In recent times GJ’s Computer Services has had a number of customers requiring a new computer. As these things go the first question we are asked once a new computer is required is should I buy a Mac, or a PC?
As a business offering technology support we are agnostic as to which platform best suits customers. Both with our input and advice together with customers seeking information from other sources, many are deciding upon, for the first time, purchasing a Mac (Laptop or Desktop).
Our view is whatever is likely to work best for the customer. If you are coming from a Windows (PC) background you need to be aware that the two systems work slightly differently, for example, the minimise, maximise and close window icons are at the top left of the open window on a Mac rather than on the right on a PC. These and other slight differences should take the majority of users little time to get used to.
At the end of the day many, if not most, home users are using the Computer to send and receive emails, Browse the Internet, Communicate via Skype and Write Documents.
It is important to note that if you are migrating from a Windows PC to a Mac that some applications may not even exist for the Apple Operating System. Others, taking for example Dragon Dictation, you will need to purchase the Mac version. Users can run Windows on a Mac, and if this is something you are considering, or require please contact us.
On average Macs cost more than Windows Computers. Many people like the fact that with the iMac the Computer and Monitor is all in one. It is somewhat surprising that many computer users are not aware that this form factor also exists with Windows computers.
GJ’s Computer Services can purchase Apple Hardware and Software on your behalf. Generally, we recommend upgrading the base model specifications that are offered, including faster processors and additional memory. We also recommend purchasing Apple Care (extended warranty) and registering for OnetoOne lessons (if you are new to Apple Computers).
For those whom are getting a new computer replacing the aged Windows XP, it is likely that you will have to learn new Windows skills as Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8/8.1 is vastly different to XP, with even the Desktop being different enough that some may struggle in navigating around. We are still able to source Windows 8 Downgrade to Windows 7 machines, or Custom Built Windows 7 computers. However, these are becoming rarer. If you are looking to buy a Windows machine retail only Windows 8 is available.
At the end of the day if any computer system is set up and installed properly and according to the users particular method taken into consideration as well as having a proper lesson(s) and basically ‘playing around’ anyone can be comfortable in using any system.