant differences between MacOS and Windows PC. MacOS is exclusive to Apple devices, including MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis, and Mac Pros. With Mac, you have a limited choice of models and configurations, yet you can be sure you are getting a high-quality and consistent experience across all Apple products. On the other hand, Windows PC runs on a wide variety of devices from different manufacturers, such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, and more. Windows gives you more options to choose a computer that suits your budget and specifications, but it also means that the quality and performance may vary depending on the vendor.
MacOS and Windows PC come with their own pre-installed apps and programs that cover the basic functions you need on a computer, such as web browsing, file management, email, calendar, media editing, cloud storage, and more. However, if you need more specialised or advanced software for your work or hobbies, you may find that some programs are only available for one operating system or the other. For example, if you’re a gamer, you’ll find more games and better graphics support on Windows PC than on MacOS. If you’re a creative professional, you may prefer MacOS for its seamless integration with apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, GarageBand, and iMovie.
Security is another crucial factor to consider when choosing an operating system. MacOS is generally considered more secure than Windows PC because of its closed ecosystem and lower market share; this means that there are fewer malware attacks and vulnerabilities targeting MacOS than Windows PC. However, this doesn’t mean that MacOS is immune to security threats. You must still be careful about what you download and install on your computer and use antivirus software and strong passwords to protect your data. OVER THE YEARS, Windows PC has improved its security features with tools like Windows Defender, Firewall, BitLocker encryption, and biometric authentication. However, it still faces more risks from hackers and cybercriminals than MacOS.
Performance is another key aspect of comparing operating systems. MacOS and Windows PC can run smoothly and efficiently on their respective hardware platforms. However, there are some differences in how they handle multitasking, memory management, updates, and boot times. MacOS tends to be more stable and reliable than Windows PC when running multiple apps or programs simultaneously. It also has better memory management and optimisation features that prevent slowdowns or crashes. Windows PC can sometimes struggle with heavy workloads or resource-intensive tasks that may cause lagging or freezing. It also requires frequent updates and reboots that can interrupt your workflow or productivity.
Usability is perhaps the most subjective factor when comparing operating systems. It depends mainly on your taste and familiarity with each system’s interface, design, features, and functionality. Some people prefer MacOS for its sleek and minimalist look, intuitive gestures, easy navigation, and seamless integration with other Apple devices like iPhones and iPads. Others prefer Windows PC for its customisable and flexible settings,
Every category up to this point has been close between the two platforms until this one. If you are a gamer or aspire to be one in the future, then Windows is the PC for you. Fewer titles are supported on Mac as the OS is not optimised for gaming. Whether it is FIFA, God of War, or Need for Speed, Windows will always serve you better. Windows has a full-fledged genre called “Gaming PC”… You can’t beat that.
As expected, Mac Plays nicer with other Apple devices, and if you own other Apple devices, our first recommendation will be a MacBook. Continuity, the Apple-exclusive feature that allows you to start a task on one Apple device and continue it on another device, is a peerless feature, and Windows has no identical feature. Windows has many features that aid connectivity, including Phone Link (which works well with Samsung Phones) and Nearby Share; we have discussed this extensively here. However, none of them is as seamless as the Mac’s solutions.
MacBooks and Windows PCs are great options for anybody looking to get a new PC. With the exception of maybe, gaming, either of these two platforms will do everything you expect from your computer. If you want either at an affordable price, send us a DM on Instagram.