Web sites tout the Mac advantage

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If you're looking for reasons to present to others on why they should choose Macs over Wintel systems, there are two Web sites worth your consideration.

Ken Trembath's St. Monica Technology Committee Mac vs. PC Issues site notes that Trembath supports using the Mac platform for both classroom and enterprise purposes.

"My reason is simple: I think that it's a better system," he says on the sites. "So far as I can tell, the most important reason to consider using Wintel products is Winertia, i.e., 'everyone uses them.' This is powerful. But as our parents convinced us when we were young, it is a statistic, not a reason."

He then proceeds to address various platform issues, such as total cost of ownership, networking issues, wireless connectivity, etc. While there are numerous other Mac users who will no doubt write novels of point-by-point comparisons, Charles Gaba takes another tack on his APPLTalk Systems Shootouts site.

"While others touch on Apples' traditional strongholds such as ease-of-use, trouble-free operation, and organic design, I have chosen to tackle the Wintel world in its' own traditional territory -- cheap pricing of components," he said. "For 17 years, the Mac has always been considered a superior overall experience, while the Windows PC has had the advantage of having a lower up-front cost. I decided to see how true the 'Macs are more expensive' factor is today.

On Gaba's site, you'll find a comprehensive, by-the-numbers head to head comparison of over 70 different desktop and laptop models from eight different major computer manufacturers, including Apple, Dell, Compaq, HP, Gateway, IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Every model has been scored in over 35 different fields, including processors, optical drives, included software, warranty, accessories, etc.

This story, "Web sites tout the Mac advantage" was originally published by PCWorld.

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