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Tech Time: Mac vs. PC at SU


Gull Life Editor

It probably does not come as a surprise that college students spend a lot of time on their cell phones—according to a 2014 Baylor University study, the exact figure is eight to 10 hours daily.

But as much as we love our smart phones, it is laptops and computers that are the necessity for students. Eighty-five percent of college students own a laptop, which outnumbers the amount of smartphone users according to a 2014 AMD survey of college students aged 18 to 26. The survey also found that 41 percent of students named their laptop as their most important possession.

Computers are obviously a necessity. So out of the two main options, PC and Mac, which is our campus more geared toward?

Ninety-five percent of SU’s 3,700 managed computers are Windows operated, according to figures from SU’s Information Technology department. Of the 3,700 computers, 200 are Mac’s, which make up the other 5 percent.

The Mac computers predominantly service the art and design classes and the PC computers are used for just about every other academic course, said Ken Kundell, the chief information officer for the IT department.

The reason for the discrepancy in Mac and PC computers on campus simply comes down to price, said Kundell. A Mac desktop computer is double the price of a Windows desktop computer, as Mac’s cost about $1,400 where PC’s cost about $650.

But Kundell said the Mac computers on campus are getting an upgrade to better equip classes that require a lot of processing and memory storage on their computers.

Kundell also emphasized personal preference as a factor in computer usage.

“Personally, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said.

SU sociology student Nia Smith said she has had both PC and Mac computers but prefers Mac.

“I’ve just always had Mac laptops so I’m used to them,” she said. “There is a learning curve, but once you get used to it they’re so easy to use.”

Sophomore Alex Heil disagrees that Mac’s are user-friendly. He said that Mac’s are too complicated and not worth their high price tag.

“Mac’s aren’t worth it,” he said. “They’re too fancy and I don’t know how to use them.”

Freshman Allie Rowland said that she uses PC’s out of habit. She also said she doesn’t have the time to learn a whole new interface.

“I like Mac’s, but I don’t use them,” she said. “I don’t see the point of switching over now. I guess its just a personal choice.”

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