In general, most people are issued PCs in our department with some sparse exceptions. That being said, several individuals bring along their own personal Mac computers out of preference. At home I have a Gateway and an HP PC, and while the Gateway does not undergo the same stress tests that the HP endures, it has held up much better than the HP in the long run.
Here is what happens when a computer gets tired of how you are using it:
It wakes up at random moments, completely of its own volition, and glances around the room. It dreams of escaping into some other world where someone does not attempt to load massive amounts of resource-intensive software onto its drives, and then run several of those programs simultaneously, until, exhausted, the HP gets that deer-in-the-headlights look on its screen, and fails to do another thing.
I have been flirting with the idea of purchasing a Mac. After all, you can't crash a Mac, right? So I am told, and yet I have. No, I am not talking about some aged limping Mac, I am talking about powerful, high-end, brand new, AV Macs. So that argument just doesn't win it for me. There are many programs that don't work quite the same on Macs, and since I have already invested in oh, so much software, it seems a bit absurd to have to purchase yet another version of said software in order to use it on said Mac. I do own a Windows OS that I could run on the other side of the Mac so that it may boot up on either side, this is true. Mac has done amazing things with their marketing, customer service, and other elements that are very appealing.
Today I received a notification of the HP Envy. While I am not completely sold on the idea, I must admit I was swayed at the prospect of owning a streamline laptop with Raid 0, Quad core processor, 16 GB DDR, 7+ hour battery life expandable up to 18 hours, and built in hard drive protection, not to mention the graphics and audio quality. Now, if they could just get rid of those high-gloss screens, we might have something to talk about. While I am not swayed either way at this point, this does throw a competitive edge into my decision.