Posted by: seanmalstrom | October 21, 2012
Email: owning a Mac
Hi Master Malstrom,
I actually bought my first Mac a few years ago so I’ll give my opinion. It’s an iMac (the integrated monitor/computer), the display is very nice but I had to get an anti-glare film. Apparently Apple stopped making matte screens and they only use glossy screens because they look nice in the store, but it makes watching videos very weird, you can literally watch yourself watching the computer. The big difference is that the computer crashes much less often than the previous Windows 95/98/XP computers we had. The big negative is that I can’t play the newest games, although I don’t play games like I used to, and the last PC game I bought, Diablo 3, was compatible with Mac, so I’m not missing this big difference. I bought this computer around when Starcraft 2 was coming out, and I wanted a Mac that could run Starcraft 2, but I never ended up buying Starcraft 2 lol. I do have a Windows XP Virtual Machine, though it’s not that great; I installed Warcraft 3 on the Virtual Machine since my extended family likes to play LAN games of Warcraft 3, and there is definitely a delay in playing. If I tell my units to move to a spot, there’s a good 0.5-1 second delay. Also, sometimes my keyboard just flat out stopped working during games, and you can imagine what playing without control groups is like, although I don’t know if this issue is because of the Virtual Windows or if it’s my keyboard.
I think the iMac was a bit overpriced. In the future, if I wanted a reliable computer and also wanted to play games, I can probably buy both a lower-end Mac Mini for normal use and a decent PC for games at the same price as a single iMac.
Yeah, the integration of the screen of the iMac always bothers me. Why can’t I get the same computer without the screen?
I’m thinking a Mac Mini might be a way to go. In the past, you used the Windows computer for productivity. Today, it might become the other way around. Create a PC just for gaming.
The hardcore kids can stick with their game consoles.