For years I have struggled with whether I am a Mac or PC guy, and to date my resolution has been to be both! My desktop is a PC and my laptop a MacBook Pro 13”. While I continue to push much of what I do into cloud services that operate cross-platform, many of my photography programs are PC-based, including Photoshop.
This means that if I am on the road I have to wait until I get home to edit photos. And although Photoshop Lightroom is cross-platform, I have yet to load it on my MacBook because it’s an older machine and quite slow. In addition, my current monitor is cheap and not the best for editing photos, so it needs an upgrade.
All that to say that I’m in the market for a new system and really want to move to one operating system, but am paralyzed as to what to do. Here are some things I have been thinking about:
PC PLATFORM BENEFITS
- More bang for the buck, but understand that bang may not be built as well
- Already own a lot of PC software for photo editing
- New Dell XPS 15 may not be a MacBook Pro, but it’s getting closer
- Love the Dell UltraSharp Monitor with matte screen, unlike Apples gloss monitors
- Have used Office for decades and it plays nicer with PC for obvious reasons
MAC PLATFORM BENEFITS
- Quality of hardware is superior to PC, but less so now
- MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display is a photographer’s dream
- Photographers tend to use Mac over PC historically
- I also use an iPad 3 and iPhone 5, so some benefits of my home system playing nicely will all my other electronic devices
If money were no object I would probably buy the latest Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, and then pair them with one of the high-end photo editing monitors designed for Apple products. Since money is no object, factoring in the cost of new software would not be an issue. But since I don’t have an extra $12,000 laying around, I will continue to wrestle with what to do.
If you have any thoughts on the matter, by all means let me know.