There is always a strong point of contention that lurks under the family dinner table. Whether the point of contention starts with a debate about which candidate makes the best Prime Minister or who is the best British footballer, calm discussion can turn into a heated debate. However, nothing ignites the passions that surround a family dinner table than the never-ending debate between Apple and PC laptops. The fervour over which machine provides the best user experience can cause even the most reticent user to inflame in passionate defence of the preferred type of laptop. With the growing number of ways to watch films on laptops, maybe the time has come to revisit the timeless debate, albeit in a much more composed manner.
Consumers can go the traditional route and purchase Apple or PC laptops in person at electronics and computer specialty shops. However, they can also find high-quality, and often cheaper, laptops online at eBay, where many sellers offer near mint condition machines at discounted prices. The sellers may represent large corporations that have decided to upgrade their information technology systems. However consumers shop for Apple or laptop machines, they should first learn about the minimum specifications that present films in the most favourable light, as well as understand the differences that separate Apple and PC laptops.
Laptop Specs That Matter for Watching Films
The never-ending battle for laptop supremacy involves expensive television advertisements during highly-rated programmes and full-page advertisements in computer industry-related publications. What many laptop consumers fail to recognise is that regardless of which type of laptop they purchase, performance is largely dictated by minimum technical specifications of the machine. It does not matter if film buffs wants to view films on an Apple or PC laptop. Regardless of the laptop, they must have the following minimum laptop specifications, all of which either enhance video appearance or increase computing speed.
Graphics Random Access Memory (RAM)
The level of graphics RAM depends on the needs of the individual laptop user. YouTube and Blu-ray videos only require, at the most, 2 GB of RAM on a midrange graphics card. Most Apple and PC laptops come with enough graphics RAM to handle standard video content. However, gamers require more graphics RAM, especially for the evolving higher-end graphics for interactive Internet gaming.
Quad Core Processors
Dual core processors typically run laptops faster than quad core processors for mainstream applications, such as Apple and Windows proprietary software and Internet browsers. Most general purpose computer applications do not maximise the strengths of quad core processors. Users who perform video processing tasks, intricate scientific computations, and in depth engineering designs should consider four-core processors for enhanced visual effects and quicker processing speeds.
Nothing is more frustrating than having all of the video component tools, but yet, having trouble viewing films because of brightness problems. Since bright laptop screens drain batteries quicker than less bright screens, laptop film viewers need enough juice to watch flicks outdoors and in brightly lit rooms.
Always live by the golden rule of computers: the more RAM, the better. The rule is especially pertinent for watching films, as larger RAM allows laptops to handle more video translation tasks simultaneously, and thus, prevents video from breaking up or becoming distorted. Film buffs should have at least 4 GB of RAM, although 8 GB is the amount of RAM recommended by many laptop experts.
Revolutions per minute, or RPM, refers the the hard drive speed. How fast the hard drive platter spins determines data transfer speeds and seek times. Videos, particularly elaborate films, require a substantial amount of data transfer. The minimum RPM for laptop film lovers is 7200 RPM.
Apple vs. PC Laptops
Advocates for watching films on Apple or PC laptops take their positions very seriously. Windows advocates accuse Apple fans of upper crust arrogance, while Apple aficionados view Windows users as cavemen who watch films on archaic junk metal. The undignified tiff is rendered moot if either type of laptop does not possess the minimum specs required to enjoy high-quality films. The following factors form the real debate of whether to watch films on an Apple or PC laptop.
Consumers can find good deals on either Apple or Windows laptops at big box electronics outlets or smaller secondhand computer shops. Yet, the perception by many consumers is that Apple laptops are overpriced and that the minimum specs required to enjoy uninterrupted video can be found on cheaper PC laptops. Compare the price of PC and Apple laptops that possess the same specifications before making a buying decision. Moreover, ensure that any laptop purchased to watch films falls within the predetermined budget.
