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I get more calls from people asking me if they should purchase a

Macintosh or a PC-compatible computer. If you ask a person who has only

used a Macintosh, they'll argue you to the end of time that this IS the

ONLY system worth your time and trouble.

On the other side of the coin, if you talk to someone who has only

used a PC-compatible, they'll put Macintosh systems down to the ground and

argue until the end of time that this IS the ONLY system worth your time and


Well, guess what? I'm from BOTH environments and I like both of them!

And to be totally fair in my evaluations, I operated the same software

(PageMaker) on both systems. So, what do I suggest since I can be bias?

A Macintosh system is "graphic" based while a PC-compatible is "text"

based. This DOESN'T mean that you can't do the same with both. It only means

that a Macintosh's entire operation is centered around graphics and desktop

publishing _ but both systems can perform the same functions and do well at

it. In my opinion, a Macintosh is the "Cadillac" for desktop publishing.

However, I own a PC-compatible. Why? Because of cost, compatibility and

availability of parts and software. It all boils down to how much money you

have to spend. The PC-compatibles now have Windows-based operating systems

which work similar to a Macintosh. In the old days, Macintosh held the title

for desktop publishing, but now a PC-compatible can do the same thing.


For instance, I bought a 486-DX2, 66Mhz with a 340mg hard drive for

around $2,500 complete (including software). The comparable Macintosh

would have cost me around $3,700 _ a $1,200 difference! The Hewlett Packard

LaserJet III printer I bought for $1,200 can be turned into an Apple

Laserwriter IINTX (Macintosh counterpart) for $350 by purchasing a Pacific

DataPage cartridge. A true Apple Laserwriter IINTX for the Macintosh runs

around $2,300 _ a $800 difference.

I like to also compare my PC-compatible with a Ford truck. If the

starter on my Ford goes out, I can go down the street and get one from a

junk yard and save lots of money. However, if I had a Mercedes Benz

(Macintosh), I could only buy a true Mercedes Benz part and have to pay

a real Mercedes Benz expert to put it on for me. Therefore, a Mercedes

Benz is really only a status symbol. To me _ it's more important to save

money than impress people. People don't put food on my table or pay my rent!

My programmer told me that a Macintosh system will normally run faster than

PC-compatibles if you compare the same type of systems. However, the

negligible difference in speed in not worth the extra money. I've tried

both systems, run them side-by-side and really couldn't see a difference

that would be worth paying $1,200 more for.


Before you make a decision, sit down and demonstrate both systems

at your computer dealer. Then look at your pocketbook and make the decision

YOU want. Here are a few mail order companies that will be able to assist

you with PC-compatibles:

Zeos International, 800-272-8993

ABS Computer Technologies, 800-876-8088

Computer Discount Warehouse, 800-348-4CDW

Expotech, 800-284-EXPO

Zenon, 800-899-6119

Dell Systems, 800-627-1440

Maximus, 800-394-6299

Digital PC, 800-215-8765

Midwest Micro, 800-972-8822