There are a lot of cheap computers out there, but when you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, consider what makes the Mac such a great deal. A Mac is more than the sum of its parts. Its combination of cutting edge software and hardware are designed to allow you to do more while spending (and stressing) less. Here are few things that make the Mac the most flexible and affordable computer today:
The complete media center:
At 24” and 20”, the iMacs are great for surfing the Internet, but they’re also an affordable all-in-one solution for a media center. Both can playback television shows and HD movies from the iTunes store, manage and play your music collection, play your DVDs, and allow you to video chat. Why buy a DVD player, HD monitor, and amplifier when the iMac has it all? You even get a remote to control the media on your iMac from across the room using Front Row. And if you need to take your media with you, the MacBook and MacBook Pro make your media portable.
Get two computers in one Mac:
Some people want a Mac and a Windows PC, but they can’t afford both. Fortunately, today’s Macs have the same speedy Intel processors as PCs and can run Windows software using Mac OS X’s Bootcamp utility and a separately purchased copy of Windows. Now you can get the best of both worlds without having to buy a Windows computer. The Mac can do it all.
Stay connected faster:
A lot of PCs don’t have WiFi, Bluetooth, or Firewire built in. And even if they do, they might not provide the latest WiFi standard (802.11n). Most Macs come with 802.11n (up to three times faster than 802.11g) and Bluetooth. And all Macs have Firewire built in, while most PCs don’t. This allows you to transfer video from your video camera to the Mac or hook up a fast external hard drive.
Manage your media:
Macs come with Apple’s award-winning iLife software suite already installed. With it, you can manage your music (iTunes), create videos and DVDs (iMovie and iDVD), create music (GarageBand), manage and edit your photos (iPhoto), and put it all on the web (iWeb). And they’re all designed to work together. PCs typically come with a variety of crippled demoware that’s underpowered and difficult to use.
Because the Mac is not plagued by viruses like Windows PCs, you can spend more time enjoying your computer and less time worrying. The reliability record for Macs is also the best in the busineess. And all new Macs have Parental Controls built into Mac OS X. With them you can manage, monitor, and control the time your kids spend on the Mac, the sites they visit, and the people they chat with.
In short, the Mac is a complete solution that can save you money and time in the long run. In these uncertain economic times, it’s important to get the most for your money and have it last. In the world of computing, that means buying a Mac.