Gone are the days when it was simple and straightforward to choose a laptop. With so many different options available on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best for your needs and what specifications you require. Let’s take a look at what to expect when you go shopping for your next laptop and what things you’ll need to consider.

What’s the difference between PC and Mac?

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to which is better for you, it all boils down to preference and needs. Once upon a time, the hardware differences were what really set a PC and Mac apart. But with Apple having moved to Intel processors and most PCs running on Intel processors too, we need to look at other elements that differentiate the two.

Ultimately the biggest difference is the amount of choice you have. With the majority of PCs running Windows coming from other companies, with tech specifications that can vary wildly, you’ll find that if you’re looking for high amounts of memory, touch screen, plenty of ports and excellent speakers, a PC is the way to go. Although Mac are able to control the overall standard and quality of their products thanks to no third-party interventions, you’ll have many more options available to you with PCs.

If you have a Mac currently and are looking to make the switch over to a PC with Windows operator, why not consider selling your MacBook pro and putting the money towards the high-spec PC of your dreams.

Which operating system do you prefer?

Although they’ve been getting closer to one another over the past few years, their software is still incredibly different. If you’re a big fan of having the same apps working effortlessly together over a number of products (think your iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV), then a Mac may be for you.

On the other hand, you are still able to have apps that work together on a PC, but they’re likely to be a third-party ones such as Google. Windows is more of an open platform and the applications available are built by several different companies. If having this seamless integration of all your gadgets isn’t one of your requirements, then a PC may still be the way forward.

Consider your budget

Your budget will ultimately be a big decider when it comes to whether you opt for a PC or Mac. Unfortunately, Macs have long carried a reputation for having premium prices when compared to PCs due to their higher-end components, performance and reliability. However, with software and performance improvements from PC manufacturers in recent years, you may find that many PCs of today would easily give Macs a run for their money in these areas!

With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to know which to opt for. Make sure you do your research, think about your overall needs and wants, and whether or not the amount of money you spend is the ultimate decision maker.

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