Tech tAUk March 27, 2010 — Mac vs. PC Debate

Who doesn’t love a good debate every now and then? Well, we certainly couldn’t resist the opportunity to have one. On this episode, we’re joined by fellow ATVer Michael Conte for a healthy, fun, and informative debate about the differences between Macs and PCs. Are the John Hodgman-induced stereotypes accurate, or can PC make a compelling case?

We also challenge both of them to see which can come up with the best laptop (and accessories) for college students on a $1500 budget. Josh picks a MacBook Pro with a 13.3″ widescreen display, a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB 5400-rpm hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, throwing in iWork and a Canon printer for $1,497.95. Mike picks an HP Pavilion dv4i Series with a 14.1″ display, 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, and ATI Mobility 4550 graphics (w/ 512MB of VRAM) and outfitted with a Blu-ray player, throwing in Norton Internet Security and Microsoft Office for $1,481.98.

So who do you think won the debate? And which computer purchase was the better purchase? Hie thee hence to the Comments of this post and let us know who the winner is!

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.