I recently switched to mac after avoiding the switch for years. Now, a year later, I should have switched years before. I have never had an issue with my mac not being able to do a single thing that a windows machine could do. Also, with a virtual machine, Parallels specifically, you can run windows seamlessly. If you have 2 monitors you can run windows on one monitor and mac on the other.
Mac’s also have a resell value that is high vs. a non to very low resell value with any PC laptop. Buying a mac is basically an investment vs. buying a PC as an expense. Just my 2cents but I doubt you would be disappointed for buying a mac.
I had the opportunity to work on several computers. I’ve came to prefer Mac products for one simple reason: the hardware is better. Not only it is very polished (not that I care much), but it is very well ventilated, pretty lightweight, quiet and the trackpad is by far the best I could use in any laptop.
Regarding the OS I’m pretty cool with the 3 major ones however I feel like I’m more and more into Linux (note that I’m definitely not a designer).
Make sure you guys are comparing the right tools, you can not compare Mac Pro to a shitty machine like entry level (insert brand here) ___________, if you are gonna compare, see Business Class Dell Precision Laptops vs. Macs. So the hardware issue is non existent. I’ve used both Mac’s and PC’s, both can do exactly the same thing. Now if you want to be with the cool kids go ahead buy expensive tools, from business perspective this makes 0 sense.
If you don’t already have the Adobe software you could get a MacBook and buy software like Sketch and PixelMator which will do pretty much what you need for web work for a fraction of the cost. The money you’ll save not buying CS6 would cover the difference in price between a Mac + PC laptop.
Or have you considered a second-hand MacBook? I have a 2010, 15″ MacBook Pro ( i5 processor ) running Mountain Lion without any problems and apparently if you stick an SSD drive in there it’ll be almost as good as new speed wise…
@CrocoDillon its not just the SSD that will make the boot faster but also, if you really want to experiment you can still get the SSD but make it a secondary harddrive and you can use that to boot another os or virtually. My Primary boot is Linux (currently Ubuntu) and if i ever need to boot windows i use virtual box and that virtual OS is on the SSD! if you just want a fast boot (which isn’t reallly too important) sure get the SSD on your computer. but if you want to virtualize then boot from a regular hard drive and then access the Secondary OS on the SSD.