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How to Purchase Mac Computers

Since the advent of the iMac and then the marvel that was the iPod, Macintosh computers have become the gold standard for computing. Even five years ago, the white or aluminum cases of Mac computers were the exception in Portland coffeeshops. Now, Mac computers dominate the landscape of remote workers, students, and weekend novelists throughout Portland.

This post is about how to purchase a Macintosh computer. Read on to learn about the following:

  • Why Purchase Mac Computers
  • Purchasing a New Mac
  • Macintosh Consultants

Why Purchase Mac Computers?

Before you go to the store to purchase a new Mac laptop or desktop it’s important to know why you’re making this decision. After all, Mac is still at the upper end of the computer price range.

The first reason to purchase a Mac is that they are reliable. Apple does not license their operating system to third-party hardware vendors because they want to retain control of the high quality their processors, hard drives, and peripherals deliver. Ever hear of someone complaining about their Mac’s hard drive crashing? It’s rare.

  • Elegance. The Mac OS is the interface computer haters love to love. It’s always been the most fluid, intuitive interface in the computer world. Unlike Windows, the Mac OS has never been plagued with difficulty. It works. It’s there when you press the power button.
  • Compatibility. If you use an Macbook, iPhone, iPad, or any other Apple products, you can synch your content across devices. If you’re away from your laptop, you can still access your music, photos, and important documents.
  • Security. Macs aren’t targeted for malware at the same rate that PCs and Windows are. Though this difference is levelling off, Apple sends frequent updates to keep your files safe and secure.

Purchasing a New Mac

Before you take the plunge in the Apple Store with a new Mac, take a hard look at all of the options available. Three of the key areas to look at are:

  • Processor Speed
  • RAM Memory
  • Storage – Hard Drive Memory

A good rule of thumb for the processor is to get the fastest possible. Even if you are only surfing the web, creating word-processing or other documents, and doing light work with images, you will want to start with at least 2 GHz of processor speed.

In the past, RAM was relatively fluid. You could, for instance, purchase a computer with 2 gigabytes of RAM and later upgrade to 4, 8, or whatever the upper limits were for your computer’s motherboard. However, Apple now solders memory inside the case. Thus, whatever RAM you purchase in the store will be what you have for the life of the computer. We recommend at least 4 gigabytes of RAM.

These days people are relying more on cloud storage and/or external drives for their long-term storage. With that in mind, consider how you wish to manage your files. If you like to store lots of files on your computer, or if you work with huge files on a regular basis – as in video clips, large graphics files, or music editing – you may want to think about starting with a Terabyte of storage. Keep in mind that your decision will be final. Apple solders, or “bakes in,” their hard drives to the case.

Macintosh Consultants

MacPCX is Portland’s computer repair and service center. If you are considering purchasing mac computers for your home or business, we can consult with you on the decision to help determine your exact need. We can be reached via our website, or on the telephone: (971) 270-9707. For support, call: (503) 512-0064. We offer immediate, online support for any computer issues you encounter.

Drop In! You can find us in the 42nd Street Station, near the Hollywood Theatre.

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