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Buyers' guide: PC vs Apple Mac

Everytime you are in the market to buy a new computer, you have to struggle with the basic question of where your allegiance lays -- a PC or Mac. 
Buyers' guide: PC vs Apple Mac

The answer to this confusion could lie in understanding your core requirements. Take a look at how you can pick your side:

1. Price considerations

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Price considerations
Firstly, you can get a functional Windows 8.1 'computer' (read tablet) for as low as Rs 10,000. You can connect an external keyboard, mouse and monitor ­-- for an additional Rs 5,000, bringing your total to Rs 15,000. 

Compared to that, the entry-level Apple MacMini starts at Rs 36,990. Additionally, a traditional laptop like an Asus EeeBook with Windows 8.1 is available for just Rs 14,999, whereas it would cost you upwards of Rs 60,000 for a new MacBook.

Finally, Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing users of Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows is the clear winner here.

2. Flexibility and upgradability

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Flexibility and upgradability
The hardware of most Windows devices can be upgraded and when required with off-the-shelf parts. In a Windows desktop, you can change each and every component. 

An iMac comes with a pre set configuration and cannot be upgraded. The exception here is that on a MacBook, you can change the hard drive and upgrade the RAM yourself without voiding the warranty.

3. Third party software

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Third party software
Windows has a significant advantage over Mac here -- it has a lot more free apps for everything in comparison to the OS X ecosystem. In addition, Windows is compatible with a touchscreen while Mac OS X is not -- that's why you're seeing so many Windows laptops and desktops with touchscreens. 

Also, for gaming enthusiasts, Windows is way ahead of Mac OS X in terms of title availability, compatibility as well as experience.Chalk up another win for Windows here.

4. Mac's advantages and a party trick

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Mac's advantages and a party trick
Comparatively, Mac is far ahead in terms of stability and security.

Performance from a Mac for most day to-day scenarios is better. On a Mac, you can have multiple apps running together in separate virtual desktops and switch between them seamlessly. 

Also bear in mind that the OS X is less prone to crashes and there are far fewer viruses or spyware issues with the OS. Mac even requires less routine maintenance as compared to a Windows machine. So far, Apple has pro vided free upgrades to the latest versions of OS X -this is a big cost saving because upgrading to the latest Windows can set you back by a bit.

Finally, the party trick is that you can install Windows on an Apple machine.

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