If you are reading this site on a computer running Windows XP, Vista, or something unspeakably older, you are probably trying to decide what computer and/or operating system you are going to buy over the coming months.
With the launch of Windows 7 on 10/22, and the already available Snow Leopard, there are actually two competitive operating systems to choose from.
Let’s get this taken care of immediately. If you are a dyed in the wool Microsoft or Mac person, just stop reading. Your mind was made up a long time ago.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on.
CNET did a review of the two platforms benchmarks which you can read in great detail.
Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version:
Snow Leopard performed a better in the study than Windows 7. It also has better battery life.
However, Windows 7 had better benchmarks for gaming… which is good since damn near any serious PC gamer is running a souped up monster PC anyway.
Your decision should be based on four criteria:
- What can I afford? If you are broke, don’t get a Mac. They are expensive.
- What will I use it for? If you are thinking about getting a Mac, make sure that the current software meets all of your needs (This really isn’t a big issue anymore, but it was a few years ago).
- Do you have any crazy peripheral devices that you need and are platform specific? This isn’t too common anymore, but if you do, compatibility will dictate your choice.
- Do you game a lot? If yes, you already had your answer.
Personally, I will stick with Apple for now, and run Windows 7 on Parallels, not because I need it, but because I can.
That’s about it.
In a week or so we will be posting a Windows 7 PCs buyer’s guide that will list a variety of PC’s in all price ranges that are worth purchasing.
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