So I had this crazy thought the other day. I want a Mac. I know it goes against everything I have ever said about them, but after seeing MAC OS X Leopard and some of it’s features, I just need to experience it.

Four days ago I installed Microsoft Vista on my PC and what a mistake that was? I thought having a Intel P4 2.53Ghz, 2GB RAM would be more than enough for it to run smoothly, how wrong I was? It’s dismal, keeps running out of memory and is slow, sluggish and disappointing. I was expecting major changes to XP, and to be fair there are some visual differences, but there isn’t anything new to learn. It’s all a bit disappointing.

So I have made up my mind I want a Mac, but now I see there are quite a few choices and judging by the Apple.com website, it all depends on how deep ones pockets are?

 

iMac Mac Pro
 £949  £1699
Pros Cons Pros Cons
all-in-one limited upgrade possibilities multiple upgrade possibilities Price
Leopard limited USB2.0 ports (3) Leopard  
  Glossy Glass Screen can use any monitor or LCD  
  Viewing angle (160 degrees)    

Above are the obvious pros and cons. Personally I have always had a desktop PC, one that I could open and add hardware when needed, so the Mac Pro definitely wins there.

Conclusion: Both systems are actually a major con when it comes to price, since I could easily build a non windows / non mac machine for a lot less money. But, I don’t have the time, or the energy to build a new system. I just want something I can take out the box, and it works, with little hassle. Everyone I know who has a mac says they last for a long time with little or no problems. That is what I want. Does that mean the iMac will be usable in the future (2 or 3 years from now). The biggest problem with today is that yesterday’s computer is already out of date (well maybe a little slower than that), so one doesn’t want a non future proof machine (iMac). It is clear the Mac Pro has many advantages over the long term.

What to buy?