I've developed software for both, done my own hardware repairs on both, and published benchmarks for both. I became maybe a Mac lover, but there are reasons of that. My biggest regret of being a Mac user is that my 6 year old Mac Pro, which is otherwise running very well, could certainly use a more powerful video card. There are actually a lot of creatives who feel that way too and feel they will not be take seriously if they are not in the Apple club. These tools are Automator and Apple Script.
The extra money is well worth it. While it is true that these are no longer good reasons to prefer a Mac, when you develop a user base over decades, while at the same time emphasizing good design as a corporate strategy, you will get and retain the attention of design professionals. Apple has been good to them and good for their careers and they know it works, so they remain loyal. Machines can be optimised for gamers, video editors, architects, designers, photo editors, and more. Macs are very well built.
They know what they're doing. Again Dell is one of the brands I've never owned, but this does look like a well built machine. It did come from Newegg by the way. Even for computer-illiterates I don't recommend a Mac Pro. The intuitive system, using concepts like desktop, files, folders gave a visual image of how the computer stored information using the language of a home office with a desk and file cabinets.
Most people on the go you usually choose Apple Macbook Pro, and there is definitely a good reason. But it goes beyond office and extends to a lot of creative tools, too. Never, in my life, have I been to a company where a vast majority of the data-handling is done by Macs. Extendscript is awesome because the same script can automate InDesign or Photoshop or whatever on both Mac and Windows. It is too easy to follow the masses. Also the screen is amazing though it does have the mac-like glass. If your talking about the case, sure.
So he got returned promptly. Many designers went to the Mac, regardless of cost because they wanted to spend their time designing not figuring out why their computer was stuck in a blue screen. There are legit reasons for both, so just know your profession. Windows has gotten better in recent iterations. What is your paper comparing? A ~5-6 year laptop that runs Vista got near Vista's launch if you want to check the date. On a Mac, there is almost no viruses, mostly adwares or malwares.
I have a question then. Roberto's Photoshop artwork has been featured in publications such as Advanced Photoshop and Photoshop Creative Magazine. Tell me what the power supply looks like and where it is located inside the Mac Pro case. On occasion, I get projects from companies that had files provided from designers on Macs. I'm not sure why you think I'm playing any kind of guessing game, it seems to me like you're the one making guesses. Mac users put all their eggs in one basket —the same company makes both their device and their operating system.
With some of the higher end games like Crysis 3, would the graphics still hold relatively well? The rest of us have to be our own tech support, and you really have to be willing to spend a lot of time doing it on Windows. When their mac breaks, what do they do? Oh and this is my first one of these, so please be nice : Well, the issue is that a gaming laptop normally isn't portable, because they are large, heavy and power hungry battery life. In the past that was a real nightmare. You thinking that there is a difference between Solid-State Drives and Hard-Drives is ridiculous. Other than that the choice is a no-brainer. Enjoy it so much you decided to take your time.
And you're leaving out all the work you had to do to get it to run. For general graphic design work I could make the argument that it is worth it if you go the iMac route I love my iMac or even the Mac Mini route. It was, in fact, a Windows user who paid for it. You could make a solid argument either way. Viruses While this has changed just a little as Apple has gained ground on Microsoft, Mac users are still living in relative bliss with the lack of viruses, spyware and malware.