« on: December 21, 2011, 04:20:10 PM »
Depends on your level of computer knowledge.
If you have basic knowledge or better get a PC, if you are a technophobe or you can't figure out how to use a TV remote control, MAC is a good option.
Another consideration is, what are your friends using, if they are using MAC, probably best to get a MAC, that way you can ask them questions get help, if they are using PCs, get a PC for the same reason.
As far as MACs and PCs go these days they both work perfectly fine. The horrible days of Windows and their blue screens of death are long left in the 90s. Windows 7 works just fine and when it comes to using PS or LR on either MAC or PC, they perform the same on both machines.
If you travel a lot, you could look at the MacBook Air they're small and sleek, or on the PC end, I've used Dell computers for 15 years and never had problems with their machines, their laptop XPS Z series (14"/15") are small and sleek as well.
Fact is Apple's are trendy, they look nice, and all the cool kids have them, but being cool comes at a price, as other have said you will easily pay 25-35% more for the same hardware components when you buy a computer with an apple on it. For example, I bought a new laptop a few months ago from Dell for $2200 and I looked at the comparable MacBook Pro with the same processor, hard drive, video card, and with half of the RAM of the machine I bought and it was $2900 from Apple.
Regardless if you get a PC or a MAC, don't get a 17" laptop if you travel, I have one and it is a squeeze to use on good sized planes let alone on some of the flying buses I've been on.