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  • Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings


    Microsoft’s Canadian website is now advertising the merits of Windows PC’s over that of Apple computers by comparing various models and configurations. This kind of advertising is nothing new of course, however, the PC’s that Microsoft has chosen to compare are hardly evenly match machines. Mac’s have always fetched a higher price than rivals, but it’s all about what you get for your money that really counts.

    Microsoft argues that with the money you save by buying a PC instead of a Mac, you’ll be able to use that savings to go on a Hawaiian vacation instead. The tag line, “Surf the web or surf Hawaii,” is Microsoft’s attempt to entice customers to chose a PC over a higher priced Mac.

    If your only concern is price then the choice is obvious, go with the PC and you’ll save some hard-earned cash in the process. However, Apple doesn’t have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry for nothing. Microsoft is well aware of this fact and would rather that people focus on the price instead of the specs.

    Over the last few years, Apple has steadily chipped away at Microsoft’s dominance and their latest ad campaign clearly indicates that they consider Apple to be a serious threat. Microsoft’s market share may still be close to 90%, but Apple maintains a considerable lead when with it comes to portable devices like the iPhone and iPad. Does Microsoft really have anything to worry about? Probably not, but where would they get their best ideas from if it weren’t for Apple?

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 272 Comments
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      1) you seem to know it all, seems like.

      2) I bought my own Mac

      3) please watch your language. Though it is censored, this is a community that endorses inoffensive language.

      4) I won't chew you out on this. It's just naïveté which can only be cured by time and growth.

      5) if I'm too relaxed with this response, I'm sorry I'm not getting riled up by your non-credible response; because the response was purely opinionated and judgmental, it is not credible to get excited over.

      Lastly, I value your opinion just as much as you value mine as a fellow human being
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      I gotta give it to apple there. The aluminum bodies are very nice.
    1. defiantmacho's Avatar
      defiantmacho -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Think about it.
      There are millions of games for the PC.
      There are millions of apps for the PC.
      There are now a handful of games for the Mac.
      There are limited apps for the Mac.
      The PC is cheaper.
      The Mac is expensive.

      The smart people get a PC.
      Clones get a Mac.

      Now you decide.
      Get a Mac, use Bootcamp or Parallels and run ****** Windows on your Mac, simultaneously, sharing all drives and data. Also, PCs are cheaper but you must get an antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-Trojan, anti-whateveryoucanthinkoff, and all are renewable every 90 days or yearly. Add to that the FACT that you must spend hours performing maintenance on a PC that Macs do on their own. On a Mac security is also included in the OS. And believe me, 98% of everyone I have ever met owning a PC don't know what defragmenting a drive is. So that is additional $$$ they have to spend to maintain their PCs in optimal conditions. In the end, you buy a cheaper PC that will end up priced about the same (after all the extras), plus the burden PCs really are to the technically untrained.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      And don't forget that UNIX is about 1000000000000000000000x better than DOS.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      And don't forget that UNIX is about 1000000000000000000000x better than DOS.
      This is so true but you are going to get people who say windows 7/vista/xp aren't dos but they have no clue. Essentially it is dos.

      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      I agree. I really wish my water-cooled PC didn't spring a leak and die. It was a great PC and the SLI ares I had were fast, yet my MBP is just as fast as that one was. I didn't have re best cards but it didn't do anything I can't do on my MBP just as well. I plan on building another custom PC soon since I can reuse the case and alot of other stuff, but for right now my MBP works great. I don't think it was a waste at all.
      See this guy is a gamer. He understands, liquid cooled been there done that. grew out of it I guess. I just didn't want to describe it all technical but essentially laptops are not made to hardcore game. You have a lot of barriers stopping you heat being one of the top ones especially for your CPU and GPU but hey what do I know right.
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by defiantmacho View Post
      Get a Mac, use Bootcamp or Parallels and run ****** Windows on your Mac, simultaneously, sharing all drives and data. Also, PCs are cheaper but you must get an antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-Trojan, anti-whateveryoucanthinkoff, and all are renewable every 90 days or yearly. Add to that the FACT that you must spend hours performing maintenance on a PC that Macs do on their own. On a Mac security is also included in the OS. And believe me, 98% of everyone I have ever met owning a PC don't know what defragmenting a drive is. So that is additional $$$ they have to spend to maintain their PCs in optimal conditions. In the end, you buy a cheaper PC that will end up priced about the same (after all the extras), plus the burden PCs really are to the technically untrained.

      Ever hear of Microsoft Security Essentials? It's free. And rated one of the best antiviruses. Malwarebytes? Also free. Although, I guess it's really tough to use another free program, Auslogics Disk Defragmenter and schedule it to run at times you know you won't be on the computer. And, I do have to admit, CCleaner(yet another free program), does take almost 4 minutes to clean the registry.

      As far as laptops that don't game, apparently, what do you know? Mine does a great job(Asus g71gx), Alienware does a stellar job, and maybe if you have time, you might want to learn what Clevo/Sager is. Most of my games will run maxed settings at 50+ fps.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Huh, that was a fun read. Found it to only be 10% true of me on the Mac side. Had more in common with the PC side lol. Wonder if those stats are realistic.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      They're not. Simply generalizations. Still mildly interesting though.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Lol I figured. Good for some giggles.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Mac users seem to be much more mature than PC users. For instance, how many "Mac vs. PC" images do you see that actually are in favor of a Mac? I've seen non. Apple's "Get a Mac" commercials were the closest thing to that; even then it was all truth!
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzsH5z1PqRU]YouTube - EVGA SR-2 HACKINTOSH: 24 Cores of Devastation[/ame]

      Nothing like slow PC hardware, huh?