“Like many folk, you've probably always had a Windows PC. You know how to use it. Every piece of software you have, every piece of hardware you've added is designed to work on Windows. You're invested in the Windows platform. Is it therefore wise to throw all that away and start again from scratch on the probably futile promise of greener grass elsewhere? No. Forget about Macs. Best you stick with Windows...
No matter how nice you may think it would be to have a Mac, there could be any number of reasons why you may consider yourself 'invested' into the Windows platform making switching an impractical proposition. Or vice versa for that matter, but probably more prevalent with Windows.
Maybe you have an investment of Windows software. There could very well be Mac OS X compatible alternatives of whatever software you have, but unless they're freeware, it may all have to be repurchased. With a large collection, this could be costly.
Couple of caveats though: (1) Some larger software developers may have cross platform deals where you can swap for a nominal fee, and (2) Macs can run Windows too, so potentially, you can still keep running all your Windows applications anyway if necessary.
Maybe you already have a decent PC that's new or upgraded recently. While peripheral hardware (e.g. printers, cameras) will usually transfer from one platform to another without much of a problem, internal hardware parts (e.g. graphics card) are less likely to be able to be easily incorporated into a Mac of lesser upgradability.
See reason 2 and for a closer look at current Mac models their levels of upgradability.
Maybe you have an investment of knowledge in that you're so used to Windows, you'd be wary of giving it up for something new and different. Understandable, particularly if you're not that confident with computers. Familiarity is a comfort. Some people relish the challenge and are always on the lookout for pastures greener; others are more cautious and wary of the unknown; "Better the devil you know that the devil you don't!"
However, if there's one thing that has traditionally been synonymous with Mac OS, it's 'ease of use!' That is of course relative, and what's easy for one person, may be unfathomable to another. And not just computer newbies either. Even computer enthusiasts can become ingrained within one way of working and find it impossible to adapt to anything which even slightly deviates from their comfort zone.
See reason 13
How much this would effect you, you may not know unless you try. But to reiterate again, Macs are just PCs, and as such, can run Windows too, so the transition to OS X can be a sudden or as gradual as you feel comfortable with.
So in summary...
...like with any technology platform that requires specific compatibility, with computer platforms, there is an inevitable element of lock in. For some, it's easily written off. For others, it's a huge investment for which switching platforms is not to be taken lightly. So if you have no compelling reason to jump ship and you're happy with the platform you're invested in, then stick with what you know. But what if the grass really is greener on the other side? How much is that worth to you? Could a Mac be an answer to a problem you didn't know you had?
Page content last updated 22 April 2011