.. tested PC. Generally, PCs are faster than Macs at most commonly used tasks. IBM-compatibles also run the Internet programs and 3D games faster. Despite the obvious performance advantages, people buy iMacs and iBook.
One of the reasons for that is the way Apple advertises their computers Apple concentrates on the Macs exterior.The main reason for iBooks and iMacs popularity is their appearance. The colorful translucent cases separate these computers from PCs. Whether Apples plan is to use the eye-catching shapes and colors of these Macs to cover the flaws in performance, or just to catch consumers attention, it seems to work well. PC manufactures finally realized that people buy these computers mainly because of the looks, and decided to make similar computers. However, unlike iMacs, the good looks of PCs do not come at cost of decreased performance. As Hill writes in the article from PC Magazine, the new iBook is one of the largest notebooks weve ever seen (53).Considering the relatively small screen of the iBook by todays standards 12.
1 inches, the iBook is extremely large and heavy. On the other hand, the IBM ThinkPad, even with the 14-inch screen, is just less than a pound heavier, and about a centimeter thinner than the iBook. Although ThinkPad is the only IBM-compatible notebook currently available in different colors, more of such notebooks will soon be released. Looks are the only reason for iMacs popularity; however, several PCs that look just as good as the iMacs exist. Sony Sliptop PC comes only in blue, but has a stylish 14-inch LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panel. The Gateway Astro comes has an all-in-one design, and more USB ports than iMac.
Computers from eMachines look exactly like the blue iMacs. Many other computers from companies like Gateway and NEC come with flat built-in LCDs. As one can see, the IBM-compatible platform offers users more options for consumers those who want a fast PC that will attract attention, can buy it. People, who want a computer that looks good, can buy a PC that runs faster than a comparable Mac.
There are also other advantages that PCs offer, for example expansion options.Computer industry changes every month; what was considered top-of-the-line a couple of months ago, is now obsolete and no longer in production. There are two ways to keep up with the constantly changing technology: buy a new computer every time a faster one comes out, or simply upgrade your old computer (Perry xvii).
Adding more RAM, changing hard drive, replacing CPU, and installing a new video accelerator, can greatly improve computers performance. Installing TV-tuners, CD-recorders, and audio cards, adds new functionality to computers. However, in order to add components, computer must have room for expansion, which Macs lack.One would expect a lot of from a 6.6-pound notebook. However, iBook disappoints with very limited expansion options it so desperately needs. Among the things that need to be added are: speakers, because the sound is horrible (Hill 53); a DVD drive, because the 24X CD-ROM is outdated, and a floppy disk drive, which doesnt come with the system. As Hill states in his review of the iBook: There is no PC Card slot, no floppy disk drive, no serial or parallel ports, and just a single-channel USB-port (53).
That means that iBook can only use one USB-based device unless an external hub is added; which defeats the purposes of a portable. Almost all IBM-compatible notebooks come standard with the ports mentioned above.The PC Card slots can accept many devices including multimedia cards and SCSI controllers (Perry 351; Norton 418), none of which will be available for the iBook. Basically, users are stuck with the iMac the way it is sold.
The only possible option for expansion is adding memory, because the single USB port will probably be used for an external floppy disk drive. The iMac offers slightly better expansion options that the iBook. Besides an additional USB port, the iMac has two FireWire ports.
FireWire is currently used only for transfer of images from digital video cameras, and is standard on many desktops including Sony Slimtop. The 24X CD-ROM is replaced by 4X DVD drive, but there is still no floppy drive. Unless users add an USB hub they cannot upgrade further, because a keyboard uses one USB port, and a floppy disk drive will take up the other port. This means that in order to add a printer, the user will have to purchase a sixty-dollar USB hub that will match the tangerine case. Apple does not give users a lot of choice for expansion users can only add external devices because there are no PCI slots.
PCI is an internal bus that runs approximately ten times faster than USB, and supports many devices such as SCSI controllers, that USB does not.Also, the memory expansion is limited in terms of memory types. The iMac supports only 100 MHz SDRAM; whereas PCs support 133 MHz SDRAM and the new 800 MHz RDRAM, which greatly improves performance (Norton 285). Also, iMacs RAGE 128 VR video accelerator cannot be replaced with a faster GeForce-based video accelerator because it is designed for PCs and is not compatible with Macs. Most home users dont want to spend thousands of dollars on buying a new computer each year.
PC owners have a wide choice of components for their computers, and can save money in the long run by upgrading PCs instead of replacing them. As one can see, theres no reason to buy a Mac because PCs for home users are better in every way.Home users do not care about Photoshop performance because they will never use a photo-editing program designed for professionals; however, performance on the Internet and in 3D games is important. The IBM-compatible platform gives more options for future upgrades, faster computers, and the good looks of iMac. Bibliography Perry, Vivian, ed. PC Upgrading & Maintenance. Alameda, CA: SYBEX Inc.
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