I am still searching for the perfect family computer. I know that I want a all-in-one desktop where the guts of the computer are in the back of the computer screen (I have a small space in our family room for a computer). My first round of research came up with two desktops in the running: the Dell XPS One and iMac. The picture on the left is the back of the iMAC (yes – that is the whole computer in one!) that the folks at the Apple store were nice enough to let me take). The Dell XPS One has a similar look from the picture I saw online. Staples carries Dell computers so I will head over there to see if I can take a look at the Dell XPS One.
We have a few Windows based laptops already – but I am ready to have a computer in our family room with a screen – big enough for three kids to see. So really, the decision may come down to MAC versus PC. My son really wants a iMAC because it is so easy to use, but I have been a PC user for years and may not be ready to switch… On the other hand I am getting tired of all the crapware on PC’s and know that MAC’s get less computer viruses (for now…).
So I set off to do more research hoping that the decision would just pop out. Some David Pogue articles in the New York Times added juicy factoids to my research about the MAC. The first is a review of Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh and MacSpeech Dictate ("New Tools to Bolster Mac’s World", Feb. 24 2008). One phrase in that article is a great summary of why people are switching over to MAC’s lately:
"There are all kinds of theories to explain the sudden resurgence: the lack of viruses, the iPod halo effect, the critical mass of Apple stores, the disappointing debut of Windows Vista, all those Apple TV ads, the switch to Intel chips (meaning that Windows programs run on a Mac) — or maybe all of it together."
The second article is on the Leopard operating system ("Apple Offers New Goodies in Leopard"). I just purchased a new HP laptop – as soon as I start using it I will have my first experience with using Windows Vista (the Windows operating system being compared with Leopard).
I also saw some interesting articles from another member of my personal review team: Walt Mossberg. On issues like sharing multiple computers with a switch (PC and MAC, Joined at the Switch) and thoughts on the Leopard Operating system. But it was a user question on switching to a MAC that brought Walt Mossberg and David Pogue together on the All Things Digital blog. Walt Mossberg recommended this book written by David Pogue "Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual".
All of this is important information for me because if I buy a MAC there are many things I will need to switch over to from my PC. As for my decision, I am still confused…. Wired has a review of the Dell XPS and had good things to say except that the "Mac-like looks yield a Mac-like price".
Any thoughts? Any tips from those that recently purchased a family (shared) computer?