Stereotypes about PCs that Need to Die

For decades now, us, PC users, have been tarnished by the Apple crowd for a number of reasons. Not least among them is that Apple hardware is always better than PC hardware.

At the core of their assumptions are a couple of stereotypes. And I assure you, these are stereotypes. Let’s take a good, hard look at the current state of affairs and find out the reality, shall we?

#1: A PC is Flaky and Performs Badly

Oh, my! Where do I start? You simply can’t compare a Ford to a BMW and then complain about how the BMW is better — you should have bought an equivalent car in the first place. As with a lot of things in life, specially those pertaining real, tangible objects, you do get what you pay for.

Enough of the analogy — a $1500 machine is almost always going to be better than a $600 dollar machine. Need better materials, better hardware and better quality of labor? Tough luck! More Benjamins is almost always the only answer. Those sleek, anodized aluminium sheets don’t grow on trees!

Access to cheap hardware is an option that a lot of people appreciate, and exercise. It’s not a sign of absence of true premium products. Don’t be daft!

And the same applies to the performance. I’ve heard enough comparisons between Macbook Pros and generic, run of the mill laptops to make a grown man cry. A Macbook Pro ships with top of the line hardware and starts at $1200. Am I really the only one who thinks that it’s disingenuous to compare it to a value-for-money laptop?

The bottom line is that if you compare similarly priced PC and Apple hardware, they’re going to be pretty much toe to toe. Apple hardware carries a certain price premium for to its build quality and hardware and there are plenty of PC manufacturers that can do the same for you.

Oh, and your precious PhotoShop? Runs exactly the same under PCs.

#2: A PC is Unattractive and ‘Uncool’

PCs seem to carry a stigma of being dull, beige boxes while Apples are considered to be sleek, sophisticated works of art. I’m definitely not going to refute the latter comparison — as an owner of a number of Apple products, I dig their industrial design.

Provided you’re willing to spend a tad more, you can just as easily find hardware that’s as attractive, if not better.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that PCs are unattractive. Sure, PCs used to feature drab design in the past and you can find beige boxes even today. But again, why are we comparing cheap utility computers to Apple hardware? Provided you’re willing to spend a tad more, you can just as easily find hardware that’s as attractive, if not better.

Not convinced you can find attractive PCs? I present to you exhibits A, B and C.

Samsung Series 9

Samsung Series 9

HP Touchsmart

HP Touchsmart

Lian Li Tower

Lian Li Tower

#3: A PC Uses Different, Inferior Hardware

Dual facepalm

How I usually react when I hear someone saying this

One of my biggest annoyances is when Apple fans declare how Macs use different, better hardware. I’m mostly lost for words when people say this to my face but only because I’m using every shred of my will power to prevent me from smacking them. Hard. In their face. Repeatedly.

Macs and PCs have been using the same hardware for a long time now. A full five years, in fact. And I’m not kidding about the same hardware part either. They use the same CPU, memory, hard drives, GPU — the entire hoopla. The argument was made obsolete a while ago but few seems to realize this.

At this point in the product cycle, the only thing separating a Mac and a PC is the operating system. End of discussion. If you hear some one blabbing about this, smack them in the face and I’ll name my first born after you.

#4: A PC can’t be a Black Box

You don’t want to bother with the internals of a computer or want to learn how it works? You want your computer to be an ‘equipment’ like your toaster or your fridge? No worries, you can have exactly what you want.

No one is forcing you to build your own computer or troubleshoot anything when it hits the fan. Save yourself some time and money and just buy a prebuilt PC from a manufacturer with good customer support. There are manufacturers with just as good customer support.

Just because a lot of us are power junkies and like tinkering with everything doesn’t mean that we are the entire user base or that we are what the market is catering to. Most people use a PC as a blackbox. If my grandma can do it, gosh darnit, so can every one!

So That’s Mine. What’s Yours?

So there you go — my list of common misconceptions about PCs that irk me the most. What stereotypes and prejudices do you experience every day as a PC user and how do you deal with them? I’d love to know about your experiences in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading!