The architecture and design site, Architizer.com, has penned a pretty good article that goes over the pluses and minuses of considering either a Mac laptop or Windows PC laptop for young architects just starting out. The article covers all the bases and is also—and this is not always the case with this particular question—very well balanced and fair about which computer wins out.
The Short Answer
Readers at Architosh will most likely already have in mind that the Mac is the only right answer, but Architizer’s article makes several points about the large freedom of PC laptops that now exist in the market. One must remember that now we have Microsoft itself as a hardware player in the industry with their Microsoft Surface Book. While their very expensive touch-screen iMac-like competitor has been both praised and criticized by real artists and creatives, the Surface Books, in particular, have been more generally praised.
If you want Architizer’s conclusion on the short answer go here, but one thing they do not mention in their overall analysis is that the MacBook Pro (which is the machine they discuss) is part of an overall ecosystem of both hardware and software. Yes, it is true that Windows computer users also buy and use iPhones, iPods, iPads and Apple’s other devices, but there are aspects of using those devices with a Mac computer that provide a seamless enhanced user experience.
It’s About the Digital Life and Workflows
For example, when the aspiring young architect chooses a Mac today, and they are already an iPhone user, they can copy images, video and text from an app on their iPhone and past it that into another app on their nearby Mac. You can also take phone calls from your Mac, without picking up your iPhone. So if you are working late into the night in your college studio with your earbuds on listening to music—and isn’t this the common ritual of all architecture students?–you can take that phone call directly from your Mac.
Apple’s Mac’s are now coming with the secure fingerprint Touch ID, and you can also unlock your Mac with your AppleWatch.
The fact is, there are aspects of using a Mac for your young architecture life that if—and this assumes you are using iOS devices and not Android devices—that are clearly superior to if you are choosing a Windows computer to use with those same iOS devices.
Starting a document on the iPhone and finishing it on another device, or vice versa, are both time-savers and provide a better overall computing life workflow. The Architizer article is very good, but we wish they mentioned this aspect because young architects don’t just use a computer—they live and breath a digital life just like everyone else using a growing plethora of digital devices.