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Which is Better for Attorneys: Mac vs PC?

By Jason Beahm | Last updated on

Ah yes, the Mac vs PC debate. It's a debate that never seems to die, and has filled up countless pages of comments from trolls.

But despite the hoopla, a debate still exists as to which makes for a better computer for a lawyer.

The truth is, there is not a consensus in this debate.

While for the moment the iPad is king in the tablet world, the computer market share is still dominated by PCs. Ultimately, it does come down to personal preference. However, attorneys with different needs and tastes do tend to be more happy with one system over the other. The best thing you can do is educate yourself as to each so you can make an informed decision.

Back in 2008, the ABA Journal did an excellent piece comparing the Mac vs PC. Regarding the reliability and functionality of the systems, the ABA article remains relevant today. It's an excellent, albeit long piece, which is worth checking out. In the meantime, I've pulled together some of the strong points for each operating system.


"If qualities like dependability, security and ease of use are important to you, you should be using a Mac--period."

"When buying an Apple, your choices are very easy to navigate and understand ... you just have two: 1. Do you want a desktop or a laptop? 2. Do you want a regular model or a high-end model? Then choose the size of your screen, RAM and hard drive--and you're done!


"If you want to be cool ... want to learn a new operating system, want to buy and learn all new productivity software a Mac.

"It is true that law-practice-specific software packages are predominantly Windows programs. It is also true that most can be run on a virtual Windows computer on a Mac system. However, unless you are using Mac software, why run virtually?"

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