This is where the cost factors gets a little dicey. Apple laptops tend to cost more than PC laptops because Apple includes a few tools that enhance video quality. For example, Apple produces laptops that operate longer on a battery charge. Other Apple tools that enhance video quality include the iLife suite, which allows users to edit, organise, and share home videos. PC laptops typically possess more basic video watching tools.
By far the best PC laptop advantage is the incredible variety of models. Consumers choose among myriad shapes and sizes, as well as laptops that include touchscreens and Blu-ray players for displaying high-definition films. On the other hand, Apple produces Macs in several models that do not have the same video features provided by Windows laptops. More choices give consumers more leeway for customising the film-watching experience.
PC laptops run on the latest Windows operating system, which has been notorious for providing fixes for Windows problems that have plagued the machines for years. Windows operating systems crash more than Apple operating systems and often possess sluggish processing speeds because of system failures. While variety gives PC laptops a huge advantage, the Apple operating system is the knockout punch when it comes to debating between Apple and PC laptops for watching films. The preponderance of highly favourable Mac OS X operating system reviews, especially for watching videos, is reason enough to choose an Apple laptop.
Hackers spend their time trying to access computers to create havoc for users. Laptops top the list of hacker preferred targets because of the ease of gaining access to wireless Internet connections. Film buffs who download films via laptop Internet connections must consider security issues. Not only can hackers disrupt the film viewing experience, they can also steal the credit card and banking information used to pay for online film viewing. Almost every virus, trojan horse, and malware only attack Microsoft PC laptops that download films. While Apple laptop owners must remain vigilant sharing videos on social media sites, their machines are much more protected than PC laptops from hacker shenanigans. Apple laptop owners who do not run any security software are much less likely to become victims of a hacker attack than PC laptop users who are protected to the hilt.
The old adage of "in the case of a tie, the tie goes to the runner" is applicable to comparing Apple and PC laptops from the film watcher's perspective. Service breaks any tie that occurs between comparing the two types of laptops. Service can mean the response time of customer service representatives or the length and conditions of a laptop. Apple has established a much more consistent service record than laptops that run Windows. The stronger service record derives not only from computer industry experts, but also the thousands of online reviews published by neutral third-party websites.
How to Buy an Apple or PC Laptop on eBay
After you have considered all of the factors involved in choosing between an Apple and PC laptop to watch films, go online to eBay to find the seller who matches all of your laptop shopping criteria. eBay provides buyers with a powerful search engine, that if utilised correctly, shortens the amount of time it takes to consummate a laptop transaction. Type specific keywords into eBay's search engine to eliminate sellers who do not offer laptops that meet your criteria. For instance, type "MacBook Pro" into the search engine to target specific laptop sellers. You can also narrow your PC laptop search by typing "Toshiba laptop" into the search engine.
Another way to ensure that you purchase a high-quality laptop is to search for "Apple laptop top-rated seller" or "PC laptop top-rated sellers". These sellers have established sterling records on eBay for offering high-quality laptops at reasonable prices. eBay places an electronic ribbon icon by each qualified seller's product photograph. In addition to vetting top-rated sellers, you should also review the customer feedback that eBay compiles on seller product pages. Look for positive reviews that span the past year for sellers who offer Apple or PC laptops.
Laptops have revolutionised the way people watch films. Gone are the days when families gathered around a basic television set to watch Saturday night programming. Film viewing has transformed into more of a solo event and laptops make it possible for people to watch films during cross-continental flights and all alone in the middle of a pristine, verdant valley. While most consumers agree that film viewing on a laptop has become one of the best ways to catch a favourite flick, they most likely cannot agree on whether an Apple or PC laptop provides the best film viewing experience.
Both types of laptops must possess minimum specifications to provide clear, uninterrupted video. The specs are primarily based on processor speed and the capability of the machine to perform dozens of tasks at the same time, through memory. The difference between Apple and PC laptops involves other factors, such as cost, video tools, and variety. Yet, the biggest difference between Apple and PC laptops boils down to operating systems and security. On both counts, Apple laptops win the battle between the laptops. The question remains whether PC laptops can catch up or fall further behind the superior Apple models.