Which operating system is the best? Which OS' laptop or desktop computer is the best?

The simplest questions always need the longest answers, have you noticed that recently? A question that will no doubt rumble on through the ages of PC users, gamers, content creators, and various professionals: What is better, Mac or PC?

In this big guide, we're going to take a look at the main Apple range and compare against various manufacturers' Microsoft offerings to try and figure out what's best. (We'll also discuss self-built options for both Windows PCs and GNU/Linux PCs.)

So settle in for some surprise winners, and prepare for a fight in the comments!

Rule One: This is Not a Bashing Contest!

You might think that an article like this on a PC building site would just be a few thousand words of throwing insults Apple's way. For the purposes of this article, what does "not a bashing contest" mean? Well, it means that—at any point in this guide, if there's going to be a "preferred" option to go for—our reasoning is going to be explained in a logical way.

We are all about balanced builds here at Logical Increments, which is why we spend so much of the space on this site strongly recommending that you build your own PC (to maximize build balance, cost effectiveness, component quality, customization options, ease of maintenance, and more). But the idea for this guide came about from a discussion over when a Mac might be the most logical choice. Plus, we want to be able to showcase the best options regardless of brands. This means that we'll not just be looking at raw hardware performance here—but also available software, market share for various industries, price-to-performance ratios, and so on.

Because of this, we have decided to split this guide into 3 broad sections:

  1. Section one is a breakdown of features, functions, and programs on macOS compared to Windows and Linux systems. Although this won't be an exhaustive list, it should give a little indication as to why some people prefer one platform over another.
  2. Section two will then be looking at the laptop range from Apple and comparing against Windows laptops. With this, we'll pay additional attention to screen, I/O ports, and cooling of the hardware crammed into these portable devices.
  3. Finally, section three will then compare desktop options for each OS. This will compare self-built Windows or Linux PCs, pre-built Windows PCs, and pre-built Apple PCs.

So, with the battlefield marked out, let's get down to it!

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